Turks & Caicos, Caribbean – Royal West Indies & Dive Provo

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Royal West Indies & Dive Provo

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean

 

An Introduction to the Turks & Caicos

 

Royal West Indies — A First Class Beachfront Suite Resort is located on the very finest portion of Grace Bay Beach, and  offers a lovely blend of elegance and simplicity, and a great mix of suites.

Explore all that this surprisingly affordable and intimate condo style resort has to offer, including a popular restaurant on site, in suite spa services, tour desk, concierge services and extra bonuses like free watersports equipment and bicycles for you to use and complementary internet access. Within walking distance are world class dining, unique island shopping, a casino, local pubs and other nightlife, a golf course… and of course, miles of uncrowded beaches.

The Royal West Indies suites offer perfect Turks & Caicos vacation accommodation to enjoy the natural beauty and attractions of the islands – unparalleled scuba diving, snorkeling, beach combing, fishing, wind surfing, kite boarding and a host of other water sports. The property features lush tropical gardens, two freshwater pools, and a friendly poolside bar famous for its Happy Hours.

Accommodation options consist of 60 botanical, ocean view and oceanfront studio, one and two bedroom suites.

The Botanical View Studios all have lush garden views from every spacious balcony.  The 540 square foot Studio Suite is larger than most luxury hotel suites and offers an 8’ x 14’ balcony and a 5’ kitchenette, with a variety of bedding configurations. All studio suites feature 12 foot sliding glass doors, sleek mini-kitchens, washer/dryer, closet safe and a remarkable furniture.

One Bedroom Deluxe corner suites represent true luxury at an excellent price. The master bedroom is bright and airy with its signature Caribbean louvered shutters. All suites feature spacious living area, with 12 foot sliding glass doors opening on to over-sized wrap around balconies – along with fully appointed kitchens with breakfast bar and dining area.

2 Bedroom – Deluxe are connecting suites combine to create this spacious dynamic 2 bedroom lockout featuring a common entrance foyer and breathtaking views from the oversized private balcony. These units allow for a wonderful two bedroom accommodation for family and friends while at the same time offering prime value at a luxury location.

Within easy walking distance from Royal West Indies are a variety of things to do and see. Wander just a few minutes down Grace Bay Road to the many shops, boutiques, and nightlife. Great shopping for jewelry, art, clothes and other accessories is available at the nearby Ports of Calls, Regent Village and Salt Mills Plaza shopping areas. Stock your in-room refrigerator at the convenient gourmet markets close by. The Casablanca Casino, featuring live table games such as Black Jack, Roulette and Craps, is literally right around the corner from the resort’s main entrance. A championship caliber golf course is just a few minutes away and the tour desk will happily arrange a tee time for you.

The Turks and Caicos are world known as a diver’s mecca. Surrounded by the third largest coral reef system in the world, T&C’s still pristine dive sites feature bountiful and diverse fish populations, frequent “big stuff’ sightings – stingrays, turtles, dolphins, even whales in season (December-March) – and dramatic wall dives and coral formations. Dive sites are as close as a ten minute boat ride, and day trips are available to some of the popular further out sites in West Caicos, Northwest point, French Cay and Pine Cay.

Royal West Indies has partnered with one of the island’s premier diver operators, Dive Provo. Featuring large comfortable boats and service-minded staff, they are ideal for divers of any level. Full PADI certification courses and resort courses are also available.

Snorkel trips can be arranged through the water sports/tour desk as well, with half day boat tours to some of the most vibrant spots on the reef. All equipment, drinks and snacks are included. Great snorkeling is also available from shore, at points about 15-minutes walk down the beach from the property (at Coral Gardens and Smith’s Reef).

