Providenciales

'Provo' is 25 miles long and about 3 miles wide. A surge of building work since the early 1990s has changed Grace Bay, on the north shore, beyond all recognition, but despite the many hotels and condominiums you can still walk along the beach and snorkel without feeling crowded. Away from the smart hotels, condos and villas, however, the island is dry, scrubby and nothing like as pretty as the underwater world surrounding it. The reef is superb and attracts thousands of divers every year.

Getting there

Provo has the main airport for the islands and international flights come in here. There are no scheduled boat services and cruise ships do not call.

Getting around

Most roads are paved, contributing to fast, erratic driving by residents; speed limits (40 mph highway, 20 mph in town) are not observed, dangerous overtaking is common. Hired cars are generally not well serviced, and may have to be exchanged for another. Taxis are very expensive; complaints have not lowered the rates. There are usually taxis at the large hotels. The Gecko shuttle bus is a convenient and cheaper option if you are staying in the Grace Bay area, or there are the 'jitneys', vans which you flag down, used like buses.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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