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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
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71 Faces & Places
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72 About the Islands/TCI Map
77 Where to Stay
79 Classified Ads
80 Dining Out
82 Subscription Form
24 From Fear to Friend
Dispelling the Myths about Sharks
By Kelly Currington
34 Beauty & the Beach
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Photos By Marta Morton and Tom Rathgeb
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On the Cover
German photographer Georg Roske took this interesting
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30 Land of the Giants
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33 Oh, Christmas Tree!
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49 A Country’s Treasure Trove
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52 Sense of Place
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54 An Extraordinary Man
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from the editor
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!
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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.
Times of the Islands Spring 2019 13
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Times of the Islands Spring 2019 15
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
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
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eye on the sky
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
Times of the Islands Spring 2019 19
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
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
summertime and to maintain comfortable temperatures
throughout the year. If you have ever spent a day on 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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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Getting up-close and personal with sharks can empower divers to fight to save them from extinction.
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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 &
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
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
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
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
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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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.
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?
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
Beachcombing can reveal beautiful surprises like this clump of tube sponges that may have been broken off during a storm.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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distractions, are beautiful in and of themselves. I want
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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
that diversity.” a
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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
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.
By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos Courtesy FortisTCI
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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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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!
By Vanessa Forbes-Pateman
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Usually by law, a museum
is the gatekeeper of all artifacts
deemed in need of protection,
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.
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
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.
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”
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.)
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.
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
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
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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
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.
MOIRA BISHOP BARBARA CURRIE-DAILEY
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
W i n d w a r d
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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
Times of the Islands Spring 2019 67
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Times of the Islands Spring 2019 69
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Eastern Standard Time (EST)/Daylight Savings Time
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.
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.
Passport. A valid onward or return ticket is also required.
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
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
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.
120/240 volts, 60 Hz, suitable for all U.S. appliances.
US $20 for all persons two years and older, payable in
cash or traveller’s cheques.
Delivery service is provided by FedEx, with offices on
Providenciales and Grand Turk, and DHL. UPS service is
limited to incoming delivery.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
where to stay
range of daily rates
US$ (subject to change)
number of units
major credit cards
phone in unit
television in unit
kitchen in unit
on the beach
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 • •
Dragon Cay Resort at Mudjin Harbour – Tel 649 344 4997 • Web www.dragoncayresort.com 325 8 • • • • • • • • •
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 • • • • • • • •
The Meridian Club - Tel 649 946 7758/888 286 7993 • Web www.meridianclub.com 800–1300 13 • • • • • • •
COMO Parrot Cay Resort - Tel 649 946 7788/855 PARROTCAY • www.comohotels.com/parrotcay 550–2850 65 • • • • • • • • • •
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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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 • • • • • • • •
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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