Turks and Caicos Blog

  • Grethe Seim Message In A Bottle Collection, Turks & Caicos National Museum It's one thing to write a message, put it into a bottle and drop in the water. It's another thing to find a bottle with a message in it. Imagine. You're walking along a gorgeous Caribbean beach. Wait a minute, what's that half-buried in the sand up ahead? You investigate a little closer. It's an old bottle. You brush off the sand and hold it up against the sunlight. Your pulse starts to race when you see a scrap of paper

  • Brilliant Chef, Inspired Cuisine...another great reason to visit the Turks & Caicos He might be living in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but Chef Francois Hubert finds just as much beauty in the food he's cooking. Hubert, chef of the Seaside Cafe on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, was just 15 when his culinary journey began when he happened to read the cookbook "Meat and Game" by well known chef and author Charles Trotter. "The whole beauty about food just hit

  • Turks & Caicos one stop in a journey through 70 nations Passing the hot sauce to spice up conch fritters is one thing. But in the Turks and Caicos Islands right now there is something being handed between people that is firing up more than peoples' tastes. As of yesterday, April 15, 2014, The Queen's Baton Relay has officially arrived in the Turks and Caicos Islands. What's the Queen's Baton Relay you may ask? Unlike it's better known cousin, The Olympic Torch Relay, the Queen's Baton is the

  • Honoring the Unique Landscape of Providenciales, Provo Golf Club Challenges Golfers of all Abilities Every golfer dreams of getting a birdie. But a large pink one!? The Provo Golf Club on Providenciales not only features links created by a master course designer, but also plays hosts to a number of flamingos. The sight of large tropical birds wandering around the greens might call to mind windmills, pirate ships and castles of the miniature golf variety. But this is no toy golf course. It was de

  • The History of Churches in the Turks & Caicos Islands The Catholic Church "Our Lady of Divine Providence" on Providenciales is a brand new building, but its origins reach far into the past. The old church structure was replaced in 2011. The new church is designed by an Italian. Interestingly enough, the very name of the church, which goes back hundreds of years, can be traced to another creator, also Italian. View construction pictures. Located on the island of Providenciales, (spanish for "prov

  • Direct flights from Montreal get you into the Sunshine Sooner! Fortunately, the Turks and Caicos Islands are now much easier to reach, making those escapes from the icy Canadian winters even more alluring. With multiple flights each week arriving from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa via Air Canada and WestJet, you have a lot more reasons to shrug off the winter coats and step into your flip flops. Air Canada Vacations Direct from Montreal Air Canada Vacations will be operating a Montreal - Providen

  • The Elusive Bonefish is a Challenge for Even Experienced Anglers What is bonefishing, or bonefish for that matter? Bonefish are medium sized game fish found in shallow tropical waters. These fish are known for their elusiveness and fight, and bonefishing is an increasingly popular challenge to sportsfisherman of all abilities. And these anglers would go so far as to say bonefishing, contrary to the sound of the word, is anything but boring and dull. Darin Bain, owner and operator of a DB Tours B

  • Conch Culture: A Fascinating and Sustainable Food...and much more Curious about this creature called the Conch? Why not spend the day enjoying all things conch (pronounced "konk") in the Caicos Islands? Morning Excursion A morning visit to the Caicos Conch Farm is the perfect introduction to this creature which is such a symbol of Turks and Caicos culture that it has been shown on its stamps. Located at Heaving Down Rock, at the end of the Leeward Highway, Providenciales, the Caicos Conch Farm i

  • Beautiful Photo Features Villa del Mar's Beachfront Along Grace Bay Beach The Sydney Morning Herald Traveller listed the top beaches in the world, and out of 26 beaches, Grace Bay Beach was recognized in number 2 place. What an honor! Interestingly, the photograph selected by the publisher features the segment of 12-mile Grace Bay Beach which is Villa del Mar's beachfront area. Click here to see photo. This is where Villa del Mar offers its complimentary beach service, including towels, beach um

  • Choices Abound, but Three Restaurants Stand Out With Diners Many people go on a vacation to escape from the stress of life. They can't stand the heat and they get out of the kitchen. But for three chefs on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the heat is just fine and they love staying in the kitchen. Paul Newman, Stuart Gray and Wolfgang Von Wieser each bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their restaurants and all are thriving operations on Providenciales. Coyaba This succe

  • How will you spend your vacation in the Turks & Caicos Islands? From snorkeling in clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life, jet skiing along the picturesque shoreline, walking along a stretch of Grace Bay Beach, or swimming with the playful dolphins who venture close to shore, there are numerous activities to enjoy while on holiday in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Check out the Special Offers from Villa del Mar for your next Caribbean vacation.