Photographs courtesy of Royal West Indies Resort & Dive Provo

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An Introduction to Turks & Caicos

An Introduction to Turks & Caicos

 

The beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands are situated just 575 miles southeast of Miami. Covering 193 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Turks and Caicos Islands has the third largest coral reef system and the best tropical beaches in the world, making it a premier beach, diving and snorkeling destination and an ideal location for romance, family vacations, ecotourism and adventure seekers, which is probably why so many of their visitors return over and over again. One of the most valuable possessions of the islands are the pristine white sandy beaches, which in total cover 230 miles and are complemented with crystal clear turquoise waters. The islands are relatively flat but vary from sand dunes to lush green vegetation. There are eight inhabited islands: Salt Cay, Grand Turk, South Caicos, Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Providenciales, Parrot Cay and Pine Cay. East Caicos and West Caicos along with several other fascinating cays are uninhabited. People on the islands known as "Belongers" are known for their friendly spirit, which helps ensure this is a destination that helps people de-stress, feel comfortable and truly relax.

THE ISLANDS

Providenciales: Also known as “Provo,” this island is visited most by tourists. With many resort hotels and the international airport receiving direct flights from various countries throughout the region, there is always buzz on Provo. It is ringed by pristine white beaches, and is home to historic villages as well as world-class shopping. Grand Turk: This island is home to the capital of the islands, and despite its relatively small size, also hosts the second largest population among the Turks and Caicos. Grand Turk has some historical sites to visit, but the main attraction here is the incredible diving. North Caicos: This island is more of a nature preserve than a tourist destination. Here travelers can see a wide range of nature due to the island's high rainfall. Birdwatchers especially can be impressed by the flocks of flamingos, as well as nearby islets with many birds. Middle Caicos: The largest of the islands, Middle Caicos is known for its rich agriculture, but it also has great tourist attractions, including an extensive cave system as well as old plantation houses. East Caicos: No longer settled, this island is home to ancient petroglyphs and an abandoned town as well as beautiful beaches. South Caicos: Despite its small size this is one of the most popular islands of the chain. Fishermen and those who love good seafood are regulars here. However, birders, history buffs, and divers find plenty to do here. Salt Cay: This tiny cay was the home to the Islands' salt industry, and when mining ended, it was as though life stayed in freeze-frame. Visitors come to explore this area and catch a glimpse of what life was once like on this island. Parrot Cay/Pine Cay: These two are private islands owned by resort companies.

What to Expect in Turks & Caicos

BANKS: Banks are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CURRENCY: The U.S. dollar is the official currency. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as well as travelers checks. Banks generally feature offer ATMs and provide cash advances on credit cards. ATMs are also becoming more widespread in the retail areas of Providenciales.

CLIMATE: The Turks and Caicos enjoy a tropical marine climate with low humidity and 350 days of sunshine a year. The warm temperatures are moderated by the cooling breezes of the easterly trade winds. During the winter months, the average daily high temperature is 82 degrees (F) and the average nightly low temperature is 65 degrees (F). During the summer months, the average daily high temperature is 88 degrees (F) and the average nightly low temperature is 72 degrees (F). Ocean water temperatures at the surface average 80 degrees (F) in the winter and 84 degrees (F) during the summer. Rainfall is interspersed throughout the year. Providenciales and the North Caicos average less than 50 inches of rainfall annually, while Grand Turk and the South Caicos average only 22 inches of rainfall annually.

DEPARTURE TAX: As of 2015, departure tax is listed at $29 U.S. Dollars and is typically included in your ticket. Please check with your airline or ticketing agent for details. If it is not included it is payable in cash only upon check in for your flight home.

DRINKING WATER: Water is generally safe to drink in resorts. As on many islands, fresh water is precious, as they depend upon rainfall or desalinated water produced by reverse osmosis for the supply. Please be conservative in using water. Bottled water is readily available.

DRIVING LICENSE:  Visitors from the U.S.A. Canada, the U.K. and many other countries may use their valid drivers license from their homeland.

ELECTRICITY: 110 volts AC is the standard, and an adapter is not required for visitors from the U.S.A.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All visitors to the Turks and Caicos must hold a round-trip ticket. Visitors may stay up to 30 days and can apply for extensions for longer stays, these are approved under the discretion of the Immigration department. Visitors from the United States and Canada must have a passport in your possession. Visitors from countries within the British Commonwealth require passports. Visas are necessary for visitors from countries outside of the Commonwealth and the United States. Please contact a British Consulate Office for visa applications.

