Times of the Islands Fall 2016

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SAMPLING THE SOUL OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS FALL 2016 NO. 116

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contents

Departments

10 From the Editor

15 What’s New

Speed Born in Grand Turk—Delano Williams

By Jody Rathgeb

18 A Call to Action

The Time Has Come!

By Don Stark, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund

46 Real Estate

Paradise by the Fraction: Long Bay Beach Club

By Kathy Borsuk

65 A Taste of the Islands

North Caicos Tea Company

By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photos By Tom Rathgeb

69 Shape Up

Spinal Health and Well Being

By Dr. Craig D. Zavitz

71 Nails Need TLC Too!

By Franceska Parker

72 About the Islands/TCI Map

77 Where to Stay

79 Dining Out

82 Classified Ads/Subscription Form

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32 The Ride of a Lifetime

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By Ileana Ravasio

36 A Revolution in Going Green

By Kathy Borsuk

42 The Easy Way to Shop

By Kathy Borsuk

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SAMPLING THE SOUL OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS FALL 2016 NO. 116

ISLANDS

On the Cover

Ileana Ravasio of Attimi Photography spent a morning

on the road with motorcyclists from TCIRide to capture

this cover image and others in the story on page 32.

She says the best part of the photo shoot was to share

a ride from Turtle Cove to Blue Hills and back. “The

sense of freedom and the wild feel given by the bike

were amazing!” This multi-talented woman is the Turks

& Caicos’ exclusive photographer for Condé Nast Brides

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Green Pages

22 Project RESCQ

Story & Photos By Don Stark

25 Meal Time!

By Dr. Alastair M. Smith and Dr. Jessica Paddock

30 Bonding with Nature

By Evangelia Ganosellis

Photos By Amy Avenant

Astrolabe

54 A Phantasmal Project

By Dr. Donald H. Keith

59 A Mariner’s Tale

By Captain Willard E. Kennedy

CORRECTION: In the Summer 2016 issue of Times of

the Islands on page 42, we incorrectly stated in both

the body of the article and photo caption that Grade

6 students at the International School at Leeward

are being prepared for the GSAT. According to Vice

Principal Indrani Saunders, “A majority of our children

do not write the GSAT. They prepare for the entrance

exams for the British West Indies Collegiate and the TCI

Middle School.”

We sincerely apologize for this mistake.

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JOHN CLAYDON

Lobster season 2016/2017 kicked off on August 15 with opening catch landed at processing plants in South Caicos and Providenciales

totalling 43,206 pounds.

Pressed Down, Shaken Together

Whenever I read or hear the Bible verse from Luke 6:38 which says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good

measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you

use, it will be measured to you,” I get tears in my eyes. For there are many days when, if I am quiet enough to count

my blessings, they do indeed run over. The people I hold dearest are around me; I have food, shelter, car, clothing,

and a job that I love; I’ve spent a large part of my life in the most beautiful place in the world (Turks & Caicos); and

I know my God cares for me.

Since I started as editor so many years ago, one of my biggest fears was not having enough stories to fill the

magazine every quarter. Thankfully, that has never happened—not once—and we usually have too many! This issue

is an example—chock-full of a fascinating variety that represents so many different facets of the Islands. Our cover

story highlights a new niche in the market: “biker tourism,” with RideTCI’s motorcycle rentals and tours. I was enraptured

by Dr. Donald Keith’s masterfully imagined feature on the Ghost Fleet of the Caicos Islands, as well as Don

Stark’s inspired idea for a dolphin sanctuary in Providenciales. On a more practical note, learn what local business

Green Revolution is doing to encourage energy savings and how Island Bargains makes it easy for residents to shop

and ship, just in time for Christmas.

We couldn’t produce Times of the Islands without the contributors—both our esteemed “regulars” and our valued

newcomers—writers and photographers both. Their hard work and dedication is what enables each issue and this

editor’s gratitude to be “running over.”

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OF THE

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Kathy Borsuk, Evangelia Ganosellis, Dr. Donald H. Keith,

Capt. Willard E. Kennedy, Dr. Jessica Paddock, Franceska

Parker, Jody Rathgeb, Pat Saxton, Dr. Alastair M. Smith,

Don Stark, Candianne Williams, Dr. Craig D. Zavitz.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Amy Avenant, John Claydon, Michael Floch, David Gallardo–

World of Oceans, Heidi Hertler, iStock Photo,

Dr. Donald H. Keith, Capt. Willard E. Kennedy, Claire Parrish,

Macey Rafter, Ileana Ravasio–Attimi Photography,

Tom Rathgeb, Pat Saxton, Dr. Alastair M. Smith, Don Stark,

TCNM Reynolds Collection, Jonathan Trujillo,

Candianne Williams.

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Born and raised in Grand Turk, runner

Delano Williams represented Great Britain

in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Speed Born in Grand Turk

Delano Williams participates in 2016 Summer Olympics.

By Jody Rathgeb

When Delano Williams ran in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he officially represented

Great Britain. But there’s more to that story. Currently a resident of Kingston, Jamaica, he was born and

raised on Grand Turk and continues to cherish the memories of a native-born Turks & Caicos Islander.

Delano’s participation in Rio was tweaked by the rules of the International Olympic Committee. The

IOC does not recognise the Turks & Caicos as a competing country. There was, however, a by-law with

a precedent to Anguillan long jumper Shara Proctor that allowed him to represent Great Britain because

the TCI is a British Overseas Territory. So it was that he ran the 4x400 metres relay in the 2016 Summer

Olympics.

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So it was that he ran the second leg of the 4x400

metre relay in Rio, helping his team (Nigel Levine, Matthew

Hudson-Smith, Martyn Rooney) come in first during the

qualifier before the committee disqualified them in a

harsh and disappointing decision, claiming that Rooney

was outside of the hand-over zone.

Behind it all, however, is a humble and genuine

“island boy” who remembers climbing coconut trees and

catching donkeys on Grand Turk. Shortly before he left for

Rio, we asked the 23-year-old to share some of his early

experiences that give his nimble feet their roots.

Early days: Delano was born on December 23, 1993

to Livingston Williams and Haitian-born Ruthe Barton. “I

used to live in South Back Salina, and then I moved to

Breezy Brae,” he relates. He became involved in sports at

school, and the interest intensified through the influences

of his coach, Neil Harrison, and a mentor, Rita Gardiner.

Who was Delano as a child? “I was a kid with ambition and

determination, dedicated to the task at hand. I was jovial

and still am,” he says. He adds that the need to always

achieve more helps to keep him humble.

Island flavours: “My favorite food in Turks & Caicos

is crack conch and chips. I get this every time I touch the

Islands. That food makes me put on weight! I love my

mother’s cooking. It’s unfortunate I didn’t learn how to

cook from her.”

Hurricane Ike: “I was sleeping” during the 2008

storm, Delano says. “I didn’t even feel anything.” His own

home was not destroyed, but there was so much damage

on Grand Turk that the school was closed for a long period

of time. That was when he moved to Jamaica, following

Coach Harrison, who had become head coach at Munro

College in St. Elizabeth parish. His final thoughts about

the hurricane? “Hey, it got me to the Olympics today!”

Jamaica: It was in Jamaica that Delano blossomed as

a runner. He entered Munro College in 2008 and represented

the school when he won the 100 and 200 metres

at the 2012 Jamaican National High School Track and

Field Championships. Also in 2012, he represented TCI in

the World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona,

Spain; he won a gold medal in the 200 metres. Delano has

also won medals at the CARIFTA Games (Youth 2009 and

Junior 2011 and 2012).

Delano trains with the Racers Track Club in Jamaica,

“home” of nine-time Olympic gold medalist runner Usain

Bolt, who has encouraged the younger man’s career.

Bolt also ran in Rio, ending his career with his ninth gold

medal. a

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JoJo, a wild Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin, has frequented TCI’s waters for over 25 years and as a National Treasure, is considered a symbol of

the type of freedom that all marine mammals deserve.

The Time Has Come!

A dolphin sanctuary for the Turks & Caicos Islands.

By Don Stark, Chairman, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund

Facilities housing captive marine mammals for the entertainment of tourists have been around for many

years. It is only recently that people have begun to realize that keeping highly intelligent, family-oriented,

social animals such as dolphins in captivity is inappropriate and cruel to the animals. This is evidenced

by the steady decline in visitors and revenue from places such as Sea World.

As a consequence, facilities around the world, such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

are beginning to close down their swim-with-dolphin programs and dolphin shows. This trend is creating

a need for a safe haven for these former entertainers to either be rehabilitated and released back into

the wild or to live out their natural lives unmolested. In fact, the National Aquarium has announced they

intend to create and open a seaside dolphin sanctuary to house their eight unemployed dolphins by the

end of 2020.

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The National Aquarium has outlined the criteria their

search team is using to evaluate potential sites for the

dolphin sanctuary. These include: a tropical or subtropical

climate, a dynamic habitat, a place with natural stimuli

(meaning it has live fish that the dolphins can interact

with and potentially learn to feed themselves again), and

customised care provided by trained professional staff.

The National Aquarium intends to maintain a connection

to the facility.

The Turks & Caicos Reef Fund has been in contact

with the staff at the National Aquarium in an effort to

interest them in evaluating the Turks & Caicos Islands as

a home for the dolphin sanctuary they intend to build.

The TCI certainly meets the key criteria with regard to

climate, habitat, and natural stimuli and the National

Aquarium would hire the professional staff to provide the

quality care for these highly intelligent animals.

The TCI is an ideal location for such a facility which

fits well within our “Beautiful by Nature” branding. We

have clear, tropical waters which are the natural habitat

for dolphins. We have a healthy population of bottlenose

and spotted dolphins in the waters around these islands.

The Turks & Caicos would make a perfect home where

the dolphins can either be rehabilitated and released into

the wild or spend the rest of their natural lifespan without

having to entertain humans for their food.

In addition, the Islands have a history of rehabilitating

and releasing captive dolphins back into the wild. In

1984, Chuck Hesse founded the Caicos Conch Farm on

the eastern side of Providenciales. Conch require sandy

sea floors as they live on detritus in the sand left by other

sea creatures. As a result, the Caicos Conch Farm had

60 acres of fenced-in sea pasture. In February 1990, Mr.

Hesse sent out a notice that any organization wishing to

rehabilitate a dolphin could have access to this 60 acre

pasture, the Conch Farm staff, and its facilities.

Shortly thereafter, ZooCheck, an environmental

group in the United Kingdom, contacted Mr. Hesse

about their desire to free three dolphins being held in

deplorable conditions in facilities in the UK. ZooCheck

said that if the Conch Farm facility was deemed appropriate

by the London Zoological Society, the first of the

last three captive dolphins in the UK could be on its way

to Providenciales by December of that same year. Rocky

was the first dolphin to arrive in January 1991 after Hesse

and his nonprofit organization, PRIDE, obtained approval

for the development of the rehabilitation facility from the

TCI Government and permission to import the dolphins.

Missie and Silver arrived two months later. The three had

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spent a combined 56 years in concrete pools on display

and performing tricks for their “daily bread.” Major funding

support was raised by ZooCheck with help from the

Mail on Sunday, a popular British newspaper.

For five months, the dolphins lived in the Conch Farm

pasture. During that time, volunteers worked tirelessly

to rehabilitate the dolphins so they could return to their

natural habitat, the open sea. During the years they spent

in captivity, Missie, Rocky, and Silver had been hand-fed

frozen fish instead of foraging on their own for food or

using their sonar capabilities, so they had to learn how

to hunt and feed themselves. Many in the community

were involved in this effort, including several of TCI’s

current elected officials. Over time, the three dolphins

were weaned from a diet of dead, frozen fish to catching

their own living, swimming meals.

Once the three could catch live fish on their own, it

was time to attempt their release back into the wild. To

accomplish this, a special sea pen was built to transport

the dolphins to the uninhabited island of West Caicos.

After spending three days in this sea pen, the gate was

opened on September 10, 1991 so the dolphins could

swim free. At first, they didn’t want to leave the security

of the sea pen. But after much hesitation, Rocky led the

way and the three finally left the pen and entered the

open ocean. They were spotted several months later in

the waters around the TCI and appeared to be healthy.

The rehabilitation process was considered a success.

So, with a perfect climate and large native dolphin

population, as well as previous experience in the rehabilitation

and release of captive dolphins, the Turks & Caicos

Islands are an excellent location for a dolphin sanctuary.

This is a much better business to support than a commercially-operated,

for-profit, swim-with-the-dolphins

program. A dolphin sanctuary would provide a safe environment

with lots of natural space in which to roam for

formerly captive dolphins. And if they can be rehabilitated

to feed on their own, it would be an ideal location

into which to release these former slaves. a

The Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF), a local not-forprofit

organization whose mission is to help preserve

and protect the TCI environment, along with a group

of volunteers has proposed establishing a new Dolphin

Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre in the TCI. To make

this happen, TCRF needs the financial and moral support

of tourists, the local population, and the TCI Government.

More information about the plan can be found at:

www.tcreef.org/dolphindefensefund.html

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green pages

newsletter of the department of environment & coastal resources

head office: church folly, grand turk, tel 649 946 2801 • fax 649 946 1895

• astwood street, south caicos, tel 649 946 3306 • fax 946 3710

• national environmental centre, lower bight road, providenciales

parks division, tel 649 941 5122 • fax 649 946 4793

fisheries division, tel 649 946 4017 • fax 649 946 4793

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This thriving Elkhorn coral is at Northwest Point, one of the few areas in TCI where the coral has not been affected by White Band Disease.

Project RESCQ

Restoring endangered coral species to TCI reefs.

Story & Photos By Don Stark, Chairman, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund

Coral reefs form some of the planet’s most biologically diverse ecosystems, providing protection of

beaches, habitat for fishes, and a natural source of carbon capture from the atmosphere (corals build

their homes out of calcium carbonate which they source from atmospheric carbon dioxide dissolved in

seawater). Until the 1980s, Acropora coral species dominated the near shore zone of many Caribbean

islands with cover estimates of up to 85% of the sea floor. Unfortunately, Elkhorn (Acropora palmata)

and Staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) coral reef zones have almost disappeared from most islands in

the region largely as a result of White Band Disease, a coral disease which remains poorly understood.

Elkhorn and Staghorn corals are currently listed as “Critically Endangered” on the International Union for

Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

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green pages newsletter of the department of environment & coastal resources

The loss of these corals has had large negative effects

on biodiversity, biomass of fishes, and coastal protection

as well as a significant decline in the attractiveness of the

shallow underwater landscape.

Some colonies have survived the outbreak of White

Band Disease and have been reported to be resistant to

the disease, which still persists, but with much-reduced

virulence. The remnant colonies have as yet not been

able to recolonise the reef to anywhere near their former

occurrence.

The Turks & Caicos has several areas of healthy

Elkhorn coral (for example, near Wheeland Cut off the

coast of Providenciales) and there has been a slow

regrowth of Staghorn coral on some of the reefs off

Northwest Point, West Caicos, Pine Cay, and Grace Bay,

but not nearly the density that once existed. The only

area in the TCI that has impressive stands of Staghorn

coral is off the coast of East Caicos, the last remaining

virtually untouched example of what these islands were

like before development began.

Coral reproduce in two ways—both sexually and

asexually. Sexual reproduction occurs when coral polyps

release bundles of sperm and eggs into the water column.

When a sperm bundle comes in contact with an egg

bundle, baby corals, called planulae, are formed. These

free swimming planktonic babies swim toward the light

at the surface of the sea and drift with the currents until

they settle to the bottom and form a new coral polyp.

Asexual reproduction occurs when a piece of a coral

colony is broken off, either by a storm, accidental contact

by humans, or other causes. This coral fragment can

form a new coral colony where it lands on the sea floor.

Sexual reproduction produces a more genetically diverse

offspring than asexual reproduction which produces offspring

with the exact same genetic make-up of the parent

colony.

In early 2016, the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF)

was informed that a grant submitted to the European

Union for a project to help restore Elkhorn and Staghorn

corals was funded. The project, which is being led by

IMARES, the research arm of Wageningen University in the

Netherlands, involves four islands in the Caribbean and

tropical Atlantic: St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Saba, and the

Turks & Caicos Islands. The project is called “Restoration

of Ecosystem Services and Coral Reef Quality” or RESCQ

for short.

The three-year project will restore Elkhorn (Acropora

palmata) and Staghorn (A. cervicornis) coral reef zones

by establishing a coral nursery on each of the four islands

to grow coral fragments and ultimately transplant the

newly grown-up corals at selected restoration sites. Coral

fragments (small pieces of living coral) will be harvested

from healthy growths of Staghorn and Elkhorn corals

around the Turks & Caicos and attached to locally built

coral nursery structures.

This close-up shows a coral fragment attached to the ladder rungs.

Within six months to a year they will grow into larger corals.

The type of structure that will be used in the TCI is a

“Coral Ladder” which is a series of bamboo poles (the

rungs of the ladder) suspended between two ropes. Each

ladder will be anchored to the sea floor and supported

vertically with floats to keep the entire structure suspended

in the water column. The small pieces (about 5

cm or 2 inch fragments) of coral will then be attached

to the ladder rungs with monofilament line. After six

months to a year, these small fragments will grow into

much larger corals which can then either be refragmented

to restock the nursery or transplanted on a reef where

they will continue to grow.

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Both Staghorn and Elkhorn corals are relatively

fast-growing corals. Both species can, under the right

conditions, grow nearly a half a foot a year or more.

Harvesting small pieces (fragments) from existing colonies

rarely causes harm to the colony as the wounds

created heal rapidly. But this will, of course, be monitored

as part of the study to ensure that the naturally occurring

stands of both coral species are not harmed.

TCRF will work closely with the TCI Government’s

Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR)

to implement this research project in the TCI. DECR and

TCRF are beginning to survey existing reefs to identify

healthy parent colonies of both coral species that will provide

the initial coral fragments for the nursery once it is

built and installed. The first of the nurseries should be in

place by late 2016.

