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wading in the ocean at Long Bay Beach on a horseback riding tour Horseback riding on Long Bay Beach, Providenciales.

Providenciales Land Sports and Activities

Horseback Riding
Providenciales has two small riding stables, each offering rides along the beautiful beaches of Providenciales. Located on the southeast side of the island, Provo Ponies is the island’s oldest stable and offers both group and private rides. Caicos Corral is located near Turtle Cove and offers private excursions for up to four guests.
Provo Golf Club
Established in 1992, the Provo Golf Club is the only 18 hole golf course in the country and has been rated as one of the top ten courses in the Caribbean. The onsite pro shop offers sales and rentals of all necessary equipment.
Cycling
Bicycling can be a fun way to explore the Grace Bay area. Most hotels rent bicycles. We recommend that you ride on the sidewalks in the Grace Bay area, and not stray out into Leeward Highway or roads without sidewalks. Also remember to drink plenty of liquids.
ATV Tours
Drive off-road ATV quads in the Blue Hills area. Guided tours are offered all of the way out to the Northwest Point National Park.
Hiking
Adventure into the wild and varied coasts and wetlands of Providenciales. A unique combination of limestone shorelines, salt-resistant bushlands, and marine marshes.
Birdwatching
Providenciales offers many excellent birding locations. Unfortunately, most of these tend to be remote and difficult to access. Here we tell you what you can expect to see and where to look.
Tennis
Most hotels and resorts, and some rental houses, have tennis courts that are complementary to guests staying there. If tennis is important, be sure to check before deciding where to stay.

Land Sports and our Beautiful Terrestrial Environment

horseback riding tour at Long Bay Beach on Providenciales
Horseback riding at Long Bay, Providenciales.

Tired of spending your vacation lounging on the best beach in the world? Explore our land sports and activities.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is one of the island’s top land sports. There are two stables on Providenciales: Provo Ponies at Long Bay, and Caicos Corral near Turtle Cove.

Both stables are within access of the beach, and typically include wades in shallow and crystal-clear ocean water on rides.

Riding is an activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The professional staff at the local stables are able to provide basic instruction, and guide-led ponies for small children is also available.

Both morning and afternoon are offered. Reservations are required, and we advise reserving well in advance of your expected date as openings are limited at times. Sunset rides are another option, and a great way to end the day.

Golf

Providenciales is home to the perfectly-maintained Provo Golf Club. Designed by Karl Litten and built in 1992, this award-winning and intriguing 18 hole course is par 72. The setting is amongst low limestone cliffs and small ponds, and the grounds abound with bird life.

Located in the Grace Bay region of Providenciales, the Provo Golf Club offers private golf instruction and tennis, in addition to the standard round of golf.

Cycling

Casual cycling, mainly as a means of getting around the Grace Bay, The Bight, and Leeward areas, is becoming very popular on Providenciales.

There are many types of bikes to choose from, from wide-tired beach bikes, to the classic and simple resort cruiser.

We advise that those looking to bike on Providenciales check out both our cycling page and our Driving in the Turks and Caicos article as well.

Nature and the Great Outdoors

Sunset at a beautiful Providenciales coastline.

It’s difficult to compete with the spectacular beaches and marine environment of the Turks and Caicos, yet the terrestrial world of our islands is just as inspiring. We have unparalleled wetlands and mangrove channels, beautiful coastal regions, and Conch Bar Caves, the largest dry cave system in the Lucayan Archipelago.

Much of the country remains undeveloped, and it’s an unforgettable experience to discover areas that few others have seen.

Hiking

Providenciales and all of the Caicos Islands offer beautiful and varied coastal hiking regions. Establish and dedicated hiking trails are still largely absent due to the limited development in the country, yet many coasts offer open conditions.

The country’s top hiking trail, the Crossing Place Trail on Middle Caicos, leads past limestone coastal cliffs, beaches, wetlands, and Karst cave features. If you’re looking to discover the sights off of Providenciales, it’s easy to visit some of our outer islands on a day trip. Simply select an island, book a rental car, and take a ferry or flight. For information on the sites and scenes of our less-inhabited islands, see our island-specific pages.

Birdwatching

Due to our extensive wetlands, flamingos, egrets, herons, ospreys and pelicans are common throughout the islands. In the interior dry brush lands and forests, smaller birds are the sights, including warblers, bananaquits, anis, mangrove cuckoos, Antillean night hawks, and the extravagant Bahamas woodstar hummingbird.

There are no scheduled birdwatching tours on Providenciales, yet charters can be arranged with many of our local eco-tour businesses.

Outdoor Photography

Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana on French Cay
A Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana on an uninhabited cay.

Nature, bird and sports photographers will have endless subjects in the Turks and Caicos. In addition to our incredible landscapes and common wildlife, there is a tremendous range of endemic and endangered species indigenous to our islands. An example is the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana. Found on some uninhabited cays, this interesting lizard is friendly and easily approachable.

Under the surface of the ocean, the photo opportunities are just as inviting. There is vibrant reefs and coral, sea creatures large and small, and tranquil beach settings.

During the winter months of the year, humpback whales migrate past the Turks and Caicos, and make for amazing Snorkelling encounters.