  • Art, Specialty Food, and Luxury Goods Shopping....Tax Free! Okay it's time to do some shopping. Maybe you want to escape that mid-day sun or just get that perfect little something for that special someone back home. On Providenciales, however, shopping isn't about covering the vast distance of a mall or comparing items between competing chain stores. Shopping reflects the same easy carefree style of the island. It's about meandering in and out of local boutiques then relaxing with a satisfying s

  • Local Eateries Serve Up Comfort Food with a Side of Ambiance Sometimes enjoying a meal is an experience that is not just about the food. Sometimes it is about the ambience transporting the diner to a different time and place. Two casual dining restaurants on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands do just that with one focusing on "time" and the other on "place". Time Travel If it's a time trip you prefer then ladies grab your poodle skirts and men slick back that hair! It's 1950's flavor

  • Villa del Mar, Grace Bay, is an Intimate Destination for a Caribbean Beach Wedding Say "I do" on the beautiful shores of world-renowned Grace Bay Beach, a jewel in the string of islands, islets and cays in the Turks and Caicos archipelago. A short flight from many accessible US and Canadian hubs including Miami, New York, Boston, Charlotte and Toronto, this dream Caribbean destination wedding is a perfect backdrop to celebrate with your family and friends. In our short video, you will see just h

  • Hockey is a Popular Sport in the Turks & Caicos Islands and Some NHLers are Making Sure it Stays That Way! It's Hockey Night in Canada. Time to settle into that comfy chair, grab that delicious daiquiri and wiggle your toes in the white soft Caribbean sand. Wait a minute. Skates and pucks? A sandy beach? No, hockey fans, this is no mistake. So popular is the sport that in Providenciales some resorts are setting up big screen televisions on the beach and serving some Canadian favorites such a

  • Welcome to Villa Del Mar If this long winter has got you down, we have just the remedy for you! Trade in the frigid winds for an icy rum punch, the frozen lakes for the body-soothing waves of the intoxicatingly warm ocean, and those heavy socks and boots for the toasty, talcum-powder sand of Grace Bay Beach. Experience our beautiful tropical resort on Turks and Caicos Islands - just steps away from Grace Bay Beach - one of the world's favorite beaches. In our short video, we show you what its li

  • Join us for Captain Bill's famous Rum Punch at the weekly reception at Villa del Mar On Friday evenings just as the sun is skimming the horizon, guests and long time friends of Villa del Mar gather in the presence of the Captain to sip on one of the best rum cocktails available in the Turks and Caicos Islands. And sipping is not all they do. This weekly event is a meet and greet with Alan Lawley, Director of Operations and Tendra Musgrove, General Manager; it is also a lovely opportunity to shar

  • Glow Worms Steal the Show During Monthly Mating Ritual off Providenciales It's a warm Caribbean evening and the cruise vessel you're in is smoothly skimming the water. You notice the water is beginning to take on an emerald green glow and wonder about that rum punch you've been sipping aboard the boat. But this is no alcoholic effect: it is Mother Nature in her glory. Monthly Mating Ritual For several nights after the full moon, the waters off Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands are h

  • World of Wines Showcased at Monthly Tasting and Dinner Events World travelers tend to have some things in common, including a passion for food and wine. But to imagine that one would travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands for a wine tasting seems a little hard to believe. But is it really? The Turks and Caicos Islands are a marvelous playground for travelers, offering many sea and land activities and fabulous dining in world-class restaurants. And, best of all, visitors are treated to an excepti