DNA analysis of the corals in each nursery on all four

islands will also be conducted by researchers at IMARES

in the Netherlands. This genetic information, as well as

monitoring the resilience of coral fragments, will be used

to maintain genetic diversity within the restored colonies

and ensure that the most resilient fragments are transplanted

to the restoration sites. Establishing multiple

small, genetically diverse populations that will, in time,

become sexually reproductive can contribute to species

recovery, especially in areas of significant parent population

declines.

To ensure the long term success of this project, especially

after the grant funding ends, the TCRF has started

an “Adopt a Coral” program. Visitors and residents

wishing to help support this project can adopt a coral

fragment for $50. Each adoptive “parent” will receive

a certificate and a photograph of their adopted coral.

Anyone interested can visit the TCRF website to join the

program (www.tcreef.org/projects/adoptacoral.html).

a

From top: This completed “Coral Ladder” is ready to receive coral

fragments.

Part of the RESCQ project will involve measuring and monitoring

Staghorn coral fragments to track growth.

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This selection of Caribbean fruits and vegetables can be found in other countries, but is not so readily available or affordable for Turks &

Caicos Islands consumers.

Meal Time!

The past, present and future of feeding the Turks & Caicos Islands.

By Dr. Alastair M. Smith, School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos,

and Dr. Jessica Paddock, Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester University, UK

One of the many reasons that a growing number of people are flocking to visit the Turks & Caicos

Islands is to enjoy the increasingly sumptuous food culture that can be found across the archipelago.

Internationally famous for its Strombus gigas, or Queen Conch (pronounced “conk”), visitors can enjoy

local delicacies of cracked conch and blackened grouper, alongside a growing range of regional, international,

and fusion dishes.

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While some proportion of fish available on the Islands

comes from local waters, the vast majority of food consumed

on TCI by locals and visitors is imported, mostly

from North America via the port of Miami. The imported

food is primarily distributed by a few large supermarkets

on Providenciales, and although some individuals, large

hotels, and other retailers purchase directly from Miami,

smaller businesses often buy wholesale from the major

supermarkets.

Overall, it is estimated that well over 90% of food

eaten comes from elsewhere, and this means that in 2012

the Islands spent over $60 million on importing food; an

expense that constituted the third largest import expense

after mineral fuels and machinery. Perhaps more surprising,

and as is often the case with other countries in the

Caribbean and West Indies, the vast majority of fish consumed

on TCI is now imported.

The need to import food comes at considerable economic,

but also social cost. While the high price of eating

might be written off as part of the holiday experience by

many visitors, it presents an unfortunate reality for many

of those living permanently on the Islands. In contrast

to the wealth of some, an independent study in 2012

suggested that around 22% of TCI’s households are classified

as “poor.” Given that the less wealthy are usually

forced to spend a higher percentage of their income on

food, it makes sense that the same investigation found

that 40% of respondents were concerned about obtaining

sufficient food, while 20% said they had gone hungry at

least once in the last month.

These problems are likely to be exacerbated as critical

levels of silting have recently rendered the shipping

channel into the only deep-water port on Providenciales

impassable by fully loaded international cargo ships. For

this reason, shipments have to be unloaded and cargo

transferred to smaller vessels that bring food to the

major wholesalers on Providenciales. This adds a further

step in the food chain that supplies the outlying Caicos

Islands, and therefore results in an inevitable increase in

price.

These challenges have long inspired a call for greater

efforts to produce more food on the Islands. In January

2016, TCI Premier Rufus Ewing called for greater food

self-sufficiency. Many people here fondly refer to memories

of North and Middle Caicos as the breadbasket of the

archipelago and their grandparents who would produce a

From top: One of the most popular ways to eat conch in the Turks &

Caicos is as conch salad, similar to ceviche.

Fruits and vegetables grow well on a small scale in North and Middle

Caicos.

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wide variety of home-grown vegetables and fruit for the

family table. For this reason perhaps, other stakeholders

well support government efforts, asking how a country

can feel secure without at least a reasonable ability to

feed its own population.

In response to this, researchers from the School for

Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies on

South Caicos, the Sustainable Places Institute (Cardiff

University, UK), and the Sustainable Consumption

Institute (Manchester University, UK), joined forces to

investigate the situation of food supply. Collectively, the

team carried out 60 interviews and a number of focus

groups across the TCI, as well as archival research at the

National Museum on Grand Turk and the British Library

in London.

This research explored the links between local ecosystems

and the food security of islands in the context

of rapid tourism and service sector-led development.

For example, where important natural resources such as

seagrasses, coral reefs, and mangroves are damaged or

destroyed, the capacity of oceans to support the reproduction

of many forms of marine life is significantly

reduced. Even where environmental loss is minimal, the

fishing industry has found itself constrained by the critical

need for more sustainable practices.

A number of projects have sought to bypass these constraints

through the farming of seafood. Unfortunately,

none of these previous or current efforts have been able

to offer production at a significant scale: although those

interested in such efforts should certainly consider a visit

to the Caicos Conch Farm on Providenciales.

The story of agriculture on the Islands is equally complex.

Delving into historical records, analysis suggests

that stories of previous successes should be “taken with

a grain of salt.” This is because Grand Turk, South Caicos,

and Salt Cay were inhabited largely to make the most

of harvesting the naturally occurring salt. As one of the

major suppliers of salt used for preserving food on the

transatlantic voyages which were rapidly connecting the

Western world, the Islands became key players in a global

economy. Also, the Islands were described as “low sandy

and barren, with very little, if any fresh water, without

any vegetables except low shrubs, or any animals except

lizards, guanas and land crabs” (Annual Register, 1765).

Very little food was said to have been grown at this time.

Although, as the source suggests, there was an abun-

From top: The Caicos Conch Farm at Leeward-Going-Through in

Providenciales is an example of seafood farming on a larger scale.

This postcard from Grand Turk circa 1904 shows that TCI’s Salt

Islands were once one of the world’s major suppliers of salt for preserving

food.

The terrain of South Caicos today shows the many abandoned salt

ponds.

ALASTAIR SMITH

COURTESY JEFFREY DODGE

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MACEY RAFTER

From top: Harvesting local Spiny Lobster is how many South Caicos

Islanders have earned a living for decades.

This old poster advertises the diversity of cuisine offered at the

Admirals Arms, the first hotel on South Caicos.

Typical TCI fare today includes fried fish, peas ‘n’ rice, and “cabbage”

(cole) slaw.

dance of sea life, it was reported that “food is [imported]

salt pork . . . stinking rum . . . [and] musty biscuit . . . and

now and then a guana (a sort of large lizard) when they

[the inhabitants] have time to catch them, and [that] very

often they are without bread” (Annual Register, 1765).

The lusher islands of Providenciales, and North and

Middle Caicos have certainly had more success in growing

food. However, the evidence also clearly shows that there

was never a sustained and significant production of food,

largely due to the cycles of drought and hurricane that

regularly hit the Islands. These records are punctuated

with the recurring need for authorities to provide relief

to the people of the Caicos Islands due to crop failure,

as the Administrative report from 1889 explains: “The

experience of the last ten years has shown that at least

once in three years the rainfall in the Caicos is insufficient

to nourish a crop which will feed the people who grow it,

and that it is only in about three years out of every five

that they may expect to have any surplus to dispose of in

order to procure clothing or other necessaries” (Harriott,

1889).

While local growing provided for some of the staple

needs of families, TCI found itself further integrated into

global trade during the later parts of the 20th century.

Seafood had long been exchanged for fruits and vegetables

from outside. However, a catalyst for deepening

trade came when profits from selling conch and Spiny

Lobster (Panulirusargus) to high price markets of the

United States were invested in supplying readily available,

more diverse and cheap food: as one informant noted

as “fish went out of the country, other things came in to

make the most of the trip.”

With the slow decline and eventual closure of the salt

industry by the early 1970s, tourism became the mainstay

of TCI’s economy. With this structural change, there were

quickly many more permanent and temporary residents

to feed, and a much greater demand for a wider diversity

of foods. An interesting example is the old poster in

the South Caicos airport, where an advertisement for the

first hotel on the island, the Admirals Arms, highlights

“Hungarian Specialties” and “gourmet” seafood.

Further research among contemporary stakeholders

identified that the fluctuating structures of food supply

brought significant changes to local diets. What many

people refer to as the traditional foods—such as peas

‘n’ rice or macaroni and cheese—are actually borrowings

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from surrounding food cultures. Therefore, visitors seeking

truly authentic cuisine should look for “hominy”—a

corn-based meal similar to grits—or “Johnny Cake”—a

sweet bread, originally called Journey Cake as it was given

to sailors to eat at sea.

Many informants of all generations also highlighted a

declining ability to access local fish, given the high prices

paid by those catering to tourists. The lack of access to

affordable fresh produce is also a barrier to families and

individuals wishing to maintain healthy diets. Indeed,

those working in public health suggested that cheap

low quality protein, a lack of accessibly priced fruits and

vegetables, and a common culture of frying food, has

contributed towards a rise in non-communicable disease

such as diabetes and hypertension.

TCI continues to face a complex situation in planning

how its food security will be met in the future—especially

true as this global aspiration calls not only for physical

and economic access to food, but also that people are

nutritionally and culturally satisfied. While TCI’s physical

and economic geography discourages profitable

investments in food production, aside from some notable

farming efforts on North and Middle Caicos, research

also identified social barriers to growing. This is because

agricultural work is thought of by many as less desirable

than the perceived opportunities promised by a growing

service-based economy.

The promotion of food security on TCI will likely

then require a wholesale social, economic, and technical

re-imagination of what it will mean to ensure that all

Islanders have access to affordable, appropriate, and

nutritious foods throughout their lifetime. This will likely

include efforts to curb demand for low quality foods and

promote the availability of healthier alternatives.

If more food is to be successfully produced, it will

most likely be through the application of new technologies

better able to manage the constraints of local

geography with low levels of ecological impact. TCI will

need to look towards those developing highly technical

skills to take up the challenge. a

For more information contact the authors at asmith@

fieldstudies.org or jessica.paddock@manchester.ac.uk.

To learn more about other work done by the Center for

Marine Resource Studies on South Caicos, contact the

Director Heidi Hertler at hhertler@fieldstudies.org.

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Above: During a boat trip with Big Blue Unlimited, program leader Amy Avenant (at center) taught the children about respectfully observing

wildlife without touching or harassing it.

Opposite page (from top): The kids hiked the half-mile Caicos Pine Yard Trail, led by the DECR’s B Naqqi Manco, to study the Caicos Pine, the

TCI’s National Tree.

Besides learning to swim, Tiann Malcolm learned much about marine life and its value to TCI.

Bonding with Nature

Junior Park Warden course spawns new environmental advocates.

By Evangelia Ganosellis ~ Photos By DECR Education Outreach Coordinator Amy Avenant

The beauty of the Turks & Caicos Islands is obvious to anyone who looks. It’s why hundreds of thousands

of tourists flock to the country every year. It’s why our national motto is “Beautiful by Nature.”

And it is why, for the last two years, Grace Bay has been deemed the “Number One Beach in the World”

by TripAdvisor voters.

To maintain that beauty requires some foresight. That’s why 300 square miles of the Turks & Caicos

are designated as Marine Protected Areas. But that won’t mean anything to someone who doesn’t understand

it. It begins with education, especially with the local children. They are, after all, the future of the

Turks & Caicos Islands.

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This forms the foundation of the Junior Park Warden

program—a two-week summer course hosted every year

by the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources

(DECR) since 2000. The aim is to give kids a better understanding

and appreciation of the islands they call home

so that they can become advocates for the environment.

This year’s program, sponsored by the Pine Cay

Project and led by DECR Education Outreach Coordinator

Amy Avenant, focused on Marine Protected Areas and

took the kids—ages 10 to 17—beyond the shores of

Providenciales. The program kicked off at the National

Environmental Center, where they learned about the TCI’s

natural wonders and listened to a talk by Lynn Robinson

of Big Blue Unlimited about marine pollution and the

importance of reducing plastic waste.

By that afternoon, they were on the beach, watching

a green turtle tag-and-release at Coral Gardens and practicing

their swimming and snorkeling. Tiann Malcolm, 14,

of Wesley Methodist School, completed the program with

a new skill —the ability to swim. “I learned a lot of things

about marine life that I didn’t know before. I knew that

marine life was important, but I didn’t realize it was that

important to the Turks & Caicos,” Tiann said, citing parrotfish

and their relationship with the reef as an example.

Parrotfish eat algae off coral. “Marine life matters just as

much as human life,” Tiann added.

The students participated in a beach clean-up, learned

about fish identification, and were fortunate enough to

see a dolphin and her calf during a boat trip with eco-tour

company Big Blue Unlimited—an opportunity for program

leader Amy to teach them about respectfully observing

wildlife without touching or harassing it. “I learned about

the importance of protecting the national parks,” said

Antwun Arthur, 16, of Raymond Gardiner High School on

North Caicos. “National parks are important places. They

can be a breeding ground for fishes and we have one of

the last sustainable reef systems.”

The kids also had the opportunity to spend a day

on North and Middle Caicos, where they hiked the halfmile

Caicos Pine Yard Trail, led by the DECR’s B Naqqi

Manco. The Caicos Pine, the TCI’s national tree, is a

threatened species found only on some Turks & Caicos

and Bahamian islands. They also visited Marine Protected

Areas Flamingo and Cottage Ponds.

On the last day of the program, while the older kids

cruised the north shore of Providenciales by boat, Amy

quizzed the students on TCI environmental trivia. “What

is the sedimentary rock that forms our jagged coastline?

On what islands are the Caicos Pine found?’ (Answers:

Limestone. Middle Caicos and Pine Cay.)

Most kids agreed—their favorite part of the program

was being on the water, exploring Princess Alexandra

National Park, and getting acquainted with marine life.

“I learned about the importance of the coral reef and different

types of fish and things that are in the sea,” said

Nikeem Claire, 12, of TCI Middle School. “I learned some

of the fish names,” said Rayvon Walkin, 11, of Ianthe Pratt

Primary School.

We can only fully appreciate and protect that which

we understand. That’s why the JPW program is so important.

In two weeks, 32 children walked away with a greater

understanding of the environment, and why conservation

should matter to them and the TCI gained 32 environmental

advocates. a

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feature

Opposite page: Motorcycles available for touring at RideTCI include iconic Harley-Davidson models.

Above: Avid motorcycle riders regularly cruise Providenciales’ paved roads. This seaside ride through Blue Hills is especially picturesque.

The Ride of a Lifetime

Cruising in paradise on a V-Twin motorcycle.

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By Ileana Ravasio, Attimi Photography

I must admit my perceptions of motorcyclists are stereotypical and come from limited experience. On

one hand, I envision the outlaw bikers personified in “Rebel Without a Cause,” yet I also recall a parade

of Harley folks riding with stuffed animals through the streets of Portland, Oregon to benefit sick kids,

including my niece.

So I was surprised to learn that these days, many of those baby-booming “easy riders” have grown

into successful professionals who are passionate about motorcycling as recreation. Their creed is, “It’s

not the destination, it’s the ride.” With the recent opening of RideTCI in Providenciales, avid motorcyclists

can now enjoy that ride in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world!

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When you enter RideTCI’s headquarters at Provo

lunch and refreshments along the way, with the chance

Plaza on Leeward Highway, the first thing you notice is to swap stories about other great rides and experiences.

that oddly-appealing “new car/fresh tire” smell in the air. Alternatively, visitors can rent the awesome and

A glance to the back of the shop reveals five, gleaming, immaculately kept cruisers by the hour, 1/2 day, full day,

premium motorcycles that can only be described as gorgeous!

Polished chrome contrasts with brightly colored the beat of their own drum. All rentals include a full tank

or choose a customised tour, should they prefer to ride to

tanks and wheel covers and gleaming black rubber; each of gas, use of a helmet, and third party liability insurance.

bike so spotless you’d hate to ride through a puddle! Because the key goal of RideTCI is to create a safe,

This is the starting place for partakers in this niche pleasurable experience, riders must be at least 25 years

attraction, and RideTCI is the first to offer tours with and old, produce a valid motorcycle license, and be experienced

with riding full size motorcycles. (Couples can

rentals of classic V-Twin cruisers, including iconic Harley

Davidson Sportster 1200s: The “48,” The “72,” and The ride with one as a passenger.) Of course, long pants and

“Custom;” and Kawasaki Vulcan 900s: The “Classic,” and closed shoes are best . . . along with the traditional biker

The “Custom.” Each motorcycle has the perfect combination

of aesthetics, torque-laden power, and easy handling Riders can choose their “flavor” from the pristine fleet

attitude of respect, honor, dignity, and adventure!

chassis for touring Providenciales in comfort, control, in the shop. Luigi says, “No two of our bikes are identical

and style.

RideTCI was opened this

summer by Luigi Garritano

and Tony Lancaster, longtime

TCI residents and avid bikers

themselves. They explained the

unique aura that motorcycle

cruising embraces. “True bikers

get an external and internal

pleasure from riding a motorcycle—deep

into your heart and

soul. No matter where they are,

they like to ride and want to

ride. We are offering the chance

to cruise in a sunny, warm location

with good roads, limited

traffic, spectacular vistas, and

plenty of places to stop and Ride TCI was opened this summer by Luigi Garritano (left) and Tony Lancaster, both longtime TCI

explore.”

residents and avid bikers.

Luigi and Tony are members of the Provo Midlife as to seating, color, or riding characteristics. They each

Crisis Motorcycle Club. For the past six years, this pack have a unique personality and we’re actually thinking of

of four to twelve bikers has roamed the island’s roads giving them names.” The bikes were purchased in Texas

on a Sunday morning. Tony explains, “In spite of having

different backgrounds and personalities, we enjoy a the warehouse, the RideTCI mechanics put them together

and shipped to TCI partially assembled. Upon arrival at

strong camaraderie because we share a common love. and the inaugural ride for the fleet took place up Leeward

We wanted to offer this experience to visitors who have Highway.

the same passion.” Luigi adds, “It’s fun to ride with our Interestingly, the photogenic bikes are also available

clients and it turns into a bonding experience for all of as props for events and photo shoots, and have already

us.”

participated in a “biker wedding” held in Grace Bay.

