Times of the Islands Fall 2019


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




A valuable eco-treasure


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Applying a cure



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6 From the Editor

13 Giving Back

Peppajoy for Vets

Photos By Delano Handfield

16 Eye on the Sky

It’s All Relative

By Paul Wilkerson

30 Creature Feature

The Perfect Husband: The Lined Seahorse

By Brian Heagney ~ Photos By Sabine Frank,

Humpback Dive Shack, Grand Turk

50 Business

Don’t Worry, I’ve Got This Covered

Story & Photos By John Galleymore

57 New Development

South Bank Launches The Boathouses

72 About the Islands/TCI Map

77 Where to Stay

78 Classified Ads

80 Dining Out

82 Subscription Form


20 A Long Way to Long Bay

By Tim Cotroneo

26 Twenty-Five Years and Counting

TCI Community College Celebrates a Milestone

40 The Magic of Mangroves

By Kelly Currington

Photos By Agile LeVin, Visit TCI





On the Cover

Agile LeVin grew up in the Turks & Caicos Islands and has

a keen eye for capturing the country’s natural beauty.

This aerial shot depicts kayakers exploring Mangrove

Cay, a very well-known kayaking and paddle boarding

location near Leeward on Providenciales, part of the

Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve.

To see more of Agile’s work, see “The Magic of

Mangroves” on page 40 and go to visittci.com, where

you can also learn much more about the TCI.

Green Pages

32 All is Not Lost . . . Yet

A Chance to Save the Coral Reefs of the

Turks & Caicos Islands

36 The Story of a Parasite

Black Spot Syndrome

By Hannah Hall



60 TCI in World War I and World War II

Story & Photos By Captain Eric Wilberg

65 One is Silver, the Other Gold

By Lisa Turnbow-Talbot

Photos Courtesy Turks & Caicos National



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Windhaven - Long Bay Beachfront

Turks and Caicos investors looking for strong cash flow and a turn key property look no further than

Windhaven, Long Bay Beach villas. This 8 bedroom boutique resort real estate offering is situated on 2.23

acres of prime Long Bay beachfront land with an incredible 155 ft. of pristine white sandy beach frontage.

The entire property has been beautifully designed and impeccably maintained by the current owners.


Wymara - Grace Bay Beachfront

Wymara Turks & Caicos suite 1201/02/03 is a contemporary 2nd floor, 3 bedroom beachfront condo

on the world famous Grace Bay Beach. This spacious 2,543 sq. ft. luxury suite is composed of a separate

beachfront one bedroom condo, beachfront studio condo, and an ocean view studio condo. An excellent

investment with strong financial returns. Contact Bernadette Hunt for more information on purchasing.


Bernadette Hunt

Cell ~ 649 231 4029 | Tel ~ 649 941 3361


Bernadette has lived in the Turks and Caicos

Islands for over 21 years and witnessed the

development and transition of the islands

into a significant tourist destination. Based

on independent figures her gross transaction

numbers are unrivalled. Bernadette

has listings on Providenciales, Pine Cay,

Ambergris Cay, North and Middle Caicos

and is delighted to work with sellers and

buyers of homes, condos, commercial real

estate and vacant undeveloped sites.

Turks and Caicos Property is the leading

independent real estate firm in the Turks and

Caicos Islands with offices located at Ocean

Club West Resort and Ocean Club West

Plaza on the Grace Bay Road.

Bernadette’s reputation and success has been

earned over time through her dedication,

enthusiasm and passion for real estate. Her

personal experience as having practiced law

in the islands for more than 10 years together

with owning and renovating a number of

properties means she is well-placed to advise

her customers and developers on what to

anticipate in the purchasing and construction


Bernadette delights in working in the real

estate industry and her humor and energy

make her a pleasure to work with.

Crystal Sands - Sapodilla Bay Beachfront

Crystal Sands Villa is located beachfront in Sapodilla Bay, one of the Turks and Caicos Islands most coveted

areas. With its westerly exposure you will enjoy the most magical sunsets the islands have to offer.