  • Magnificent Humpback Whales in Providenciales Give Visitors a Chance to get Close and Personal The baby is coming! The mother enters the maternity ward and soon she is the proud parent of her own little bundle of joy. Her 4400 pound (or almost 2000 kg.) little bundle of joy! No, it isn't time to call the people at the Guinness World Records. You see, the mother in this case is a Humpback whale, and the maternity ward is the waters of Big Sand Cay, also referred to as Great Sand Cay near the Turk

  • Villa del Mar and Global Med Choices have partnered up to offer the best of both worlds Just a couple of days ago you had hip replacement surgery, but now you're recuperating in the most idyllic setting imaginable - poolside surrounded by giant palms, and warm breezes - with world-renowned Grace Bay Beach just few steps away. This seeming incongruity is operating in a marvelous way in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Villa Del Mar Resort on Providenciales and Global Med Choices, an American medical

  • Beachcombing is a great way to enjoy the marine diversity and beauty around Providenciales "He sells seashells by the seashore." "The shells that Stanford sells are art shells I'm sure." Born on Providenciales, Stanford Handfield grew up surrounded by the startling beautiful waters of the Caribbean which is home to the conch and other remarkable marine shellfish. Stanford turns these natural resources into exquisite works of art. He cleans, polishes and transforms conch shells into night lights,

  • Local Eatery Offers More than Delicious Food on Grace Bay His mom's Peas Soup & Dough has long been a local favorite. His ability to play saxophone is known around the islands and well beyond. But it's the combination of the great food and his music talent that makes Janardo Laporte's Fresh Catch Local Bites restaurant such as special place. Situated in Grace Bay, Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Island, Fresh Catch has always been a favorite place for locals. They have lined up for Mr

  • Christmas and New Years Events in the Turks & Caicos Islands Brighten Up Any Caribbean Vacation Visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands with its spectacular beaches and glorious weather is always wonderful. And getting the chance to celebrate Christmastime in these friendly islands is warm in so many ways. But it is the post-Christmas period that really delights visitors in a truly unique way. Boxing Day, for example avoids the unpleasantness of fighting crowds of shoppers for store bargains,

  • Caicos Bakery Brings you a Delightful Assortment of Fresh French-inspired Baking There's nothing like the feeling of the hot Caribbean sun on your cheeks. There's nothing like the view of brilliant turquoise waters out your window. And there's nothing like the sweet taste of a French pastry on your tongue. Hold it. Did you just read that right? How can a Caribbean paradise have anything to do with French baking? This seeming incongruity is working beautifully at Caicos Bakery, a thriving bakery

  • Spay, Neuter and Adoption Program Supported by Dedicated Volunteers Some time ago a wandering mother cat and her kittens became permanent welcome "guests" at the Villa del Mar Resort in the Turks & Caicos Islands thanks to the kindness of the resort management, in particular Alan Lawley and his wife Pam. It's the kind of warm welcoming atmosphere that draws visitors in every year. But there are many stray animals on Providenciales that are not so lucky. The term potcake can often be heard ar

  • Anna’s Art Gallery & Studio in Provo May Have Just What you Seek A souvenir can cost a little. A souvenir can cost a lot. A souvenir that can completely transport you back to a moment and a specific feeling is a very special souvenir indeed. Anna Bourne who owns Anna's Art Gallery & Studio on Providenciales is keen to provide visitors with that kind of souvenir. She invites them "to take home an authentic piece of the Turks and Caicos" from her gallery. Art, for Anna, is very personal.

  • Villa del Mar Sponsors Debut Fashion Collection It’s not every day that a young woman gets the chance to be involved with the Miss Universe pageant. But for one young fashion designer in the Turks and Caicos Islands, it's a dream come true. Kadrica Hamilton was born on the island of Providenciales and has had a passion for fashion since high school. After graduation she followed her heart and enrolled in a fashion degree program at the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Florida. W

  • World Travel Awards names Turks and Caicos Beach Best in the World We've heard it often, but we never tire of hearing it again! It's official! Grace Bay Beach was recognized as the World's Leading Beach Destination 2013 at the World Travel Awards which took place at La Cigale Hotel in Doha, Qatar on 30th November 2013. Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, edged out competing beaches from around the world, including Boracay, Philippines, Cancun, Mexico, Maldives, Mar del Plata, Ar