RideTCI offers four-hour motorcycle tours of Although not a motorcycle rider myself, I can sense

Providenciales that cover both the typical tourist spots the appeal. The big bikes have an alluring attraction to

and unexpected “off the beaten path” locations, with lots their heft, handlebars, and powerful engines for easy

of photo opportunities. The tour includes a break for maneuvering on the road. From the seat of a bike, you’re

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A guide to the ride

What are some of the Provo Midlife Crisis Motorcycle

Club’s favorite places to ride their beloved V-twin

cruisers? According to Luigi Garritano, it is important

to stay on paved roads, due to the intrinsic

nature of the motorbikes, but, he says, “If the road

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and be seen by Islanders.

•Turtle Cove Marina — A good place to take pictures

with yachts and other motorcraft.

• Lower Bight Road through to Grace Bay Road

— This is a slow, peaceful drive until you enter the

Grace Bay Gold Coast. Then, it’s time to style and

profile for the tourists!

• Along Governor’s Road and through Leeward

homes/Leeward Marina — This is an interesting trip

through a well-established residential area bordered

by beaches and sea.

• Long stretch on Leeward Highway back into

town — Depending on the day of the week and time

of day, this will probably be the ride with the most

traffic, but it’s a good way to experience “real life.”

• Old Long Bay Road to Long Bay Marina — This is

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feature

Opposite page: Energy efficiency is the first step before moving towards renewable energy solutions.

Above: The luxurious Beach Enclave villas (shown here is one on Providenciales’ North Shore) is one development that turned to Green

Revolution for solar solutions.

COURTESY TC SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

A Revolution in Going Green

Local company encourages energy efficiency.

By Kathy Borsuk

It was with joy that I covered Fortis TCI’s foray into offering solar energy options to its customers

for our Summer 2016 article “Let the Sun Shine.” The country’s electricity providers now offer both

customer-owned and utility-owned solar photovoltaic systems that are interconnected with the grid.

After he read the article, Paul Chaplin, co-owner of Green Revolution, a local renewable energy/energy

efficiency solutions consulting firm, called to gently chide me. He said, “Energy efficiency is the first step

before moving towards renewable energy solutions. If we are energy hogs but install a renewable energy

system, it doesn’t necessarily make us green.”

Point taken. For according to this “green guru,” energy efficiency and energy efficient technologies

have far quicker paybacks than, for instance, a whole house solar installation.

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Case study

Green Revolution’s mission is to introduce renewable

energy and energy efficiency into the everyday lives of

the citizens and residents of the Caribbean. Paul Chaplin

and Jim Dunlop started the company in 2011. Paul, a

Quantity Surveyor with a construction background and

Jim, a Master Plumber, are both passionately interested

in helping people “go green.” The pair focuses on ideas

and technologies that offer low maintenance, speedy paybacks,

and are suited to the region’s idiosyncrasies and

weather variations.

In order of fastest payback, following are some of the

suggestions they make to clients:

1.) Adopt simple energy management strategies such as

turning off lights, cooling/ventilation systems, and appliances

when not in use. (Immediate payback.)

2.) Switch to energy-efficient lighting such as compact

fluorescent or LED bulbs. (One to two year payback.)

3.) Switch to an energy-efficient HVAC system with a high

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. (One to two

year payback.)

4.) Use solar pool heating to take your pool heating off

the grid. (One to two year payback.)

5.) Use solar water heaters to take your water heating off

the grid. (Two to three year payback.)

6.) Use solar pumps to take your pool or irrigation pump

off the grid. (Two to three year payback.)

Green Revolution encourages homeowners to conduct

a basic home energy assessment using either a

professional auditor, a FortisTCI representative, or doing

it yourself following some of the techniques listed on

their website, www.greenrevolutionltd.com. This is the

first step in assessing how much energy your home consumes

and where you may be losing energy. It can also

determine the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems,

and how to conserve hot water and electricity.Green

Revolution can prepare a basic report of recommenda-

Paul Chaplin, co-owner of Green Revolution, described

to me a typical client case study. “We were called by the

owner of a Providenciales luxury villa that was built in

2005. When occupied, the average monthly electricity

bill was in excess of $6,000; unoccupied it was $2,500.

We conducted a thorough energy audit, using a power

monitor to determine real time power consumption and

where the power was being consumed.

With our client’s blessing, we began a two-year

energy management program, taking a step-by-step

approach. Early-on, we discovered that the landscape

lighting was on 24 hours a day, pumps were running 24

hours a day, and water heaters were running 24 hours

a day—that was an easy fix. We replaced the air conditioning

system with an energy efficient VRV system,

changed the configuration of some of the duct work,

and increased insulation in the home. We installed solar

hot water heaters for the domestic water heating and

solar pool pumps for the infinity edge, jacuzzi filter

pump, and pool filter pump.

We encouraged the client to implement a simple

energy management strategy through their property

managers. When all was said and done, we dropped the

power bill to $900 per month when the villa was vacant,

and under $2,000 per month when occupied; this in

spite of the fact that the interior temperature is kept

at a maximum of 80ºF year-round when unoccupied to

avoid damage to furniture and possessions.” a

tions, including the savings of each recommendation and

paybacks of that technology. (FortisTCI auditors will send

you a report with recommendations, as well.)

Green Revolution’s best sellers are solar pool heating,

solar water heaters, and solar pumps. The company’s

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100+ projects range from small, one-off installations in

existing homes to more extensive work in most of the

new villa developments that are expanding across the

Islands. For instance, the company is currently providing

solar solutions to BE Developments, Wymara Villas, Parrot

Cay Villas and other local resorts.

According to Rob Ayer, principal of Wymara Villas,

“Offering energy efficient homes is important to us, especially

given the fact that utility costs are expensive in

TCI. Similar to what we did at the Gansevoort Resort, we

researched possible solutions to implement for our new

oceanfront villas and sought the advice and expertise of

Paul Chaplin. He and his team were great in suggesting

and then designing the right applications to fit our needs.

They showed us all the possible products and what the

costs and payback periods would be so that we could

make informed decisions. They then worked with our

architects and engineers to coordinate the design and

implementation of these solutions.”

Paul explains, “Developers and designers are keen to

pursue greener, more energy efficient homes. In addition

to ‘help the planet’ motives, they are seen as a good sales

incentive for purchasers, as electricity will be one of their

largest operating costs.” In fact, worldwide growth in the

use of solar power has increased by an average of 60%

per year for the last 10 years.

You could say that Green Revolution is one of the

pioneers in TCI’s green energy movement. Paul is a

director of Norstar Group, a long established, full service

construction company with a 12 year history in the

Turks & Caicos and Jim is a partner in Estel Plumbing.

When the late-2000s recession struck, the pair thought

that retrofitting existing construction with green energy

technologies would be a way to both stimulate their

business and help the local community save money on

energy costs. Paul recalls, “We basically approached the

architects, mechanical/electrical/plumbing consultants,

and developers to consider solar energy solutions. We

went through a process of building up a business case

for the technologies we were suggesting, to demonstrate

what kind of payback and savings could be achieved for

each suggestion. It was a bit slow-going at first, but now

architects and engineers are suggesting solar options

to clients and owners/developers are asking for these

technologies to be included in their early designs.” Green

Revolution has completed many projects, both residential

and commercial, throughout the region, saving residents

hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs each

year.

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With a background of over 20 years in construction

in the UK, US, and TCI, Paul Chaplin’s passion for green

energy is matched by a drive to keep up with new technologies

and inventions, as well as maintaining a good

network of worldwide suppliers. He is currently excited

about a solar hybrid “earth cooling” system that uses

solar-powered ventilators to draw warm air through a

series of tubes placed underground, cooling the fresh

air to ground temperature (75ºF) and then distributing it

through the building to provide electricity-free air conditioning.

It sounds like a brilliant idea!

He is also carrying out extensive testing of a wireless,

remote energy management system with a large

Providenciales-based hotel and villa development which

monitors real time energy consumption, provides energy

consumption reports, sets ongoing targets for consumption,

and benchmarks against historical consumption.

It also controls the main power consumers. The idea is

to encourage resorts and villa owners to adopt a simple

energy management strategy. This, coupled with the

power consumption reporting and control of the large

energy consumers, will provide significant cost savings

to owners. Initial results indicate attractive paybacks of

around three years.

Green Revolution encourages clients to take advantage

of Scotiabank’s finance options for selected products,

including solar hot water heaters and solar pumps. This

is a win-win opportunity, as the monthly repayments on

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LESS THAN the cost of the electricity saved!

For customers who choose to go “all the way” and

install a solar photovoltaic system, Green Revolution

notes that the payback periods vary depending on the

installation and on the choice of system used. Based on

an average 5 kW system, you can expect a grid-tied system

to payback in 4 to 20 years depending on the rate the

utility is willing to pay for the power you produce and an

off-grid system to payback in under 10 years.

Paul and Jim see TCI’s future as incorporating more

green energy systems into resorts and hotels. They

believe that the type of tourist coming to the Islands

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feature

Opposite page: Island Bargains shipments come via sea freight or air, depending on how fast you want your goods delivered.

Above: Convenient shopping on the Internet is made all the more easier with the help of Island Bargains services.

The Easy Way to Shop

Island Bargains revolutionizes the Caribbean shopping experience.

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By iStock Photo

When I moved to Providenciales nearly 24 years ago, there were no IGA supermarkets, hardware stores,

pharmacies, clothing or electronics outlets, or even a bookshop. Only the basics were available—usually

on Wednesdays when the freight boat came in—and we learned to make do or do without.

As a result, for most Islanders and residents, a trip off-island meant only one thing: SHOPPING. I, like

others, became an expert in packing. Empty suitcases on departure returned to the TCI stuffed to bursting.

I remember that my “most-needed” items were contact lens solution, tampons, bras, and books.

There’s no doubt that the range of items available on-island has expanded dramatically. But there

are still many things that simply can’t be kept in stock in a small island nation. And with the advent of

Internet shopping, there continues to be a need for a shopping/shipping/delivery service to streamline

the process of getting goods from Point A to TCI. That’s where Island Bargains comes in.

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Started by Richard Chilton in 2009, Island Bargains

has grown to become the #1 online shopping and

shipping service in the Caribbean. It operates in 43

countries, including the Turks & Caicos Islands, which

is currently its fourth largest market, with over 5,500

customers and more signing up every day!

Island Bargains’ services are wide-ranging. Once

you register (it’s free and easy), just order your goods

from any US merchant or on-line supplier and have

the items delivered to Island Bargains’ 20,000 sq. ft.

warehouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Staff will handle

all the freight documentation and customs clearance,

and ship your goods to any island, safely and securely.

Island Bargains’ all inclusive rates start at just $10.

Simply collect your packages at your local agent (Air &

Sea Agency) when they arrive on island or choose home

delivery. Whether you are shipping a pair of shoes or an

entire household, Island Bargains has got you covered!

Their shipping model to Providenciales is based

on flat-rate shipping, figured according to cubic size

(ocean freight) or by weight (air freight). On top of

weekly ocean shipments, Island Bargains also offers

two air option services: 1–2 days (Priority) or 1 day

(Expedited).

In addition to shopping with major online retailers,

you can order directly from the Island Bargains website,

where you will find a wide variety of name-brand

groceries, beverages, health and beauty aids, cleaning

and household goods, home, baby, and pet items, and

office supplies, all at great prices. Your order is carefully

packaged in sturdy, double-wall boxes and will

arrive in TCI within the week. This is all included in

your one low price. To make your grocery shopping

experience quick and easy, Island Bargains accepts

international credit cards, wire transfers, PayPal, and

even cash payments on-island.

Especially useful to Caribbean customers who may

not have the time or means to travel abroad, or a US

credit card, is the personal shopping service. You make

the request and for a nominal fee, Island Bargains will

source and procure whatever you need. You then pay

Island Bargains using your TCI credit/debit card, wire

transfer, or cash.

Other valuable services include pickup and delivery,

hazmat certification, warehouse storage, container

loading, and commercial consolidation in South Florida

(perfect for hotels, restaurants and event planners).

Island Bargains also can crate fragile or bulky items

such as motorcycles, TVs, and glass, and prepare the

often-complicated shipping documents for cars, boats,

and even jet skis and golf carts!

Richard Chilton is the energetic, charismatic driving

force behind Island Bargains. After spending time

in the Caribbean, he saw the need for a reliable shop-

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ping/shipping service. Using skills from a family history

in retailing, it started with a simple list of groceries as

he traveled country to country to recruit local agents.

The business snowballed as on-line shopping became

popular, with Island Bargains serving as the missing

link for most Caribbean shoppers.

Today, Island Bargains services 50,000 customers

throughout the Caribbean and handles 1,500 packages

on an average day (and counting). Richard estimates

that in TCI, about half his customers are commercial

businesses and half are personal shoppers. Besides

a typical turn-around time of one week (or faster if

required), a major attraction is that because all packages

are consolidated for full container shipping,

customers are charged one low landed cost when

goods arrive on island, as low as $10 for sea freight

and $25 for air freight, plus your local duties at the

time of delivery.

In TCI, the Island Bargains agent is Air & Sea

Agency, currently building a new, large warehouse on

Leeward Highway. As in all of the countries Richard

works with, the agents are experienced, reputable customs

brokers for whom customer service is key.

Customers in TCI include some of the major resorts,

developers, and event planners, who appreciate the

company’s ability to “make appear” the unusual and

hard-to-find. Richard recalls sourcing “Virginia jumbo

organic peanuts” for a discerning guest on Parrot Cay;

picking up a dog and ushering it through customs red

tape; delivering 250 live Maine lobsters and 30 dozen

Krispy Kreme donuts to a client in Surinam; and, in St.

Vincent, loading an entire chopped-up semi truck in a

container.

When packages are delivered to the sprawling Ft.

Lauderdale warehouse, Island Bargain staff opens each

one, checking for damage and items that are illegal

to import, such as knifes and pornography. Goods are

re-sealed and carefully loaded into a container to be

forwarded to every island, every week.

Richard is a firm believer in lots of legwork on

the ground. He is often seen on the streets of any

Caribbean island passing out flyers or cavorting with

a local mascot such as Bermuda’s “Cube Man.” It’s all

part of building up the buzz. He anticipates opening in

20 more markets by the end of the year.

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your Christmas shopping? Visit www.islandbargains.

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The Best of Blue Hills

This is an opportunity to purchase one of the most amazing, unique

parcels of land on Providenciales. The entire 19.75 acre lot sprawls atop

a high plateau, inviting a panoramic view of the island—from stunning

Chalk Sound and the Caicos

Bank to the south to a clear

view of the world-famous reef

to the north.

These historic quotes from

H.E. Sadler’s Turks Islands

Landfall could have been

made by persons from this very

parcel:

•“The Blue Hills in

Providenciales provides a fine

view of the surrounding reefs,

which was so prized by the

wreckers of the last century.”

• “To the south of the island

lies Chalk Sound, a large natural creek, which is famous for its lobsters

and sponges…”

Offered at $1,500,000

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eal estate

Opposite page: Long Bay Beach Club is the place to create a lifetime of family memories.

Above: Each five-bedroom villa includes a private infinity pool, deck, and firepit for outdoor relaxation.

Paradise by the Fraction

Long Bay Beach Club introduces new villa ownership concept.

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos Courtesy Long Bay Beach Club

Staying in a beachfront luxury villa with family and friends is a vacation option that is growing in popularity

in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The combination of comfort, privacy, and versatility—along with

enjoying the most beautiful beaches in the world—is an attraction that’s hard to beat.

Long Bay Beach Club is a unique opportunity to enjoy a holiday that combines five-star resort-style

amenities in a newly constructed, contemporary designed, five-bedroom villa overlooking the sparkling

turquoise waters of Long Bay — year after year — for a fraction of the cost. It also offers potential property

owners a fantastic chance to “get their feet wet” in more than the sea.

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Long Bay Beach Club (LBBC) is an enclave of three

private, beachfront luxury villas that are sold under

fractional ownership. This concept has been very popular

in North America for some time. Vacation home

buyers can purchase a 10% registered ownership in

one of the beachfront villas. Fractional club membership

offers use of a spectacular, multi-million dollar

property for no less than five weeks a year, along with

additional usage when space is available.

This is a “win-win” opportunity for several reasons.

Owners are guaranteed over a month in paradise every

year, for a price tag that is commonly less than what

they would spend on a single trip! It is also a chance

to “test the waters” of future property ownership in

the Islands at a reasonable entry level price, without

having to make a big investment in a vacation property

or deal with pesky maintenance issues.

Buyers at Long Bay Beach Club automatically

become part of Elite Alliance®, an exchange program

offering a select family of prestigious residence clubs

and luxurious, professionally managed vacation homes

worldwide. Through a simple exchange process, LBBC

members can contribute their unused weeks into a key

that unlocks the door to seamless travel adventures—

ski trips, golf getaways, beach escapes, and much

more—at a growing array of coveted destinations.

Members at Long Bay Beach Club can also decide

to contribute some of their weeks to the Club’s professional

property management company and enjoy

rental income in lieu of personal or family use. The

Club is designed to provide the ultimate level of member

flexibility.

LBBC Development is led by Tom Cibotti and Ben

Dunn, business partners for over 20 years in a Bostonbased

corporate advisory firm. Interestingly, Ben’s

family roots include some of the earliest Bermudians

who came to Salt Cay in the 1700s to harvest and

export salt at the legendary White House. For over a

decade, Tom has been on the board and is currently

president of a five-star residence club located in Deer

Valley, Utah, considered by many as the most exclusive

ski resort in North America.