The property has 4 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and incredible beach views. Crystal Sands is

ideal for large gatherings with family and friends and currently operated as a successful vacation rental.

Please contact Bernadette if you would like

to find out more about owning real estate in

the Turks & Caicos Islands.


from the editor


Shaped as if a hand is saying “HELP,” this pillar coral in Grace Bay is

showing signs of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease and will likely be

completely dead within just a few weeks.



Our readers are used to seeing an exquisite photo of one of Turks & Caicos’ natural wonders on this page. There’s no

lack in the rest of the magazine, especially Agile LeVin’s spectacular shots of the mangroves that line TCI’s shores.

But we had to use this forum to call to your attention the tragedy that is facing our reefs.

The 340 miles of barrier reef that surround the Turks & Caicos Islands are among the best in the world, helping

to account for the thriving marine life, gorgeous underwater scenery, pristine white sand beaches and luxury tourism-driven


As you can read on page 32, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has made its way to the popular reefs of

West Caicos and Providenciales at a fast-enough rate that it has caused alarm among maritime authorities and recreational

divers alike. It is an issue that needs to be addressed quickly. In Grace Bay, some ancient large pillar corals

and boulder corals are showing signs of disease. Without intervention soon, these corals could be lost.

As more research is completed in Florida and elsewhere, treatments are being developed that can be used on

TCI reefs. Fortunately, the will to solve this problem is strong; money, manpower and materials are lacking. Please

read more about the situation in this issue’s Green Pages and be determined to help via: www.tcreef.org/donate.

Kathy Borsuk, Editor • Claire Parrish, Advertising Manager

timespub@tciway.tc • (649) 431-4788

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awesome 45,000 sq. ft. waterpark with surf simulator. There’s 5-Star Global Gourmet TM

dining at 21 incredible restaurants, and non-stop bars and entertainment —and it’s always

included—tips, taxes and Beaches transfers*, too. We’ve even added trend-setting food trucks,

new live entertainment, and re-styled accommodations … making the World’s Best even better.

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Kathy Borsuk


Claire Parrish


Kathy Borsuk, Tim Cotroneo, Kelly Currington,

Samuel Forbes, Dr. Hubert Fulford, John Galleymore,

Hannah Hall, Rachel Harvey, Brian Heagney–Humpback Dive

Shack, Jason Henry, Dr. Michael P. Pateman,

Desiree Robinson, SFS CMRS Staff, Lisa Turnbow-Talbot,

TCRF Staff, Captain Eric Wilberg, Paul Wilkerson,

Candianne Williams.


Sean Brady, Alex Brett, Tim Cotroneo, Preston Dickenson,

Franzsika Elmer, Vanessa Forbes-Pateman, Sabine Frank–

Humpback Dive Shack, John Galleymore, Hannah Hall,

Delano Handfield, iStock.com–salamov, Kite Surf TCI, Agile

LeVin–Visit TCI, Marta Morton–Harbour Club Villas, Karen

Neely–Nova Southeastern University,

Dr. Michael P. Pateman, Revell, Barbara Shively,

Turks & Caicos Community College,

Turks & Caicos National Museum, Turks & Caicos Reef

Fund, Captain Eric Wilberg, Candianne Williams.


Jill Beckingham, Wavey Line Publishing


PF Solutions, Miami, FL



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giving back

From left: USMC Staff Sergeant Tony Ssonko and his wife Jennifer are met by Peppajoy owner Delano

Handfield as winners of the first Peppajoy Veterans Vacation contest.

Peppajoy for Vets

Local hot sauce entrepreneur shares TCI’s peace with other veterans.

Photos Courtesy Delano Handfield

In early 2018, local entrepreneur and U.S. army veteran Delano Handfield dreamed up the nonprofit project

“Peppajoy for Veterans Vacation.” The concept was to gather local sponsors to create a Turks & Caicos

all-expense-paid vacation package that would be donated to a deserving veteran and guest of their choice

through an annual contest draw. The contest was launched on Peppajoy.net.

