Incredible Coasts, Wetlands, and Historical Sights
Wetlands on Providenciales.
Tired of lounging on
Grace Bay Beach? Check out some of Provo’s sights and tourist attractions. Many of the beautiful sites on Providenciales largely revolve around the island’s incredible natural beauty of beaches, coasts and wetlands.
Unlike many other Caribbean countries, we don’t have any large forts, sugar cane plantations or rum distilleries to visit.
Most sites tend to not be very extensive, so you’ll be able to check quite a few off the list with only a few hours of
exploring by car. Simply decide what you’d like to see, consult the
map and discover Providenciales.
The vibrant turquoise water and countless tiny rocky cays of the
Chalk Sound National Park is our top recommended sight to see on the island. The water of this sheltered lagoon is especially brilliant at midday, and the vibrant colour of the water is truly breath taking.
A unique and intricate terrain can be found in parts of Chalk Sound and the
Frenchman’s Creek Nature Reserve. Locally called ironshore, this scenery is composed of exposed bits of weathered-sculpted limestone interspersed with patches of stunted and salt-resistant vegetation. Evidence of the Karst process of dissolution is evident as well, with miniature
sinkholes and caves being quite common. Globally, the ironshore landscape is incredibly rare, and is only found at a few location in the Turks and Caicos and southern Bahamas.
Wetlands and Waterways
Kayaking at Mangrove Cay.
Outpaced only by the excellent
beaches found throughout the country, our tidal marine wetlands are spectacular and pristine.
There are several protected nature regions on the west coast of the island as well, and although spectacular, they are remote and seldom visited. Two such areas are
Northwest Point and
West Harbour Bluff, which offer majestic coastlines. A bit wilder, the interior wetlands of Frenchman’s Creek are an excellent
nature photography location. Ospreys and brown pelicans can often be seen sailing by in these beautiful wilderness areas.
If you’d like to explore our
mangrove channels and see
juvenile sharks, stingrays, turtles, fish and conch, the best way is to book a guided kayak or paddle boarding eco-tour with one of our local water sports businesses.
The Great House ruin at Cheshire Hall Plantation.
Whereas the Turks Islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay had the
sea salt industry generating income, the Caicos Islands group supported cotton and sisal plantations.
During the height of the era, Providenciales had about six expansive plantations, which were constructed by
Loyalists that left the budding United States after the War of Independence.
Cheshire Hall Plantation near
Downtown is the only such site open to the public today.
Museums and Educational Attractions
Caicos Conch Farm is one of the oldest and tourist attractions in the country. This unique farm offers a close-up look at the life of the unique and iconic creature that is the
queen conch. There’s other sights as well, including fish and at times, rescued turtles.
There are only a few indoor attractions on Providenciales, and although small, they are interesting.
The future site of the Providenciales branch of the
Turks and Caicos National Museum (on Grand Turk) currently only houses a small indoor collection in addition to a small botanical garden, however there are plans for a modern and large complex in the future.