Times of the Islands Spring 2019

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Presents the "soul of the Turks & Caicos Islands" with in-depth features about local people, culture, history, environment, businesses, resorts, restaurants and activities.

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SAMPLING THE SOUL OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS SPRING 2019 NO. 126

ISLANDS

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A New Way to See Shells

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Rethinking Sharks

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contents

Departments

6 From the Editor

13 Getting to Know

Up, Up and Away: Embry Rucker

By Trish Flanagan

Photos Courtesy Embry Rucker

18 Eye on the Sky

Savoring the Sea Breeze

By Paul Wilkerson

44 Going Green

Driving Into the Future

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos Courtesy FortisTCI

58 New Development

Water, Water Everywhere—South Bank

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By Georg Roske

66 Island Made

Smooth & Natural—Lucayan Soap Co.

By Jody Rathgeb

71 Faces & Places

2019 Valentine’s Day Cup

72 About the Islands/TCI Map

77 Where to Stay

79 Classified Ads

80 Dining Out

82 Subscription Form

Features

24 From Fear to Friend

Dispelling the Myths about Sharks

By Kelly Currington

34 Beauty & the Beach

Shell Photography

By Jody Rathgeb

Photos By Marta Morton and Tom Rathgeb

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SAMPLING THE SOUL OF THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS SPRING 2019 NO. 126

On the Cover

German photographer Georg Roske took this interesting

image as part of a series of photos for the new

South Bank development on Providenciales. With a

diploma in Visual Communication Design from the

University of Arts Berlin, Georg Roske’s work is about

authenticity. And although he takes his pictures

intuitionally and spontaneously, he realizes the “perfect

moment” must be well calculated. To see more of his

South Bank images, turn to page 58. For more of his

work, visit www.georgroske.de.

Green Pages

30 Land of the Giants

TCI’s Single-Celled Organisms

Story & Photos By Dr. Franziska Elmer

33 Oh, Christmas Tree!

Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco

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Astrolabe

49 A Country’s Treasure Trove

By Vanessa Forbes-Pateman

52 Sense of Place

By Candianne Williams

54 An Extraordinary Man

William Henry Mills

By Dr. Carlton Mills

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from the editor

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Storm-tossed seas are not a common occurance in the Islands; but when they come into your life, peace and hope are possible.

Peace in a Troubled Sea

The image above represents the winter season I experienced this year. Shortly after Christmas, my dear father

took ill and was in hospital for the entire month of January. With the help of God’s strong hand, healing mercy and

many prayers from friends and family, he is at home recovering and we look forward with hope to a renewal of health

and strength when spring (ever comes!) in Chicago.

This event rocked my family’s world. My quiet, honest, hard-working dad is our anchor, besides being the only

one who seems to know how to keep my parents’ old home in working order! During the long, dark, cold days of

winter, the house in Chicago seemed empty without him, and I had days and nights of despair.

Today in church, we sang a song about Jesus being our Lighthouse, a Source of peace in a troubled sea, and

I cling to that idea. Who else do we have when life’s storms break loose? For although it was difficult, this time of

illness and healing felt sacred to me because we did experience God’s presence through the love poured out by my

parent’s friends, church and family. And this magazine continues thanks to the hard work and care of my associate

Claire Parrish, who covers for me when I am away, and our stalwart and sterling contributors, who write, photograph,

meet deadlines, and provide the support needed to keep this all going. Thank you! Thank You!

Kathy Borsuk, Editor

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TIMES

MANAGING EDITOR

Kathy Borsuk

OF THE

ISLANDS

ADVERTISING MANAGER

Claire Parrish

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Kathy Borsuk, Kelly Currington, Dr. Franziska Elmer,

Trish Flanagan, Vanessa Forbes-Pateman, Sara Kaufman,

B Naqqi Manco, Dr. Carlton Mills, Dr. Michael P. Pateman,

Jody Rathgeb, Paul Wilkerson, Candianne Williams.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Moira Bishop, Barbara Currie-Dailey, Kelly Currington,

Dr. Franziska Elmer, FortisTCI, Sara Kaufman,

B Naqqi Manco, Eli Martinez—SDM Adventures, Mills Family,

Marta Morton, Dr. Michael P. Pateman, Tom Rathgeb,

Georg Roske, Embry Rucker, Ramona Settle,

Turks & Caicos Islands Government,

Turks & Caicos National Museum, Sandra Walkin,

Candianne Williams.

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS

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getting to know

These late-1960s historical images document Embry Rucker’s early days in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Clockwise from top: This is the Cessna

180 “tail dragger” that was the first plane Embry used to fly people back and forth between the Islands for Caicos Airways. Embry is seated

on the flight deck of the Cessna 180. The plane was also used to deliver mail in the Islands. This image shows Embry following a crash near

Conch Bar, Middle Caicos—the landing gear collapsed and the nose went straight down. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Seven Dwarfs

was a 65-foot freight boat which Provident Ltd., Providenciales’ early developers, used to carry materials from the US mainland.

Up, Up and Away!

Embry Rucker was the Islands’ first resident pilot.

By Trish Flanagan ~ Photos Courtesy Embry Rucker

Today, a regular daily air service links the islands of the Turks & Caicos, while international connections

bring travellers to and from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and

Haiti (among other countries). But 50 years ago there were no airports, no flight infrastructure and bush

was cleared away to create basic air strips. Embry Rucker was the first resident pilot in the Islands and he

has documented the experience in his memoir, Coming in for a Landing—Ten Years Flying in the Islands.

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Embry Rucker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

in 1941 and he grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. After

serving a three year term in the US Army, he attended

flight school in Manassas, Virginia in 1965 and obtained

his commercial pilot’s license, instrument rating and

multi-engine rating.

His first foray into commercial flight in 1966 was on

a wing and a prayer, after he met Gray Lang and Rogers

Morton, who needed instruction on a new aircraft they

had purchased. They asked him to fly it down to the

Bahamas. “We went to Delaware to Richard ‘Kip’ DuPont’s

place to take delivery of an Aero Commander plane,”

Embry says. “Holliday, who was selling the plane, asked

‘How much multi-engine time you got boy?’ And I said

‘Seven hours,’ in a whisper. He said ‘Maybe I’ll ride along

on this first trip to make sure everything’s alright.’ And

then he looked over his shoulder and winked at me. I

thought ‘Thank God!’ because I had looked at the aircraft,

and it was a great deal more complicated than I thought!”

Embry had never planned to go to the Turks & Caicos,

but when he flew down to the Bahamas and looked at

the water and the islands, he thought it was wonderful.

“I told everyone I saw, if they needed a pilot, I was available.”

Rogers Morton (who later became a congressman

and Secretary for the Interior in the US government) and

Kip Dupont were two members of the “Seven Dwarfs”

of Provident Limited—the company which started the

commercial development of Providenciales. The other

members were Teddy Roosevelt (grandson of the former

US President), Peter Thompson, Tommy Coleman, Fritz

Ludington and his mother. At the time there were only

400 residents in Providenciales. Provident purchased

4,000 acres from the British government, and in return

they had to build an airport and dock and cut new roads

on the island.

They needed a bookkeeper and Embry offered his

services, despite having no experience. “I’d never had a

real office job, and I never had a need to do any bookkeeping.

But then my first job with Provident was as first

mate on the ship called the Seven Dwarfs. Fritz Ludington

said, ‘Tommy Coleman knows how to run the boat, but

he doesn’t know how to navigate. You can navigate the

ship from Florida down to TCI.’ I said, ‘I don’t know anything

about navigation,’ and he replied, ‘Don’t you know

how to navigate a plane? Well it’s the same thing, just

slower!’”

In the days when no work permits were required,

Embry became a foreman in the construction of the Third

Many of the donkeys on South Caicos and Salt Cay were progeny of

those who toiled in the salt industry. By Embry Rucker’s days in the

Islands, the salt industry was staggering.

Turtle Inn on Providenciales, which commenced in 1967.

Finally, after boating, bookkeeping and building, his flying

career took off when Lewis “Lew” Whinnery arrived

in the Islands. “Lew had been down in Guyana mining

diamonds. He thought he’d start a flight service in Grand

Turk and South Caicos. Fritz Ludington sai, ‘You can use

my wife’s plane, and this boy has his pilot’s licence.’ That

was me!” At that stage Embry had about 300 hours flying

time.

This 1973 image taken in Grand Turk shows (from left): Embry Rucker,

baby Embry III, Embry’s wife Noreen and his mother Marianne.

South Caicos was then the commercial hub of the

Caicos Islands and Embry moved to live there, renting

a room from Captain and Mrs. Stanley Malcolm. Captain

Malcolm ran the Sea Horse, the government launch

between South Caicos and Grand Turk. Sea Horse was

known locally as the “Vomit Comet,” taking four hours to

travel between the islands, sometimes in very rough seas.

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By contrast, the new air service between South Caicos and

Grand Turk took only 14 minutes.

However, to get airborne there was a lot of groundwork

to be done. “There were no roads in North and

Middle Caicos,” Embry recalls. “We kept building little airstrips,

literally chopping down tall bushes, and starting

to fly in there. We had three air strips in Middle, about

two minutes apart. You’d be up and down in no time. One

bigger settlement we couldn’t get into was Bottle Creek in

North Caicos. We were Her Majesty’s official mailman, so

we threw the mailbag out the window and hoped we’d hit

the post office! We never did figure out how to pick the

mail up from Bottle Creek,” he laughs. A short 800 foot

airstrip created in Providenciales was called the “Machete

Airport,” as that’s what locals used to clear the field.

Resources were limited, and they started with a

Cessna 180 four-seater, single engine airplane and a

from our seats. We had to walk 10–12 miles to the other

end of the island to get a ride home.” Embry recalls, “We

tried to avoid landing in downtown Grand Turk at night

because there were always donkeys and cows wandering

around. The strip was only 1,500 feet long, and you had

to be spot-on every time.” The airstrip was, in fact, a local

road—Church Folly. Once Embry had cleared the 20 foot

high power lines and the prison, he would have to drop

quickly to avoid crashing into the cemetery wall.

Self-regulation was the order of the day. “There was

no supervision or legal bodies at the time. I don’t think

they wanted to know because it was working. We were

using US registered airplanes. Most of the pilots were

American, Canadians and British, but everyone was really

well qualified, and they were very good at what they did.

We took Finbar Dempsey, the magistrate and judge,

around. It used to take him two weeks to go around the

islands by boat, so he wasn’t about to look for legal reasons

to shut us down!”

Residents now had the convenience of shorter trips,

with fewer concerns about bad weather and seasickness.

The country became more easily accessible, allowing its

development as a financial centre and tourist destination.

In 1969, Embry was appointed to the first tourist board to

promote the Islands. As the aviation industry developed,

Embry didn’t fly as much, and he took on a managerial

role at Turks & Caicos Airways. The company started regular

scheduled runs to Haiti and later ran their internal

airline. “I moved down there to set it all up, and lived

there for two years. I remember we started flying from

This was the house in South Caicos where Embry Rucker and his wife

Noreen (shown here with his mother Marianne at left) lived in 1968.

Twin Bonanza, which carried a pilot and two passengers

in the front, and three people in the back seat. “We found

the remains of a wrecked Cessna and we took the back

seat out and put it in the luggage compartment of the

twin Bonanza, to get two more passengers in. I was fairly

mechanically minded, and did a lot of the work on the

planes.”

Without aviation infrastructure, flying conditions

could be challenging. When Embry needed to land at

night for a medical emergency, a truck or car was pulled

onto the runway, shining its lights to guide him. “We had

some close shaves. Once, the landing gear collapsed

on a take-off in Conch Bar, Middle Caicos. The airplane

went straight down, nose first, and we ended up hanging

This 1975 image was taken in Haiti, where (from left) Embry Rucker,

Air Caicos Manager David Dumont and Philipe would regularly fly.

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Port au Prince to Cap Haitien in 30 minutes, and people

were astounded, as it had taken 8 hours by road before.”

Embry was awarded the Turks & Caicos Islands

Medal, given to people who were Turks & Caicos government

employees. His medal, which he considers a great

honour, was for service with distinction in the field of aviation

over a 10 year period from 1967 to 1976. He held

a Permanent Resident Card—the fourth ever issued—and

he was later given Belongership for his significant social

and economic contribution to the country.