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Blue Hills native Delano Handfield is the founder

and owner of Peppajoy sauces. He is a U.S. Army veteran

who has been on numerous deployments to war zones,

and understands the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress

Disorder. He explains, “After returning to my home in the

Turks & Caicos in 2006, I experienced calm, peace and

serenity for the first time since my days in the service. I

thought it would be a great idea to share this feeling with

my military brothers and sisters and hopefully give them

a chance to drop their guards, even if only for a few days.

The peaceful vibe of the Turks & Caicos Islands is the

therapeutic medicine needed for many service members

around the world.”

“Peppajoy for Veterans Vacation” was Delano’s way

of showing appreciation for those who put serving their

country before their self. To participate, entrants would

have to submit a short story saying why the veteran they

are nominating should win a trip to the Turks & Caicos

Islands. Hundreds of stories were received throughout

the following months. The draw occurred on November

11, 2018. Tony Ssonko (a staff sergeant of the U.S.

Marine Corps reserves and a New Hampshire police officer)

was nominated by his wife Jennifer and was officially

announced as the winner on Veteran’s Day. This is the

story she submitted:

“I’m nominating my husband so we can take this vacation

as our honeymoon. We have been married almost 2 years

and were unable to take a honeymoon due to financial

difficulties after he lost his job. Throughout our 7 1/2

year relationship we have been through a deployment to

Afghanistan, job highs and lows, and dealing with medical

issues. Now that we are back on our feet and he has

worked incredibly hard and achieved his dream job of

being a police officer, I feel that he and we deserve to take

time to relax and enjoy time as husband and wife before

planning to start a family next year.”

The couple, who at first were a little skeptical of the

legitimacy of this “too good to be true” contest, started

communicating with Delano Handfield and agreed on

some travel dates. The airfare was generously donated by

Provo Travel who also graciously coordinated finding the

best possible route and booking the tickets. The deserving

couple from New Hampshire landed in Providenciales

on April 16, 2019. They were greeted by Delano, who was

witnessing a long-time dream unfold before his eyes.

They collected a vehicle from Grace Bay Car Rentals

and made a stop at Graceway IGA where they were

From top: Peppajoy contest winners Tony and Jennifer Ssonko sample

their favorite hot sauce at Da Conch Shack in Blue Hills.

Jennifer and Tony meet Delano Handfield and his fiancé Melissa

Willcocks in front of Melissa’s gift store Serene by Mel.

graced with a gift card by the local supermarket. They

then proceeded to check in at Grace Shore Villas, a beautiful

property conveniently located in the heart of Grace

Bay. Owners Kim and Darren Wadden had offered to supply

the winning couple with a one-bedroom villa for the

duration of their stay. The property offers three pools,

luscious gardens, bicycles and a grilling area—all within

minutes of the world’s number one beach!

Day two started with a visit to Serene by Mel, a gift

shop that offers handcrafted souvenirs, local artwork

and unique fashion jewelry. The boutique is owned by

Delano’s fiancé Melissa Willcocks, and also serves as an

office and storefront for Peppajoy’s gourmet products.

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The couple was presented with some of the famous

sauce, Peppajoy gear and a one-of-a-kind TCI map throw.

Gifts were also collected at FOTTAC, which is well known

for its fabulous gift baskets and Bambarra Rum!

Tony and Jen had the opportunity to experience some

of Providenciales’ favorite restaurants. They had lunch at

delicious eateries such as Jack’s Fountain, Bugaloo’s and

Plunge, located at the elegant Palms Resort. They had

dinner at Da Conch Shack, where they enjoyed delicious

Peppajoy wings and some of the best local conch recipes.

On their second night, they indulged in great food on

the deck overlooking Grace Bay Beach at Hemingway’s

on the Beach. Dinner number three took place at the

newly remodeled Las Brisas in spectacular Chalk Sound.