Tom explains the pair’s decision to introduce fractional

club ownership to Providenciales, “Second home

vacation owners find themselves making significant

investments into whole ownership properties to which

their level of use is not commensurate. Fractional

club ownership aligns capital investment with vacation

use.” He adds, “We wanted to eliminate all the

worries of owning vacation properties, particularly

outside of the US. Our goal in developing Long Bay

Beach Club was to deliver the highest quality service

Long Bay Beach Club homes enjoy 160 feet of private beach frontage on the western end of Long Bay Beach in a quiet residential neighborhood

noted for its luxury estates.

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Each villa’s lower level fosters a relaxed, seaside atmosphere, with the indoors blending seamlessly into the beautiful oceanscapes.

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Above: Villa interiors are comfortable and calming, melding warm woods, soft tones, and seaside themes.

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in a luxurious Caribbean beachfront villa setting, to

create unforgettable vacations for families and friends

for generations.”

According to Savory & Co. Senior Attorney Emma

Riach (emmariach@savory-co.com), the Fractional

Ordinance of 31 December 2014 introduced for the

first time into TCI law the ability for multiple owners

to hold separate and registered fractions in property.

The advantage of such is to give each owner its own

legal interest in the real property which is secured by

registration at the TCI Land Registry. Additionally,

the usage rights of the owners are enshrined in the

registered fractional By Laws, which must set out the

rights and obligations of each owner in terms of when

and how they can occupy the property and effectively

exercise their proprietary rights, booking systems,

and their liabilities for cost sharing with the other fractional

owners. Fractional ownership affords far greater

security and potential investment value for people

investing in “shared” ownership than the alternative

of owning shares in a private company governed by a

private shareholders agreement.

Like other forms of real estate, this interest can

be placed in a trust, sold, or willed to others. More

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than one family or person can own a single ownership;

these joint owners can allocate their scheduled time

among themselves.

Long Bay Beach Club sits on 160 feet of private

beach frontage on the western end of sprawling Long

Bay Beach. The quiet residential neighborhood is

noted for its luxury estates, while the beach boasts

pristine ivory sand and has been an ideal entry point

for international kite surfers, who take advantage of

the steady tradewinds and unencumbered stretches of

sea. Long Bay Beach was ranked among the “Ten Best

Beaches in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler in 2015.

Each home boasts three levels and 6,000 square

feet of indoor/outdoor space with five bedrooms,

private infinity pools, beachside decks, fire pits,

and a yoga/gym pavilion. Its clean and contemporary

Caribbean design—a creation of internationally

renowned SWA Architects— focuses on family-oriented

living areas on the first floor, with increasing privacy

and breathtaking views from the second and third

levels. The homes are surrounded by lush Caribbean

foliage typical to the area, further enhancing the sense

of staying at a boutique resort all your own.

Interior design is led by DADA Associates, one of

Miami’s leading specialists in Caribbean design. Fully

furnished with state of the art kitchens, interiors are

comfortable and calming, melding warm woods, soft

tones, and nautical themes.

Another benefit to being a LBBC owner or guest

is the exceptional level of service offered. Each villa is

staffed by a personal attendant whose job is to make

your stay perfect. This includes personal airport transportation

and daily concierge services. Also included

are five-star resort amenities, including a gym with the

latest in fitness equipment, spa and yoga services, and

paddleboards and kayaks to use on the beach. The

Club’s concierge will arrange scuba diving or snorkeling

excursions, horseback riding outings, sailing or

fishing trips, golf and tennis, or any other activities the

island has to offer. At the same time, Providenciales’

vast menu of dining options, evening entertainment,

and shopping is readily accessible from your villa.

Walter Gardiner Jr., director/broker of Regency-

Christie’s International Real Estate, is among TCI’s

most experienced and respected realtors. He is excited

about introducing his clients to the project, explaining,

“Our slogan—‘Own a Piece of Paradise for a Fraction of

the Cost’—says it all. Why spend several million dollars

on a villa that you may stay in only a part of the year?

W a t e r f r o n t R e a l t y

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Prime Oceanfront Residential Hillside Site located in Blue Mountain

comprising approximately 2.5 acres, with ocean frontage of over 250 feet.

These two maturely landscaped and adjacent seafront lots each enjoy their

own private, secluded beach. The property has varied elevations providing

numerous options for development, all with uninterrupted vistas of the

ocean and its coral reef. Suitable for a family estate or residential enclave.

The owner is willing to sell the two lots together or separately.

Total Property is for Sale at USD$ 3.95M; can be sold in Two Separate Lots

Contact Waterfront Realty at : (+1 649) 231 6666 or info@waterfronttci.com

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Kathryn is a founding member of

Turks and Caicos Real Estate

Association formed in 2000. She

was instrumental in writing and

implementing the manual for the

Association as well as Rules and

Regulations for the membership.

In 2007 she was voted the first

TCREA Ambassador by her peers. In 2009/10 she was part of a

Team that wrote the first Training Manual for TCREA; all new

members are required to complete the course and final exam

before being accepted as full members of the Association. She

served as President of the Association for five years (2008-

2013), as well as serving on many TCREA committees, some of

which she still serves.

Kathryn started her real estate career in Cayman Islands where

she worked for ERA for a number of years until her move to

TCI ERA Coralie Properties Ltd in 2000; she was brought to

implement the ERA system and manage the operation for the

newly franchised Coralie Properties. Over the years Kathryn

has become an active partner shareholder and Director of ERA

Coralie Properties Ltd., as well as being a successful sales

associate, consistently being in the top ten.

A background in interior design and retail fit well with a real

estate career; working well with people, high standard of

professionalism, integrity and quality service. Kathryn has

many repeat customers as well as a strong referral network.

If you want to learn about real estate in Turks & Caicos give

Kathryn a call, she will be pleased to meet you and help with

your real estate needs, wants, dreams...

Tel: 649 231 2329

Email: krbrown@era.tc

Web: www.eraturksandcaicos.com

Kathryn

Brown

ERA Coralie Properties Ltd.

Long Bay Beach is known internationally as an ideal place to kitesurf.

Why deal with often-hefty maintenance and property

management costs? This is a chance for more people

to be part of a luxury villa experience, and at the same

time still enjoy the benefits of property ownership in

the Islands. Get away from the crowded beach resorts

and come join the Club!”

With construction well underway in Long Bay and

villa completion anticipated in late Fall/early Winter

2016, ownership opportunities for a “piece of paradise”

are rapidly diminishing! a

Visit www.longbaybeachclubtci.com or contact

Walter Gardiner at (649) 941 4100/231 6461 or (954)

636 1426/284 4053 or email walter@tcibrokers.com.

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astrolabe

newsletter of the Turks & Caicos National Museum

front street, p.o. box 188, grand turk, turks & caicos islands, bwi

tel 649 946 2160 • fax 649 946 2160 • email info@tcmuseum.org • web www.tcmuseum.org

This illustration depicts a Massachusetts fishing schooner from c. 1905 trailed by one of the Caicos Islands’ Ghost Fleet ships drawn as

“graffiti” on the wall of St. James Plantation in North Caicos. The resemblance is astonishing!

DONALD H. KEITH

Partnerships

By Dr. Donald H. Keith, President, Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation

There is a lot of important work to be done here in the Turks & Caicos Islands—environmental protection

and conservation, cultural preservation, historical and archaeological research, and improvements

in education—to name but a few. The TCI Government is doing what it can to address these needs, but

it has its limits. Meanwhile, opportunities for charities, businesses, schools, and cultural institutions to

work together to build a better society abound.

As I was preparing this edition of the Astrolabe it occurred to me that virtually every article or item

in it represents a partnership between the TCI Museum and local or international entities. With the Royal

Bank of Canada and the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources to maintain the agricultural,

native plant, and medicinal plant garden at the Caicos Heritage House. With the British Library’s

Endangered Archives Programme to locate, preserve, and digitize documents important to the history of

the Islands. With high schools and travel agencies on Providenciales to sponsor the National History and

Cultural Heritage Quiz. And with individual citizens such as Capt. Willard E. Kennedy to preserve their

memoirs.

The potential of such cooperative partnerships is limitless. In fact, our article about the Ghost Fleet

opens the door to a major cooperative, interdisciplinary effort to investigate what remains of the Loyalist

period in the Caicos Islands. We are all stronger when we work together. a

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This graffito is

located on the

side of the window

opening

of the Kitchen

building at Wades

Green. (You can

see it in situ on

page 57).

DONALD H. KEITH

A Phantasmal Project

Saving the Ghost Fleet of the Caicos Islands.

By Dr. Donald H. Keith, President, Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation

Unbeknownst to most residents of these islands, a fleet of ancient ships has sailed the Caicos for more

than 200 years. A ghost fleet of sorts, almost invisible. Hundreds of people have looked right at them—

and seen nothing! Don’t bother gazing out to sea because they aren’t there. No, they’re on dry land,

hiding in plain sight in dozens of different places, dark corners where you would least expect to find them.

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My first glimpse of a small part of

this fleet came in 1987 when TCI Museum

Founder Grethe Seim showed me images

of the ships that she and Countess Helen

Czernin encountered at St. James Plantation

on North Caicos. They were full-size tracings

made directly from fine lines someone

etched or engraved into the plaster covering

an interior wall. The old home, now in ruins,

is thought to have been built by the first

Loyalists to settle in the Caicos Islands following

the American War of Independence.

Helen, an artist, was curious about how the

etchings were made. She concluded that

they were done while the plaster was still

soft, like doodles that people make today in

wet sidewalk cement. If so, they were done

at the same time the house was built in the

1790s! Grethe, an avocational archaeologist,

loved a good mystery and was puzzled by

the ships’ location on an interior wall near

a window. Knowing that I was a maritime

archaeologist, she showed them to me in

the hope that I could shed some light on the

lingering questions of who made the ships?

When? And what did they mean?

There were seven images, rendered in

remarkable detail, of different types and

sizes of vessels, all but one proudly flying

Union Jacks at their mastheads. Some ships

were so clear it was tempting to speculate

their type and even nationality, but others

were faint and eroding to invisibility. The

longer I looked, the more detail I could see.

It was obvious that whoever did this had

more than a passing familiarity with sailing

ships. Sail shapes and configurations were Grethe Seim and Helen Czernin traced the images of ships found on the walls of St.

James Plantation in North Caicos. At top is a tracing of a two-masted schooner (or

faithfully represented, along with the myriad

of stays, shrouds, halyards, and other other. In real life, the largest would have been the topsail brigantine (lower left), fol-

ketch).

Below are tracings of four other ships. The ships are not to scale relative to each

lowed by the double gaff ketch with the Bermuda rigged main and mizzen topsails

ropes that controlled them. Parallel lines on

(upper right), followed by the sloop (lower right) and sailing skiff (upper left).

the sails show that they were made of long,

relatively narrow canvas strips sewn together. Curiously, Ship graffiti in archaeology

lines representing the masts were shown passing through As an archaeologist, I was aware that ship depictions, or

the decks to terminate on the keel. The artists attached graffiti, on walls, structures, and geological features are

particular significance to the flags flying at the mastheads—almost

certainly Union Jacks.

Some examples date back more than a thousand

not uncommon at coastal locations all over the world.

years.

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MICHAEL FLOCH FOR EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL

TCNM REYNOLDS COLLECTION

From top: Tres Hombres is a modern example of a topsail brigantine.

Note the similarity to the brigantine etching on the previous page.

This 1950s image shows a single-masted Caicos sloop, well-stocked

for working.

Maritime archaeologists treasure these representations as

potential sources for tracing the evolution of ship types,

sail configurations, and construction details. At the same

time, because there is always the ambiguity associated

with simple artistic attempts to represent complicated

objects, they are cautious about the conclusions they

draw. Still, I was intrigued by the potential the Ghost Fleet

of the Caicos Islands might have to reveal some tantalizing

clues to the Islands’ maritime connections to the rest

of the world 200 years ago. I thought it was a subject

that should be brought to people’s attention, particularly

because many of the ships in the fleet must have been

created by the ancestors of people who live here now!

The range of identifiable ship types found so far in

the Ghost Fleet appears to be fairly narrow, consisting

mainly of single- and two-masted vessels: schooners,

brigantines, sloops, ketches, and skiffs. “Typing” ships

can be very confusing. It tends to key on features such as

the number of masts, their heights relative to each other,

where they are located along the length of the deck,

whether they carry square or fore-and-aft sails, and the

configurations of those sails. Another layer of confusion

is added when you consider that ship types evolve over

time, whereas the names used to describe them stay the

same. As a result, a “Bermuda Sloop” of 1800 bears little

resemblance to the vessels we call by the same name

today. Regardless of the nautical information contained

in the fleet, the questions of who drew the ships—and

why—remain.

Over the years as I continued to ponder those clues

and as similar graffiti turned up on the walls of other

plantation buildings on Providenciales, North, Middle,

and East Caicos, I realized that it was not just a TCI phenomenon.

People in the Bahamas were finding the same

type of ship graffiti in association with plantation houses

from the same period—and asking the same questions.

There were even unsubstantiated reports of their presence

in Haiti.

Ship graffiti in the Bahamas

I am aware of only one scientific publication dedicated to

the study of this type of phenomenon, Ms. Grace Turner’s

2004 M.A. thesis titled “Bahamian Ship Graffiti,” in which

she examines numerous examples found in the Bahamas

as well as two from the Cheshire Hall Great House on

Providenciales, and six from the Wade’s Green complex

on North Caicos. Ms. Turner’s research led her to advance

several hypotheses as to who created the ship graffiti,

when they did it, how they did it, and even their purpose.

After demonstrating that most of this type of ship graffiti

is associated with the Bahamas’ 19th-century plantation

and slavery period, and that it was not the work of a single

person, she observes:

“An assessment of the various locations where ship

graffiti were documented in the Bahamas suggests

a very high correlation of this cultural phenomenon

with Bahamians of predominantly African heritage.

The presence of ship graffiti at several sites not

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associated with any specific ethnic group

implies that instead of being a cultural phenomenon

practiced exclusively by Blacks, the

creation of Bahamian ship graffiti was actually

a tradition among Bahamians of lower

socio-economic status. Since Blacks were

predominantly represented in this category

they would also be the majority of practitioners

engaged in any activity limited to this

social class.”

She further concludes that the creators

were most probably male, that the graffiti

was etched into hardened plaster rather than

applied when it was wet, that it was sometimes

drawn in stages rather than all at once, and that

the graffiti may represent some type of non-literate

record-keeping rather than just an idle

pastime. This last conclusion is apparently drawn from

the fact that many of the depictions, such as those seen

at St. James Plantation, appear in places offering vantage

points from which ships could be seen and sketched in

“real life.”

Others have speculated that this type of ship graffiti

had some sort of mystical or magical significance for the

people who created it or, for people of African descent,

that it harkens back to an indelible racial memory of the

horrific Atlantic crossings aboard slave ships. At the very

least this type of graffiti demonstrates the fascination—

bordering on reverence—with which ships were regarded

by people living in small, relatively isolated island groups.

DONALD H. KEITH

Loyalist period ship graffiti

in the Caicos Islands

The questions of who made them and why are still a matter

of speculation, but perhaps the best clues are where

they are found. At Cheshire Hall on Providenciales two

ships appear on an exterior wall bordering a ground level

patio, one at more or less eye level, and the other much

lower. At Wade’s Green, the structure with the greatest

concentration of ship graffiti is the kitchen adjacent to

the Great House. Here they are found on the walls, in the

window sill, and even high above the level of the ground

floor ceiling (no longer present). These locations appear

to conform to Ms. Turner’s hypothesis that there is a correlation

between where the graffiti are found and places

From top: The walls of the kitchen at Wade’s Green, North Caicos are

decorated with more than a dozen examples of ship graffiti.

The thick walls of the kitchen provided an easel for ship graffiti on

the sides of the window opening. Note the large area where plaster

has fallen off. How many ships did it take with it?

frequented by workers, but in the absence of any hard

evidence of a motive, the question of “why” remains unanswered.

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How do we save them?

The Ghost Fleet is disappearing, fading and crumbling

away as the limestone walls they are on erode and

eventually collapse. Undoubtedly many of these ship representations

have already suffered the ravages of time

and are now irrevocably lost. The old plaster surfaces

holding the graffiti cannot be preserved in situ, and they

are too fragile to attempt physical removal or even moulding

and casting. How can the remainder be saved?

What is needed is a careful and exhaustive survey to

thoroughly document the known ship graffiti and locate

those that have not yet been found. Ultimately this would

mean inspecting every square inch of the plastered surfaces

of the Loyalist plantations in the Caicos Islands,

many of which are difficult to access. “Documenting”

includes photography of course, but also tracings or

rubbings (if the surface is smooth enough), accurate measurements,

sketches, and written observations. The exact

locations of the graffiti must be recorded with GPS coordinates

and more precise descriptions such as “interior wall

of NE corner of kitchen 1.5 meters from floor.”

Useful photographs of the Ghost Fleet are rare. After

examining scores of photos taken over the last 30 years it

is clear to me that casual snapshots are of little use. What

we need are long exposure photographs taken with raking

light, which together make even faint etched lines show

up more clearly and in focus. Additional macro photos

of the lines themselves will help determine if they were

created when the plaster was wet or after it hardened.

The bigger picture

Perhaps such a survey could be combined with an overall

condition assessment for the ruins of the Loyalist

plantations themselves. These ruins are more prevalent

and extensive than one might think—and also virtually

uninvestigated. Most of what we know about the Loyalist

period in the Caicos Islands comes not from archeological

investigations but the excellent historical research

conducted by Dr. Charlene Kozy. She identified 92 land

grants in the Caicos made by the Crown between 1789

and 1791. Not all of these grants were consummated, but

the numbers give us some idea of the extent of the first

Caicos Islands “development boom.” While more than 20

plantation ruins are known to exist scattered throughout

the Islands, there may be many more, long ago lost in

the bush. Limited controlled excavations by professional

archaeologists have been conducted only at Wade’s Green

Plantation on North Caicos and to a lesser extent, two

plantations on Middle Caicos. Given the singular importance

of the Loyalist period, when the ancestors of many

of the people who live in the Caicos today first arrived, it

is surprising that so little actual archaeological research

has been devoted to it.

