Providenciales ~Turks and Caicos

Your first indication that things are going to be different will be when you get off the plane and have to use the airplane steps and walk a short distance to the small airport.

Immigration is quick and easy most days.

No one rushes here , everything is cool and easy and you feel safe all over the island .

The beautiful beaches are never far away no matter where you go.The biggest of the Turks and Caicos  islands is Providenciales (38 Sq.Miles) and is home to world-famous 12 mile long  Grace Bay Beach, always on world’s most beautiful beaches lists. If you are able to go on a quick trip to this island here are some must do’s.

Grace Bay Beach 

Beautiful and serene in every way. Clean, calm, no seaweed, safe , turquoise waters,white sand and a memorable stunning view.Really kissed by God.Always on top ten best beaches of the world lists.

Sapodilla and Taylor Bay 

Surrounded by private  villas, a beautiful and calm sound with clean and clear waters.Great for relaxing , walking. Smaller children love to  go out to the water as it is very shallow  , both bay’s are not far from each other in the chalk sound area.

Chalk Sound 

The colors ( milky Blue)of Chalk  sound are breathtaking and a sight you never will forget, it is this sound that you see as your plane lands in Providenciales. The sound is surrounded by homes and a restaurant so there is only limited access to vantage points and photo ops, however if you eat at Las Brisas or stay at hotel Neptune Villas you will have opportunities to swim and kayak in the sound.

Bugaloos Restaurant

Warm winds, calm turquoise waters, fresh caught conch and relaxing island music is why you will have to go to Bugaloos restaurant located in the  Blue Hills region. It is a unique experience to see live conch here and enjoy fresh seafood.It is located right near the fisheries so you know the fish is always good here.

Conch Farm

It is neat to see this attraction. The life cycle of the conch in it’s habitat.Quite a learning experience for kids and adults and not a farm you see often in world travels.

Coco Bistro

Very upscale and a pricey  restaurant with food that will amaze you and treat your taste buds. A special occasion can be celebrated here and you will be treated like royalty  with foods to delight in .If you can afford it, it’s a must do. It is worth  to save on a few meals while there  and splurge at Coco Bistro.

Thursday Fish Fry 

Located at Bight Children’s park will be the weekly Thursday fish fry. Fresh seafood, vendors , locals and tourists coming together for an unforgettable atmosphere, music  and good fun.

Resort Hop

There are beautiful resorts on Grace Bay beach stretch  and most of them are welcoming of guests not staying at the hotel to have drinks and meals.This is a perfect way to scope out properties and  accomodations for your next visit! Each resort has a different feel and atmosphere. With the exception of Beaches and Club med resorts ( you have to get a day pass to get in) you can go out for drinks to the other beautiful resorts.

Reefs

snorkeling in the coral reefs are a treat with rare . colorful and memorable sights.

Parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling, diving and all water activities are readily available with very few vendors bothering you on the beach.

Things to remember

This is not a crime free island, proceed  with caution and act as you would in any big city or foreign travel. That being said, it is one of the safest islands in the Carribean.

Food is not cheap so be prepared , however the quality of everything is very good.Supplies are brought in from Miami daily so everything is fresh.

Water is safe to drink from taps.

US Dollar is the currency used.

Driving is on the left hand and driver sits of the left side of the car.

Familiarize yourself with using a roundabout, right side has right of way.

Always use reputable and licensed taxi companies.

The people are soft mannered,friendly ,warm and very proud of their island.

Rent a car , travel all over the island which is small  , a tankful of gas gets you very far for many days here !

110 volt/60 cycle, is the electricity used.

Respect the beauty of the island and do not litter – clean up after yourself.

 

Travel with a purpose

Provo children’s home is always looking for donations however small. There are currently 8 kids in the home.

http://www.pch.tc/pdf/genwishlist2016.pdf

Adopting a puppy is made easy in TCI and is a great way to give a pet a good home .Homeless dogs are lovingly called potcakes.

http://www.potcakeplace.com/

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Grace bay before a storm

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Cracked conch is an island delicacy – Bugaloos

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Do Not Project Your Unhappiness On Others

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Last week I was feeling overwhelmed and tired , when I finally sat down to have a cup of tea and relax, a telescammer (telephone scams)  who had been hounding my  phone for days  called. I just lost it and very unlike me, I was rude to him on the phone.

Later, I realised this must have been a poor man from a third world country, just trying to make a living by being a telescammer. He was just doing a job. I had the power to control my behavior and I did not, simply because I was tired.

It is easy to feel down about  life in general .Most people are overworked tired and just keep living the same routine day after day.

To throw any good person off ,is sickness, tiredness, menopause or premenstrual discomfort, financial , marital or home problems that comes about in every persons life.It is very easy to project your unhappiness or worry on those around you ,like your close friends, spouse ,children or coworkers. However whatever it may be that is making you angry or irritable and short with those around you, is not their fault .The fault lies with you.

Yes, it is hard to self reflect sometimes as you may not like the answers you get. But there is always room to grow as a human and always forgiveness from others.

Be mindful  of your behavior, fix what is wrong in your life, and realise that others cannot do this but you yourself have to fix it.

Ask yourself a few questions

Do I feel myself?

Am I happy? 

Have I snapped at my spouse, family or coworkers because of how I feel?

Am I behaving differently?

Do the people I normally love and care about suddenly irritate me? 

Am I taking out my frustrations on people who do not deserve it.?

Try to  make yourself or your situation  right immediately your loved ones have not changed, you have !

If you cannot easily fix the life situation that is making you this way, then at the very least stop taking out your feelings on others and be mindful of being a kinder nicer YOU.

Tell me what you think.