Providenciales isn’t very large at only 15 miles (24 km) across on its longest dimension, so navigation isn’t difficult.
Providenciales has experienced quite a bit of unsightly development over the last two decades, but there are still several highly scenic routes to enjoy.
This paved and winding road follows the south side of the incredibly turquoise Chalk Sound National Park. There are rugged little limestone cays, luxury villas, and vibrant water here is one of the top sights in the Turks and Caicos.
The vegetation in the area is also unique. Much of the terrain is weathered limestone, and the stunted and salt-resistant thatch palms, joewood trees, sea grapes and sword bushes can be quite reminiscent of traditional bonsai trees.
Take care when venturing into wild at Chalk Sound as the poisonous Coral Sumac tree is very common in the area.
Venetian Road off of central Leeward Highway offers another highly scenic drive. Unpaved, this 4.7 mile (7.6 km) road travels along the banks of Turtle Pond and Juba Sound and ends at the eastern point of Turtle Tail peninsula.
The views from the 75 foot (23 m) tall Bristol Hill near the end of Venetian Road offers breath taking vistas over the Caicos Banks and the ponds.
This beachfront road fronts Blue Hills, the oldest settlement on Providenciales. You’ll see coconut palms, small churches and a Caribbean vibe.
Several popular restaurants can be found on this road, but there’s no particular main attraction.
For the adventurous, the long and unpaved drive out to West Harbour Bluff is quite scenic. After travelling through the remote hills south of Blue Hills, the road continues through 3.7 miles (6 km) of isolated western Chalk Sound and Frenchman’s Creek wetlands. You’ll see saline tundra, mangrove channels, natural salt flats, and straggling cotton plants from bygone plantations.
This road terminates at the beach and high peninsula of the scenic West Harbour Bluff beach.
The interior hilly parts of this road can be quite bad, so you’ll want to have a high-clearance vehicle.
There are so many beautiful beaches on Providenciales waiting to be discovered, many of which remain deserted.
Cheshire Hall Plantation is the primary historical attraction on Providenciales. This ruins of this late 1700s cotton plantation offer an insight into the old Caribbean colonial way of life.
The Hole, a natural limestone sinkhole, is found in Long Bay. At over sixty feet deep, brackish water can be found at the bottom.
The only actual “tourist attraction” on the island, the Caicos Conch Farm offers a close-up look at the life of the conch. You’ll get to see juvenile and fully grown examples, algae vats (food for the conchs!) and more.
Providenciales unfortunately doesn’t have many dedicated nature or hiking trails.
Bird Rock Trail on the southeast point of the island is the only actual developed path.
The remote western side of Providenciales offers spectacular coastal and wetland landscapes, but access can be difficult and trails simply don’t exist. The locations below will likely appeal to those who don’t mind venturing off the beaten path.
Such an area is the coast south from Northwest Point National Park. The secluded beaches, crystal water, wetland ponds and low ironshore cliffs are quite beautiful.
Another isolated yet stunning site is the Frenchmans Creek and Pigeon Pond Nature Reserve. The largest protected area on Providenciales, this region is home to mangrove-lined waterways, tidal flats and beautiful interior wetlands.