Providenciales in Turks and Caicos is just 25 miles long by 3 miles wide and ringed by some of the most breathtaking beaches anywhere in the world. Provo, as it is called, is part of one of the last unspoiled coral reef eco-systems in the region, which serves as a breakwater protecting against ocean surges and maintaining calm coastal waters. Nowhere is this more evident than at Sapodilla Bay. Situated on the south side of the island, the Sapodilla Bay area is nestled between the azure waters of the Atlantic and a beautiful blue lagoon, the Chalk Sound. While Grace Bay Beach on the north shore is more developed and better known as a tourist spot, if you love unspoiled, uncrowded beaches of unmatched beauty, family-friendly Sapodilla Bay is just the place.
The Allure of Sapodilla Bay Beach
The quarter mile stretch of Sapodilla Bay Beach can be accessed by driving along Chalk Sound Drive to either Sapodilla Hill Road or Harbour Gates Close. Both roads offer parking near the beach. The Sapodilla Bay Beach offers white sugar sand near gin clear turquoise waters. The beach consists of tiny bits of shells and coral with no soil, clay or sediment that may be found elsewhere, resulting in soft, clean sand. Sapodilla Bay Beach is known as Child’s Beach because of the shallow, perfectly calm waters that are found here. Bring along snorkel gear to explore the colorful world of tropical fish and other sealife under the surface of the sea.
There are several hotels within five miles of Sapodilla Bay Beach, and a variety of elegant and spacious single-family homes for rent right on the beach. The Neptune Villas located a mile from Sapodilla Bay Beach are a good option for a family, offering a children’s park and a large swimming pool. Harbour Club Villas & Marina on Venetian Road is four miles away. Lovely oceanfront homes with beautiful views and beach access are ideal for large groups. These private homes offer features like private pools, up to six bedrooms and amenities like stand-up paddle boards and sea kayaks.
High up on the hill above Sapodilla Bay you can see the names of sailors who were shipwrecked on the island carved into the rock, dating back to the 1800’s. Nearby Northwest Point Marine National Park on the western part of the island extends to offshore reefs and lakes that attract a variety of waterfowl. Chalk Sound lagoon is designated as a national park for its bright turquoise water and countless tiny little rocky islets. Of course, for some people the glorious tropical sunset over Sapodilla Bay Beach is the main attraction.
Las Brisas Restaurant at the Neptune Villas is located right on the lagoon and offers amazing views. Enjoy Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine in an informal atmosphere. For American food, Gilley’s Café is a couple of miles from Sapodilla Bay. Bugaloo’s, a very casual eatery serving Caribbean dishes, is located on a nearby beach.
Photo credit to Ben Ramirez on Flickr.