A dinner and evening pass was also provided by the

all-inclusive resort Club Med Turkoise. Every meal was

donated by these establishments’ generous owners who

are all Peppajoy patrons.

Sponsored activities included a massage for two at

the Seven Stars Spa and a boat excursion donated by

Althea and Galmo Williams. The couple was also able

to enjoy other activities due to a generous cash donation

from USMC veteran Carl Defazio of BLU Security.

This vacation of a lifetime was enjoyed to the fullest

by the deserving veteran and his spouse. Tony and Jen

are ever-grateful for the opportunity of experiencing such

generosity; they have returned home touched beyond

words by the kind-hearted people of the Turks & Caicos

Islands and everyone who made this contest possible!

Peppajoy is looking forward to hosting this contest

annually and has opened the contest to Canadian veterans

for year two! Submit your veteran of choice via

Peppajoy.net or in person at Serene by Mel for a chance

to win in 2020! The draw for the contest will take place

on November 11, 2019. a

Delano Handfield was inspired to create Peppajoy’s

all-natural gourmet guava pepper sauce in 2010 while

eating at local restaurant Da Conch Shack. The sauce

was such a hit that Delano soon started supplying it to

restaurants throughout the TCI.

Today Peppajoy sauce is sold all over the world. It

first started being manufactured in the USA in 2017 and

is now available to order online at Peppajoy.net. The

sauce is carefully handcrafted using only natural, handpicked

ingredients. It is a versatile product that can be

used for cooking, seasoning, grilling and even in dips.

However, what really gives Peppajoy sauce that extra

something special is Delano’s amazing story.

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eye on the sky

Opposite page: High humidity does have its advantages, including the formation of dew that offers moisture to plants between rainfalls.

Above: For most TCI visitors, a high dew point means it’s time to head for the ocean!


It’s All Relative

Humidity, dew point and comfort (or discomfort).

By Paul Wilkerson

Millions of temperate-climate dwellers have had this thought in the warmer months of the year—“Gosh it

feels so humid out. Yuck!” For people living in the Turks & Caicos, humidity doesn’t seem to bother them

as much, as they are likely acclimatized to the conditions. Once you have experienced enough hot and

sultry days, your body naturally will adjust. On the other hand, travelers to the Turks & Caicos Islands,

especially from drier climates, may be in for quite the shock as soon as the cabin doors are opened on

the air-conditioned aircraft on which they just arrived.

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Humidity is a function of the air temperature and the

dew point. “Relative humidity” is basically how close the

air is to 100% saturation. When we have 100% saturation

of the air, the temperature and dew point are the same.

Any time the dew point is less than the temperature, you

will see relative humidity values be lower as well.

Confused yet? Let’s talk a bit more about this dew

point temperature. The dew point relates to how much

water vapor is actually in the air. Water vapor is the gaseous

form of water. As the dew point rises, so does the

amount of water vapor in the air. As dew points decrease,

the amount of water vapor in the air also decreases.

To understand this from a comfort perspective, we

can look at this function in different climates. In the

Islands, wind flow is always from the water, which transports

moisture over the Islands, contributing to higher

dew point temperatures. Contrast the Caribbean climate

against the climate of western New Mexico and other high

desert areas.

In Caribbean climates, it is routine to see dew point

temperatures of 74º to 82ºF, while air temperatures

hover around 88ºF. As mentioned earlier, travelers will

note upon arrival to TCI that the air feels sultry, and to a

degree, wet. Doing activities outside in a Caribbean climate

has a marked effect on the body as well. As you

begin to sweat, the ability of your body to cool itself

is degraded. In order for you to perspire properly and

maintain comfort, it is imperative that your body is able

to get rid of heat via perspiration effectively. When the

air is already highly saturated, your body struggles to

This lizard has the right idea for keeping cool.

evaporate and add your perspiration to the already moist


This chart pairs dew point temperatures with comfort level. In Caribbean climates, it is routine to see

dew point temperatures between 74º and 82ºF.