The Caicos Ghost Fleet is still shrouded in a fog of

much speculation and very little hard data. A thorough

investigation of the remaining Loyalist structures in the

Caicos Islands will likely discover many more ship graffiti

examples. An analysis of them, compared with Grace

Turner’s findings for similar sites in the Bahamas, could

enable us to answer the questions of who created them

and why. Several new hypotheses occurred to me while

working on this article:

• It is clear from the best examples that the artists

were very familiar with the intricate detail of different

types of sailing rigs. Could at least some of the ship graffiti

been used to teach neophytes the art of rigging and

sailing?

• During the Loyalist period, American and French

privateers were a constant threat. Could the grafitti have

been aids for vessel identification like the “friend or foe”

ship and aircraft silhouette charts used in World War II?

• Are some of the drawings specific ships that visited

the Caicos regularly, or are they just “generic?”

• Most ships are depicted under full sail rather than

at rest. This suggests that the artists themselves were

sailors or at least had been to sea, and were drawing from

their experience rather than just landlubbers sketching

ships at anchor with the sails furled.

• Determining if the graffiti was created while the

plaster was wet or after it hardened is a critical factor

in dating it. Grafitti created in wet plaster is more likely

to date to when the wall or building was constructed,

whereas grafitti etched into dry plaster could date to a

later time.

When the last ship in the Ghost Fleet erodes to dust

will the best, most accurate ship graffiti recordings ever

made in the Caicos Islands still be the seven ships traced

by Grethe Seim and Helen Czernin almost 40 years ago?

Will the Ghost Fleet become the stuff of legend? If so, our

questions will remain forever unanswered. Or will someone

come forward now to do what needs to be done? The

choice is ours. Time is running out. a

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A Mariner’s Tale

By Captain Willard E. Kennedy, Master Mariner

Captain Willard Kennedy came into the Museum one

day and asked the staff if we wanted his sextant and

navigational tools. What a wonderful gift, and through

emails we have been privileged to learn about this “Salt

Cay boy” and his journey through life. The Museum

thanks Captain Kennedy for this gift and the following

story excerpted from his autobiography.

Often folks would say, “You’ve had an interesting

life, why don’t you tell your story?” My reply would be

“Someday.” I always knew that it should be today, but

today lapsed into yesterday and the story has never

been told until now.

I was born in Salt Cay to Japthalina Duncanson

Kennedy and William Henry Kennedy, on February 14,

1944, the third of seven children. Life as a boy in Salt

Cay was slow, yet there was a lot for children to do,

such as waking up before sunrise, going in the bush to

get wood to burn coal, going to the tank for water, and

then on to school where Miss Mary Robinson was the

head teacher.

At eleven years old, I started working in the salt

lighters carrying salt to the ships that came to Salt Cay.

My job was to empty the salt from the bags and tie

them up in bundles of ten. The money I made was used

to help my sister Amelia, who was in Grand Turk going

to Senior school. I had two uncles who were captains

of ships, Capt. Bertrand (Bert) Duncanson and Capt.

Eustace Duncanson. Even though I did not know them,

hearing of them and what they did impressed me and I

wanted to be a captain like they were. I got my chance

to go to sea.

On November 8, 1960, at the age of sixteen, I

joined the M.V. Inagua Trader in South Caicos. When

I joined the ship, Capt. Swann said, “Young man, your

wages are $80 a month—$30 for your mother, $30 for

the bank, and $20 for you.” I had no say in the matter!

Our first port of call was Santiago de Cuba, the first foreign

port that I visited. I was intrigued with the beauty

of Santiago—after all, I’d only ever seen Salt Cay, Grand

Turk, and South Caicos—so going to Cuba and hearing

Spanish for the first time was something else. I was

taken ashore by Capt. Swann and we walked for an hour

through the city. I kept turning around and looking up

at the high rise buildings, as the highest building on

Salt Cay was the White House!

I bought the sextant in 1963 to practice celestial

navigation—measuring the altitudes of the celestial

bodies, computing them, and plotting the position

of the vessel. I was employed by West India Shipping

Company as an Able Bodied Seaman (ABS) on the

M.V. Inagua Crest and was allowed to practice on the

bridge. From 1968–69 I attended the American Marine

Nautical School in New Orleans, Louisiana to study for

the Second Mate’s License. On successfully obtaining

the license, I went back to work as a second mate on

the M.V. Inagua Sound for one year, responsible for the

navigation of the vessel.

I saved my money and in 1970, returned to school,

studied for the Chief Mate’s License and received it in

1971. I was promoted to Chief Mate on the M.V. Inagua

Sound, second in command and responsible for deck

operations of the vessel. In 1972, I attended the U.S

Merchant Marine School in New York and studied for

the Master’s License. On successfully passing the examination,

I was issued an “Unlimited Master Mariner’s

W.E. KENNEDY

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Exploring historic Cap Haitien

By Museum Manager Candianne Williams

PAT SAXTON

Capt. Kennedy’s sextant,

having once navigated the

Seven Seas, now enjoys retirement in the

TCNM, along with his memoirs.

License Any Ocean, Any Gross Tonnage.” That was

quite a feat for a young man at the age of 28 and I

was proud because I saved my money and educated

myself.

From 1974–76, I was Captain of the M.V. Inagua

Trader II, operating out of various European ports in

the North Sea. In the year following, we transited the

Atlantic Ocean from Houston, Texas to Kuwait via the

Suez Canal, to Singapore, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Italy,

Spain, and France. From 1972–1985, I worked as

Master on various vessels and navigated the world

with a sextant and nautical tables. That experience, I

called an adventure because there was nothing routine

with it. West India Shipping specialized in transporting

heavy equipment, oil rigs, and high pressure

vessels for oil refineries. We were globe trotters. In

1992 with the implementation of GPS, the sextant was

laid aside for instant position and accuracy within a

hundred feet. So from 1986–2013 we followed weekly

schedules in the Caribbean—you knew which ports

you would be in every day. As a man of the sea, it was

a job I loved doing. But there was no adventure in it.

During my career, I was paid to go to see places other

people have to pay to go to see! a

The prize for the winning team of the first annual

Turks & Caicos National Museum’s History and Cultural

Heritage Quiz was a three day, two night Caicu Naniki

excursion to northern Haiti. Clement Howell High

School students Mellonie Popo, Saloman Dormeus,

Joshua Daniel, and coach/teacher Anetra Musgrove had

the opportunity to tour historic Cap Haitien and experience

its rich cultural history. They were accompanied

by Chloe Zimmermann, owner of Marco Travel, one of

the quiz sponsors.

Northern Haiti has a significant place in the history

of the Americas. One of the objectives of the UNESCOproclaimed

International Year to Commemorate the

Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition, was to “commemorate

the bicentenary of the Haitian Revolution,

which led to the establishment of the first black republic

in the Western Hemisphere, and, by extension, to

the liberation of the peoples of the Caribbean and Latin

America from slavery.” Records show that slaves from

the Turks & Caicos Islands escaped to freedom in Haiti.

The Palace of Sans Souci, which was once the royal

residence of King Henri Christophe, the mountaintop

fortress called the Citadelle, and the buildings at

Ramiers are monuments to Haiti’s declared independence

and comprise Haiti’s National History Park. These

UNESCO World Heritage Sites dating back to the early

19th century have been described by UNESCO as “universal

symbols of liberty, being the first monuments to

be constructed by black slaves who had gained their

freedom.”

One of the highlights of our prize-winners’ trip was

a tour of the historical park. Mellonie remembers how

struck she was by the shear enormity of the Citadelle.

Her first thought was “This is humongous.” Built on top

of Bonnet á L’Eveque, which itself rises over 3,000 feet,

the Citadelle has walls as high as 130 feet and is spread

over a hectare.

With the view of the fortress in the distance, the

real adventure was getting to it. They had to ride

donkeys to get there, a first for the team. From all

accounts Mellonie mastered the art like a pro, sparking

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Salomon’s competitive spirit

and driving him to prove that

he too could master the art of

donkey riding—even though

the winding path up the precipitous

mountain trail was a

little nerve-racking at times.

As they toured the

Citadelle the group was

immersed in its story, particularly

its 365 cannons of

varying sizes and huge piles

of cannon balls. It was built

to defend the country against

the French. That war never

happened, although the fortress

was built and outfitted

to accommodate up to 5,000

persons for a year, if necessary.

The breathtaking view

of what seemed like all of

Cap Haitien gave reason to

pause and take it all in.

The exposure to a different

culture highlighted the

similarities and differences

between the students’ own and what they were now

experiencing. Riding the brightly coloured, artistically

decorated “tap tap” bus was a uniquely Haitian experience.

The trip on a traditional boat and visit to the fishing

village of Labadee was quite an adventure as well and lots

of fun.

As a result of this experience, the students now

have a renewed appreciation for the history and culture

of the Turks & Caicos Islands, and are inspired to widen

the scope of their knowledge by exploring that of other

countries, as well. The Museum would like to thank the

sponsors—FortisTCI Ltd., Caicu Naniki, Marco Travel, and

the TCI Reef Fund for making it possible for these young

people to have such a wonderful experience. a

From top: TCNM Quiz winners Joshua Daniel, Mellonie Popop, Anetra

Musgrove, and Saloman Dormeau arrive in Haiti.

The view from the top of the Citadelle is spectacular!

The students were immersed in the history of the Citadelle during

their tour of the fortress.

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Wise water

By Museum Manager Candianne Williams

RBC Royal Bank renewed its partnership with the TCI

National Museum Foundation by contributing $1,800

to support landscaping maintenance of the Caicos

Heritage House’s agricultural, native plant, and medicinal

plant gardens. The partnership began when the UK

Overseas Territories Conservation Fund/TCNM’s Wise

Water Project was awarded the RBC Royal Bank’s Blue

Water Grant of $55,000 to help create water conservation

gardens at the National Museum in Grand Turk and

Caicos Heritage Garden in Providenciales.

At the cheque presentation ceremony, RBC Royal RBC Royal Bank and Museum staff members Sanfra Foster, Olive

Connell, Fernand, Candianne Williams, Zoya Faessler, B Naqqi

Bank’s Country and Branch Manager Sanfra Foster Manco, Prince Selver, Arlene Deveraux, and Sonia Grant tackle

planting the Caicos Pines provided by the DECR.

reiterated the bank’s commitment to protecting the

world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water, through its global Blue Water Project. RBC Royal Bank’s staff

members have also committed to voluntary service in the gardens. The Caicos Pine is TCI’s National Tree. Four

Caicos pine trees grown by the Caicos Pine Recovery Project were planted at the Caicos Heritage Garden as part of

the project’s National Tree Restoration Strategy. The Caicos Heritage Garden is the only place on Providenciales

where the National Tree can be seen publicly, so it will prove to be a valuable educational resource.

B Naqqi Manco of the Department of Environment &

Coastal Resources (DECR) led the tree planting, explaining

that the Caicos pine and its pineyard habitat were

historically very important to the people of the Caicos

Islands in the pre-Hurricane Donna time represented

by the Caicos Heritage House. Roofing timbers, timber

and pitch for boats, torches, lime kilns, and fence posts

were supplied by the Caicos pine; other plants from the

habitat provided thatch for roofs, food items, animal

fodder, and medicines.

The pine trees originate from seed collected on Pine

Cay, and should fare well in the sandy soil of Grace Bay

which is similar to their ancestral habitat. The population

will provide a genetic reservoir, hopefully out of

reach of the pine tortoise scale insect which has devastated

wild populations on Pine Cay and North and

Middle Caicos. Establishing small populations of Caicos

DECR Officer B Naqqi Manco instructs the gardeners on the proper pine on other islands for conservation and educational

way to transplant the National Tree of the Turks & Caicos Islands.

purposes is an important part of the National Tree

Restoration Strategy. The Caicos pine joins a planting of over 20 native plant species of historical and cultural

importance—a vital part of the post-Loyalist economy and pharmacopeia.

The Caicos Heritage House and Garden, a representation of a 19th century Caicos Islands homestead, is open

to visitors 9:00 AM–1:00 PM weekdays and is located in the Village at Grace Bay. We hope that you will come to

visit soon and be inspired to try some of the ways to conserve water in your own garden. a

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Museum matters

Story & Photos By Museum Director Pat Saxton

Taking things for GRANTed

On July 26, the Museum held the second in a series

“An Evening with the Experts.” This time we invited

everyone to come and see what experts from the UK,

Canada, and the Bahamas are doing to help preserve

the Museum’s collection of 19th century records by

organizing and digitizing them to make them freely

available.

Facilitating this grant from the British Library’s

Endangered Archives Project (EAP) is a group of experts

assembled by the Zemi Foundation (zemiglobal.org),

a Florida-based non-profit organization. The Zemi

team, comprised of Executive Director Dr. Kelley

Scudder-Temple, IT Specialist Michael Temple, and

Special Projects Manager Paul Diamond were joined

by Bahamas National Museum Assistant Director Dr.

Michael Pateman.

Dr. Scudder-Temple and Dr. Pateman spoke to the

crowd about the importance of locating, preserving,

organizing, and digitizing documents. This is a tremendous

undertaking and the Turks & Caicos National

Museum Foundation is pleased to partner with the Zemi

Foundation. The Museum does not receive government

funding, yet takes the responsibility of housing government

and other documents in our climate-controlled

safe room.

Hon. Josephine Connolly observes the process of digitizing old

records.

TCNM Director Patricia Saxton offered a plea for

From left: Paul Diamond, Mike Temple, Lynn Thomas, Pat Saxton,

Kelley Scudder-Temple, and Mike Temple participated in Radio TC’s

talk show, “Expressions” to discuss the need for a National Archive.

the need of a National Archive. She spoke about finding

burial records from the 1800s which showed over

120 slaves buried on the island in the middle of Town

Salina, the oldest cemetery on Grand Turk. Because the

Museum saved these records, we were able to alert the

TCI Government to revise plans to put a donkey sanctuary

on this sacred land. This, along with the story of

the slave ship Trouvadore, are excellent examples of

why a country needs to protect and save its historical

documents.

At the close of the event, the Museum invited

guests to come the following day to see the important

work the Zemi Foundation and the Museum are doing

to digitize these records. It was heartening that a number

of government members took time to witness the

work we are doing to save the history of the Turks &

Caicos Islands.

We want to thank our many volunteers who came

and learned about archiving, digitizing, and preservation.

Everyone put in many hours to lessen the burden

of digitizing all these documents. We will be calling on

them again when the Zemi Foundation returns early

next year to continue with the project.

On July 28, the Zemi Foundation and the Museum

participated in a special “Expressions” radio show on

RTC 107.9 FM to speak about the importance of setting

up a National Archive. This program was very well

received with much support from the community. Now

is the time to speak with your government representatives

to get behind the movement to build a National

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Rest in peace

On May 27, 2016

Rupert Thorogood was

on island to celebrate

the 60th year since he

set foot on Grand Turk

on May 28, 1956! He

came to the Museum

to donate a stamp

inscribed “Direct West

India Cable Company

Grand Turk Turks and

Caicos Island,” along

with a box of dates to

be inserted in the stamp!

Sadly, Mr. Thorogood passed away on June 25,

2016. Our thoughts go out to his family, as he was

a true gentleman. I enjoyed his company and stories

about Grand Turk in the late 1950s, and will certainly

miss him. a

Vestiges of a bygone era

Following demolition of the Woodville house on Middle

Street in Grand Turk, landscaper Conrad Baron found

several items on the property and brought them to the

Museum for safekeeping until the new owner starts to

rebuild.

One was a First Prize certificate to Evans Wood

for Flowering Annual (?!) during the Exhibition of

the Products and Industries of the Turks and Caicos

Islands, dated February 6, 1919 and signed by HH

Hutchings! a

Unsolved mystery

Charlie Wright continues to donate items to the

Museum. His most recent gift is a real mystery. Mr.

Wright found what appears to be a trail board from a

boat from South Caicos. The name on the hand-carved

sign reads “Panuloris • South Caicos • T.I.” The name

Panuloris does not come up in the Latin dictionary, but

the name Panulirus does. It is the genus for the Spiny

lobster, a product South Caicos is famous for.

According to Mr. Wright, the board was found on

a remote beach in Grand Bahama sometime between

1981 and 1983. We are hoping that someone from

South Caicos will recognize this name and come forward

with the history of this boat. For now, it will hang

in the Caicos Heritage House in Providenciales for all

to see, and perhaps recognize! a

Join the Museum

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Members’ Discount in the Museum Shop.

Senior (62+) $35

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Sponsor $250

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Partner $750

To join*, send name, address, email, and type of

membership, along with cheque or money order

payable to “Turks & Caicos National Museum” to:

Friends of the Turks & Caicos National

Museum

39 Condesa Road

Santa Fe, NM 87508 USA

Or, visit:

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*For U.S. residents, support of the Museum is tax-deductible via

Friends of the Turks & Caicos National Museum, Attn: Donald

H. Keith, 39 Condesa Road, Santa Fe NM 87508, our affiliated

institution and registered 501 (c) (3).

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a taste of the islands

Donna Gardiner of North Caicos has turned the island’s “bush tea” tradition into a new business venture, North Caicos Tea Company.

North Caicos Tea Company

Serving up tradition, one sip at a time.

By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photos by Tom Rathgeb

T is for tradition.

T is for taste.

T is for time.

T is for tenacity.

But most of all, T is for tea, which blends all of the above

into the island experience of North Caicos Tea Company.

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Caicos Tea Company is a North Caicos venture which

sells traditional bush teas and tea blends. It was created

by Donna Gardiner as a way of preserving local culture

and sharing the knowledge of the “old ways” on the island

where she grew up. “I want Caicos Teas to represent the

‘bush tea’ tradition for those who can’t go out and pick

leaves for their daily drink,” she says.

