Providenciales is the third largest island in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with an area of approximately 37 square miles (98 km sq). The length from end to end is 17 miles (27 km), and the width ranges from 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to 8 miles (12 km). The 2012 Census reported a population of 23,769.
Most development is from the middle to the east end of the island, with a heavy concentration in Grace Bay. Grace Bay is host to the world famous beach and is the main tourist district. Turtle Cove, situated in the middle north shore, has a smaller tourist area and was the original development area.
The approximate centre of the island contains the airport and the Downtown area (which contains a few banks and assorted stores, although not too much overall). The south east quadrant of Providenciales is mostly residential (including rental villas), with a few various businesses and marinas.
The west midlands are largely undeveloped.
The map below shows areas and districts on Providenciales. The coloured areas shown below reflect the partitioning of Providenciales used by this site to denote the location of accommodation, activities, businesses, and more throughout this website.