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Kiteboarding in Turks and Caicos

Kiteboarding in Turks and Caicos is an exciting watersport that allows you to take advantage of the constant east southeast trade winds and the shallow, clear ocean water that make Providenciales, Turks & Caicos an ideal kiteboarding destination.

Guests staying at Providenciales’ The Sands at Grace Bay often enjoy watching kiteboarders ride along the nearby Long Bay Beach, which is known as one of the best kiteboarding spots in Provo and is a great place for beginners to learn the sport.

For beginners or those wanting to enhance their riding skills, Kiteboarding lessons from experienced instructors are offered by several Kiteboarding schools here in Providenciales.

Lessons range from 1-3 hours in length and beginners can typically begin riding on your own after 2-3 lessons. Local kite schools in Provo also rent kiteboarding equipment by the day or week, for more advanced riders.

Tour providers also offer kiteboarding safaris where they take guests to more secluded kiteboarding spots around the island that are only accessible by boat.

For more information on kiteboarding lessons, tours, packages or equipment rentals offered in Providenciales, visit our Resort Tour Operator Desk or contact us directly.

Perfect harmony on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales

Experience an earthly wonder of sand and sea at our 114-suite luxury resort on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies.

Family-friendly, yet ideally suited for romantic getaways and wedding celebrations, The Sands at Grace Bay offers a harmonious balance of home comforts and sublime Caribbean elegance – as well as a picture perfect location on the sparkling shores of Grace Bay Beach.

If you are dreaming of a beach holiday in the Caribbean that gives you the flexibility of having your own fully-equipped suite while enticing you with fine dining, pristine grounds and sigh-inducing vistas, we look forward to welcoming you to The Sands at Grace Bay.



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3 Great Family Restaurants In Providenciales

During your next family vacation to Turks & Caicos’ breathtaking island of Providenciales, known for its world-famous Grace Bay Beach, plan on taking your kids to the following family favorite dining spots that are sure to please all ages:

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Hemingway’s Restaurant: The beachfront open-air restaurant located at The Sands at Grace Bay boasts a casually elegant family-friendly atmosphere and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The award-winning restaurant boasts a popular kids menu for children 12 years and younger, as well as mouth-watering island-inspired cuisine and delicious cocktails for grown-ups. Featuring a spacious poolside deck just steps away from Grace Bay Beach, Hemingway’s is a great place to relax and unwind with your family after a day of fun in the sun and enjoy live entertainment, tasty bites, and the cool ocean breezes. For downloadable menus, visit our Resort Dining page.

Bugaloo’s: If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path and laid-back beach dining experience, Bugaloo’s is a ton of fun for the whole family and is a favorite amongst locals. It offers music and dancing, limbo contests, and serves up fantastic food daily for lunch and dinner including freshly caught fish and conch. Plus, it’s located right on the beach so your kids can swim and play while you enjoy the ocean views and relaxed atmosphere. Bugaloo’s is located in Providenciales’ Five Cays Settlement, which is a 20-minute car or taxicab ride away from our resort. Read what other travelers are saying about Bugaloo’s.

Giggles Ice Cream & Candy Parlour: Located in downtown Grace Bay, Giggles ice cream and candy parlour offers some of the island’s sweetest treats and desserts and is a fun family destination for those traveling with kids. In addition to its selection of candies, pastries and pies, Giggles is known for serving up delicious cool treats on hot sunny days including soft and hard serve ice cream, low fat yogurts and sorbets, milkshakes and floats, as well as banana split and hot fudge sundaes. Located just a short drive or bicycle ride away from the resort, Giggles is open Monday through Saturday from 10am – 10pm and on Sunday’s from 12pm – 10pm.

For helpful kid-friendly island attraction and excursion recommendations, visit our resort “Families” page at the following link:


The Sands at Grace Bay Kicks Off A #SandsSelfie Social Media Contest

The Sands at Grace Bay has just kicked off a #SandsSelfie social media contest that is taking place now through March 31st – where both current and past guests who post a resort “selfie” photo onto the resort’s Facebook or Instagram pages, will be entered to win a future 3-night stay in a luxurious one-bedroom Oceanview suite.