He says one of the best things about flying in TCI is

that he got to know the Islands so well. “Everyone in the

Islands knew me—I was the only pilot for a while. I could

recognise what village people were from by looking at

them. The villages were very isolated and people did look

different then. Years later I’d meet people and ask where

they were from and I’d tell them I knew their granddaddy,

and they’d be really surprised.”

Embry met his late wife, Noreen Smythe, in Grand

Turk in 1967. Originally from Ireland, her sister Ann was

married to the magistrate and judge, Finbar Dempsey.

Embry and Noreen’s children, Síofra and Embry, were

born in Grand Turk. The family returned to the US in 1976,

but over the years Embry maintained a close connection

Embry Rucker was awarded the Turks & Caicos Islands medal for

service with distinction in aviation.

with the Islands, particularly Grand Turk. He and Noreen

had a house on Close Haul Road and later, Pillory Beach,

finally selling up in 2008. Embry donated the organ to the

Anglican Church and he was one of the original members

of the Turks & Caicos National Museum, giving them a

property he owned in Middle Caicos. “I had a model of the

Seven Dwarfs boat made for the museum, in memory of

Tommy Coleman. I also had a model Cessna 180 airplane

made in memory of the late Finbar Dempsey, as he was

the first government official to fly around in an airplane.”

Embry was conscious of not losing the oral history

of the early days of aviation and development. “I thought

to myself—all these old friends of mine in the Islands

are getting pretty ancient, and their stories are going

to be lost. In 2005 I got a recorder and I went around

the Islands to record stories from the likes of Speed

Gardiner in North Caicos, Oswald Francis in Grand Turk

and Cardinal Arthur from Middle Caicos. We had some

great conversations. Elsa James in Grand Turk did a great

job transcribing the interviews.” The recordings and transcripts

were donated to the Museum for its archive.

Even though his own book was published recently,

he actually started it in 1986. “I’d dictate some stuff into

a tape recorder for my children and grandchildren. Every

ten years I’d add a little more. Finally, two years ago, I

looked at all the grey hair in the mirror and I thought if

I’m ever going to do anything with this I better get on

with it.” Harry Rothgerber acted as an editor and writer,

and Embry says the more he talked about it, the more

came back. Embry’s brother Rudy, a writer and publisher,

helped to put it together.

Embry never lost his love of flying. He is co-owner

of a 1941 Piper Cub airplane that he takes out once a

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month in Kentucky, to practise take-offs and landings.

He looks back at his pioneering days with some wonder.

“It feels a bit unreal. When I came back to Louisville with

Noreen and the kids, I’d meet people I knew and who I’d

been in school with. They’d say, ‘Where have you been?’

and I’d start to tell some of the stories and I’d get these

looks of total disbelief. Everyone else had stayed at home

and done perfectly ordinary things. They couldn’t make a

connection. It was so far removed from their experience.”

Following the death of his first wife Noreen, Embry Rucker married

Joanie MacLean in 2012.

There are near-misses and far-reaching successes in

his account of the early years of Turks & Caicos flight.

One permanent legacy is his role in assigning some of the

unique three letter codes used to identify airports around

the world. “Except for Grand Turk (GDT) and South Caicos

(XSC), the Turks & Caicos lacked any codes, so I devel-

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oped additional ones. Those I thought up are still in effect

—Providenciales (PLS), North Caicos (NCA), Middle Caicos

(MDS) and Salt Cay (SLX).”

Although it’s been over 50 years since Embry first

flew in the Islands, he played a crucial role in creating

the modern aviation

industry in the country,

and his influence

continues today. a

The book Coming in

for a Landing – Ten

Years Flying in the

Islands by Embry

Rucker is published

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eye on the sky

RAMONA SETTLE

The Turks & Caicos Islands’ refreshing tradewinds flow regularly thanks to the semi-permanent high pressure area that keeps winds moving

across all the islands in the Caribbean.

Savoring the Sea Breeze

The meteorology behind the Islands’ tradewinds.

One of the most frequent questions I get on the Turks and Caicos Weather Facebook page and TripAdvisor

is “Why is it so windy on the Islands?” The query is usually posed by folks from areas of the world that

do not typically deal with wind on a regular basis. When travelers arrive in the Turks & Caicos, they soon

experience the northeast tradewinds, thanks to the semi-permanent high pressure area that keeps winds

moving across all of the islands in the Caribbean.

By Paul Wilkerson

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MARTA MORTON—WWW.HARBOURCLUBVILLAS.COM

Above: Thanks to the steady tradewinds, the Islands’ settlers have long relied on sailboats for commerce and recreation.

Below: This map shows the Earth’s prevailing winds.

The Turks & Caicos Islands lie within a belt of the

northeast tradewinds that blow from the Bermuda High—a

semi-permanent high pressure center that remains east

and southeast of Bermuda throughout the year. This area

of high pressure moves very little during the year. Near

the Islands, pressure remains relatively low throughout

the year in comparison to the Bermuda High.

As meteorologists, we see this as isobars (lines of

equal pressure) on weather maps. This shows us the

predominant wind flow across the world. In the Turks &

Caicos, it is predominantly from an easterly direction. As

pressure changes occur, winds may be from the northeast

for periods of time or southeast. West and southwest

winds are not as common on the Islands but do occur

multiple days of the year. The Islands typically enjoy

easterly type breezes of 10–20 mph for the majority of

the year. There are times however, in the winter, when

systems originating in the US make it into the Islands

and cause wind speeds on the order of 20–30 mph with

higher gusts. During the summer months, depending on

how close tropical systems develop, winds will also be

quite strong.

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Wind has always been a critical factor throughout the

Turks & Caicos Islands. Wind played a part in trade and

commerce beginning in the late 1600s with Salt Cay’s

salt industry development. Settlers were dependent on

bright sun and consistent winds to help evaporate water

and brine out of the salinas so salt could be harvested for

export for more than 250 years.

During the same period (prior to the invention of the

boat engine), ships set sail on the wind. Massive sails

were employed by all vessels sailing to other regions

of the world to trade products and sell goods. Without

the consistent wind belts around the globe, none of this

would have been possible. Even today, wind has a significant

impact on the everyday lives of Belongers, their

businesses and tourism in general.

Despite technological advances—GPS, weather monitoring

equipment and powerful engines—boats still

remain at the mercy of the winds. Steady breezes create

swells on the seas and oceans of the world. However,

once winds increase to over 20 mph, seas will begin to

swell with regular wave action. The higher the winds, the

higher the swells will be. Think of the wind as a giant bulldozer.

As winds cruise over the open ocean, they interact

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with the surface water via frictional effects. As wind hits

the water, it “pushes” water in one direction. As the wind

picks up, this effect gets stronger and causes water to

pile up, like dirt does when being bulldozed. This interaction

continues until the weight of the surface water is

unable to sustain its height in relation to the wind flow

and it falls, causing waves to form. As winds approach 30

mph and higher, swells on the sea become hazardous to

small watercraft, such as the boats that operate snorkel

tours and the ferry that transports patrons to and from

the outer islands. From a commerce perspective, wind

can cost companies quite a bit of revenue when speeds

get too high.

Wind is also a blessing. Turks & Caicos is known

worldwide as a kitesurfing destination. Thanks to the

consistency of the winds that flow across the Islands, this

creates the ideal environment for this sport. Long Bay

Beach enjoys some of the best breezes the country has

to offer and the tradewinds are why this area has become

a mecca for professional kitesurfers and novices alike.

The Islands’ winds help keep life more comfortable.

Many homes and businesses, especially on the outer

islands, do not have air conditioning. These areas heavily

depend on the daily breezes to cool their homes in the

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Islands when the wind is relatively calm, you know it can

get quite hot! But thanks to Mother Nature, calm wind

days are fairly rare.

There is one last segment of island life that benefits

greatly from the steady tradewinds— agriculture. While

the Islands generally have limited agriculture opportunities,

where they do exist they depend on the wind. Believe

it or not, the limited soils benefit routinely from nutrients

provided by the wind. Wind originating over the interior

of Africa routinely lifts dust and sand particles, transports

them thousands of miles across the oceans and deposits

them onto the Caribbean islands. These nutrients greatly

enrich the Islands’ soil and, in turn, provide important

minerals for the flora and fauna across all the Islands.

Wind is a complicated and intricate part of the sustainability

of life and commerce on the Islands. Next time

you have a chance, walk out and face into the wind. Take

the opportunity to marvel at the awesomeness of this

invisible, yet ultra-important phenomenon provided by

Mother Nature. a

Paul Wilkerson is an American meteorologist and tourist

who frequents the Turks & Caicos Islands. Along with

his wife and two daughters, the Wilkersons stay actively

engaged with Islanders throughout the year with his

Facebook page Turks and Caicos Islands Weather Info.

Top: Thanks to the consistency of the winds, Turks & Caicos is known

worldwide as a kiteboarding destination.

Above: Although it can feel quite hot on the Islands on calm days,

those are thankfully quite rare.

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Opposite page: The sight of a fin in the water can trigger unmerited fear in many people.

Above: The truth about sharks is that they are an important part of the natural food chain and keep the ecosystem balanced. This shark is

Patches, a great hammerhead, and one of many sharks the author met during her dives with SDM Adventures.

KELLY CURRINGTON

From Fear to Friend

Dispelling the myths about sharks.

By Kelly Currington

You can feel it in your soul before you ever step off the boat and sink below the surface. You are entering

the world of creatures who have been portrayed as “mindless killers” and “vicious predators,” and yet you

are excited about facing them and finding out for yourself if the myths are true. It’s that excitement and

curiosity about the unknown that pushes us to explore.

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We’ve all seen the stories

on Shark Week and read

the “news” reports on the

Internet of the horrible shark

“attacks” that happen, so

we are conditioned to fear

sharks. I understand that fear

completely, but want to try

and bring the reality to the

forefront and help change

that mindset.

As a child I grew up in

the “Jaws” era, which made

me phobically afraid of

sharks, believing they waited

beneath the surface to “eat”

us the minute we entered

their world. I was so horribly

afraid that I wouldn’t even

put my feet in the sea nor

get on a boat in the ocean for

fear of it sinking, and inevitably

being eaten alive by the

“vicious predators” lurking in

the dark.

It took one snorkeling

trip to the Turks & Caicos

Islands to change my entire

life—literally. I was empowered

by the tranquility and

peace I felt in the water to try

diving. When I encountered

my first shark I was terrified,

but that terror changed

in a split second when the

shark just glided by without

“attacking” me. My focus was

drawn to the way they moved

through the water with elegance

and grace and how

beautiful they were—nothing

like the monsters I had

grown up fearing.

This encounter led me to

become a scuba instructor.

The driving force behind that

decision was that I wanted to

show people the truth about

these sharks and change

From top: This image depicts the grace and beauty of sharks in their natural environment.

This front view of Patches, the great hammerhead, explains the significance of its name.

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their fear to love, respect and a desire to protect them.

I began studying sharks, reading anything I could find,

and educated myself on their habits and behaviors. This

transitioned me from being deathly afraid to craving close

encounters with them. Our oceans and reefs need sharks

to keep the eco-system balanced. The only way to protect

sharks is to help people understand them, and the best

way to do that is to get “up close and personal” in their

natural environment.

I had followed SDM Adventures (Shark Diver

Magazine) for years on social media. I was constantly in

awe of their ability to safely share close-up space with

massive tiger sharks, hammerheads and bull sharks—all

of which are touted as top apex predators. I became very

familiar with three of the regular sharks that appeared on

these shark dives and was intrigued with the relationships

Eli Martinez, owner of SDM Adventures, had seemed to

build with these big girls. Emma and Hook (both tiger

sharks) and Patches, the great hammerhead, are celebrities

in their own right and have become ambassadors for

protecting their species.

A little history on SDM Adventures and Eli Martinez

may shed some light on how exposure to animals we fear

leads to curiosity and learning, which then leads to understanding

and the desire to protect them.

Eli grew up in Texas surrounded by wildlife, always

playing with toads and lizards. He consumed as many

books about animals as he could find, which fed his passion

to learn more. As a child he wanted to grow up and

become a wildlife vet in Africa. His desire to help animals

burns even deeper as an adult. On his first ocean dive

he saw a shark. This both frightened and excited him

because he thought it was going to attack him, and when

it didn’t, it opened up Eli’s mind and pushed him to learn

more about them. His love affair with sharks began.

