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Peter Pelican

Peter Pelican

The gorgeous stretch of sand near our condo is sometimes called Pelican beach, after the two pelicans that live nearby and fish our waters quite frequently.  Recently, their son (we named him Peter) has taken to perching on the jetty.  You know it’s Peter if he has a brownish/grey head instead of a white head (indicating that he is a juvenile).

Talk about an amazing vacation photo op.  A wild pelican sitting on a rock 2 feet away from you.  Strategically place family members behind him and snap away…you’re not in Kansas anymore Toto! Nor are you captive at an all-inclusive resort crammed with tourists who have picked up all of the shells and scared away any native birds.  Our 4 year old son managed to walk up and pet Peter.  I would not advise this behavior out of respect for wildlife and his very sharp beak.

Please leave a comment if you’ve run into Peter or his parents while visiting Turks & Cacios!

PotcakesNamed after the scraps from pots they were given ages ago, potcakes are the dogs of Turks and Caicos.  Medium sized and every color combination possible, these dogs are incredibly friendly but a bit of an issue on the island.  A perfect solution to the recent baby boom has arisen..the Potcake Place.  Looking for a companion?  The Potcake Place has potcake puppies that are up to date on their shots and have clearance for flights out of Provo.  I personally sat next to a potcake on his way to a new life in the U.S. the last time I flew home.

If you’re not able to make a long term commitment, you can volunteer to currier a puppy home to a waiting owner or simply take one of these furry cuties for a walk on the beach. Check out their website: to see photos of the latest puppies, make a donation or read some heartwarming stories.  The Potcake Place found homes for over 600 dogs last year, and we’d love to help them place many more in 2013!

Somewhere Cafe Turks and Caicos

Located between Windsong and Coral Gardens hotels, Somewhere Cafe is a great place to enjoy Mexican food in Provo.  Complete with a topside deck and tiki torches…this is the place to hang out and let your hair down.  Servers shirts have all sorts of sayings around “somewhere” like: It’s 5 o’clock… or I Got Drunk…

Happy hour begins exactly one hour before sunset and lasts 2 hours afterwards (the chalk signs will let you know when sunset is each day that week).  Enjoy a cocktail from their extensive list and then try their spicy guacamole and chicken fajitas.  Both are family favorites of ours!  Here’s a link to their fun Mexican menu.

Speaking of family, this is a great place to eat with your kids.  It’s fun and economical.  There is live music every Friday night and you can dance on the beach after your meal.
*Please note: You must be 18 or older to be seated or hang out on the top deck.

Long Bay Beach

Long Bay is just that…a really long bay with miles of white sand.  It used to be quite difficult to get to the bay (unless you were renting a house on the beach), but there are now 2 sand paths to the beach.

Right past Curlew Road, there is a painted sign for Beach Trail.  Follow the sandy trail up the hill to easy access the beach.  Be sure to look for the lovely wild orchids that line the path.

This beach is perfect for people that love to take long strolls on the beach.  It is very flat and full of sea shells (especially conch shells) to collect.

We have also heard that the Shore Club access is great for kite boarders or those wanting to watch them from picnic tables.

Long Bay Beach Directions from Leeward Highway
Pass Tower Road
Left onto Long Beach Highway
Left onto Lignum Vitae (drive slowly….big holes)
Right onto Long Beach Drive
Pass Windhaven Gates and park on the shoulder of the road
Access Lane 1 is on the left and a bit of an uphill walk

Beach Trail is further down Long Beach Drive and right past Curlew Road.  It is less steep than the other entrance, but softer sand.  Regardless of which route you take, you’ll love Long Bay Beach and the fact that it is very private (as most tourists do not know how to find it)!

Wild Orchids

Wild Orchid on Beach Path

Hidden Beach Turks & Caicos

Pulling 60 hour weeks?  Juggling to balance your career, family, health and friends?  If so, the need for a vacation has become an absolute must!  It can’t be the usual place you go either. You need a destination where you can relax, look around you, and truly feel at peace with yourself. You need the chance to enjoy the luxuries you crave with serenity that comes from white sand and perfect turquoise water.

So, where should you go for this much needed vacation? How about Turks and Caicos? Here you can relax right on the beach not far from your condo. You can go out on the golf course or you can go surfing. If boats are your thing, no problem! You can go spend your days sailing or boating on the beautiful blue waters. If you prefer to be in the water rather than on the water you can go swimming or scuba diving.

If you prefer to sit back and relax while checking out the sights, you can take a boat tour through the waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands. If seeing a bit of history is something you enjoy, you will be happy to hear that there are several historical places to visit in Turks and Caicos. You will even find delicious and unique food choices throughout the 150+ restaurants inTurks and Caicos Islands.

Whether you want to golf or surf, boat or swim, it is time to book your plane tickets to go to Turks and Caicos. Get some time off at work, find a sitter for the kids, and hop on that plane knowing that pure relaxation awaits in Turks and Caicos!

Wild Flamingos on Provo 

In Turks and Caicos Islands, there are several animal attractions that will impress and delight you and your family. One attraction which draws visitors are the salt ponds and inland marshes. Here visitors can engage in bird watching where both resident and migratory birds can be seen. Some of these birds include Blue Herons, Osprey, Pelicans, Terns, Flamingos*, and Frigates. A total of 170 bird species can be spotted in the islands.

Another great animal attraction is the Caicos Conch Farm. This is a must see because it is the only one of its kind in the world. There are other conch farms, but this is the only one which raises a Caribbean Queen conch from veliger all the way to adult. At the Caicos Conch Farm, you can watch and learn about the process of raising the conchs, see a show with two trained conchs, and see the conch pearls.  

A kayak safari adventure will enable visitors to enjoy many different animals including land animals, animals in the sky and water animals. Don’t forget about the whales, either. Humpback whales make their appearance near the islands late January through early April. You can take a whale watching trip where you’ll be able to see the humpback whales up close, hear the whale songs, and learn a variety of facts about the humpback whales.

You may also want to meet JoJo. JoJo is a bottlenose dolphin who has been living in the shallow waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands since 1980. He voluntarily interacts with people in his own habitat, and he has a warden appointed to protect him because the Islanders consider him to be a national treasure.
Also unique to the Turks and Caicos Islands is the Rock Iguana. Rock Iguanas can’t be found anywhere else in the world, so you definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity! These large lizards are docile creatures. While they have been removed from areas where livestock and domesticated animals now live, they are still very much a part of the atmosphere. They tend to stay in uninhabited areas away from humans. One place you will be sure to find Rock Iguanas is the Little Water Cay. In fact there are about 2,000 or more of these lizards living in this area.

*Fun Fact: Flamingos are the official bird of Turks & Caicos, so you will see them on custom uniforms and welcome signs (as well as in the wild).