Contrast that with western New Mexico where the

air temperature may be 93ºF and the dew point might

be closer to 30º or 35ºF. Here, the air is very dry with

lower amounts of water vapor. Just stepping outside in

temperatures in the low 90s

is usually still surprisingly

comfortable. Start hiking and

biking, doing any outdoor

activity in this environment,

and again your body will start

to perspire to cool itself down.

But there is a big difference.

Remember that the lower the

dew point, the less water vapor

there is in the air. As a result,

the relatively dry air can efficiently

evaporate sweat from

your body. As this occurs, it

is cooling your body by absorbing

the heat via the process of

evaporation. Therefore, when

comparing climates, there are

drastic differences in what the


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perceived comfort level of the air will be based on geographic


Finally, what makes a big difference in human comfort

or discomfort when it comes to high humidity and

high dew points, is the wind. The Turks & Caicos Islands

are blessed to lie in a great spot, wind-wise. In general,

the wind machine is usually on in the Islands. While the

humidity may be high, when the winds are up, this will

help with the cooling effect on the body. Even in a high

humidity environment, the wind will evaporate some of

the moisture from your skin as long as the wind continues

to blow. At times, the wind dies off, especially overnight

and into the early morning. It is at these times that it can

be quite uncomfortable, as any perspiration your body

produces will not be effectively removed. That is why it

can literally feel “sticky” in very humid environments.

While the air may seem uncomfortable to us, it is

important to know that this high humidity environment

also serves as an important environmental condition for

the Islands’ ecology. In the evening when the winds die

off and the air cools, dew sometimes forms on surrounding

plants and other objects such as cars. This dew does

offer nourishment to plants that it forms on. While the

dew may be in very small amounts, when this happens

consistently over days or even weeks it can bridge the

gap until the next rain falls.

Comfort and discomfort with regards to humidity levels

is relative to each individual. On your next visit if you

find the air uncomfortable, I challenge you to take a look

at the flora and fauna and try to remember that it very

well may be thriving thanks to those high dew points and

humidity levels. a

Times Kevin_Times Kevin 9/18/18 10:51 AM Page 1

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.

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Opposite page: From a kiteboarding standpoint, Long Bay Beach had everything you could ask for. This part of the beach fronts the luxurious

Shore Club resort property.

Above: Between Hungary and Turks & Caicos, Anett Pasztor’s before-to-after existence took more turns than a kiteboarder performing in gale

force winds.

A Long Way to Long Bay

How one couple’s destiny involved world-class kiteboarding.

By Tim Cotroneo

How does one shift from a corporate banking career in Budapest, Hungary to becoming co-owner of a

kiteboarding business located 5,000 miles away in the Turks & Caicos Islands?

If you’re Anett Pasztor, it begins when you say no to another managerial change, conduct a life-

changing Internet search, embark on an Ecuador vacation, kiss your husband-to-be at sunset, relocate to

Colombia, give birth to a baby girl, and set up shop on the best beach in the world for kiteboarding.

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Robert and Anett’s business reputation has grown to the point where clients arrive from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, India, Chile,

North America and Europe to kiteboard on Long Bay Beach.

For Anett Pasztor, these events were only the beginning

of her major life changes. Between Hungary and

Turks & Caicos, Pasztor’s before-to-after existence took

more turns than a kiteboarder performing in gale force

winds. Let’s back up to what got Pasztor rolling on a journey

that reads like a romance novel turned best-selling

business book.

New life, new love, new world

In 2008, a then 28-year-old Anett Pasztor was Hungary’s

youngest Deputy Director of Corporate Banking. The

world’s economic crisis impacted Pasztor’s business life

to the point where she was working 12-hour days under

four different bosses in a year.

Pasztor was called into a meeting and asked if she

could be counted on help support boss number four. “I

was so tired of the conflict and the turmoil. I remember

sighing and then saying NO. Up until that point, I always

felt I could change the world. I decided after seven years

in banking I needed something new,” Pasztor said.