There seemed to be a magazine dedicated to every

other recreation and sport out there, but there was nothing

about diving with sharks, so in 2002 the concept for

Shark Diver Magazine (SDM) was born and in March 2003

the first issue was published.

The goal of Eli and SDM Adventures is to destroy the

“predator” myths about sharks and bring awareness to

their necessary role in the eco-system and the importance

of protecting them. In his own words, he is the “voice of

the voiceless” for these beautiful and intelligent animals.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have changed

their perceptions of sharks after having the opportunity

to dive and interact with these amazing predators, as well

as attending speaking engagements by Eli and his team

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The author prepares to “shoot” a tiger shark with her camera, as a means of capturing this animal’s grandeur and sharing it with others.

about the sharks at Tiger Beach. Their fears transitioned

to interest and curiosity, and their hearts now beat with

passion instead of fear—all of which leads to more ambassadors

for shark conservation.

Eli is the center of SDM Adventures, but is supported

by his entire family. His wife Maritza handles bookings

and helps prepare for the trips, sometimes joining Eli.

His son is in training to take over SDM someday, as well

as being a professional bull shark feeder in Mexico. His

daughter is also training to run SDM, besides being an

accomplished wildlife photographer who may just go on

to be a National Geographic photographer and storyteller.

I have done a couple thousand dives with Caribbean

reef sharks and nurse sharks, but I craved an encounter

with a big tiger shark. I wanted to come face-to-face

with these mysterious creatures and feel their power

for myself. I knew it would be one of the most amazing

encounters of my life.

Last year I finally booked a trip to dive with the big

girls of Tiger Beach and for me there was no other choice

than SDM Adventures to show me this world. From the

moment Eli stepped foot on the boat, I was aware that I

was in the presence of a shark legend who has shown the

world that apex predators and humans can not only safely

co-exist, but who has also showcased how intelligent

these creatures are and the importance of their survival.

As I geared up on the dive deck, I was taken by

complete surprise that my heart raced with anticipation

and excitement that after 40 years of misguided fear, I

was about to come face-to-face with the monsters of my

nightmares. As I stepped off into the turquoise sea and

descended, I could not wait for the first tiger to appear,

and in complete contradiction to what media and movies

portray, not a single tiger shark appeared to devour me.

Towards the end of that first dive, a dark and very distinctive

shadow appeared in the distance. I only had a glimpse

of her beauty on this dive, but I could feel her presence

and power.

The second dive and every dive thereafter on that

trip, was the experience I craved. With up to nine tigers

ranging from nine to fourteen feet in length, a great hammerhead,

and as many as fifty lemons and Caribbean reef

sharks, it was truly shark utopia. Having the pleasure of

finally experiencing the intimate encounters with Hook,

Emma and Patches after all these years was more than just

magical, it was humbling.

When I saw Hook for the first time (who had been

missing for the past two years and feared dead), my eyes

filled with tears of joy to know she had come home and

was safe! When a MASSIVE shadow came towards me from

the shadows of the distance, I knew instantly that it was

Emma, who is the largest and believed to be the oldest

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girl at Tiger Beach. When Patches the great hammerhead

showed up, all the stars aligned.

There are no words that could truly describe those

moments, but I fell in love with these girls and knew I was

on a bigger path to protect them. Their world is not one

for complacency or arrogance, but one that showcases

their power, intelligence and position on the food chain.

We are definitely visitors and should behave as such.

I was a huge advocate for protecting sharks already,

but after being in the water with tigers it made me very

aware of the need to educate more people on how we can

safely interact and coexist with these creatures instead

of killing them—either out of fear, greed or baseless traditions.

A couple of years ago, there was a report of two

tiger sharks found feeding on a dead whale carcass in

shallow water in the Bahamas. The powers-that-be decided

swimmers were in danger so they killed approximately

20 tiger sharks—we thought Hook had been part of that

cull. Humans destroyed at least 20 innocent creatures for

doing exactly what they are designed to do in THEIR environment—arrogance

and greed at its worst.

There are over 440 different species of sharks—each

designed for a specific niche role in the environment.

For example, tiger sharks are designed to crush turtle

shells and therefore help control the turtle population.

Hammerheads control stingray populations and great

whites control seal and sea lion populations. Sharks maintain

the species below them in the food chain, removing

the weak and sick, and serve as indicators for the health

of oceans and reefs.

As a dive professional in the Turks & Caicos Islands, I

encountered people every day whose reactions were “fear”

when the topic of sharks came up. After half an hour

of talking with them about the beauty and necessity of

sharks, their demeanor starts to shift to interest and then

fascination. Once they see their first shark on a dive that

fascination grows into love. Diving in the Turks & Caicos

will no doubt expose you to Caribbean reef sharks, nurse

sharks and the occasional lemon shark, but rarely will you

see a tiger shark on a dive as they tend to stay in shadows

and are very cautious.

We are fighting for a time when commercial fishing

for sharks will come to an end and ALL gill nets will be

banned forever. I am honored to be a soldier in this battle

and collaborate with brilliant and compassionate minds to

bring awareness to this necessary topic. If we can introduce

people to sharks, of any kind, and have them see for

themselves that we don’t need to fear or destroy them in

order to co-exist with them, we will forge a strong defense

in protecting sharks from imminent extinction. If I could

add anything to this from a personal standpoint, I would

say please don’t fear what you do not understand; instead

educate yourself and become an ambassador for the innocent

creatures who need our help for their survival, and

ultimately our own. Come dive with sharks and feel their

majesty; it will empower you to join the fight! a

For more information on Tiger Shark Diving aboard the

M/V Dolphin Dream, contact SDM Adventures at (956)

279-8119 or visit www.sdmdiving.com.

Getting up-close and personal with sharks can empower divers to fight to save them from extinction.

KELLY CURRINGTON

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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

email environment@gov.tc or dema.tci@gmail.com • web https://www.gov.tc/decr/

The colorful fronds of the feather alga come from a single cell with many nuclei.

Land of the Giants

Some of the world’s largest single-celled organisms come from TCI.

Story & Photos By Franziska Elmer, Ph.D., School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies

The islands of Turks & Caicos are home to many astonishing flora and fauna. Today I would like to introduce

four very special species of TCI algae to you: the sailor’s eyeball (Valonia ventricosa), the mermaid’s

wine glass (Acetabularia crenulata) the cactus tree alga (Caulerpa cupressoides) and the feather alga

(Caulerpa sertularioides). These algae always amaze our students at the School for Field Studies in South

Caicos, because they are some of the largest single-celled organisms on earth!

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A single-celled organism, as the name says, consists

of just one cell. We humans, in comparison, have about

37.2 trillon cells in our body which all have their own

function such as skin cells, brain cells and blood cells.

Most single-celled organisms are small and blob-like

and you can only see them under the microscope. This

is definitely not the case for these four interesting algae

that you can find snorkeling in the waters of the Turks &

Caicos Islands!

The sailor’s eyeball was named by early mariners,

who, peering into the water, thought they looked like

eyes peering back at them. They are round and green in

color and the surface of the cell shines like glass. This is

why they are also often called sea pearls.

But not only mariners were fascinated by the sailor’s

eyeball—these large, unicellular algae have intrigued cell

biologists and electrophysiologists since the early twentieth

century. So how big can this single-celled alga get?

Up to the size of a tennis ball!

The inside of the sailor’s eyeball is jam-packed with

different organelles such as chloroplasts, which use the

sun to produce energy for the alga through photosynthesis.

Even though it is a single cell, it does have multiple

nuclei, which contain the genetic material. These nuclei

are arranged in a fixed pattern with chloroplasts and

smaller organelles around them. Therefore the inside of

the sailor’s eyeball looks like a lot of small cells that are

interconnected, rather than separated, by cell walls.

Because the sailor’s eyeball is such a large cell, it has

been used by scientists to study the transfer of water and

other fluids across biological membranes. These studies

help us understand more about cellulose, the main component

of the cell walls of algae and plants. On top of

that, the sailor’s eyeball also has an unusual high electrical

potential relative to the seawater around it. Why

this alga is so “electric” is still not entirely known and

fascinates electrophysiologists.

While the sailor’s eyeball is formed like a ball, the

mermaid’s wine glass resembles more a wine glass or

cup. This form makes it even more difficult to believe that

this alga consists just of a single cell. But these green

From top: The aptly named sailor’s eyeball is a single-celled alga that

can grow to the size of a tennis ball.

The mermaid’s wine glass also consists of a single cell with distinct

body regions and phase changes.

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Above: School for Field Studies intern John DeBuysser collects samples

of the unusual single-celled algae found in TCI’s clear waters.

Below: This close-up of the cactus tree alga show that forms resembling

those of land plants do not need multiple cells to form.

natural wine glasses, are made in one piece from foot to

lip or from rhizoid to cap as these parts are called in the

alga. Unlike the sailor’s eyeball, the mermaid’s wine glass

only has a single nucleus. Despite being single celled, this

alga has distinct body regions and goes through phase

changes similar to vascular plants. The zygote (similar

to a fertilized egg cell in animals/humans or a seed in

plants) germinates and attaches to the substrate. Soon,

parts of the cell take up their distinct forms—the middle

of the cell elongates and grows into the stalk of the alga,

with whirls of hair forming on its top. At the same time,

the base of the cell turns into a branched rhizoid that

contains the nucleus and holds the cell in place on the

substrate. When the cell reaches its final length of up to

10 cm!, a cap is formed at the top rather than new whirls

of hairs.

During its development, the zygote increases its volume

by 25,000—that is like a single glass of wine turning

into 20 barrels of wine! Because of its large nucleus, the

mermaid’s wine glass has helped us understand how cellular

development and transplantation of nuclei work. In

the 1930s, Joachim Haemmerling discovered that when

he cut this alga in half, the bottom part of the alga would

regrow while the top part withered away. He discovered

that the nucleus is responsible for cell development.

Lastly, TCI is home to the cactus tree alga and the

feather alga, which are both in the genus Caulerpa, the

largest free-living, single-celled organisms in the world.

The largest Caulerpa, the

Hawaiian native Caulerpa

taxifolia, was given the nickname

“killer algae” after it

invaded the Mediterranean

waters. An individual

Caulerpa (thus an individual

cell!) spreads its runners

over the sea floor, growing

to 3 meters in length! From

these runners, fronds up to

60–80 cm in length grow

upwards, and root-like holdfasts

anchor the runners to

the ground. The fronds have

intrinsic designs, resembling

cactuses and feathers in the

algae found in the TCI.

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Oh, Christmas Tree . . .

Twenty years ago, it was a common cultural practice

to cut a Caicos pine sapling each December for a community

Christmas tree for the annual tree lighting in

Conch Bar, Middle Caicos. Since the pine tortoise scale

insect began devastating the Caicos pine population,

the Caicos Pine Recovery Project requested community

help by not cutting any more Caicos pines until the

population was stabilised. The Conch Bar community

graciously transferred the responsibility of Christmas

tree to a venerable lignum vitae tree on the Mt. Moriah

Baptist Church grounds to help save Caicos pines.

After years of growing Caicos pine saplings in the

Caicos Pine Recovery Project Nursery on North Caicos,

the DECR began planting saplings in habitat restoration

areas and selected cultural sites where there is high

confidence of survival. Those sites include Kew Corner

Wall Rest House where Caicos pines have been used as

living Christmas trees for the last four years, Cheshire

Hall Plantation, Caicos Heritage House and the Nation

Environmental Centre.

On January 25, 2019, Caicos Pine Recovery Project

and DECR staff planted five Caicos pine saplings on

the grounds of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Conch

Bar, Middle Caicos. The church grounds were carefully

selected for the planting, as Caicos pine won’t thrive

just anywhere. Pastor Evan Williams guided the siting

of the five-year-old saplings, and once they grow large

enough, one will be decorated as a living Christmas

tree for the community.

Wild populations of Caicos pine, the National Tree

of the Turks & Caicos Islands, were reduced by over

97% by the introduction of a destructive scale insect

from North America. The saplings planted on Middle

From left: Caicos Pine Recovery Project Manager B Naqqi Manco and

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Pastor Evan Williams plant one of five

Caicos pine saplings in the church yard.

