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Perfect the Art of Doing Nothing on Turks and Caicos

June 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

View from Ocean Club Resort on Grace Bay

We've already told you about the unusual ingredient in the cocktails at the best beach bar on Provo in Turks and Caicos, and we'll show you what to eat when you're on the island in this week's Street Food Friday.

But other than eating and drinking, we don't have much advice on what to do.

That's not a knock - it's the truth. Provo, short for Providenciales, is a 38-square mile island at the western edge of the chain. It's the largest island in terms of population in Turks and Caicos - about 25,000 - and was without modern infrastructure as recently as the mid-60s. Provo got its first hotel in 1984, which sparked a development boom that transformed the island to what it is today: A low-key, sleepy tourist destination that lets its natural features do the talking.

What does that mean? Well, there's the world's only conch farm, great diving, and a variety of activities that you could do anywhere (stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, snorkeling), but the most popular activity is mastering the art of doing nothing, eating and drinking and reading and staring out over the incredible, crystal-clear water. Despite the fact that perfectly blue and green water is nothing new as far as the Caribbean is concerned, we have to give a nod to Turks and Caicos for its far-reaching shallow waters that extend the lighter blues and greens well off shore.

When deciding to go to Provo, you are essentially saying that you are dedicating the trip to relaxation, with a plan to post up at a resort on Grace Bay (which our sis HotelChatter will dive into later this week). You'll most likely be in bed early, because there's not much nightlife to speak of. You might decide to throw in a few activities to get out on the water, such as kayaking, but ultimately, your daily activities will include not much more than exploring the different corners of the island, beach chair in hand.

The art of doing nothing. We could get used to such a concept, especially with scenery like this:

[Photos: Will McGough]

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