The business got underway in earnest at the beginning

of 2016, although the idea had been growing for a

while. As a child in Major Hill, Donna took the tea tradition

for granted, commenting that her paternal grandmother,

Susan Gardiner, simply assumed that no one left the

house in the morning without first drinking some tea . .

. at least three mouthfuls. Years later, she was surprised

when others asked about the tea she brought with her

to a former job. She began sharing with friends, then

experimenting with dried plants, doing every step by

hand: picking, drying, bagging and packaging. Caicos

Tea Company was born.

The current line in the fledgling business includes

six teas: Caicos Sunshine (a blend of fever grass, mint

and citrus), soursop, moringa mint, fever grass, mint, and

a soursop-fever grass blend. All are made from natural

herbs found on North Caicos, none has caffeine, and all

can be served hot or cold after brewing. Older Islanders

have long used these teas for health benefits (see sidebar),

although Donna is careful of making specific claims.

Her tea boxes state only, “Our teas have long been cherished

for their health promoting properties.”

Developing a tradition into a business has been a

process full of learning and trial-and-error, Donna says.

First came finding the plants and learning how to dry

them properly. She has sought out the wisdom of older

people on North Caicos for gathering plants and now, she

says, “I believe I know all the plants on the island.” She

continues, “I like getting them from the senior citizens. I

get both the plants and the stories, just a little chitchat.”

Most people make their own bush tea from fresh

plants, so figuring out the drying process was a matter

of experimentation. “When they’re drying, they all behave

differently,” she says. Fever grass (also known as lemongrass

in other cultures), for example, is easy to work with

when green, but harder to handle when drying has made

the leaf edges sharp and tough. “Moringa has been the

hardest teacher,” Donna notes, recalling an entire batch

that had to be thrown away because of improper drying.

Caicos Teas are dried naturally with sun and air, so the

weather comes into play.

Local herbs from North Caicos are dried as ingredients for the teas (clockwise from left): soursop, mint, moringa and fever grass. They are

shown here placed atop a handmade “fanner basket,” fashioned from local palm tree leaves.

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“There’s a tea for everything”

Each box of Caicos Tea includes a quote from

Susan B. Gardiner, grandmother of the company’s

owner: “There’s a tea for everything.”

One would be hard-pressed to find any aficionado

of bush tea who believes differently. Island tradition

assigns a tea as a cure for all sorts of ailments, from

tummy rumbles to diseases that are puzzles to modern

medicine. Donna Gardiner of Caicos Tea Company

makes no specific health claims for her teas, but she

has listened to the lore and done research on the benefits

of her herbal teas. Here are her comments about

the six teas she offers:

Mint: Many cultures acknowledge the soothing

qualities of mint, making it a natural for problems with

digestion and other stomach ailments.

Soursop: Its relaxing qualities aid with insomnia,

and it is known to help reduce blood pressure. “I know

people who take soursop tea to manage blood pressure,

but you should work along with your doctor if

you’re going to try it,” Donna says. Soursop is also

good for headaches and, she adds, “Some studies show

soursop has some possible effects against cancer.”

Fever grass: Known in some other cultures as lemongrass,

fever grass gets its TCI name from its ability to

cool the body and bring down a fever. It is often used

to ease the symptoms of a cold or flu.

Moringa: Sometimes referred to as the “miracle”

tree, moringa is used for colds, fevers and blood pressure.

Every part of the tree is used for something. The

teas Donna makes are from the moringa leaves, but she

is now experimenting with its flowers. Moringa has a

very strong, distinct flavour, so she pairs it with mint.

Soursop-moringa blend: “We did this mostly

because it’s fun and improves the flavour.”

Caicos Sunshine: The most popular of the teas,

this is a blend of fever grass and mint with a touch of

citrus (Donna uses lime leaves). “The traditional blend,”

she says, “is the medicine my grandmother and every

grandmother used for everything. It’s also a fun blend

and makes a nice iced tea.”

A number of other traditional bush teas are touted

as something to “make you strong” . . . a veiled reference

to aphrodisiac qualities. Currently, Caicos Tea

Company doesn’t have any such blends, but Donna is

experimenting with brasiletto, cerasee and dill, all of

which are reported to help “strength.”

Jody Rathgeb

Schedule/price subject to change without prior notice.

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North Caicos Tea Company currently produces six flavours and blends. More are planned for the future.

Packaging has also meted out its lessons. She has

already gone through several generations of box designs,

and the simplicity of a tea bag belies all the research that

goes into decisions about bags, tags, string and more.

“We spent $500 before figuring out that this is THE staple,”

she says, holding up a bag with its tag stapled to a

string.

Marketing the teas draws on other skills and Donna’s

desire to serve her customers well. Word of mouth and

social media helped launch the business, but she also

learned to adapt to the different ways the tea can be sold.

An order from Grace Bay Club, for example, was planned

as gifts for tourists to buy, so the company developed

a small burlap package that offers a sampling of all six

flavours.

In addition to Donna’s office/production space/tea

bar along Airport Road on North Caicos, Caicos Teas

are sold at Grace Bay Club, Parrot Cay, the TCI National

Museum on Grand Turk and the Turquoise Duty-Free

shop at the Providenciales International Airport. She

hopes to have more hotel gift shops on the list as the

season starts.

She has many more plans for the future of Caicos

Tea Company. In production, Donna wants to develop

new flavours and has already begun experimenting with

brasiletto branches, cerasee and dill. “There are so many

plants and blends I want to do,” she says. “Some will be

traditional, some a little bit new.” Farming the plants is

also in the plan. A touch of automation will help production

as well. Donna is looking into a bagging machine and

dryers. She is also outfitting her space to function as a tea

bar, where customers can see the process, taste the teas

and learn more about their properties.

She expects her own learning to continue as she

works toward the future. “I cannot express how much it’s

been an awesome experience to create the business,” she

says. “Every day about Caicos Tea surprises me.” a

This “tea bouquet,” is a selection of the plants Donna Gardiner picks

and dries to make the various Caicos Teas.

Jody Rathgeb has been a contributor to Times of the

Islands since 1992. She admits to having downed nearly

a gallon of iced Caicos Sunshine tea while writing this

article.

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shape up

Spinal health and well being

By Dr. Craig D. Zavitz D.C.

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the

leading cause of human suffering, loss of income

through inability to work, and long term disability is

back pain. It affects people in all countries, both genders

and all ages. WHO states that more money is spent

globally to treat back pain than many serious aliments

combined. According to WHO, 85% of us will suffer significant

back pain and disability at some point in our

lives. They also advise that much of this suffering is

preventable and preventative measures cost much less

than treatment.

The four pillars of a healthy back are:

Proper lifting technique: This means keeping your

back straight, bending your knees, holding the object

close to your body, and lifting with your strongest muscles

(thigh muscles)—not your back.

Flexibility: This can be obtained by doing easy

stretches on a daily basis.

Strength: This can be improved by committing to

simple, at-home exercises only 5–10 minutes per day

without the need for expensive equipment.

Alignment: Chiropractors specialize in spinal alignment.

Consider having regular spinal checkups much

like you do with your dentist. The sooner a spinal misalignment

is detected and corrected, the more likely

you are to prevent future problems.

The above-mentioned exercise programs for flexibility

and strength, as well as proper lifting techniques,

are available for your use on the clinic website:

www.gracebaychiro.com.

In addition to traditional gentle chiropractic care, I

provide the only therapeutic laser treatments in Turks

& Caicos. Therapeutic laser is non-invasive, painless,

has no side effects and provides effective relief for

acute injuries (sprains and strains) and chronic conditions

such as osteoarthritis (in hips, knees, hands, and

shoulders).

I welcome my patients into a relaxed, evidencebased

chiropractic clinic. How long the patient benefits

from care is always up to them. a

Dr. Craig Zavitz and his wife

Robin travel to TCI every

month from their base practice

in Niagara Falls, Canada

and consider Providenciales

their second home. In 2010,

Dr. Zavitz opened Grace Bay Chiropractic in association

with Dr. Sam Slattery of Grace Bay Medical, the island’s

only Integrated Medical Centre, located in Neptune

Court, Grace Bay.

Dr. Zavitz also provides regular chiropractic services

to Grand Turk and South Caicos. He developed

a daily stretching program called “Straighten Up TCI”

and, along with “Pack It Light, Wear it Right” (a backpack

program developed by the Ontario Chiropractic

Association), has implemented them in over 30 schools

and numerous businesses and resorts in TCI, and continues

to do so. Dr. Zavitz has devoted his career to

assisting people in achieving optimum health through

chiropractic care and healthy lifestyle education. His

mission statement is: To improve the quality of life of

humanity starting with you and your entire family.

From the delicate infant to the fragile aged, we provide

safe, gentle, effective care.

For more information, contact Dr. Zavitz via email

craig@gracebaychiro.com or call (649) 347-8964.

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Nails need TLC too!

By Franceska Parker, Nail Technician, Elevate Spa

When studying nail technology, the sheer number of different

types of nail infection and nail damage stunned

me. I soon learnt the importance of cleanliness and

close observation to keep every client safe. I wash my

hands and clean and dry my equipment very carefully.

In my last several years in the Turks & Caicos

Islands I have seen many cases of nail infection and

ingrowing nails. Resident clients’ nails are especially

damaged. It is my belief that highly trained technicians

need to communicate, ask questions, and educate their

clients accordingly.

For instance, if I see a discoloured nail I will ask:

“How long has the nail been discoloured? Have you

seen a doctor? Are you on medication? What kind of

shoes do you typically wear? Have you bumped your

nail, causing trauma?” The responses help decide treatment.

I never soak a client’s nails until I have examined

them. If I come across a client with a nail infection, I

politely inform them. There will be no treatment unless

the client brought their own polish and their own tools

(file, buffer, clippers, etc.). If they are not able to, I provide

them with tools that they can buy and reuse next

time.

A fungal nail infection can be carefully treated with

such things as tea tree oil, antifungal cream, or even

a few drops of bleach, but how can clients continue to

keep the fungus away? Discontinue the use of polish or

tools that were used during the infection. Wear socks

with exercise shoes, change socks often, dry feet and

nails properly, use an antifungal spray inside shoes

before and after wear, and avoid going to a salon that

uses a jet tub. My workplace uses a copper bowl that is

washed and treated and left to dry before re-use.

Resident clients’ nails are often paper-thin due to

harsh filing, over-buffing, the use of acrylic, shellac,

and gel nails, as well as their harsh removal. Some nail

technicians buff the clients’ nail beds using coarse files

and then apply primer, glue, acrylic nail, file further,

and apply acrylic powder and gel liquid on top. How is

your nail meant to breathe? When you finally remove

the acrylic, the strength of

your nail will be compromised,

as will the cuticle that

protects your nail bed.

The cuticle is there to

protect the nail as it grows, preventing dirt and bacteria

from damaging the nail. Practice keeping cuticles

moisturised with a good cuticle oil or even a good hand

lotion after doing dishes or washing hands. Rub in a

small amount of oil or lotion, paying particular attention

to the cuticle.

Treating infections is not just cosmetic. Infections

from your nail can slowly attack your immune system.

If a fungus or nail infection is left untreated for a long

time, it can keep returning after treatment because it

now lives in your blood system.

Shaping and cutting should be done according to

a client’s cuticle area shape and activities. Runners

should clip the nail shorter and straight across. The

sides of the nail should never be clipped or the nail will

start to grow differently, not straight. The nails will sink

and a practice of digging under the nail may happen,

opening it to infection.

Watch your environment; be smart when getting

manicures and pedicures; don’t overuse and abuse the

use of shellac, acrylic, or gel nails; keep your own tools

clean and be careful of public showers and unsanitary

salons. Treat nail fungus and let your salon know. Do

you live with someone who has nail fungus? Do you

share your home nail polishes? If your immune system

is especially low, stay away from salons. I am not a

doctor, but as a caring nail technician I believe in being

careful, respectful, and firm to ensure my clients’ safety

and the safety of future clients. a

Franceska Parker has been working as a nail technician

since 2005, after a one year course in nail technology.

She currently works as a nail technician and massage

therapist at Elevate Spa at the Blue Haven Resort and

Marina.

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about the Islands

Map provided courtesy Wavey Line Publishing. Their navigation charts and decorative and historic maps of the Turks & Caicos Islands, the

Bahamas, and Hispaniola are available in shops throughout the Islands. Visit www.waveylinepublishing.com.

Where we are

The Turks & Caicos Islands lie some 575 miles southeast

of Miami — approximately 1 1/2 hours flying time —

with the Bahamas about 30 miles to the northwest and

the Dominican Republic some 100 miles to the southeast.

The country consists of two island groups separated

by the 22-mile wide Columbus Passage. To the west are

the Caicos Islands: West Caicos, Providenciales, North

Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos, and South Caicos. To

the east are the Turks Islands: Grand Turk and Salt Cay.

The Turks & Caicos total 166 square miles of land

area on eight islands and 40 small cays. The country’s

population is approximately 32,000.

Getting here

There are international airports on Grand Turk, North

Caicos, Providenciales, and South Caicos, with domestic

airports on all of the islands except East Caicos.

At this time, all of the major international carriers

arrive and depart from Providenciales International

Airport. American Airlines flies three times daily from

Miami and daily from Charlotte. JetBlue Airways offers

daily service from New York/JFK and Fort Lauderdale.

Delta Airlines flies from Atlanta daily and from New York/

JFK on Saturday. United Airlines travels from Newark daily

and from Houston on Friday and Saturday. West Jet travels

from Toronto on Wednesday and Saturday. Air Canada

offer flights from Toronto on Saturday and Sunday and

from Montreal on Thursday. British Airways travels on

Thursday and Sunday from London/Gatwick via Antigua.

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Bahamasair flies to Nassau on Thursday and Sunday;

Inter-caribbean Airways travels on Monday, Wednesday,

and Friday. Inter-caribbean Airways and Caicos Express

travel to Haiti daily, while Inter-caribbean Airways flies

to the Dominican Republic daily (except Wednesday);

to Jamaica on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday,

and to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

(Schedules are current as of August 2016 and subject to

change.)

Inter-island service is provided by Inter-caribbean

Airways, Caicos Express Airways, and Global Airways. Sea

and air freight services operate from Florida.

Language

English.

Time zone

Atlantic Standard Time (AST) observed year-round.

Currency

The United States dollar. The Treasury also issues a Turks

& Caicos crown and quarter. Travellers cheques in U.S.

dollars are widely accepted and other currency can be

changed at local banks. American Express, VISA, and

MasterCard are welcomed at many locations.

Climate

The average year-round temperature is 83ºF (28ºC). The

hottest months are September and October, when the

temperature can reach 90 to 95ºF (33 to 35ºC). However,

the consistent easterly trade winds temper the heat and

keep life comfortable.

Casual resort and leisure wear is accepted attire for

daytime; light sweaters or jackets may be necessary on

some breezy evenings. It’s wise to wear protective clothing

and a sunhat and use waterproof sunscreen when out

in the tropical sun.

Entry requirements

Passport. A valid onward or return ticket is also required.

Customs formalities

Visitors may bring in duty free for their own use one carton

of cigarettes or cigars, one bottle of liquor or wine,

and some perfume. The importation of all firearms including

those charged with compressed air without prior

approval in writing from the Commissioner of Police is

strictly forbidden. Spear guns, Hawaiian slings, controlled

drugs, and pornography are also illegal.

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about the Islands

Returning residents may bring in $400 worth of

merchandise per person duty free. A duty of 10% to

60% is charged on most imported goods along with a

7% customs processing fee and forms a major source of

government revenue.

Transportation

A valid driver’s license from home is suitable when renting

vehicles. A government tax of 12% is levied on all

rental contracts. (Insurance is extra.) Driving is on the

left-hand side of the road, with traffic flow controlled by

round-abouts at major junctions. Please don’t drink and

drive! Taxis are abundant throughout the Islands and

many resorts offer shuttle service between popular visitor

areas. Scooter, ATV, and bicycle rentals are also available.

Telecommunications

FLOW Ltd. provides land lines and superfast broadband

Internet service. Mobile service is on a LTE 4G network,

including pre and post-paid cellular phones. Most resorts

and some stores and restaurants offer wireless Internet

connection. Digicel operates mobile networks, with

a full suite of LTE 4G service. FLOW is the local carrier

for CDMA roaming on US networks such as Verizon and

Sprint. North American visitors with GSM cellular handsets

and wireless accounts with AT&T or Cingular can

arrange international roaming.

Electricity

120/240 volts, 60 Hz, suitable for all U.S. appliances.

Departure tax

US $20 for all persons two years and older, payable in

cash or traveller’s cheques. It is typically built into the

cost of your ticket.

Courier service

Delivery service is provided by FedEx, with offices on

Providenciales and Grand Turk, and DHL. UPS service is

limited to incoming delivery.

Postal service

The Post Office and Philatelic Bureau in Providenciales is

located downtown in Butterfield Square. In Grand Turk,

the Post Office is on Front Street, with the Philatelic

Bureau on Church Folly. The Islands are known for their

varied and colorful stamp issues.

Media

Multi-channel satellite television is received from the U.S.

and Canada and transmitted via cable or over the air.

Local station WIV-TV broadcasts on Channel 4 and Island

EyeTV on Channel 5. People’s Television offers 75 digitally

transmitted television stations, along with local news

and talk shows on Channel 8. There are also a number of

local radio stations, magazines, and newspapers.

Medical services

There are no endemic tropical diseases in TCI. There are

large, modern hospitals on Grand Turk and Providenciales.

Both hospitals offer a full range of services including:

24/7 emergency room, operating theaters, diagnostic

imaging, maternity suites, dialysis suites, blood bank,

physiotherapy, and dentistry.

In addition, several general practitioners operate in

the country, and there is a recompression chamber, along

with a number of private pharmacies.