Caicos are more scale-resistant trees grown at the

Native Plant Nursery on the Government Farm on North

Caicos. Within a few years, the Middle Caicos community

should be able to see one of these newly planted

saplings serve as the Conch Bar Christmas tree. a

Story & Photo By B Naqqi Manco

So like the mermaid’s wine glass, these single-celled

algae take up complex forms. Like the sailor’s eyeball,

the cactus tree alga and feather alga harbor many nuclei

in their single cell. Scientists think that the complex

forms of these algae come from different genes being

expressed in the different parts of the plants.

These single-celled algae show that forms resembling

the basic form of land plants, roots, stems and

leaves do not need multiple cells to form. Some scientists

even think that because cells of higher plants such

as the tomato are connected to each other by channels,

that they are very similar to these single-celled algae with

many nuclei that are not divided from each other by cell

walls.

Besides being astonishing, these algae really help

us understand our land plants better. Next time you are

snorkeling on a beautiful TCI reef, look out for these

giant single cells and see how easy it is to spot them

without a microscope. a

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feature

Opposite page: This lovely image of beach potpourri is a natural work of art . . . and also a precursor of sand!

Above: This cache of multi-colored periwinkles reflects the most visible and familiar of shells. Since prehistoric times, humans have acquired

shells and accorded them a treasured status, even using them as currency.

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Beauty and the Beach

Taking a close look at the treasures on TCI beaches.

By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photos By Marta Morton and Tom Rathgeb

The renowned beaches of the Turks & Caicos Islands provide the backbone for so many activities, from

paddleboarding and parasailing to quiet beach walks. Yet here’s something that those enjoying the activities

might not realize: You really are walking on bone, if not a literal backbone. That soft, white sand is

created from broken-down coral and shells, the exoskeletons of invertebrate marine mollusks.

Beachcombers and collectors of shells might be surprised to know that the sand they sift through to

find “treasures” was once those very treasures, created through bio-erosion. In the geological long view,

you can’t have your beach and walk on it, too!

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Yes, it’s hard to pass by a perfect pink-and-yellow

sunrise tellin or a pristine sun-bleached sand dollar, but

here’s an alternative souvenir suggestion: Photograph

those shells to create your own stunning display that’s

beautiful by nature! Our featured photographers here,

Marta Morton and Tom Rathgeb, offer some ideas and

suggestions for carrying home shells without getting

sand in your suitcase.

The natural setting

Marta Morton, owner/manager of Harbour Club Villas,

claims, “I’m not a photographer,” yet she takes thousands

of pictures of “whatever catches my eye” when she walks

on any of Providenciales’ beaches. She has found shell

treasures at Smith’s Reef, Southwest Bluff and Half Moon

Bay, which she shoots in their natural settings and light.

“I always find something to take,” she says.

Marta uses “my little point-and-shoot” as her camera,

a Canon Power Shot SX-720-HS with a 40x optical

zoom. “I don’t do anything special,” she says, although

she admits, “I can spend an hour doing different angles.”

Occasionally, she will “pose” her subjects.

She finishes her photos using a program called ACD-

See, using minimal enhancement: perhaps boosting

colour or adding to the reflection of sparkling water.

Marta adds that while she knows she should organise

her photos better and could print some favourites,

it gives her pleasure to go through them and remember

quiet days of beachcombing. And isn’t that the purpose

of a souvenir?

Isolated beauty

Tom Rathgeb, who bases himself on North Caicos during

frequent visits, takes a more “studio” approach to shell

photography, bringing each shell indoors and placing it

on a black background. An old trunk used as a coffee

table in his Whitby home ably serves that purpose, he

says. Then, “I wait for the afternoon sun coming through

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These images show the contrast in styles between photographing

shells in a natural versus studio setting.

Top row: The sunrise tellin is a handsome white shell with pink radial

rays that give it a resemblance to a sunrise.

Middle row: Sand dollars are not shells, but extremely flattened, burrowing

sea urchins.

Bottom left: The colorful beauty is likely a keyhole limpet, characterized

by the keyhole-shaped orifice at the top of the shell.

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What became the Caicos Sloop proved to be the equal of the masterful Bermudian sloop, allowing TCI to develop its own sailing prowess. The

maritime linkages between the Islands enabled the boat builders to pass on sailing skills to salt rakers.

Top: This ethereal beauty is likely a partridge tun shell, once a

highly specialized carnivorous predator, preying on sea cucumbers.

Below: This appears to be a congregation of zebra nerites, of which

no two shells have the same pattern.

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Top: Sea biscuits are related to sand dollars—although not as flat—

as well as sea urchins, sea cucumbers and starfish.

Below: Calico scallops are found on sandy or shelly bottoms and

their mottled pink-hued shells commonly wash ashore.

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the patio doors and re-examine the shell to ensure that

the lighting captures what I feel is the shell’s best side.”

After checking focus, ISO, aperture, lighting and depth

of field, he composes the shot through the camera and

takes several shots from the various angles around his

feature point.

Tom uses a Nikon D3400 with a Nikon DX AF-S

18-55, 1:3.5-5.6G lens. “Sometimes, if the shell is small, I

will use a Tiffen 52mm+2 enlarging lens. I use auto-area

autofocus since my eyes are not good enough for manual

focusing.”

He continues, “Carrying a traditional camera, with

an additional lens, is some trouble, especially since TSA

can’t make up its mind if a camera or a lens is an electronic

device that has to be taken out of your carry-on.

But I find a traditional camera is much more flexible in its

settings than a phone camera,” and offers more control.

“However, I have seen many phone camera photos that

rival traditional cameras as long as you know and live

within its limitations.”

To process his photos, Tom goes to Adobe Photoshop

10. He first makes the background colour a purer black

with the paint bucket tool, then uses the “quick edit”

function to adjust and enhance colour, shine and shadows.

He prints the photos himself onto 8 x 10 glossy

photo paper. “I like to display the photos in an 11 x 14

mat and simple black frame, as I want the focus to be on

the shell. I have contemplated sending the photos out for

printing in larger sizes, but have not yet explored that

option.”

Tom, like Marta, is not a professional photographer,

but he has been pushing toward more developed skills

and presentation in photography. His series of shell photos

is a step in that direction. And why shells? You can

ask any beachcomber, but Tom articulates it well, “Shells

are like jewels. While we may admire jewels when worn,

they are mere adjuncts of the beauty of the person wearing

them. Real beauty lies in the jewel itself as well. In

my mind, shells, isolated by themselves, with no other

distractions, are beautiful in and of themselves. I want

to capture and bring out that beauty, and enhance the

shell’s shapes, colours and shine, and share that creation

with others. Shells make one marvel at the diversity of

nature and it is my hope to illustrate some small part of

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going green

Opposite page and above: FortisTCI introduced its first electric vehicle in mid-2018, the emission-free and economic Nissan Leaf Acenta.

Driving in Providenciales during morning and evening “rush hours” or in the aftermath of a road closure

or traffic accident reveals the sheer number of vehicles operating on the roadway. This exponential

growth over the years mirrors that taking place around the world. Vehicle emissions continue to add to

the steadily rising global CO 2 levels that are so affecting the climate and, in turn, every ecosystem on

the planet.

With this in mind, FortisTCI in April 2018 launched its first electric vehicle and charging station. It

is part of a year-long feasibility study to see how this new technology can best “merge” into the Turks &

Caicos Islands’ driving future.

Driving into the Future

FortisTCI introduces its electric vehicle program.

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Top: As you drive the streets of Providenciales, keep an eye out for the jaunty and quiet Nissan Leaf Acenta, FortisTCI’s first electric vehicle.

Bottom: This is the electric vehicle charging station in the front of FortisTCI’s corporate office on Providenciales.

That jaunty (and quiet) green leaf-adorned vehicle

that many residents and visitors have seen cruising

around Providenciales is the 2017 Nissan Leaf Acenta. It

is a 100% electric car with a 30kWh battery which, when

fully charged, can drive up to 100 miles. I recently spoke

to Senior Director of Business Development & Analytics

Archie Gaviola about the Leaf and its potential future

in the Islands. He explained, “Electric cars are ideal for

a small island nation, where most trips are less than 5

miles and rarely longer than 20. Because there is no tailpipe

pollution or greenhouse gas emission, they are an

ideal option towards doing our part to protect the planet

from further environmental damage. And they can provide

tremendous cost savings. The Leaf would use about

30 kWh of electricity to travel 100 miles. At current rates,

that comes to about $12.50!”

FortisTCI supplies 98% of the Turks & Caicos Islands

electricity, so exploring the adaptation of electric cars to

the country has great significance. FortisTCI President/

CEO Eddinton Powell notes, “We are preparing to meet the

future energy demands of our customers in traditional

and nontraditional ways, including offering environmentally

sustainable energy solutions.”

When you have an electric car, it must be plugged

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into a charging station—either a public station or into

your electric supply at home. Similar to a Smartphone, it

takes about 30 minutes to charge a car from 0 to 80%. As

Archie explains, “We are studying the grid impact of electric

cars to make sure the system can handle them safely

and reliably. For instance, let’s assume that by 2023, we

have 5% adoption, which would be about 500 vehicles.

The demand coming from those vehicles charging at the

same time could require additional investments. The cars

come with an appliance plug, but electric vehicle owners

have to ensure that individual homes’ and businesses’

electrical installation could handle the draw.”

Right now, the FortisTCI Leaf is driven by employees

during business hours for errands and charged at the

station in front of the corporate office. The goal is to

get Islanders used to the concept, bring more awareness

to the general public and encourage purchases by individuals

and businesses. Although the initial cost may be

higher (the 2019 Leaf currently retails at about $30,000),

because there is no “engine” per se, duties on electric

cars are only 10%. There is also no need for oil changes

and “fuel” costs, as noted above, are drastically lower.

Part of FortisTCI’s feasibility study is to determine the

total cost of ownership over the life of the vehicle and see

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FortisTCI has installed rooftop solar panels at its power plant in Providenciales, with a larger-scale project planned for 2019.

if it is a truly sensible option.

In fact, the Nissan Leaf is the best-selling, highway-capable

electric car in history, with over 350,000

sold worldwide as of September 2018. Styled as a fivedoor

hatchback, it is aerodynamic and can attain speeds

approaching 95 mph! Typical battery life is about 10

years, which may be slightly less in the Caribbean sun—

one reason why the FortisTCI vehicle is always parked

under shade. Drivers report super-quick acceleration and

a smooth and silent ride.

Archie Gaviola says that, to the extent that it makes

both operational and business sense, FortisTCI wants to

be THE company to start a fleet transition strategy from

fuel to electric-powered vehicles. In fact, part of their

investment involved electric vehicle repair and replacement

training for the FortisTCI vehicle services team in

April 2018. This was followed by specialized training for

emergency responders in handling accidents involving

electric vehicles and their specialized systems. There are

already several TCI car dealers who are becoming electric-vehicle

certified, as they look towards the future.

Long-range plans will be to encourage government and

public employees to consider using electric vehicles.

As reported in the Summer 2016 issue of Times of the

Islands, FortisTCI is on track to launch its one megawatt,

large-scale solar project by the end of 2019. This follows

on the heels of the first installed grid-tied solar energy

systems on commercial properties in Providenciales

in 2017. Grid-tied solar programs—Customer Owned

Renewable Energy (CORE) and Utility Owned Renewable

Energy (UORE)—are available to both commercial and

residential customers across the Turks & Caicos Islands.

FortisTCI currently has half a megawatt of solar energy

connected to the electricity grid and expects to complete

installation of another half megawatt from customer programs

by June 2019.

For these remarkable efforts, FortisTCI was recently

awarded the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum’s

2018 “Best Distributed Generation Program” award for

its CORE and UORE solar options. These solar options

were designed to encourage the adoption of solar energy

technology and to help create a more sustainable energy

future for the TCI. Participating customers receive credits

on their monthly electricity bills to help offset energy

costs while also helping to reduce impacts on the environment.

It is a step in the right direction, underlining the need

for each citizen of our planet must begin to take responsibility

for keeping it “Beautiful by Nature.” a

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The TCI National Museum in Guinep House on Grand Turk has served the country for decades; now it is time for a major expansion in

Providenciales.

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A Country’s Treasure Trove

Why national museums and archives are so important.

Traditionally, a museum’s role is the housing and protection of cultural and heritage material; preservation

and conservation of artifacts of historical or religious value and sentiment; the research and scholarly

work associated with those artifacts and public education on and enjoyment of them.