The contest encourages guests to capture and share fun and memorable selfie photos of their Turks & Caicos trip and stay at The Sands at Grace Bay, located on world-famous Grace Bay Beach, and the steps to enter the contest are as follows: 1) guests must take a #SandsSelfie photo from the resort property, 2) post it onto the resort’s Facebook ( or Instagram ( account using the #SandsSelfie hashtag, 3) and “follow” the resort on Facebook and Instagram to receive winner notification.

The #SandsSelfie contest is happening now through March 31st. When the contest ends, one #SandsSelfie photo taken on the resort property will be randomly selected from either the resort’s Facebook or Instagram account as the winner. Photos from current or past guests must include the hashtag #SandsSelfie in their photo descriptions during the specific contest period, to be entered. Those who enter must “follow” the resort Facebook or Instagram pages, to receive the winner notification. One winner will receive a gift certificate for a free 3-night stay in a 1-bedroom Oceanview Suite for a future visit to The Sands at Grace Bay – that can be redeemed within one year from the date it’s awarded.

The Sands at Grace Bay still has availability during the upcoming Caribbean high-season, but travelers will need to reserve their winter stay soon as space is limited. For winter bookings, travelers can check resort availability online via the new website or call toll-free from the U.S. (877) 777-2637; from Canada (800) 567-5327; or contact a travel agent for reservations.

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Visit “Iguana Island” On Your Next Turks & Caicos Trip

We often recommend that guests and families staying at The Sands at Grace Bay consider planning a visit to “Iguana Island” during their Turks & Caicos trip.

Several Providenciales tour providers offer round trip boat rides and snorkeling excursions that include a visit to Little Water Cay – aka “Iguana Island” – a small, protected cay that is home to thousands of endangered Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas.

This is one of the only places in the world where you can spot these unique iguanas in their natural habitat – and is top attraction for kids.

These large lizards may look scary at first, but they are actually harmless and shy herbivores. A walking trail through Little Water Cay offers visitors an opportunity to view these incredible reptiles up close, as they sun along the sand and rocks of their protected island.

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Reef Peepers offers a popular half-day snorkeling trip with a visit to Iguana Island that is ideal for families with children 3 years and older, and includes convenient resort pick-up and drop-off by boat. This three hour snorkeling adventure features a 40-foot catamaran boat ride to Iguana Island, snorkel stops along the barrier reef, and time to relax and swim along Providenciales’ secluded beaches. For reservations, tour times, and rates, visit the Reef Peepers website.



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Turks & Caicos Restaurants Go Crazy For Conch!

Thanksgiving in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos is all about the Conch! This is the time of year when the Annual Turks & Caicos Conch Festival occurs, usually over Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s 8th annual event takes place from November 25-26th, 2011 and features a weekend full of fun activities including a conch tasting competition where 25 local restaurants will compete for the most “delicious” conch in several categories that range from the Best Conch Salad, Best Conch Chowder and the ultimate prize – the Best In Show.

The Caribbean Queen conch is the native mollusk and number one export for the Turks & Caicos Islands. In addition to celebrating conch with an annual festival, the island is also home to the world’s only Conch Farm. Those who visit Providenciales can take a tour of the island’s Caicos Conch Farm, which is the only place in the world where conch are commercially grown and raised from veliger to adult. The breeding techniques in this conch farm actually help save the wild conch from extinction and over exploitation – while supplying food too many, as conch continues to be one of the major protein sources in the Caribbean diet.

The local Caribbean Queen conch is served in many Turks & Caicos restaurants including our very own Hemingway’s beachside restaurant at The Sands at Grace Bay. The “Conch Served The Way You Like It” menu option offered at Hemingway’s is a great way to experience the taste of our Caicos conch in a variety of ways, as you can choose amongst conch fritters, conch fingers or a fresh conch salad.  These are all delicious and refreshing after a full day of fun under the sun. Another restaurant specialty is the chef’s conch chowder, which is a traditional spicy island recipe that is also made with fresh local conch.

Only a few minutes away from The Sands at Grace Bay is another popular beachside Turks & Caicos restaurant venue called “Da Conch Shack” – which is a laid-back, open-air restaurant and bar overlooking the ocean that specializes in conch cooked nearly every way possible – from cracked conch and conch salad or ceviche, to conch creole and even a coconut conch stew.

It’s easy to see that Turks & Caicos restaurants and locals are simply crazy for conch. Come stay with us at The Sands at Grace Bay and you’ll be sure to get hooked on this tasty island treat as well!

Check out our main website for more information on dining in Turks & Caicos at The Sands.