Pasztor’s plan was to relax for three months and discover

what to do next, career-wise. But first she needed

to rejuvenate and take part in a bit of adventure. Pasztor

decided to learn Spanish, and the sport of kiteboarding,

Robert and Anett now have two children and three businesses in the

TCI, including a new school for children opening this fall.

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both during the month of May. She Googled the words

Spanish, kiteboarding, and May. The search results provided

the springboard for what would be Pasztor’s new

life, new love, and traveling halfway around the world.

Speaking each other’s language

Pasztor told her mother that her Spanish-meetskiteboarding

Internet search translated to a vacation

in Ecuador. Pasztor’s always-supportive and somewhat

prophetic parent could only reply, “Please don’t find a

husband in a place that’s so far from home.”

On Pasztor’s third day in Manta, Ecuador, the owner

of the kiteboarding school she found on the Internet

picked her up at Spanish class and drove to scenic Santa

Marianita Beach. At the time Pasztor spoke no Spanish,

and her instructor, Robert Bedoya, spoke no Hungarian.

This initial meeting took place on a Monday. On

Wednesday something happened that Pasztor will never

forget. “We were walking at sunset on this beautiful

beach. Pelicans were flying, the sky was this amazing

color, and then we kissed. It was like a scene right out of

a movie,” Pasztor recalled.

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Letter with a special meaning

Pasztor had always believed in faith, fate, and flow. This

new adventure in Ecuador just felt right. “Something

seemed ‘off’ in my banking career. After I met Robert,

my life suddenly felt easy,” Pasztor said.

As she adapted to her new locale, new language, and

new sport, she became conscious of how focused Bedoya

was on his business and the future. Pasztor was never one

to shy away from asking direct questions, so during one

of their rides back to the city of Manta, she asked Robert

if he imagined children in his future. Bedoya’s answer

was unflinching and equally direct. Robert believed that

he would have a boy and a girl. Then he continued with

a remark that Pasztor could only attribute to fate. “I was

startled when Robert said that his children’s names would

start with the letter M. This was remarkable, because as a

child I remember carving the letter M into my desk. I had

always wondered if this letter had special meaning in my

life,” Pasztor said.

Phenomenal Long Bay

A one month vacation extended to two months and then

continued for two years in Ecuador. In 2010, Pasztor

and Bedoya discussed having a child together. Pasztor

became pregnant a month later.

The couple moved to Bedoya’s native Colombia for

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the birth of their daughter Maya. For the next two years

Robert bounced between Ecuador and Colombia running

his business while Anett stayed at home with their baby.

A friend of Robert’s told him to consider relocating to

the Turks & Caicos Islands. He said the kiteboarding on

Providenciales’ Long Bay Beach was phenomenal. In 2012,

Robert sold his Ecuador business and with little Maya in

tow, the couple moved to Providenciales.

Upon arrival, Robert and Anett loved nearly everything

about Turk & Caicos’ most inhabited island. They

discovered a beautiful landscape, it was safe, and it was

a healthy place to raise children.

Rough waves

From a kiteboarding standpoint, Long Bay Beach had

everything you could ask for. All the kiteboarding conditions

are as good as it gets. There are shallow water, low

waves, no sharks, sand rather than rocks, idyllic temperatures,

and the winds are steady. “Everyone who comes

here says the same thing. The conditions are perfect. The

saying goes that if you can’t learn to kiteboard here, it’s

not for you,” Pasztor said.

The island had a single drawback. “It was really

expensive to get a work permit and operate a business.

We spent every nickel during our first three months on

the island. Times were pretty rough in the beginning,”

Pasztor said.

The reach of the beach

Robert always believed in buying the very best kiteboarding

equipment for his business. He finally was issued a

work permit. After some initially lean times the business

started to gain momentum.

In 2017, Robert and Anett bought out their kiteboarding

business partner. Going solo with Waterplay TCI freed

them up to expand their business to include private boat

tours, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, and eco-kayaking

excursions. They also opened an indoor playground

for children ages two to twelve called Playland TCI.