While the Turks & Caicos Islands has a branch of the National Museum on Grand Turk which is

beloved by residents and visitors, there is a need to go further in pursuit of the protection and monitoring

of the country’s history, culture and heritage, as well as its religious traditions. We need a National

Museum in Providenciales!

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Usually by law, a museum

is the gatekeeper of all artifacts

deemed in need of protection,

preservation, conservation,

study, exploration and excavation.

It is the guiding body that

monitors and regulates any investigation

or census of a nation’s

cultural property and historical or

archaeological sites. Since their

inception, museums have been

guardians of the story of humanity,

its survival and its evolution.

National museums and

archives can be justified and

explained to others by first

speaking to their hearts, then

addressing the more “rational”

issues. Following are reasons why

they are important.

The Caicos Heritage House acts as a touchpoint to speak of the TCI’s rich cultural history.

Connecting families

A national archive provides a resource for personal ogists to reintroduce native flora and fauna that have

research and family history discovery. For instance, anyone

attempting to locate family members with whom they

had no had contact during their lifetime could request

records from adoption files and school censuses. This

could make it possible for a confidential intermediary to

been wiped out by disease or invasion of other species.

One key to success is planting trees where they are most

likely to thrive. To find such places, a biologist would use

records, such as old maps, to determine where the tree

had originally flourished.

contact and reunite family members with siblings. People

seeking information on the health history of previous

generations can review records, letters and photographs

that may provide important medical insights on diagnosis

and treatment of conditions.

Preparing the next generation

A national archive can help prepare responsible citizens

of the future. Schools can use digitized information as

educational resources for their classes to support the

core curriculum and for document-based questions on

Enhancing quality of life

For years national governments have gathered data that

has substantive value to researchers trying to improve

state standardized tests. In countries where there is a limited

amount of details about the region in history books,

having a national archive encourages students to delve

quality of life. National archival records have helped into the professional papers of their political and civic

researchers and reformers tackle topics as diverse as

welfare, epidemiology, criminal justice, education reform,

migration and immigration and environmental affairs.

leaders to uncover details about events or people. The

students who conduct research into the primary documents

of an island’s history begin asking more questions

about history and current issues.

Sustaining the future

A national archive provides a laboratory for people to

understand the human experience. It is possible for biol-

Cultural exchange/cross fertilization

A national archive would directly impact the exchange

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of cultural ideas between participating countries, scholars

and scientists. Such exchanges often have a positive

social effect, as museums have always been an open

forum for different nationalities to meet, discuss and

share their values. This sharing would result in broadening

not only the mental scope of tourists travelling

for business or pleasure but would improve international

co-operation among participating nations. At the

grassroots level, cultural exchanges enhance people’s

appreciation and understanding of cultures other than

their own, giving them a chance to embrace both similarities

and differences.

Investment opportunities

Private sector-led development can provide a conducive

environment for profitable investment opportunities in

the tourism sector via a national museum. Many communities

can benefit from public/private sector-led

enhancements such as farm-to-table projects, crafts and

specialty businesses and the necessary infrastructure

needed to facilitate the ease of doing business, driving

revitalization of the economy.

Economic empowerment

Museums are an income-generator for the communities

in which they exist. This is seen in the industries that

spring up around them, such as small scale accommodations,

restaurants, local transportation, local guides,

good roads, electricity etc. This enhances and develops

social life within the community.

Promotion of culture/community relevance

The National Museum can be the vehicle that resuscitates

and preserves the fading heritage and culture of the

Turks & Caicos Islands. This has direct consequences on

improvements of any tourist destination, be it improvement

of living conditions, development of craft industries,

enhancement of infrastructure and architecture—the very

things that give form and shape to cities throughout the

centuries. The uniqueness and technological skills of the

past help to re-establish relevance with events like the

annual “Back in The Days” Festival.

Protection of national treasures

There are very real threats to the TCI’s cultural heritage

From top: Museum Director Michael Pateman teaches schoolchildren

about Lucayan history.

The local community enjoys the Museum’s annual “Back in the Days”

Festival.

in the form of natural and man-made disasters like hurricanes,

floods and fire, most recently evidenced by the

destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the library

fire on Grand Turk.

Museums have always been in the forefront when it

comes to identifying a unique cultural heritage expressed

in the forms of festivals, colours, art, music, dances, literature,

monuments and religious traditions. A national

museum has the potential to create very specialized jobs

for the economy, and could contribute to a community’s

social and night life in a positive way. A national museum

is the storehouse of incredible things that are both naturally

occurring and man-made, as well as the cultural soul

of a nation. By holding the cultural wealth of the nation

in trust for all generations, it becomes the cultural conscience

of the nation. a

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The Caicos Sloop boat-building project will connect children with a traditional craft that was very important to early Islanders’ survival.

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Sense of Place

Visits to the National Museum trigger common memories.

By Candianne Williams

As a museum professional, I get to experience many cultural exchanges between our visitors which makes

my own experience very enriching. The TCI National Museum exhibits give them a “sense of place” which

Fritz (1981) defines as the specific experience of a person as a result of being in a particular setting. This

experience triggers memories that lead to the amazing exchanges that highlight commonalities that exist

when on the surface there seem to be apparent differences. As a result, museums foster greater understanding

and appreciation for the cultural heritage of humanity.

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Caicos Heritage Homestead Exhibit

Our Caicos Heritage Homestead Exhibit offers such a

“sense of place” experience. One of my visitors from

Newfoundland said that bath time for children as depicted

in the exhibit reminds her of her own experience as a little

girl at her grandmother’s house. Visitors from Ohio

said this could have been the house where they grew up—

it was only missing the fireplace. They were also moved

to share memories, including uses for ashes much in

keeping with traditional practice in these Islands.

Some tours evoke a different response. Our guides,

the elders of the community, share a deep concern that

“Our children do not know how we lived.” This drives the

movement to ensure that the TCI’s cultural heritage is

passed on to the next generation. The Museum is where

these needs of the community can be expressed within

the global context of sustainable development goals.

The yard field (garden around the house) is a platform

for the transfer of traditional knowledge. The plants

are strategically located close to the house for ease of

access when leaves or tree bark were needed to make

teas or heal ailments. It was also useful to have some

plants close for food or utilitarian purposes. (There was,

however, a field where crops were planted further away

from the home.)

Community Garden

This year the Museum plans to expand the yard field to

include more plants so that students and visitors can

learn about the types and uses of traditional plants typically

found there. The Museum will be collaborating with

Nutrition in Demand, a local NGO spearheaded by Tamika

Handfield, to create a community garden as an extension

of the exhibit. Nutrition in Demand aims to encourage

persons to increase their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables

by teaching them how to grow their own food and

offering a space to do so. Gardening was once an integral

part of the sustainable way of life on these islands.

Caicos Sloop

The Caicos Sloop is very much a part of the cultural

heritage of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Pastor Goldston

Williams, one of the few remaining traditional boatbuilders,

has almost completed the Caicos Sloop started

during the inaugural International Museum Day event

“Back in the Day” in May 2017. This boat will become

Museum guide Emily Malcolm shares traditional knowledge of local

plants with students in the “yard field.”

part of the Caicos Heritage Exhibit and a testament to

the skill and mastercraftsmanship of this tradition that

has been passed down through the generations of TCI

boatbuilders.

Pastor Williams often says that he is making a boat

that will be at the Museum long after he is gone so that

future generations will come to know that old way of life.

He remembers fondly that his father went out to sea daily

to fish. It was the importance of the boat to his family

that inspired him to become a boatbuilder.

Although that way of life is no longer prevalent on

the Islands, we aim to revive boatbuilding so that the traditional

craft is not lost. That skill could be used to build

boats for tourism purposes and/or competitive events.

The museum will collaborate with the Caicos Sloop One

Design Project that will facilitate transfer of the traditional

knowledge of boatbuilding.

International Museum Day Event

On May 18, 2019, International Museum Day will be celebrated

at the Museum in Grace Bay, Providenciales with

the theme, “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of

tradition.” Visitors will experience aspects of the various

traditions that supported the sustainable lifestyle typical

of most of the last century—a lifestyle where reduce, reuse

and recycle was practiced. A combination of arts, crafts,

music, games and food will create a “back in the day” and

“sense of place” that will lead to cultural exchanges. We

welcome all to this opportunity to reminisce, reconnect

and relax with family, friends and guests as you become

a part of this living heritage cultural hub. a

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COURTESY MILLS FAMILY

Hon. William Henry Mills served his family, church and country with

great pride and dignity, leaving an indelible mark on the history of

the Turks & Caicos Islands.

An Extraordinary Man

The Most Honourable William Henry Mills.

By Dr. Carlton Mills

The Turks & Caicos Islands as we know it today is the direct product of many dedicated, honest, hard-working

men and women who committed their lives to building the country with deep political roots. The Most

Honourable William Henry Mills, who hailed from South Caicos, is one of those persons. Following is his

story.

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William Henry Mills was born on December 20, 1916

to William and Julia Mills of South Caicos. During his childhood

days “Lew”, as he was affectionately called, attended

the only public school on the island, South Caicos All Age

School (now named Iris Stubbs Primary School in honour

of the veteran educator). He was tutored by the late Mr.

C.D. Powell—one of the most outstanding headmasters

of the day, who was also his godfather. Following the

completion of his primary education, he gained employment

(as was the custom of the day) as a messenger in

Commissioner E. G. Ewing’s Office. Mr. Ewing saw that

Lew had potential and took special interest in grooming

him for the world of business. Lew was a brilliant young

man who was also sincere, honest and dedicated to his

work. He was well-read and could converse at any level

on any subject, particularly regional and international

politics. He was also a no-nonsense person who would

tell you a piece of his mind in a heartbeat without any

regrets.

After Lew left the Commissioner’s Office, he found

employment with the E. J. Kurstiner Establishment—the

a prudent businessman and it was nearly impossible for

anyone to steal from him or credit his goods without paying.

Lew Mills married the beautiful Vivien Boss and this

union produced ten children. He was a devoted husband

and father. He also had a close relationship with his older

brother Oliver in whom he confided and depended on for

advice. They would spend hours talking into the night.

Lew was also a skillful organist. He usually played in the

Methodist Church where he worshiped every Sunday,

rarely missing a service. He was also a local preacher

in the same church and served in these positions with

pride and passion. He was known for reprimanding members

who were delinquent in their financial support and

attendance at church. The Methodist members usually

described him as an “ardent Methodist.”

W. H. Mills was very enthusiastic and passionate

about his country and decided to get involved in politics

in 1960. He contested the seat for South Caicos and

won. He won again in 1962. This was a critical year for

the TCI as a major decision had to be made regarding

Turks & Caicos Islands Salt Company (TISCO). Salt was

the major export from South Caicos at the time. After

some time, he started work with Caicos Fisheries, one of

the first fishing plants on the island which focused on the

export of lobsters to the United States.

These work opportunities provided him with the

appropriate knowledge and skills to develop his own

business, and he left the Caicos Fisheries to do just

that. He first set up the Windsor Shop (a grocery store)

and later on, the Hillcrest Lumber & Building Supplies

because he saw the need to provide hardware supplies.

Many Islanders were able to better construct their homes

because materials were now readily accessible. Lew was

Above: The Caicos Fisheries plant in South Caicos was one of the first

to export lobsters to the United States. It provided many jobs for the

people of South Caicos, including “Lew” Mills.

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the country’s status with Jamaica. Honourable Mills was

involved in the formation of the 1959 Constitution which

came into effect in 1962, resulting in the TCI separating

from Jamaica and the introduction of adult suffrage for

the first time. He again participated in the election process

in 1967 but was vigorously challenged by the young,

vibrant, articulate Norman Saunders to whom he lost.

This loss did not deter him from continuing his involvement

in the political life of his country. He again served

in the Legislative Council under the new Constitution in

1976 when the Governor of the day saw it fitting to select

him as His Appointed Member. During the sitting of the

House, he was also appointed as Deputy Speaker, serving

until 1980.

