ail Shades is a Caribbean restaurant located at the South Bank Marina, an upscale marina and port of entry on the southeastern coast of Providenciales near Long Bay Beach.
The causal vibe estaurant serves up traditional eats from across the region, including bake and saltfish, roti, oxtail, aloo pie, barbecue, and doubles. Dine indoors or on the Sail Shades’ patio, where you’ll get a great view of the marina’s picturesque turquoise waters and the sailboats, yachts, and cruisers that pass through it.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and late afternoon eats, as well as a selection of desserts.
Sail Shades is in the Long Bay community on southeastern coast of Providenciales. The restaurant is about a 10-minute drive from central Grace Bay.
The flavors and styles of food in the Caribbean are products of the many waves of migration that the region has seen over history. Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of West African, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Cajun, and Latin American cuisines, among others.
While each Caribbean country or territory has their own preferred spices and ingredients that they use in their dishes, rice, plantain, coconut, chickpeas, pumpkin, and green seasoning—a mix of spices like cilantro, green onions, chives, and peppers—are several staples in regional cooking. Root vegetables like potato, okra, cassava, and dasheen are also popular ingredients. Sail Shades’ menu is inspired by a variety of regional cuisines, including Bahamian, Turks and Caicos, Trinidadian, and Jamaican.
Sail Shades’ breakfast menu varies day by day, but for a local breakfast experience, try the grits, ham, and eggs. Grits is a staple breakfast food in the Turks and Caicos Islands made from hominy, or dried maize kernels, and has a porridge-like texture.
If you’re looking for something a little more flavorful, try Sail Shades’ Trini Doubles. This breakfast food is a popular street snack in Trinidad and Tobago. Doubles is a dish that’s heavily influenced by South Asian cuisine. It consists of two deep-fried dough rounds, called barra, that are then loaded up with seasoned chickpeas, called channa.
From lunch onwards, Sail Shades’ serves a variety of afternoon eats like barbecue chicken, ribs, curried goat, and pork curry. The stewed oxtail, a popular Jamaican and local meat dish, is worth a try for those who haven’t tasted it before. Add a side of ripe plantain and macaroni pie to your order, and you’ll have an authentically Caribbean lunch in front of you. For less adventurous eaters, hot wings, burgers, and tacos are also on the menu.
Drinks at Sail Shades
Sail Shades hosts a 3-hour-long happy hour several times a week. Friends who want to come ‘lime’—the Trinidadian word for hanging out and doing nothing—on their patio can order a mixed beer bucket of international and local beers, including those produced by the Turk's Head Brewery.