Last year Robert added three more kiteboarding

instructors. Kitesurf TCI now also has its own shelter on

Long Bay Beach. Robert and Anett’s kiteboarding business

reputation has grown to the point where clients

arrive from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, India,

Chile, North America, and Europe.

Robert Bedoya loves that the Turks & Caicos is a healthy, safe place

to raise his children. Teaching them his favorite sport is an added


Go with the flow

With their two children, three businesses and Anett even

taking tap dancing lessons, you’d think Pasztor and

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Bedoya would slow down. “Actually we’re opening up a

new school for children ages six through twelve in the

fall,” Pasztor said.

When asked how she and Robert find the time to

do everything that’s on their plate, Pasztor smiled and

shrugged. “We just go with the flow.” a

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Clockwise from top left: TCICC staff and

guests. VP Samuel Forbes, President Dr.

Hubert Fulford and Academic Dean Dr. John

Mubenwafor. TCICC’s first local Principal Rev.

Julia Williams. TCICC’s first Principal, the late

Dr. Jacob Bynoe. Head of Faculty Desiree

Robinson, Chairman of Board Keno Forbes,

VP Samuel Forbes, Head of Faculty Jason

Henry at press conference. Tourism students

in Grand Turk hosting session with primary

School kids. Dr. Fulford speaks at Graduation



This is the entranceway to the Turks & Caicos Islands Community College Grand Turk campus, which opened in mid-2002.

Twenty-five years and counting

Turks & Caicos Islands Community College celebrates a milestone.

Edited by Desiree Robinson and Jason Henry with contributions made by Dr. Hubert Fulford, Rachel Harvey

and history notes from Samuel Forbes ~ Photos Courtesy Turks & Caicos Islands Community College

It was a thought that became a dream that is now a reality and 25 years later, the Turks & Caicos Islands

Community College continues to have a positive impact on the country. It was in the early 1980s that a

group of college graduates discussed the concept and the general view that there should be a tertiary

institution in the Islands to meet the educational needs of the growing population.

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It was in 1992 that Hon. Charles Washington Misick of

the Progressive National Party stated publicly that it was

the TCI Government’s intention to develop a community

college. Up to that time, students would have to study

in regional countries such as Jamaica, the Bahamas and

Barbados, but strides were being made in the Turks &

Caicos Islands that would signal a historical change on

the horizon.

Hon. Arabella Smith was responsible for setting up

a task force to conceptualize the idea. There were town

hall meetings with the public to garner their views and

suggestions in moving forward. Government realized that

this project would require the “buy in” from the community

in establishing the college.


A feasibility study to ascertain the location of the college

was performed by Mr. Kurt Johansen, Regional Education

Advisor to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

The late Dr. Jacob Bynoe also completed a study which

provided the steps needed for institution’s establishment.

Government ensured that proper consultation would

be paramount for the sound establishment of the TCI

Community College.


This would prove to be a pivotal year for the country and

it would mark the historical opening of the college. It

was in 1994 that UTECH President Dr. Alfred Sangster

gave his findings from another study that was funded

by the Caribbean Development Bank. It revealed that

there was an urgent need for the establishment of a tertiary

institution in the TCI and that Grand Turk should

be the administrative centre with a secondary campus in

Providenciales. The campus would be housed in rental

facilities to be transferred to the Education Department’s


The Ordinance

It was on September 2, 1994 that the ordinance

was passed, establishing the Turks & Caicos Islands

Community College as a statutory body. Ordinance 25 of

1994 established the Turks & Caicos Islands Community

College (TCICC) and empowered the college to grant

diplomas, certificates and other awards. The college

could then enter into association and affiliation with

universities, colleges or relevant institutions within or

outside of the country to fulfill its objectives.