In 1978, he attended the Bi-annual Presiding Officers

and Clerks Conference in Montserrat where he demonstrated

his knowledge and skills in parliamentary

procedures and practices. He was ranked among some of

the Caribbean’s great House of Assembly Speakers such

as the late Burton Hinds of Barbados, Ripton McPherson

of Jamaica, Professor Sir Howard Fergus of Montserrat,

Sinclair Daniel of St. Lucia and the late Dame Doris

Johnson of the Bahamas.

Because of The Honourable W.H. Mills’ business-minded

approach and strong organizational skills,

he felt that the TCI could also host a conference of this

magnitude. As a result of his efforts, the TCI began in

1979 to plan for the next Presiding Officers and Clerks

Top: The TCI House of Assembly building in Grand Turk today looks

much different than it did when Hon. William Henry “Lew” Mills

(above, at center) was ranked among some of the Caribbean’s great

House of Assembly Speakers.

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Conference with Hon. Mills as Chairman of the Steering

Committee. This conference was held in the TCI in May

1980 under the joint chairmanship of Speaker George

Ewing and Deputy Speaker W. H. Mills. This was the TCI’s

first experience hosting a conference of this nature and

magnitude.

In November 1980, following the General Elections,

Hon. Mills was elected by the House of Assembly to

succeed Hon. George Ewing as the second Speaker

of the House. By convention, anyone holding this

position became President of the local branch of the

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

In 1981, Hon. Mills was appointed as one of the

resource speakers to the first-ever Regional Parliamentary

Seminar sponsored by the Commonwealth Parliamentary

Association Headquarters and its St. Kitts branch. He

was the first TCI Speaker of the House to attend the

U.S. Presidential National Prayer Breakfast (in 1982).

During this time he met with Congressman William (Bill)

Nelson, the then Congregational Representative for Cape

Canaveral District in Florida, where both men formed a

lasting friendship.

Hon. Mills also had the opportunity to dine with Vice

President George Bush (Sr.) and was introduced in the

receiving line to President Ronald Reagan. He also had

the opportunity to meet the late Rev. Billy Graham who

was the guest speaker at the Prayer Breakfast. As a result

of Hon. Mills’ influence, during a visit to the Caribbean in

the summer of 1983 Congressman Bill Nelson, accompanied

by his staff, stopped off in Grand Turk where he held

official meetings with the Speaker and government ministers

and he also paid a courtesy call on His Excellency the

Governor. It was Congressman Nelson’s intention to set

up a link between the TCI’s Legislative Council and the

Florida State Legislature.

In 1984, Hon. Mills was again elected as Speaker of

the Legislative Assembly. He served until March 1988

when the Constitution of the TCI was suspended due

to the recommendation of a Commission of Inquiry into

alleged corrupt practices by government ministers and

officials. He also attended a second Prayer Breakfast in

1984 where he met the late Barbara Jordan who was one

of the guest speakers.

One of the things that was most notable about Hon.

Mills was his acquaintance with the Standing Orders.

When any member wanted to bring a motion or a point

of order to the attention of the House, he/she had to

know exactly what Standing Order he/she was referring

to before chiding in. As a result, he earned the respect of

all Parliamentarians. He did not hesitate to request that

a member of the House take his/her seat if he felt that

such a member was referring to matters unrelated to the

debate.

On October 15, 2015, Hon. Mills was honoured posthumously

by the TCI Government when he was awarded

the prestigious award of the Order of the Turks and

Caicos Islands. As a result, he is now being referred to

as the Most Honourable W.H. Mills (OTCD). He was also

recognized by Her Majesty, The Queen and awarded the

Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Hon. William Mills served his family, church and

country with great pride and dignity until his death on

July 4, 2002. He has certainly left an indelible mark on

the history of the Turks & Caicos Islands. a

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new development

Opposite page: Windward Development Company’s new project, South Bank, is being built on Providenciales’ ruggedly beautiful south shore,

which features the windswept beaches of Long Bay and the ironshore coast.

Above: The development is designed with boaters in mind, with private docks at most properties and easy access to the TCI’s many cays.

Water, Water Everywhere

South Bank is an intriguing new residential resort community.

Waterfront. The epitome of property, in the Islands it conjures images of sparkling seas in shades shifting

from turquoise to aqua to lime green. It means refreshing sea breezes, whether a gentle breath as

languid as a puff of smoke or the steady tradewinds that act as natural air-conditioning. It brings to mind

brushstrokes of pink dawns and red-orange sunsets gracing an ocean horizon.

Waterfront real estate in the Turks & Caicos Islands has become far more limited than demand. With

this in mind, Windward Development is creating communities to fill the gap in high-quality residential

waterfront property on Providenciales.

By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By Georg Roske

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As the Turks & Caicos Islands glean award after award

for the beautiful beaches, crystal-clear seascapes and a

superb array of accommodations and activities, visitors

and investors continue to seek new horizons beyond the

renowned Grace Bay Beach. Among the latest to be discovered

is the southeast side of Providenciales, marked

by the straight-edge of Long Bay Beach and intriguing

ironshore inlets. On this windward shore, you can count

on steady breezes and views across the Caicos Banks,

the shallow marine banks of the archipelago’s underwater

plateau.

On the heels of their successful Blue Cay Estate project

in Leeward, Windward Development is this Spring

launching South Bank, a residential resort and marina

community on the south side of Providenciales.

According to Director Ingo Reckhorn, one facet of

Windward’s approach to development is that “We like to

take a piece of property and reshape it in the ideal way to

enhance the waterfront experience for our buyers.” As a

result, each neighborhood and lot at South Bank has been

designed to have a unique relationship with the water,

especially courting boating enthusiasts, watersports lovers

and anyone with a yen for adventure.

South Bank covers 31 acres to the east of the Caicos

Marina with 230 feet of stunning beachfront along Long

Bay Beach complemented by 2,000 feet of rugged and

picturesque ironshore. Planned are 90 units ranging from

six-bedroom beachfront and lagoon villas, to one-bedroom

condominiums and townhouses with boat docks,

divided among six distinct neighborhoods. The effect will

be that of relaxed sophistication, featuring a contemporary

design specific to the project.

South Bank will include all the resort amenities

expected of a premier destination, including restaurants,

coffee shop and bar, pools, spa, gym, tennis courts and

watersports. A testament to South Bank’s location, this

will range from boating, sailing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing,

paddleboarding and most anything you could

think of to get wet! In fact, the venerable Caicos Marina

is being redefined and upgraded to best serve South Bank

owners and Long Bay residents.

The Long Bay Beach area is known for its large, prestigious

beachfront estates. In keeping with this aura,

South Bank will include two Ocean Estate neighborhoods.

The four- to six-bedroom villas here are designed

to seamlessly merge indoors and outdoor spaces, with

South Bank’s 31 acres offer a combination of Long Bay’s white sand beach and 2,000 feet of ironshore.

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walls of glass, oceanfront pool

decks and courtyard terraces,

carefully located for comfort

and shade from wind and

sun. Professionally designed

kitchens and sprawling living/

dining spaces are handmade

for entertaining family and

friends. Homes built on the

ironshore will spotlight one-ofa-kind,

60-foot serenity pools

built into the rock, with glass

ends that create the feeling of

dropping off into the ocean.

In the spirit of Windward

Development’s skill at “reimagining”

existing sites, a third

neighborhood will include

homes built around a specially

created beachfront lagoon.

This bay will mimic island

favorite Sapodilla Bay—a shallow

area ideal for swimming,

wading, sunbathing and especially

safe for children, being

From top: The Ocean Estate villas

feature a contemporary design with

a pool terrace accessed directly from

the living area. The professionally

designed kitchen and dining area are

perfect for entertaining.

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From top: South Bank owners are surrounded by water, and can easily hop into their boat to explore the

Caicos Banks and TCI shorelines.

The Lagoon Villas offer the option of a unique butterfly-style roof. They include beach access, with a

lagoon-front pool and deck and some feature a private boat dock.

something for every resident’s preferred lifestyle.

motorsport-free. Malibu

Beach inspired, three- to

five-bedroom homes here

will include beach access,

a lagoon-front pool and

deck and some with a private

boat dock. Nearby

will be 38, two- to threestory

townhomes (called

Boathouses), which can

include distinctive rooftop

terraces and a dedicated

boat dock off the back

deck. The last neighborhood

of the South Bank

community will include

12 to 16 waterfront condominiums,

offering

Being surrounded by water, water views, sunrises and sunsets, South Bank owners will quickly appreciate the

ease with which they can hop onto their boat or access the development’s boat concierge service for cruising and

fishing on the Caicos Banks. With the entrance to Juba Sound just around the corner, kayakers and paddleboarders

have an ideal starting point to explore the mangrove systems nearby. Windsurfers and kite boarders need only take

a short hike to the east for Long Bay Beach’s world-renowned playground. Dive Provo operates scuba diving charters

from the marina.

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W i n d w a r d

Development

boasts

an excellent track

record when it comes

to exclusive waterfront

communities. In 2016,

they launched Blue Cay

Estate in the Leeward area

of Providenciales. The

15-acre project involved

excavation and construction

works to create the

870-foot long, 85-foot

wide Blue Cay Canal. As

a result, each of the 15

homes in the gated community

features water

frontage. Ivor Stanbrook,

From top: The South Bank resort and residential community offers not only adventure, but also many

peaceful, private spots.

The Launch Boathouses will be built around a central pool and lounging area. Note the contemporary

streetscape of the neighborhood.

director of Windward Development, explains why this was so exciting, “Now, each of the Blue Cay estates has a

dedicated boat dock, unique water view, and direct access to the pristine waters and distinctive cays of the north

and south shores of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Using very similar principles and processes at South Bank will help

us create a special canvas for this new destination. ” In keeping with Windward Development’s goal of utilizing cutting-edge

solutions, the company worked closely with global experts in the marine engineering and construction

fields to include protective structures to minimize environmental impact. The luxury residential development was so

well-received that the homes sold out within just over two years.

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The new South Bank project will utilize the same team of developers, architects, builders and marketers and anticipates

similar success. As Ingo Reckhorn explains, “We like to foster a partner network with individuals that share a

similar spirit and philosophy as Windward Development; when you find professionals you work well with and trust it

leads to successful collaboration.” Architects Blee Halligan are known for bold, distinctive and versatile buildings and

interiors, with studios and workshops in East London and Providenciales. A look at the plans reveals they spared no

creativity at South Bank, whether in the use of natural cladding materials on the buildings to the smart, contemporary

streetscapes of the townhome area and use of indigenous

vegetation.

Windward Development Company, whose principals

include Ivor Stanbrook, Kyle Smith and Ingo

Reckhorn, believe the process of building and owning

your waterfront home—whether it is your first or one of

several in your portfolio—should be satisfying from start

to finish.

Many property owners prefer to leave the day to

day details to a management company, especially if they

plan to rent out their villa or condominium when they are

not on-island. For South Bank, as with Blue Cay Estate,

Grace Bay Resorts will manage the resort and a villa rental

program for owners. Grace Bay Resorts are the TCI’s leading

resort and villa operators, offering quality service and

attention to detail.

According to South Bank’s developers, the infrastructure

works are slated to commence imminently,

with the first of the ocean estates to start construction by

summer. a

From top: The South Bank Estate Homes enjoy sweeping views

towards Long Bay Beach and the Caicos Banks.

The Islands’ natural beauty is perfectly expressed from South Bank’s

peaceful shores.

For more information, visit www.livesouthbank.com or

call (649) 231-0707.

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island made

Opposite page: These are some of the raw ingredients for the Lucayan Soap Co. soap bars: organic raw shea butter, turmeric powder and

powdered neem leaves.

Above: The different scents and colors of the soaps make up a rainbow of ways to remember the clean air and local flora of the Islands.

JODY RATHGEB

Wouldn’t it be nice to take home one of those sky-cleansing Turks & Caicos rainbows to remember your

visit? You can if you buy all five types of soap from the Lucayan Soap Co. Sandra Walkin, the engine behind

this Providenciales-based business, launched the company in 2014 and has developed a line of all-natural,

vegan, palm-free soaps. Their different scents and colours make up a rainbow of ways to remember the

clean air and local flora of the Islands.

Smooth and Natural

Organic soaps with an island vibe.

By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photos by Jody Rathgeb and Sandra Walkin

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Launch and re-launch

Sandra, a native of Austria, has been a part of the Turks

& Caicos for eight years after marrying Bradley Walkin.