  • Explore the Islands with Sail Beluga Sailing Charters She was designed by a master. She was built to race. And for 28 years now she has been carrying passengers all around the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is "Beluga", a 37 foot catamaran, built by her captain Tim Ainley. Tim operates "Sail Beluga", a private chartered sailing business out of Providenciales. Like her namesake, Beluga is all white and built for the water. She was designed by James Wharram, an award winning multi-hull boat maker w

  • Great Music in the Turks and Caicos Islands with the Brother Laporte Music is a part of the soul of Turk and Caicos Islands. There are musicians playing every night in venues all over the islands. Music is everywhere. But you can't find any musicians more home-grown than brothers Jervon and Janardo Laporte. For Jervon it was the saxophone that caught his eye. He was fascinated with its shape and its keys. He took no formal lessons but learned to play through constant practice and by sound and me

  • Explore Caribbean marine life through SNUBA For many people, the idea of being underwater is terrifying. Even the opportunity to see unusual marine life up close is not enough to push past that fear. And the idea of being fully immersed in this marine world with scuba gear is just beyond the training and comfort level of many of us. But Canadian born diver Jodi Taylor who runs SNUBA Turks and Caicos has completely dispelled that fear and removed those barriers. SNUBA, which began in 1988, is a u

  • Sapodilla Bay: History of the Islands Inscribed In Limestone I was here. They were here. And they left their signatures behind on the rocks. Carved into the limestone rocks at Sapodilla Bay, on the eastern side of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Island, are inscriptions and pictures. But this is no modern spray painted graffiti my friend; these are hand chiseled signatures that date back to the 1700's. Taken together the names read like a directory for the early pioneers of the Turks and

  • Chalk Sound: Pristine and Fragile Ecosystem on Providenciales The color of the water will leave you speechless. You ask people to describe the beauty and they struggle for words. But when they do find the words, the questions often asked are: "Why is the color so blue?" or "Why is Chalk Sound so exquisite?" However, the better question is, "How can we make sure that future generations will still be able to enjoy this national treasure?" National Park status protects this lagoon from the oily emi

  • Provo Ponies: Horse Care and Rehabilitation Project One act of kindness can change the world. In the case of Provo Ponies, a horseback riding stable located at Long Bay Hills on Providenciales, compassion is the very corner stone of the business. The story began in 2002 with seven horses from the Dominican Republic who were destined to be part of riding stable but whose owner had greatly underestimated the challenges of feeding, caring and training them in the Turks and Caicos environment. Lack

  • Cheshire Hall Plantation: The Spirit of Resilience and Survival How does it come about that a place of slavery can be regarded in a constructive and practical manner? How do the people of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands find the positives at a local site where people were enslaved? The site is Cheshire Hall, a 200-year old cotton plantation, located off Leeward Highway in Providenciales. Built by American Loyalist Thomas Stubbs in the late 1700's, Cheshire Hall comprises a large m

  • Whenever you visit, Villa del Mar has your Caribbean holiday covered Today's weather report: warm sunshine followed by sun with a 99% chance of sunny skies for the foreseeable future. Do you want to vacation in a place where the weather is wonderful? Then Providenciales (“Provo” for short) in the Turks and Caicos Islands is the place for you. Eastern Caicos weather is consistent. Temperatures average usually between 85 and 90 degrees (29-32 Celsius) from June to October with only a slight drop

  • Villa del Mar Receives 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence One positive guest comment is great. But many positive reviews from all over the world is truly amazing! In fact, for the Villa del Mar Resort on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the overwhelming number of glowing reviews paved the way to the prestigious 2013 Certificate of Excellence! This award is given by TripAdvisor, the largest travel website in the world, to honor top-performing hospitality businesses. Only ho

  • Villa del Mar Proud Sponsor of Upcoming 10th Annual Culinary and Culture Fest Come November, it's time once again to celebrate all things "Conch" (pronounced conk) in the Caicos! The collection of Caribbean cuisine and culture will "conch"-quer your taste buds! It's time for the 10th Annual Turks and Caicos Conch Festival. And this year Villa Del Mar Resort at Grace Bay, Providenciales is an event sponsor. Alan Lawley, Director of Development and Operations at Villa Del Mar, is enthusiastic to b

