There are plenty of ways to stay fit while on vacation in Providenciales. Nearly all large resorts feature onsite fitness centres, and there are several gyms across the island which cater to locals and visitors alike.
Many of the luxury vacation rentals have exercise equipment, and few of the more-expansive retreats have impressive and modern private fitness centres.
A great element of the Turks and Caicos is that there are so many great outdoor activities to do, many of which are perfect for staying in shape.
Largely due to the luxury tourism market, the Turks and Caicos also supports a strong yoga culture, and there are many boutique yoga and Pilate studios on Providenciales.
Fitness Centres and Gyms
There are many fully-equipped fitness centres on Providenciales, with convenient locations across
Turtle Cove, central
Leeward Highway, and
Downtown. Nearly all locations offer short term access for visitors.
Graceway Sports Centre in central Providenciales is one of the larger fitness complexes in the country, and a gym, indoor basketball, squash, and volleyball courts, lit tennis courts, and football fields.
The Turks and Caicos is now home to its own CrossFit centre!
IronShore Crossfit is located at Queens Landing plaza near the
Graceway Gourmet supermarket in Grace Bay, and offers memberships and classes. Ironshore is a local term for a rugged and razor-sharp limestone terrain coastline found at some locations in the Turks and Caicos – a fitting name for the gym.
Kayak race at Long Bay Beach on Providenciales.
One of the best aspects of fitness in the Turks and Caicos is the plethora of fun and exciting outdoor and water sport fitness activities. It’s simply easy to stay fit here.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand up paddle boarding, or “SUPing”, is very popular and an excellent core workout. The Turks and Caicos offers amazing settings for this, from crystal clear shallows with sandy bottoms, to incredible and verdant mangrove wetlands and estuaries.
There’s also great stand up paddle surfing at times, which can be a fun change from flat water paddling.
On breezy days, SUP down-winders are great, as they add an exciting element to the open water distances. As the activity’s name suggests, paddlers start upwind, and navigate downwind to a different end location. It’s quite easy to do more than 5 miles (8km) on such a trip, and a great beach is often chosen as the end destination.
During optimal conditions on paddle board downwinders, little wind waves can be caught and “surfed” for extra speed. Downwinders require a bit of transport organization, as paddling back to the starting point can be quite difficult on windy days, and downwind travel is only feasible. Transport by vehicle or boat back to the starting point is typically necessary.
Open Water Swimming
In the last few years, a strong
open water swim movement has taken hold on Providenciales, and several organized training and competition events take place every year.
Long distance running is also taking off, and local and visitors can be seen training for events across the globe.
The environment of the Turks and Caicos can be notoriously hot, which is perfect for marathon and triathlon training!
The Turks and Caicos unfortunately lacks dedicated nature and
hiking trails, yet there is the
Bird Rock Point trail on Providenciales and the scenic and remote
Crossing Place Trail on Middle Caicos.
Coastal regions are the favoured hiking settings in the Turks and Caicos, and there’s certainly an amazing collection to discover!
cycling is another popular sport. The Turks and Caicos Cycling Federation organizes training and competition events regularly.
Several of the dedicated cyclists on Providenciales travel over to North Caicos on the ferry for a day trip occasionally, to take advantage of the open roads, lack of traffic, and new sights.
Road and triathlon bikes are available for rent at local cycle shops on in Grace Bay, so you won’t have to endure the clunky beach cruiser when exploring the Turks and Caicos!
Several organized team sports are played in the Turks and Caicos, and visiting guests are often welcome. There’s football (soccer), rugby, volleyball, and cricket.
Sports and Fitness Equipment
The Turks and Caicos does not have any large stores dedicated to sporting goods and equipment, yet a decent selection can be found with visits to a few shops.
The expansive Do It Center shop carries a wide range of entry-level sports equipment. The shop at the
Graceway Sports Centre is another good option.
The Pro Shop at the
Provo Golf Club offers the best selection of tennis and golf supplies.