Educated as a medical technician, she became interested

making soaps through the influence of a cousin. An additional

impetus was her first child: While visiting Austria

with her baby, she tried a baby cream on herself and was

unhappy with its harshness. She began experimenting

with supplies, determined to make something gentle

and all-natural, and originally launched her company as a

venue for baby lotions, creams and soaps.

Launching a TCI business is never easy, and the same

was true for Sandra. She discovered that baby products

were perhaps too much of a niche and difficult to market.

Around the same time, she had an unexpected business

break. A difficult pregnancy for her second child kept her

away from the country for awhile, but also gave her time

to re-think things. That is when she decided to focus on

soaps, carrying over only her Turkoise Waters soaps into

a new line.

After more experimenting and production, Lucayan

Soap Co. now offers five soaps: Ginger Lime, Lemongrass,

Neem & Turmeric, Black Coconut and the original Turkoise

Waters. Each has a distinctive scent and colour. (See sidebar.)

The soaps are very appealing as gifts, representing

an all-natural product made in the Turks & Caicos that

can easily be carried home for one’s self and others.

Getting it right

Much of Sandra’s initial investment was in equipment and

supplies. Although the soaps make reference to plants

grown in the Islands, she needed essential oils for soap,

not the herbs themselves, and those are not available

locally. Also, olive oil, shea butter and sodium hydroxide

(lye) are essential ingredients that must be imported.

Equipment for mixing the soap batter was also an

investment. For the larger batches of her business plan,

not just a small-scale DIY operation, Sandra needs a

large bucket or pot that is stainless steel or otherwise

food-grade, a power drill with a stainless steel mixer

attachment, big block molds that will make about 200

soaps each (35 pounds of soap per mold), and grid cutters

that will cut blocks and slices for the final soaps.

Time and experimentation were also an investment.

After the soaps are cut, they must cure for a month in

Sandra’s production facility, kept cool and dry. “This is

SANDRA WALKIN

Creating the various Lucayan Soap Co. soaps is a step-by-step process

requiring (from top right): a food-grade mixing pot, big block molds

that will make about 200 soap blocks each and grid cutters to cut

blocks and slices.

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Five Ways to Get Clean

The colourful, attractive packaging of each Lucayan

soap features a list of its all-natural ingredients, but

what are all these, and what are the differences among

the soaps? Fat and lye are the major starting points

for any soap, but the key for a good soap is selecting

ingredients that will help the skin instead of simply

scraping or burning it clean. That’s where Lucayan Soap

Co. excels.

Each of the five soaps includes a basic formula

that features olive oil, water, coconut oil, shea butter,

sodium hydroxide (lye), castor seed oil and sodium

lactate. Some contain mica. All are free of palm oil,

notorious for its environmental damage.

So far, so good, but what the heck is shea butter?

It’s a fat extracted from the nut of a tree grown in

Africa. The Lucayan shea butter comes from a co-op

in Ghana, is certified organic and sold in a free-trade

agreement. (The English word “shea” comes from the

name of the tree in Bambara, a language of Mali. Does

“Bambara” sound familiar?)

After the basic ingredients, the Lucayan soaps get

their own specializations.

TURKOISE WATERS, the original Lucayan soap, has a

fragrance that is sea-salty fresh. It is also the colour that

draws so many visitors to the Turks & Caicos Islands.

GINGER LIME has the essential oils of both island ingredients,

offering a citrus pep and the soothing qualities

of ginger.

LEMONGRASS includes the essential oil of what is

known in the Islands as fevergrass, plus litsea essential

oil. Here, fevergrass tea is often given as a soothing, cooling bush medicine. The scent of the soap is just as

calming, and the soap is gentle on the skin.

After much experimenting, Lucayan Soap Co. now offers five soaps:

the original Turkoise Waters, Lemongrass, Ginger Lime, Black

Coconut and Neem & Turmeric. Each has a distinctive scent and

color.

NEEM & TURMERIC is a tiny bit more medicinal in scent, but not so much that you’ll smell like a walking hospital.

While Sandra Walkin dislikes making any medical claims for her products, a cruise through the Internet uncovers

all the benefits of neem oil, neem leaf powder and ground turmeric, all ingredients in this soap: vitamin E, carotenoids,

oleic acid, inflammatory properties and a compound called azadirachtin, which is an insect repellent. The

soap also includes essential oils of peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus.

BLACK COCONUT smells almost good enough to eat, but don’t! This is an exfoliating soap, containing charcoal

made from coconut shells and ground raw coconut shell. Balancing that is coconut milk. Despite all that, its scent

is clean, not sweet: You won’t think you’re bathing in a pina colada! a

By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photo By Sandra Walkin

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not something you can do in your home,” she notes, adding,

“It took a while to get it right. I experimented a lot,

and I stand for quality. I make sure each product is adequately

tested.”

While most of the efforts and expenses were all hers

(she orders olive oil by the drum!), Sandra notes that both

the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development and Invest

TCI have been extremely helpful to the Lucayan Soap Co.

She was recently approved for a cash grant from the latter

and receives a duty concession. She hopes to soon be

able to order a stainless steel mixing pot that will be able

to tip and pour the soap mixture into the molds. Also

coming soon is the ability of the company to give back to

the country, when production is developed enough that

she can employ help.

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Sandra Walkin, the creator of Lucayan Soap Co., has been a part of the

Turks & Caicos Islands for the last eight years after marrying local

entrepreneur Bradley Walkin.

JODY RATHGEB

Marketing and sales

Sandra’s measured, step-by-step approach to “getting

it right” applies to the marketing of Lucayan Soap Co.,

too. Its website, www.lucayansoapco.com, includes an

online shop, and the company has presences on both

Instagram and Facebook. Locally, the soaps are available

at Flavors of the Turks and Caicos (FOTTAC), the

boutique at Windsong Resort, and the Making Waves art

studio at Ocean Club Plaza. Sandra continues to make the

rounds of Providenciales shops looking for other places

to sell soap. Shops determine their own prices, but online

each soap costs $9 US. Gift sets and baskets are planned

for the future.

She admits that starting Lucayan Soap Co. has been

a lot of work, but it has been work that she enjoys and

Sandra believes that her growing business will find its

place in the Islands. You might even say that Lucayan

Soap Co. is poised to really clean up here! a

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faces and places

From left: Food huts on Bambarra Beach kept the large crowd well-fed. Sailors ranged from young to mature, at all experience levels. Below

right: Pastor Gold Williams sails his model boat—much smaller than the full-size versions he usually builds.

Valentine’s Day Cup Model Sailboat Races

“It was the best yet!” The Valentine’s Day Cup Model Sailboat

Races on February 16, 2019 at Bambarra Beach in Middle Caicos

were an outstanding success. The beach hummed with activity as

over 250 happy folk enjoyed the day, the food, the music and the

sailboats! It was a perfect day, with a gentle breeze keeping the

beach fresh and the boats moving along. All the schools on North

Caicos had food huts offering mouth-watering dishes to raise

funds for sports projects. The music was vibrant with MC David

Bowen keeping the crowd engaged and entertained by the two

bands on site—the Sea Breeze Rip Saw Band and Bowen Arrow.

Almost all boats had new sails for 2019, courtesy of dedicated

volunteers and the annual support of the TCI Tourist Board. The races were hugely popular, with lots of participation

from captains of all ages, many with little experience but lots of enthusiasm. The Premier’s Office support makes

it possible for cash prizes, trophies and special awards for the sailors. Awards earned included: Youngest Captain

From left: Women sailors await the start of the Ladies Open Challenge. TCI Tourism Director

Ramon Andrews presents George Ellis with the Award for Perseverance.

Max Lucas (age 5); Oldest Captain

Ralph Wilke (age 75); Best Sailing

Skills Kevin Darmody; Best

Sportsmanship Denaz Williams;

Dolphus Arthur Memorial Award

for Overall Seamanship Ralph Wilke;

Valentine Sweetheart Awards for

Perseverance Sara Kaufman, George

Ellis and Maggie. It is a great committee

of volunteers and friends who

come together and make this event

happen every year, and heartfelt

thanks to all.

Courtesy Sara Kaufman

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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 40,000.

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 from Miami, Charlotte, Chicago,

Dallas, New York/JFK and Philadelphia. JetBlue Airways

offers service from Fort Lauderdale, Boston and New

York/JFK. Southwest Airlines travels to Fort Lauderdale.

Delta Airlines flies from Atlanta and New York/JFK. United

Airlines travels from Chicago and Newardk. WestJet travels

from Toronto. Air Canada offer flights from Toronto.

British Airways travels from London/Gatwick via Antigua.

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Bahamasair and InterCaribbean Airways fly to Nassau,

Bahamas. Flights to: Antigua; Dominica; Cap Haitien

and Port Au Prince, Haiti; Kingston and Montego Bay,

Jamaica; Miami, Florida; Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo,

Dominican Republic; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; St.

Maarten; Santiago, Cuba; and Tortola are available on

InterCaribbean Airways, while Caicos Express travels to

Cap Haitien daily. (Schedules are current as of February

2019 and subject to change.)

Inter-island service is provided by InterCaribbean

Airways, Caicos Express Airways and Global Airways. Sea

and air freight services operate from Florida.

Language

English.

Time zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST)/Daylight Savings Time

observed.

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

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drugs, and pornography are also illegal.

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, motorcycle, 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.

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

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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.

ISLAND AUTO RENTALS

Government/Legal system

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

Governor, HE Dr. John Freeman. He presides over an executive

council formed by the elected local government.

Lady Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson is the country’s first

woman premier, leading a majority People’s Democratic

Movement (PDM) House of Assembly.

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.

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 once 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.

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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

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.

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 18 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 33

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 is

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

Bohio Dive Resort – Tel 649 231 3572/800 494 4301 • Web www.bohioresort.com 170–230 16 • • • • • • • •

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

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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Dragon Cay Resort at Mudjin Harbour – Tel 649 344 4997 • Web www.dragoncayresort.com 325 8 • • • • • • • • •

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Bottle Creek Lodge – Tel 649 946 7080 • Web www.bottlecreeklodge.com 155–240 3 • •

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 • Web www.pelicanbeach.tc 125–165 14 • • • • • • • •

Pine Cay

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The Meridian Club - Tel 649 946 7758/888 286 7993 • Web www.meridianclub.com 800–1300 13 • • • • • • •

Parrot Cay

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Airport Inn – Tel 649 941 3514 • Web www.airportinntci.com. 140 18 • • • • • • •

Alexandra Resort – Tel 800 284 0699/649 946 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.aman.com 1000–2100 73 • • • • • • • •

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

Beaches Resort Villages & Spa – Tel 888-BEACHES/649 946 8000 • Web www.beaches.com 325–390AI 758 • • • • • • • • •

Beach House Turks & Caicos – Tel 649 946 5800/855 946 5800 • Web www.beachchousetci.com 532–638 21 • • • • • • • • • •

BE Beach Enclave – Tel 649 946 5619 • Web www.beachenclave.com see web 24 • • • • • • • •

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.caribbeanparadiseinn.com 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 649 941 5497/800 787 9115 • Web www.coralgardensongracebay.com 199-449 32 • • • • • • • • • •

Grace Bay Club - Tel 800 946 5757/649 946 5050 • Web www.gracebayclub.com 650–1750 75 • • • • • • • • • •

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 • • • • •

The Inn at Grace Bay – Tel 649 432 8633 • Web www.innatgracebay.com 179–379 48 • • • • • • •

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

Le Vele - Tel 649 941 8800/888 272 4406 • Web www.leveleresort.com 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 8107/242 6722 • 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 5880 • Web www.oceanclubresorts.com 180–690 191 • • • • • • • • • •

The Palms Turks & Caicos – Tel 649 946 8666/866 877 7256 • Web thepalmstc.com 595–1700 72 • • • • • • • • • •

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

Point Grace – Tel 649 946 5096/888 209 5582 • Web www.pointgrace.com 424–1515 27 • • • • • • • • • •

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

The Regent Grand – Tel 877 288 3206/649 941 7770 • Web www.theregentgrand.com 495–1100 50 • • • • • • • • •

Royal West Indies Resort – Tel 800 332 4203/649 946 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 7777/649 333 7777 – Web www.sevenstarsgracebay.com 365–2400 165 • • • • • • • • • •

The Shore Club – Tel 649 339 8000 – Web www.theshoreclubtc.com 465–4650 148 • • • • • • • • • •

