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Turtle Cove as seen from Blue Mountain.

Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove, Providenciales
Turtle Cove Marina.

Located on the north coast of central Providenciales, Turtle Cove is a largely residential region with several shops and restaurants, and the Turtle Cove Marina.

Luxury rental villas line much of the beachfront in the area.

Turtle Cove Marina

The centre of activity in the region is Turtle Cove Marina. A landlocked and shallow pond that was dredged out, this sheltered complex is the largest marina on the island and home to many water sport businesses, boat cruise and fishing operators, along with private vessels of varying size.

Restaurants, small shops and accommodations are located in the adjacent plazas.

Nearby Beaches and Snorkelling

Smith's Reef at Turtle Cove.

Smith's Reef beach and Babalua Beach front the Turtle Cove region.

Continuing to the east of the inlet to the marina, Smith’s Reef is an excellent snorkelling site. This is the main and easiest to access beach near Turtle Cove.

To the west of the marina inlet is Babalua Beach. A bit more sheltered than Smith’s Reef, access is however more difficult.

History

Aerial view of Turtle Cove and Smith's Reef.

Turtle Cove was the first area on Providenciales to tourism development. Up until the late 1960s, the island only supported three small fishing and subsistence farming communities, namely Blue Hills, The Bight and Five Cays.

In 1967, Fritz Ludington, an American investor and developer, recognized the potential of the island as a tourism destination. He organized an initial project that included an airstrip, Turtle Cove Marina, and the Third Turtle Inn. Today, only the marina remains in use. The airstrip (it's location was south of the Graceway IGA) was replaced before long with the Providenciales International Airport (PLS).

The Third Turtle Inn was a first for the country. Grand Turk and South Caicos had at times small inns and hotels, but this project was the first complete resort plan to take place.

Map & Location

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