Immigration

A resident’s permit is required to live in the Islands. A

work permit and business license are also required to

work and/or establish a business. These are generally

granted to those offering skills, experience, and qualifications

not widely available on the Islands. Priority is given

to enterprises that will provide employment and training

for T&C Islanders.

Government/Legal system

TCI is a British Crown colony. There is a Queen-appointed

Governor, HE Peter Beckingham. He presides over an executive

council formed by the elected local government.

PNP Leader Dr. Rufus Ewing is the country’s premier.

The legal system is based upon English Common

Law and administered by a resident Chief Justice, Chief

Magistrate, and Deputy Magistrates. Judges of the Court

of Appeal visit the Islands twice a year and there is a final

Right of Appeal to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in London.

Taxes

There are currently no direct taxes on either income

or capital for individuals or companies. There are no

exchange controls. Indirect taxation comprises customs

duties and fees, stamp duty, taxes on accommodations,

restaurants, vehicle rentals, other services and gasoline,

as well as business license fees and departure taxes.

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Economy

Historically, TCI’s economy relied on the export of

salt. Currently, tourism, the offshore finance industry,

and fishing generate the most private sector income.

The Islands’ main exports are lobster and conch, with

the world’s first commercial conch farm operating on

Providenciales. Practically all consumer goods and foodstuffs

are imported.

The Turks & Caicos Islands are recognised as an

important offshore financial centre, offering services

such as company formation, offshore insurance, banking,

trusts, limited partnerships, and limited life companies.

The Financial Services Commission regulates the industry

and spearheads the development of offshore legislation.

People

Citizens of the Turks & Caicos Islands are termed

“Belongers” and are primarily descendants of African

slaves who were brought to the Islands to work on the

salt ponds and cotton plantations. The country’s large

expatriate population includes Canadians, Americans,

Brits and Europeans, along with Haitians, Jamaicans,

Dominicans, Bahamians, Indians, and Filipinos.

Churches

Churches are the center of community life and there

are many faiths represented in the Islands, including:

Adventist, Anglican, Assembly of God, Baha’i,

Baptist, Catholic, Church of God of Prophecy, Episcopal,

Faith Tabernacle Church of God, Jehovah’s Witnesses,

Methodist and Pentecostal. Visitors are always welcome.

Pets

Incoming pets must have an import permit, veterinary

health certificate, vaccination certificate, and lab test

results to be submitted at the port of entry to obtain

clearance from the TCI Department of Agriculture, Animal

Health Services.

National symbols

The National Bird is the Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis).

The National Plant is Island heather (Limonium

bahamense) found nowhere else in the world. The

National Tree is the Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea var.

bahamensis). The National Costume consists of white cotton

dresses tied at the waist for women and simple shirts

and loose pants for men, with straw hats. Colors representing

the various islands are displayed on the sleeves

and bases. The National Song is “This Land of Ours,” by

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the late Rev. E.C. Howell, PhD. Peas and Hominy (Grits)

with Dry Conch is revered as symbolic island fare.

Going green

TCI Waste Disposal Services currently offers recycling services

through weekly collection of recyclable aluminum,

glass, and plastic. The TCI Environmental Club is spearheading

a campaign to eliminate single-use plastic bags.

Do your part by using a cloth bag whenever possible.

Keep TCI “Beautiful by Nature” by not littering!

Recreation

Sporting activities are centered around the water. Visitors

can choose from deep-sea, reef, or bonefishing, sailing,

glass-bottom boat and semi-sub excursions, windsurfing,

waterskiing, parasailing, sea kayaking, snorkelling,

scuba diving, kiteboarding, stand up paddleboarding,

and beachcombing. Pristine reefs, abundant marine life,

and excellent visibility make TCI a world-class diving

destination. Tennis and golf—there is an eighteen hole

championship course on Providenciales—are also popular.

The Islands are an ecotourist’s paradise. Visitors can

enjoy unspoilt wilderness and native flora and fauna in

thirty-three national parks, nature reserves, sanctuaries,

and areas of historical interest. The National Trust

provides trail guides to several hiking trails, as well as

guided tours of major historical sites. There is an excellent

national museum on Grand Turk, with an auxillary

branch on Providenciales. A scheduled ferry and a selection

of tour operators make it easy to take day trips to the

outer islands.

Other land-based activities include bicycling, horseback

riding, and football (soccer). Personal trainers are

available to motivate you, working out of several fitness

centres. You will also find a variety of spa and body treatment

services.

Nightlife includes local bands playing island music

at bars and restaurants and some nightclubs. There are

two casinos on Providenciales, along with many electronic

gaming parlours. Stargazing is extraordinary!

Shoppers will find Caribbean paintings, T-shirts,

sports and beachwear, and locally made handicrafts,

including straw work and conch crafts. Duty free outlets

sell liquor, jewellery, watches, perfume, leather goods,

crystal, china, cameras, electronics, brand-name clothing

and accessories, along with Cuban cigars. a

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where to stay

Grand Turk

range of daily rates

US$ (subject to change)

number of units

major credit cards

restaurant

bar

air conditioning

phone in unit

television in unit

kitchen in unit

laundry service

pool

on the beach

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The Arches of Grand Turk – Tel 649 946 2941 190–210 4 • • • • • • •

Bohio Dive Resort – Tel 649 946 2135 • Web www.bohioresort.com 170–230 16 • • • • • • • •

Crabtree Apartments – Tel 978 270 1698 • Web www.GrandTurkVacationRental.com 210–250 3 • • • • • •

Grand Turk Inn – Tel 649 946 2827 • Web www.grandturkinn.com 250–300 5 • • • • • • •

Island House – Tel 649 946 1519/232 5514 • Web www.islandhouse.tc 110–185 8 • • • • • • •

Manta House – Tel 649 946 1111 • Web www.grandturk-mantahouse.com 110–130 5 • • • • • • •

Osprey Beach Hotel – Tel 649 946 2666 • Web www.ospreybeachhotel.com 90–225 37 • • • • • • • • • •

Pelican House – Tel 649 246 6797 • Web www.pelicanhousegrandturk.com 110-130 3 • • • • •

Salt Raker Inn – Tel 649 946 2260 • Web www.saltrakerinn.com 55–140 13 • • • • • • •

Solomon Porches Guesthouse – Tel 649 946 2776/241 2937 • Fax 649 946 1984 75–100 3 • •

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Caicos Beach Condominiums – Tel 649 241 4778/786 338 9264 • Web www.caicosbeachcondos.com 159–299 8 • • • • • • • •

Cedar Palms Suites – Tel 649 946 7113/649 244 4186 • Web www.oceanbeach.tc 250–300 3 • • • • • • • • •

Flamingo’s Nest – Tel 649 946 7113/649 244 4186 • Web www.oceanbeach.tc 175–340 2 • • • • • • • •

Hollywood Beach Suites - Tel 800 551 2256/649 231 1020 • Web www.hollywoodbeachsuites.com 200–235 4 • • • • • •

JoAnne’s Bed & Breakfast - Tel 649 946 7301 • Web www.turksandcaicos.tc/joannesbnb 80–120 4 • • • •

Palmetto Villa – Tel 649 946 7113/649 244 4186 • Web www.oceanbeach.tc 225–250 1 • • • • • • • •

Pelican Beach Hotel - Tel 649 946 7112/877 774 5486 • Web www.pelicanbeach.tc 125–165 14 • • • • • • • •

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The Alexandra Resort & Spa - Tel 800 704 9424/649 946 5807 • Web www.alexandraresort.com 280–420 99 • • • • • • • • •

The Atrium Resort - Tel 888 592 7885/649 333 0101 • Web www.theatriumresorttci.com 159–410 30 • • • • • • • •

Amanyara – Tel 866 941 8133/649 941 8133 • Web www.amanresorts.com 1000–2100 73 • • • • • • • •

Aquamarine Beach Houses - Tel 649 231 4535/905 556 0278 • www.aquamarinebeachhouses.com 200–850 24 • • • • • • • •

Beaches Resort & Spa - Tel 800-BEACHES/649 946 8000 • Web www.beaches.com 325–390AI 453 • • • • • • • • •

Beach House Turks & Caicos – Tel 649 946 5800 • Web www.beachchousetci.com 532–638 21 • • • • • • • • • •

Blue Haven Resort & Marina - Tel 855 832 7667/649 946 9900 • Web www.bluehaventci.com 250–650 51 • • • • • • • • • •

Caribbean Paradise Inn - Tel 649 946 5020 • Web www.paradise.tc 162–225 17 • • • • • • • •

Club Med Turkoise - Tel 800 258 2633/649 946 5500 • Web www.clubmed.com 120–225 290 • • • • • • • • •

Coral Gardens on Grace Bay - Tel 877 746 7800 • Web www.coralgardensongracebay.com 199-449 32 • • • • • • • • • •

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos – Tel 877 774 3253/649 941 7555 • Web www.gansevoorttc.com 315–720 91 • • • • • • • • • •

Grace Bay Club - Tel 800 946 5757/649 946 5757 • Web www.gracebayclub.com 650–1750 59 • • • • • • • • • •

Grace Bay Suites – Tel 649 941 7447 • Web www.GraceBaySuites.com 99–195 24 • • • • • • • •

Harbour Club Villas - Tel 649 941 5748/305 434 8568 • Web www.harbourclubvillas.com 210–240 6 • • • • •

Kokomo Botanical Gardens - Tel 649 941 3121• Web www.kokomobotanicalresort.com 169–299 16 • • • • •

Le Vele - Tel 649 941 8800/888 272 4406 • Web www.levele.tc 303–630 22 • • • • • • • •

La Vista Azul – Tel 649 946 8522/866 519 9618 • Web www.lvaresort.com 215–375 78 • • • • • • •

The Lodgings – Tel 649 941 8107/954 338 3812 • Web www.hotelturksandcaicos.com 175–255 15 • • • • • •

Neptune Villas – Tel 649 331 4328 • Web www.neptunevillastci.com 150–400 10 • • • • • • • • •

Northwest Point Resort • Tel 649 941 5133 • Web www.northwestpointresort.com 196–550 49 • • • • • • • • • •

Ocean Club Resorts - Tel 800 457 8787/649 946 5461 • Web www.oceanclubresorts.com 180–690 191 • • • • • • • • • •

The Palms Turks & Caicos – Tel 649 946 8666 • Web thepalmstc.com 595–1700 72 • • • • • • • • • •

Pelican Nest Villa – Tel 649 342 5731 • Web www.pelicannest.tc 429–857 2 • • • • • •

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Ports of Call Resort – Tel 888 678 3483/649 946 8888 • Web www.portsofcallresort.com 135–210 99 • • • • • • •

Queen Angel Resort – Tel 649 941 8771 • Web www.queenangelresort.com 150–575 56 • • • • • • • • •

Reef Residence at Grace Bay – Tel 800 532 8536 • Web www.reefresidence.com 275-385 24 • • • • • • •

The Regent Grand – Tel 877 537 3314/649 941 7770 • Web www.TheRegentGrand.com 495–1100 50 • • • • • • • • •

Royal West Indies Resort – Tel 649 946 5004 • Web www.royalwestindies.com 180–695 92 • • • • • • • • • •

The Sands at Grace Bay – Tel 877 777 2637/649 946 5199 • Web www.thesandsresort.com 175–675 116 • • • • • • • • • •

Seven Stars Resort – Tel 866 570 7777/649 941 7777 – Web www.SevenStarsResort.com 365–2400 165 • • • • • • • • • •

Sibonné – Tel 800 528 1905/649 946 5547 • Web www.Sibonne.com 110–375 29 • • • • • • • •

The Somerset on Grace Bay – Tel 649 339 5900/877 887 5722 • Web www.TheSomerset.com 350–1300 53 • • • • • • • • • •

Turtle Cove Inn – Tel 800 887 0477/649 946 4203 • Web www.turtlecoveinn.com 85–180 30 • • • • • • • •

The Tuscany – Tel 649 941 4667 • Web www.thetuscanygracebay.com 975–1300 30 • • • • • • • •

The Venetian Grace Bay – Tel 877 277 4793 • Web www.thevenetiangracebay.com 695–1175 27 • • • • • • • •

Villa del Mar – Tel 877 238 4058/649 941 5160 • Web www.yourvilladelmar.com 190–440 42 • • • • • • •

Villa Mani – Tel 649 431 4444 • Web www.villamanitci.com See Web/AE 6 • • • • • • •

Villa Renaissance - Tel 649 941 5300/877 285 8764 • Web www.villarenaissance.com 295–650 36 • • • • • • • • •

The Villas at Blue Mountain – Tel 649 941 4255 • Web www.villasatbluemountain.com 1200–2500 3 • • • • • • • •

West Bay Club – Tel 866 607 4156/649 946 8550 • Web www.TheWestBayClub.com 235–1163 46 • • • • • • • • • •

Windsong – Tel 649 941 7700/800 WINDSONG • Web www.windsongresort.com 275–925 50 • • • • • • • • •

The Yacht Club – Tel 649 946 4656 • Web www.yachtclubtci.com 250–350 52 • • • • • • •

Salt Cay

Castaway – Salt Cay – Tel 772 713 9502 • Web www.castawayonsaltcay.com 175–265 4 • • • • •

Genesis Beach House – Tel 561 502 0901 • Web www.Genesisbeachhouse.com 1000–1200W 4 • • • • •

Pirate’s Hideaway B & B – Tel 800 289 5056/649 946 6909 • Web www.saltcay.tc 165–175 4 • • • • • • •

Salt Cay Beach House – Tel 772 713 9502 • Web www.saltcaybeachhouse.blogspot.com 799W 1 • • • • • •

Trade Winds Lodge – Tel 649 232 1009 • Web www.tradewinds.tc 925–1325W 5 • • • • •

Twilight Zone Cottage – Tel 772 713 9502 • Web www.twilightzonecottage.blogspot.com 499W 1 • • • •

The Villas of Salt Cay – Tel 772 713 9502 • Web www.villasofsaltcay.com 150–475 5 • • • • • • • •

South Caicos

East Bay Resort – Tel 844 260 8328/649 232 6444 • Web eastbayresort.com 198–1775 86 • • • • • • • • • •

South Caicos Ocean & Beach Resort – Tel 877 774 5486/649 946 3219

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Amanyara — Amanyara Resort. Tel: 941-8133. Light gourmet

cuisine for lunch and dinner with menu changing daily.

Angela’s Top O’ The Cove Deli — Suzie Turn, by NAPA.

Tel: 946-4694. New York-style delicatessen. Eat-in, carry-out,

catering. Open daily 6:30 AM to 6 PM; Sunday 7 AM to 2 PM.

Asú on the Beach — Alexandra Resort. Tel: 941-8888. Casual

Caribbean and popular international fare. Open daily for breakfast,

lunch and dinner. Service indoors, poolside, and at beach.

Baci Ristorante — Harbour Towne, Turtle Cove. Tel: 941-3044.

Waterfront Italian dining. Brick oven pizza. Popular bar. Open

for lunch Monday to Friday 12 to 2 PM and dinner nightly from

6 to 10 PM. Closed Sunday. Carry-out available.

Bay Bistro — Sibonné Beach Hotel. Tel: 946-5396. Oceanfront

dining featuring creative international cuisine. Open daily

7 AM to 10 PM. Weekend brunch. Catering and special events.

Beaches Resort & Spa — The Bight. Tel: 946-8000.

All-inclusive resort. A variety of restaurants and bars on premises.

Non-guests can purchase a pass.

Bella Luna Ristorante — Glass House, Grace Bay Road. Tel:

946-5214. Fine Italian dining. Full bar and wine cellar. Indoor or

covered terrace seating above a tropical garden. Open daily for

dinner from 6 PM. Closed Sunday. Private catering available.

Big Al’s Island Grill — Salt Mills Plaza. Tel: 941-3797. Wide

selection of burgers, steaks, salads, and wraps in a diner-like

setting. Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM.

Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl — Five Cays. Tel: 941-3863. The

freshest seafood in Provo, conch prepared to order, rum, buckets

of beer, live local bands. Open daily from Noon to 10 PM.

Cabana Bar & Grille — Ocean Club. Tel: 946-5880 x 1104.

Casual island fare, pizza, burgers. Open daily from 7 AM to

9 PM. Tropical cocktails with a spectacular view of the sea.

Caicos Bakery — Caicos Café Plaza. Authentic French boulangerie.

Fresh-baked breads, rolls, croissants, muffins, quiche,

pastries, cakes. Open 7 AM to 4:30 PM daily except Sunday.

Caicos Café — Caicos Café Plaza. Tel: 946-5278.

Mediterranean specialties, grilled local seafood. Fine wines, dining

on the deck. Open 6 PM to 10 PM Monday to Saturday.

Carambola Grill & Lounge — Airport Inn Plaza. Tel: 946-

8122. Generous portions of local and international fare at

moderate prices in a casual atmosphere. Catering available.

The Caravel Restaurant — Grace Bay Court. Tel: 941-5330.

Cozy restaurant offering island food with flair; something for

everyone. Daily happy hour. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday

5 to 9 PM.

Chicken Chicken — Times Square, downtown Provo. Fast food,

fried chicken, native fare.

Chinson Jade Garden Pastries & Deli — Leeward Highway.

Tel: 941-3533. Caribbean pastries, fresh bakery and Jamaican

and Chinese cuisine. Lunch buffet/take-out. Open Monday to

Saturday, 7 AM to 8 PM; Sunday, 2 PM to 8 PM.

Chopsticks — Neptune Court. Tel: 333-4040. Fusion of Asian

cuisines–light, healthy and delicious in a beautiful setting. Takeaway,

delivery, on-site dining. Open daily Noon to 3 PM and

5:30 to 10:30 PM. Closed Sunday.

Club Med — Grace Bay Road. Tel: 946-5500. All-inclusive

resort. Buffet-style dining; live show and disco in the evenings.

Non-guests can purchase a daily pass.

Coco Bistro — Grace Bay Road. Tel: 946-5369. Continental

Caribbean cuisine by Chef Stuart Gray under a canopy of palms.