  • Villa del Mar Delights With An Exceptional Beach Service Experience It's a hot day at the beach, you're melting and you'd give anything for something cool and refreshing. Where do you go? Who can you turn to? You, my friend, are thinking about beach service. Spending time at this beach is a highlight in any Turks and Caicos vacation. But it's the Villa Del Mar premier beach service that truly makes that experience sizzle. The resort is situated steps away from Grace Bay Beach which is rated as "

  • Visitors Experience A Unique Walk Through "Iguana Island" The word iguana prompts images that range from Gordon Gecko to Godzilla. But the chance to see a real iguana in its own habitat is rare to those who come from more northern climates. The Turks and Caicos comprise a multitude of "cays", small low elevation islands made mostly of sand or coral. Each has its own unique features, but one in particular is noted for its unique creatures. Popularly known as "Iguana Island", Little Water Cay is l

  • Reef Restoration Program an Educational Treat for Tourists It's a dilemma that's bedevilled marine ecologists for decades. How do you make reefs accessible to the public and yet protect them? The alluring beauty of coral reefs draws in tourists, but this beauty and fragility can be easily damaged by human contact. But yet marine tourism might actually increase awareness and help protect the reefs for the future? The answer might just be to create and install educational trail markers all around

  • World's Only Conch Farm Treasures This Important Mollusk For most people, the word conch evokes either an image of a large white shell on a Caribbean beach or a deep hollow sound trumpeting the air. In the Turks and Caicos Islands conch is the national symbol and the heart of the economy. It represents a food source, a livelihood and a heritage. But the conch (pronounced "conk"), specifically the queen conch, produces a strikingly beautiful shell and its meat is sought after as a delicacy and fo

  • Manager's Reception at Villa del Mar Pours a Tasty History Lesson Tendra Musgrove, General Manager, and Alan Lawley, Director of Development and Operations at Villa Del Mar work hard to create a home-away-from-home experience for visitors to their family-friendly resort in Providenciales. And it would seem that they have been successful as guests so often remark that the resort staff is friendly, helpful and warm. As one couple commented, "It's a little family. Everyone that has worked there sin

  • Thursday Fish Fry – An Authentic Food and Culture Experience A vacation to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands is a chance to really get away from it all. And, while Villa Del Mar provides that perfect holiday getaway, sometimes half the fun can be getting into it all. And there’s no better way than to dive right into the "Thursday Fish Fry" event. This weekly family-friendly, Caribbean culture-fest begins at 6pm and attracts locals and visitors for an unforgettable experience of th

  • A Delightful Turks & Caicos Holiday Destination For Families Sometimes the smallest gesture of kindness can lead to unexpected happiness. Sometimes just reaching out can change life forever. Such is the story of resident cat Mama who lives at the Villa Del Mar Resort on Providenciales, one of the many islands which form the Turks and Caicos, located between the Bahamas and Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. This story begins during Christmas week of 2012. Alan Lawley, Director of Developme

  • Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice™ 2012 Winner Family – Top 25 Hotels for Families in the Caribbean In four short words: We love hosting families! Families staying with us always start the day off with our complimentary poolside deluxe continental breakfast from 7:30-10 am which includes cereals, juices, coffee & tea, assorted breads, and healthy fresh fruit. Our luxurious yet homey style accommodations are perfectly laid out as well, including having a large living/dining area in our family

  • We love reading the great reviews people post about their experience with us on the very popular Tripadvisor.com – here’s one from our guests that stayed with us and helped to celebrate the holiday season here in the islands. “We stayed here from Dec 25, 2010 – Jan 5, 2011 and we will be going back next year! We will also be recommending this hotel to anyone we meet that is going to T&C. This property is very clean, comfortable, the staff is great and friendly, the location is walking di

  • At the moment Villa del Mar does not offer a full service restaurant on property.  We do offer a BBQ area where you can make your own food right next to our comfortable pool and bar area. But for those who want to dine out, you’ll be pleased to know there are many restaurants within a short walking distance from your suite. We can help with suggestions and reservations for any restaurant on the islands. Here are 5 of our favorites, all within a 5 minute walk: Coyaba: Literally right around the

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