TOURISM SEASONS: December to April is the region's high season, which has more to do with holiday times and lower temperatures everywhere else in the world. The high season often inflates prices for travelers throughout the Caribbean, so the window between the end of the high season and the beginning of summer may be the best time for travelers to visit the islands. Every year beginning in June and ending in October, the Turks and Caicos experience hurricane season. Though hurricanes don't hit often within the Caribbean, many travelers avoid visiting the islands during this season. Still, travel during this time should not be entirely ruled out and visitors should feel assured by advanced hurricane warning systems.

VACCINATIONS: There are no vaccinations required for entry to the Turks and Caicos. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS: Water temperatures generally range between 78 – 82°F. Most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable.

Top Side" Activities and Adventure

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

BIRD WATCHING:

The salt ponds and inland marshes serve as excellent feeding grounds for resident and migratory birds. Search for Great Blue Herons, Flamingos, Osprey and Pelicans alongside Egrets, Terns, Frigates, Boobies and other water birds. As part of the National Parks system more than twelve small cays have been set aside and protected for breeding grounds. 170 species of bird can be found in the Turks and Caicos Islands from Pelicans and Flamingos to Osprey and Cuban Crows. The variety is staggering and the photographs that have been taken here have been published across the world. On North Caicos in particular the tidal flats on the South side of the island attracts scores of birds including wild Pink Flamingos that regularly inhabit the aptly named Flamingo Pond.

CAVING:

A visit to the caves on Middle Caicos is an unforgettable experience. The cathedral like limestone reaches down to underwater lakes and sculpted stalagmites and stalactites. Guided tours of the caves once home to the original settlers the Lucayans are available daily. Caves can also be found on the uninhabited island of East Caicos where people have discovered ancient petroglyphs or markings in the cave walls by the Lucayans.

GLOW WORM EXPERIENCE:

Two to three nights of each month in conjunction with the lunar cycle there is an event that takes place uniquely in the Turks and Caicos Islands; the mating of the glow worms. When these creatures mate they give off a luminescent glow which creates "Christmas in the water"! It is a truly exciting experience which is a once in a lifetime occasion for most people. The glow worms will mate and light up the water with a bright glow and create an electric atmosphere.

KAYAK ECO TOUR:

Explore the turquoise coastal waters and marine ecology around Little Water Cay as you paddle along the mangroves for a view of the fish and bird life with an experienced guide. Visit the rock Iguana sanctuary on Little Water Cay to see the Iguanas in their natural habitat; then journey to the Nature Reserve for a closer look at a variety of marine species where you may even see young sharks.

SEMI SUBMARINE TOUR:

The semi-submarine Undersea Explorer tour is an adventure that begins when you board the craft located alongside the Tiki Hut Restaurant at the picturesque Turtle Cove Marina in Providenciales. As you leave the Marina, the waters will start to come alive with many hundreds of different tropical fish and spectacular coral formations. And if you are lucky, perhaps sting rays, sharks or even the world-famous Jo-Jo the dolphin might make an appearance. If you are worried about going too deep - don't. The Undersea Explorer has been specifically designed to stay just above the water with a lower observatory 5ft below the waves allowing passengers to see the Beautiful by Nature marvels.

TOUR THE ISLAND OF PROVIDENCIALES:

A fine blend of a tour! A mix of history, culture and natural beauty. Drive through Blue Hills, one of the oldest settlements on the island which was built around a fresh water supply; it gives you a real feeling of a Caribbean village. Stop at Blue Mountain unfolds a panoramic breath taking view of the natural beauty of the island. Continue on to Cheshire Hall, the ruins of an old cotton plantation house built by Loyalists. Complete your day with a visit to the world's only Conch Farm, a totally unique experience! Tour the farm and see how the Conch is bred and grown. Do not forget to stop and say hello to Sally and Jerry, the world famous trained Conchs.


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