Serving dinner nightly from 6 PM. Closed Monday.

Coyaba Restaurant — Caribbean Paradise Inn. Tel: 946-5186.

Contemporary Caribbean gourmet cuisine in a private tropical

garden setting. Extensive wine list. Dinner nightly from 6 to 10

PM. Closed Tuesday. Reservations recommended. Catering, special

events, private chef visits.

Crackpot Kitchen — Ports of Call. Tel: 245-0005. Experience

the Island feel, culture and the best of authentic Turks & Caicos

and Caribbean cuisines. Open for dinner 5 to 10 PM daily except

Thursday; Happy Hour 5 to 7 PM.

Crust Bakery & Café — Graceway IGA. Tel: 941-8724.

Breakfast sandwiches, specialty coffees, soups, salads, gourmet

sandwiches and desserts. Open Monday to Saturday, 7 AM to

8:30 PM. Covered patio dining or take-out. Catering available.

Da Conch Shack & RumBar — Blue Hills. Tel: 946-8877.

Island-fresh seafood from the ocean to your plate. Covered

beachfront dining for lunch and dinner daily from 11 AM.

Danny Buoy’s Irish Pub — Grace Bay Road. Tel: 946-5921.

Traditional Irish cuisine, standard American pub fare; imported

draught beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11 AM.

Happy Hour specials. Large screen TVs for sporting events.

The Deck — Seven Stars Resort. Tel: 941-7777. All day dining

and cocktails by the water’s edge. Open daily 11 AM to 11 PM.

Live music Friday nights.

Dune — Windsong Resort. Tel: 333-7700. Private beachfront

dining with limited availability. Fresh fare prepared to perfection.

Open daily.

Fairways Bar & Grill — Provo Golf Club. Tel: 946-5833.

Dine overlooking the “greens.” Open to all for lunch Monday

to Thursday and breakfast from 9 AM on Sunday. Friday Pub

Nights, Saturday BBQ.

Fire & Ice — Blue Haven Resort & Marina. Tel: 946-9900.

Drinks at the Ice Bar, dessert by the fire pits in the Fire Lounge.

South American-meets-Caribbean flavors and spices. Open for

breakfast daily 7:30 to 10:30 AM; dinner 6 to 9:30 PM. Closed

Wednesday.

Fresh Bakery & Bistro — Atrium Resort. Tel: 345-4745.

Healthy European salads, soups, sandwiches, bakery, pies and

cakes. Gelato. Open daily 7 AM to 6 PM, closed Sunday.

Fresh Catch — Salt Mills Plaza. Tel: 243-3167. Authentic native

cuisine, from seafood to soup. All-you-can-eat seafood buffet on

Wednesday. Open daily 8 AM to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.

Garam Masala — Regent Village. Tel: 941-3292. Authentic

Indian cuisine, including tandoori charcoal-oven specialties.

Open daily Noon to 3 PM, 5:30 PM to Midnight. Closed Tuesday.

Giggles Ice Cream & Candy Parlour — Ports of Call &

Williams Storage. Tel: 941-7370. Cones, sundaes, shakes,

smoothies, “Gigglers,” ice cream pies and cakes. Pick ‘n’ mix

candies. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.

Gilley’s Cafe — At the airport. Tel: 946-4472. Burgers, sandwiches,

local food. Full bar. Open daily 6 AM to 9 PM.

Grace’s Cottage — Point Grace Resort. Tel: 946-5096.

Elegant, gourmet Caribbean cuisine showcasing regional foods.

Extensive wine list. Gazebo seating under the stars or indoor

dining in a romantic gingerbread cottage. Serving dinner from

6 PM nightly. Reservations required. Weddings and receptions.

Greenbean — Harbour Town at Turtle Cove. Tel: 941-2233.

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Internet café, Starbucks® coffee, salads, wraps, pizza, sandwiches,

fresh bakery. Open daily 7 AM to 6 PM.

The Grill Rouge — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-5050. Casual

oceanfront poolside bistro, serving international bistro fare.

Cool cocktails at the swim-up bar. Open 7 AM to 9:30 PM daily.

Havana Club — Windsong Resort. Tel: 941-7700. Fine wine,

specialty coffees, decadent desserts, with comedy/magic shows

on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and music and sports nights.

Healthy Treats Restaurant & Deli — Touch of Class Plaza,

Airport Road. Tel: 241-3318. Native Caribbean dishes, fresh

juices, smoothies. Call to order.

Hemingways on the Beach — The Sands at Grace Bay. Tel:

941-8408. Casual beachfront bar and restaurant. Fresh fish,

pasta, sandwiches, salads and tropical drinks by the pool.

Oceanfront deck for great sunsets! Open 8 AM to 10 PM daily.

Hole in the Wall Restaurant & Bar — Williams Plaza, Old

Airport Road. Tel: 941-4136. Authentic Jamaican/Island cuisine

where the locals go for jerk chicken. Full bar. Indoor A/C dining

or outdoors on the deck. Open 7 days from 8 AM. Cash only.

Infiniti Restaurant — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-5050. Elegant

beachfront dining for lunch and dinner. Gourmet Euro/

Caribbean cuisine; fine wines. Full bar and lounge. Reservations

required.

Island Conch Bar & Grill — Bight Cultural Market. Tel: 946-

8389. Caribbean and local cuisine. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM.

Island Scoop — Grace Bay Plaza. Tel: 242-8511/243-5051.

21 flavors of ice cream made locally. Cones, smoothies, blizzards

and shakes. Open daily, 11 AM to 10 PM.

The Java Bar — Graceway Gourmet. Tel: 941-5000. Gourmet

café serving fresh baked desserts, sandwiches and coffee

delights. Open 7 AM to 8 PM daily.

Jimmy’s Dive Bar — Ports of Call. Tel: 946-5282. The place for

steaks, BBQ, booze and breakfast. Open daily, 7 AM to 11 PM,

(Thursday to Saturday to Midnight); open Sunday at 8 AM.

Kalooki’s Beach Restaurant & Bar — Blue Hills. Tel:

332-3388. Caribbean-infused dishes in an oasis-like setting

overlooking the sea. Open Monday to Saturday, 11 AM to 10 PM;

Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM. Live music every Friday!

KItchen 218 — Beach House, Lower Bight Road. Tel: 946-5800.

Caribbean cuisine with hints of French and Asian fusion and the

chef’s passion for fresh ingredients. Open 8 AM to 10 PM daily.

The Landing Bar & Kitchen — Grace Bay Road across from

Regent Village. Tel: 341-5856. Unique nautical setting for dinner

under the stars. Cocktails, fire pit. Open daily 5:30 PM to . . .

Las Brisas — Neptune Villas, Chalk Sound. Tel: 946-5306.

Mediterranean/Caribbean cuisine with tapas, wine and full bar.

Terrace, gazebo and inside dining overlooking Chalk Sound.

Open daily 8 AM to 10 PM, Tuesday 8 AM to 3 PM.

Le Bouchon du Village — Regent Village. Tel: 946-5234. A

taste of Paris in TCI. Sidewalk café with sandwiches, salads, tartines,

tapas, nightly dinner specials. Open daily 7 AM to 10 PM.

Closed Sunday.

Le Comptoir Francais — Regent Village. Tel: 946-5234.

French deli, bakery, wine shop. Open daily.

Lemon 2 Go Coffee — Ventura House, Grace Bay Road. Tel:

941-4487. Gourmet coffeehouse. Sandwiches, muffins, cookies,

croissants, yogurt, salads. Open Monday to Saturday 7:30 AM to

7 PM, Sunday 9 AM to 1 PM.

The Lounge — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-5050. Decidedly hip

lounge. Caribbean-infused tapas, martinis, tropical cocktails,

world music and the finest sunset location in Providenciales.

Lupo — Regent Village. Tel: 431-5876. Authentic Italian “comfort

food.” Regional wine list. Dine in or take out ready-made

gourmet meals. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Magnolia Restaurant & Wine Bar — Miramar Resort. Tel:

941-5108. International cuisine with island flavors, north shore

views. Open for dinner from 6 to 9:30 PM except Monday. Wine

bar opens at 4 PM.

Mango Reef — Turtle Cove. Tel: 946-8200. Old favorites in a

new location. Fresh local flavors and seafood, homemade desserts.

Open daily 8 AM to 10 PM. Set price dinner on weekdays.

Children’s menu. Tie-up to dock at Turtle Cove Marina.

Market Café — Blue Haven Resort. Tel: 946-9900. Gourmet

coffees, teas, frozen drinks; fresh breads and pastries; grab ‘n’

go salads and sandwiches, fresh smoothies. Open daily 7 AM to

8 PM.

Melt Ice Cream Parlour — Regent Village. Tel: 432-1234.

Carefully crafted selection of sumptous and inspired sundaes,

with coffee, champagne and cocktails for the grown-ups! Open

Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 10 PM.

Mis Amigos Cocina Mexicana — Central Square. Tel: 946-

4229. A variety of traditional Mexican fare, including salads and

the best margaritas in town. Open daily.

Mother’s Pizza — Downtown Times Square. Tel: 941-4142.

Best pizza in the Turks & Caicos, available by the slice or the

island’s biggest “large.” Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM; to 10 PM on

Friday and Saturday; Noon to 8 PM on Sunday.

Mr. Groupers — Lower Bight and Airport Road. Tel: 242-6780.

Serving fresh local seafood straight from the sea. Open daily 10

AM to 11 PM.

Noodle Bar + Kitchen — West Bay Club. Tel: 946-8550.

Delicious rice and noodle dishes and hearty staples with

uniquely Caribbean flavors and spices. Open for lunch and dinner

daily to 9:30 PM.

Opus — Ocean Club Plaza. Tel: 946-5885. Wine • Bar • Grill

International menu with Caribbean flair. Wine tastings. Serving

dinner nightly 6 to 10:30 PM. Closed Monday. Indoor/outdoor

dining. Conference facility, events, catering.

Parallel23 — The Palms. Tel: 946-8666. Pan-tropical cuisine in

a setting of casual elegance. Boutique wine list. Al fresco or private

dining room available. Open for breakfast and dinner daily.

The Patty Place — Behind Shining Stars; Le Petit Place, Blue

Hills. Tel: 246-9000. Authentic Jamaican patties and loaves. 18

flavors of Devon House ice cream. Open daily 9:30 AM to 10 PM.

Pavilion — The Somerset. Tel: 339-5900. Chef Brad offers a

global palate, interpreted locally. Lobster tank. Seafood raw bar.

Open daily for breakfast and dinner; Sunday Prime Rib special.

Pelican Bay — Royal West Indies Resort. Tel: 941-2365.

Poolside restaurant and bar with French, Caribbean and Asian

fare. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily from 7:30 AM to 10 PM.

Pepper Town Café — Digicel Cinema, #4. Tel: 246-9237.

Native and Caribbean Dishes. Open daily except Sunday 11:30

AM to 7 PM. Island breakfast on Saturday at 7 AM.

Pizza Pizza — Grace Bay Plaza/Cinema Plaza. Tel: 941-

8010/941-3577. New York style specialty pizzas. Open daily

11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, weekends until 10 PM. Free delivery.

Rickie’s Flamingo Café — Between Ocean Club and Club Med.

Tel: 244-3231. Local fare and atmosphere right on the beach.

Best grouper sandwich and rum punch! Don’t miss Curry Fridays

and Beach BBQ Saturdays.

Sailing Paradise — Blue Hills. Tel: 344-1914. Casual beachfront

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Salt Bar & Grill — Blue Haven Resort & Marina. Tel: 946-9900.

Casual dining with outdoor seating overlooking the marina.

Sandwiches, burgers and salads, classic bar favorites with local

flair. Open daily from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

Seaside Café — Ocean Club West. Tel: 946-5254. Casual fare,

burgers, salads, tropical drinks, served with panoramic views of

the ocean. Open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM. Kid-friendly.

Seven — Seven Stars Resort. Tel: 339-7777. Elevated contemporary

cuisine fused with TCI tradition. Open Wednesday to

Saturday, 5:30 to 9:30 PM.

72West — The Palms Resort. Tel: 946-8666. Beachside dining

with a family-friendly, Caribbean-inspired menu. Serving lunch

daily; dinner seasonally.

Sharkbite Bar & Grill — Admiral’s Club at Turtle Cove. Tel:

941-5090. Varied menu. Sports bar/game room with slots. Open

daily from 11 AM to 2 AM.

Shay Café — Le Vele Plaza. Tel: 331-6349. Offering organic

coffees and teas, sandwiches, salads and soup, pastries, as well

as gelato, sorbetto, smoothies, beer and wine. Open daily 7 AM

to 7 PM.

Somewhere Café & Lounge — Coral Gardens Resort. Tel:

941-8260. Casual dining with Tex-Mex flair right on the beach.

Cocktails, beers, specialty drinks. Open early to late daily.

Stelle — Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. Tel: 946-5746. Modern

Mediterranean cuisine featuring fresh fish and seafood. Open 6

to 10 PM daily, until 2 AM on Friday with DJ. Beach bar and grill

open for lunch 11:30 AM to 5 PM daily.

Thai Orchid — The Regent Village. Tel: 946-4491. Authentic

Thai cuisine; over 60 choices! Dine in or carry out. Open for

lunch and dinner daily.

Three Brothers Restaurant — Town Center Mall, Downtown.

Tel: 232-4736. Seafood and native cuisine. Tuesday night buffet

dinner. Catering services. Open daily, 7 AM to 10 PM.

Three Queens Bar & Restaurant — Wheeland. Tel: 243-

5343. Oldest bar on Provo, serving Jamaican and Native dishes.

Serving lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday.

Tiki Hut Island Eatery — New location dockside at Turtle

Cove Inn. Tel: 941-5341. Imaginative sandwiches, salads, seafood,

Black Angus beef, pasta, pizzas and fresh fish. Wednesday

crab and lobster specials. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM. Breakfast

on weekends.

Turkberry Frozen Yogurt — The Regent Village. Tel: 431-

2233. Frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors, with a large selection

of toppings. Open 11 AM to 11 PM daily.

Turks Kebab — At Craft Market on Sand Castle Drive. Tel: 431-

9964. Turkish and Mediterranean fare. Salads, falafel, gyros,

kebabs, hummus. Open for lunch and dinner.

Via Veneto — Ports of Call. Tel: 941-2372. Authentic Italian

dining in a stylish indoor/outdoor venue. Serving lunch from

11:30 AM to 2 PM; snacks with wine and drinks from 5:30 PM

and dinner from 7:30 PM daily. Closed on Tuesday.

The Vix Bar & Grill — Regent Village. Tel: 941-4144. High-end

cuisine and the finest wines in an inviting ambiance. Open daily

for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:30 AM to 10 PM.

Yoshi’s Japanese Restaurant — The Saltmills. Tel: 941-3374.

Sushi bar menu plus Wagyu beef, Japanese curries. Open daily

Noon to 3 PM; 6 to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.

Zanzi Bar & Tapas Restaurant — Leeward Highway. Tel: 342-

2472. Sophistication meets class at the new tapas eatery and

entertainment venue overlooking Grace Bay.

dining out – north caicos

Club Titters — Bottle Creek. Tel: 946-7316. Local dishes for

breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live music weekends.

Higgs’ Café — Sandy Point Marina. Tel: 242-9426 or 341-9084.

Local cuisine served daily from 7 AM.

Last Chance Bar & Grill Club — Bottle Creek. Tel: 232-4141.

Waterfront dining. American and Caribbean dishes. Open 10:30

AM for breakfast and lunch; dinner by reservation.

Miss B’s— King’s Road. Tel: 241-3939. Authentic local and

Caribbean cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Catering, delivery, take-out. Wednesday Fish Fry.

Pappa Grunt’s Seafood Restaurant — Whitby Plaza. Tel/fax:

946-7301. Native & American cuisine daily.

Pelican Beach Hotel — Tel: 946-7112. Well known for native

conch, lobster, grouper and snapper dishes.

Silver Palm Restaurant — Whitby. Tel: 946-7113/244-4186.

Local seafood and international cuisine. Home-baked breads

and desserts. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Screened patio.

dining out – south caicos

Café Periwinkle and Blu — East Bay Resort. Tel: 946-3611.

Casual or fine dining serving top-class local and international

fare. Lounge and pool bar. Open daily.

Eastern Inn Restaurant — Stamers Street. Tel: 946-3301.

Ocean & Beach Resort — Cockburn Harbour. Tel: 946 3219.

Native cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Pond View Restaurant — Tel: 946-3276. Native cuisine.

dining out – middle caicos

Daniel’s Restaurant — Conch Bar. Tel: 245-2298/232-6132.

Local seafood, homemade breads. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Call

ahead for groups and dinner reservations.

dining out – grand turk

Bird Cage Restaurant — Osprey Beach Hotel. Tel: 946-1453.

Full bar & restaurant. Lunch and dinner daily.

Guanahani — Bohio Resort. Tel: 946-2135. Gourmet menu of

French, Italian and Asian influence with a Caribbean twist. Open

daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Inn Restaurant & Bar — Grand Turk Inn. Tel: 431-0466.

A taste of Asian fusions. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Closed on Tuesday.

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville — Grand Turk Cruise Center.

High energy bar and restaurant. Swim-up pool bar and signature

menu of grilled favorites.

Sand Bar Restaurant — Manta House Beach. Tel: 946-1111.

Quinessential beach bar serving local seafood specialties. Open

for lunch and dinner, Sunday to Friday.

Secret Garden — Salt Raker Inn. Tel: 946-2260. Local &

American dishes in a garden courtyard. English breakfast.

Weekly BBQ and sing-alongs.

dining out –salt cay

Coral Reef Bar & Grill — Tel: 232-1009. Breakfast, lunch and

dinner daily on the beach. Full service bar.

Pat’s Place — Island-style garden restaurant in historic district.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Porter’s Island Thyme — Tel: 242-0325. Gourmet island dining

in open air dining room. Full bar. a

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