Sibonné Beach Hotel – Tel 888 570 2861/649 946 5547 • Web www.sibonne.com 110–375 29 • • • • • • • •

The Somerset on Grace Bay – Tel 649 339 5900/888 386 8770 • Web www.thesomerset.com 350–1300 53 • • • • • • • • • •

The Tuscany – Tel 866 359 6466/649 941 4667 • Web www.thetuscanyresort.com 975–1300 30 • • • • • • • •

The Venetian – Tel 877 277 4793/649 941 3512 • Web www.thevenetiangracebay.com 695–1175 27 • • • • • • • •

Villa del Mar – Tel 877 345 4890/649 941 5160 • Web www.yourvilladelmar.com 190–440 42 • • • • • • •

Villa Mani – Tel 649 431 4444 • Web www.villamanitci.com 6500–9500 8 • • • • • • •

Villa Renaissance – Tel 649 941 5160/877 345 4890 • www.villarenaissanceturksandcaicos.com 295–650 36 • • • • • • • • •

The Villas at Blue Mountain – Tel 649 941 4255/866 883 5931 • www.villasatbluemountain.com 1200–2500 3 • • • • • • • •

West Bay Club – Tel 855 749 5750/649 946 8550 • Web www.thewestbayclub.com 235–1163 46 • • • • • • • • • •

Windsong Resort – Tel 649 333 7700/800 WINDSONG • Web www.windsongresort.com 275–925 50 • • • • • • • • •

Wymara Resort & Villas – Tel 888 844 5986 • Web www.wymararesortandvillas.com 315–720 91 • • • • • • • • • •

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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

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 • • • • • • • •

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

Sailrock South Caicos – Tel 855 335 72513/649 941 2121 • Web sailrockliving.com 600–800 6 • • • • • • • • •

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

Web southcaicos.oceanandbeachresort.com 120–275 24 • • • • •

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dining out – providenciales

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

cuisine with menu changing daily. Open 6 to 10 PM.

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 7 AM to 5 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 7:30

AM to 10:30 PM. 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.

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. Indoor or terrace seating above

tropical garden. Open daily from 5:30 PM. Closed Sunday. Lunch

and pizza in the garden. 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. Fresh

local conch and seafood by the beach. Rum, buckets of beer,

live local bands. Open daily from 11 AM to late.

Cabana Beach Bar & Grill — Ocean Club. Tel: 946-5880.

Casual island fare, burgers, salads, snacks. Open daily from

8 AM to 10 PM. Tropical cocktails with a 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.

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

Cozy restaurant offering island food with flair; famous for fish

tacos. Full bar. Open daily 5 to 10 PM, closed Thursday.

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

fried chicken, native fare.

Chinson’s Grill Shack — Leeward Highway. Tel: 941-3533.

The Islands’ best jerk and barbecue, Jamaican pastries. Open

daily 8 AM to 10 PM; Friday to Midnight.

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 from 5:30 PM daily. Look for the Cocovan airstream

lounge with garden seating or take-away.

Coconut Grove Restaurant & Lounge — Olympic Plaza,

Downtown. Tel: 247-5610. Casual native fare. Cracked conch,

conch fritters, fried fish. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.

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.

Crackpot Kitchen — Ports of Call. Tel: 2313336. Experience

the best of authentic Turks & Caicos and Caribbean cuisines

with local celebrity Chef Nik. Open daily 5 to 10 PM except

Thursday; Happy Hour 5 to 7 PM.

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 — Grace Bay Road. Tel: 946-5921. Traditional

American pub fare; imported draught beers. Open for lunch and

dinner daily from 11 AM. Happy Hour specials. Large screen TVs

for sporting events. Karaoke.

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.

Drift — West Bay Club. Tel: 946-8550. Open-air beachfront dining.

Creatively used local ingredients. Full bar. Open daily.

Dune — Windsong Resort. Tel: 333-7700. Private beachfront

dining with limited availability. Fresh fare prepared to perfection.

Open daily.

El Catador Tapas & Bar — Regent Village. Tel: 244-1134.

Authentic Spanish tapas with a wide mix of cold and hot plates

meant for sharing. Fun and lively atmosphere. Open daily from

5 PM.

Element — LeVele Plaza. Tel: 348-6424. Contemporary, creative

cuisine in an elegant setting. Open for dinner Friday to

Wednesday 6:30 to 10:30 PM.

Fairways Bar & Grill — Provo Golf Club. Tel: 946-5833. Dine

overlooking the “greens.” Open for breakfast and lunch from 7

AM to 4 PM daily; Friday, Saturday and Sunday open until 8 PM.

Great Sunday brunch 9 AM to 3 PM.

Fire & Ice — Blue Haven Resort & Marina. Tel: 946-9900.

Drinks at the Ice Bar, dessert by the fire pits. South Americanmeets-Caribbean

flavors and spices. Open daily 5:30 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 souse. All-you-can-eat seafood buffet

on Wednesday. Open daily 8 AM to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.

Carry-out available.

Garam Masala — Regent Village. Tel: 941-3292. Authentic

Indian cuisine, tandoori charcoal-oven specialties. Open daily

11:30 AM to 3 PM, 5:30 to 10 PM. Dine-in, take-out or delivery.

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 Sky Lounge & Bar — At the airport. Tel: 946-4472.

Burgers, sandwiches, local food. Open daily 6 AM to 9 PM.

Grace’s Cottage — Point Grace Resort. Tel: 946-5096. Refined

new menu in the style of a tastefully sophisticated French bistro.

Gazebo seating under the stars or indoor dining in a romantic

cottage. Serving dinner from 6 to 10 PM nightly.

Grill Rouge — Grace Bay Club. Tel: 946-5050. Al fresco bistro.

Diverse menu. Fun cocktails. Open daily for lunch Noon to 3 PM,

dinner to 9 PM.

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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. Full bar. A/C dining or outdoors on the

deck. Open daily 7 AM to 9 PM. Pick-up/delivery available.

Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar — 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 Raw — Le Petite Plaza. Tel: 346-5371. Vegan lifestyle

kitchen, offering fresh, organic, raw, vegan, gourmet. Open

Friday, Noon to 2 PM.

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.

Jack’s Fountain — Across from Casablanca Casino. Tel: 946-

5225. Seafood, steak, unique specialty items in a lively, relaxed

“beach bar” atmosphere. Open 7 AM to 10 PM daily.

Kalooki’s Grace Bay — Le Vele Plaza. Tel: 941-8388. The perfect

mix of sweet and spicy Caribbean flavors. New location in

Grace Bay. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM. Closed Thursday.

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 except Tuesday

5:30 to 10 PM.

Las Brisas — Neptune Villas, Chalk Sound. Tel: 946-5306.

Mediterranean/Caribbean cuisine with tapas, wine and full bar.

Terrace and gazebo dining overlooking Chalk Sound. Open daily

8 AM to 10 PM. Take-out available; private parties.

Le Bouchon du Village — Regent Village. Tel: 946-5234. A

taste of Paris. Sidewalk café with sandwiches, salads, tartines,

tapas, dinner specials, wine, cheese, dessert, coffees. Open

daily 11 AM. Closed Sunday.

Le Comptoir Francais — Regent Village. Tel: 946-5234.

French deli, bakery, wine shop. Open daily.

Lemon 2 Go Coffee — Ventura House. Tel: 941-4069.

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 Noon to 3 PM; 5:45 to 9:45 PM.

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.

Mango Reef — Turtle Cove. Tel: 946-8200. Fresh local flavors

and seafood, homemade desserts. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.

Set price dinner on weekdays. Waterside deck, indoor or patio

dining. 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, sandwiches, smoothies. Open daily 7 AM to 8 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 Sunset Ridge Hotel (near airport).

Tel: 242-6780. Serving fresh local seafood straight from

the sea. Open daily 10 AM to 10:30 PM, Sunday 3 to 11 PM.

Opus Wine • Bar • Grill — Ocean Club Plaza. Tel: 946-5885.

International menu with Caribbean flair. Fresh seafood. Serving

dinner nightly 6 to 10 PM. Indoor/outdoor dining. Conference

facility, events, catering.

Outback Steakhouse TCI — Regent Village. Unbeatable

steak cuts complemented by chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta.

Generous portions, moderately priced, casual atmosphere. Open

Monday to Thursday 3 to 11 PM; Friday to Midnight; Saturday 1

PM to Midnight; Sunday 1 to 11 PM.

Parallel23 — The Palms Turks & Caicos. Tel: 946-8666. Pantropical

cuisine in a setting of casual elegance. Boutique wine

list. Al fresco or private dining room available. Open daily 6 to

10:30 PM.

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. Seafood raw bar. Open daily

for breakfast, lunch, dinner; Sunday Prime Rib special.

Pelican Bay Restaurant & Bar — Royal West Indies Resort.

Tel: 941-2365/431-9101. Poolside restaurant and bar with

Caribbean, French and Asian fare. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily

from 7:30 AM to 10 PM. Special events each week.

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.

Provence — Le Vele Plaza. Tel: 946-4124. Traditional French

artisan-style cuisine. Fresh pasta, gelato, cheeses, charcuterie,

pastries, desserts. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Retreat Kitchen Vegetarian Café & Juice Bar — Ports of

Call. Tel: 432-2485. Fresh, organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free

fare. Fresh juices, daily lunch specials. Open for lunch

Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM. Delivery available.

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.

Salt Bar & Grill — Blue Haven Resort & Marina. Tel: 946-9900.

Outdoor seating overlooking the marina. Sandwiches, burgers,

salads, classic bar favorites. Open daily 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

Seven — Seven Stars Resort. Tel: 339-7777. Elevated contemporary

cuisine fused with TCI tradition. Open Monday to Saturday,

5:30 to 9:30 PM.

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72ºWest — The Palms Turks & Caicos. 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; casual dining. Sports bar/slots. Open

daily from 11 AM to 2 AM.

Shay Café — Le Vele Plaza. Tel: 331-6349. Offering organic

coffees, teas, sandwiches, salads, soup, pastries, gelato, sorbetto,

smoothies, beer and wine. Open daily 7 AM to 7 PM.

Simone’s Bar & Grill — La Vista Azul. Tel: 331-3031. Serving

fresh seafood and local cuisine. Open daily 11 AM to 11 PM;

weekends 7 AM to 11 PM. Popular bar!

Skull Rock Cantina — Ports of Call. Tel: 941-4173. The place

for Tex-Mex; daily drink specials. Open daily, 8 AM to Midnight.

Solana! Restaurant — Ocean Club West. Tel: 946-5254.

Oceanfront dining from sushi to burgers. Teppanyaki and Sushi

Bar, engage with the chefs. Open daily 7:30 AM to 10 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: 232-4444. Modern

Mediterranean cuisine featuring fresh fish and seafood. Open 6

to 10 PM daily, until 2 AM on Friday with DJ.

Sui-Ren — The Shore Club. Tel: 339-8000. Inspired flavors of

Peruvian-Japanese fusion cuisine with fresh seafood and organic

produce in a unique setting. Open 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.

Tiki Hut Island Eatery — Dockside at Turtle Cove Inn. Tel:

941-5341. Imaginative sandwiches, salads, seafood, Black

Angus beef, pasta, pizzas, fish. Open daily 11 AM to 10 PM.

Turkberry Frozen Yogurt — The Saltmills. Tel: 431-2233.

Frozen yogurt in a variety of flavors, with a large selection of

toppings. Custom donut bar. 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. Open from 5:30 PM to

late. Closed Thursday. Saturday is Pizza Night!

The Vix Asian Bistro & Grill — Regent Village. Tel: 941-4144.

Contemporary Asian menu with a wok station, dim sum, vegan

specialties and keto dishes. Open daily 7:30 AM to 3 PM; 5 to

9:45 PM. Delivery to select locations. Catering menus.

Yoshi’s Sushi & Grill — The Saltmills. Tel: 941-3374/431-

0012. Sushi bar menu plus Japanese cuisine. Open daily Noon

to 3 PM; 6 to 10 PM. Closed Sunday. Dine indoors or out. Carry

out available.

Zest! — Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. Tel: 232-4444. Lunch and

dinner beachfront. Taste of the Caribbean and Americas. Open

daily Noon to 5 PM; 6 to 9 PM. Fisherman’s night Wednesday. a

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