On September 18, 1994, the TCICC opened under

the leadership of the late Dr. Bynoe with the main campus

in Grand Turk at the HJ Robinson High School, and

a branch opened in Providenciales at the Clement Howell

High School. September 21, 1994 marked the inaugural

meeting of the Board of Governors held under the chairmanship

of Attorney at Law, now QC, Mr. Carlos Simons

and supported by Board Members Mr. Sterlin Garland,

Mr. Glennvans Clarke, Ms. Marjorie Simms and Dr. Rosita

Butterfield. The ex-officio members present were Mr.

Hartley Coalbrooke, then Financial Secretary, Mrs. Julia

Williams, Permanent Secretary—Education, with Dr. Jacob

Bynoe—First Principal and Hon. Arabella Smith, then

Minister of Education.


With a change of government in 1995, the People’s

Democratic Movement’s Hon. Clarence Selver assumed

the position as Minister of Education and commissioned

the official opening on March 4, 1995. Headquartered

at Harbour House in Grand Turk, the TCICC progressed

to the point where it became necessary to facilitate its

growing numbers with the opening of a second campus

at Butterfield Square in Providenciales.

The Providenciales campus was initially earmarked

as a Hospitality Centre and the vehicle to facilitate

the burgeoning hospitality and tourism sector there.

Simultaneously, student numbers at the Grand Turk campus

at Grand Turk had significantly grown. Hon. Selver,

recognizing the need for more space, sought to upgrade

and utilize the ex-naval facility at Grand Turk as the

new campus. It was on May 31, 2002 that the current

headquarters for the Turks & Caicos Islands Community

College at Grand Turk was officially opened and occupied.

Then and now

It was from this beginning that the Turks & Caicos Islands

Community College was birthed to be a beacon in this

country and to provide an opportunity for everyone to

advance. The vision that began all those years ago now

celebrates a quarter of a century. Despite challenges,

there is an intentional determination that the college will

continue to chart a course that would assist students in

achieving their educational goals.

The TCICC is accredited by the TCI Government’s

Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services;

it is a member of the Association of Caribbean Tertiary

Institutions; a member of the Caribbean Association

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of Quality Assurance in Education; and a member

of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education


TCICC celebrates its 25 years of existence by giving

kudos to those whose ingenious thoughts and actions

have provided the Turks & Caicos Islands with an institution

of which it should be justly proud. Stepping into

any area of government, the private sector, construction,

aviation, medicine, law, entertainment, commerce and

leadership with its myriad of roles, resides a graduate of

the Turks & Caicos Islands Community College, always


In fact, the TCICC prides itself as the catalyst that

educates the whole person and challenges all students to

recognize that a truly educated person is one who seeks

to improve the lives of others, while enhancing their own

personal growth and development in all facets of society.

The college prides itself as being a place where students

can feel capable of achieving any goal, working together

with fellow students and faculty, in an harmonious environment.

With the continued desire to expand its offerings

and the quality of work and certification, in 2016 the college

signed an Article of Agreement with the Council of

Community Colleges of Jamaica which provided for the

offering of Bachelor Degrees. The college had already

cemented its relationship with the University of the

West Indies (School of Education) with the offering of an

Associate Degree in Primary and Secondary Education.

The ordinance giving birth to the Turks & Caicos

Islands Community College was amended in 2018, affording

the college the privilege of offering its own Bachelor

Degrees in Early Childhood Development and Social Work.

In this the 25th year, the TCI Community College

offers a number of Bachelor and Associate Degree programmes,

Certificate Courses and Short Technical/

Vocational Programmes.

The Turks & Caicos Islands Community College’s

Alumni Association has hundreds of students who have

passed through the doors of this noble institution. The

college will endeavour to continue to blaze a path for

others to follow, to make new roads and to work together

to build up this country. a

For more information on the Turks & Caicos Islands

Community College, visit tcicc.edu.tc.

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creature feature

Although shy and elusive, the lined seahorse makes the perfect mate: monogamous,

attentive and willing to bear babies.

The Perfect Husband

The lined seahorse Hippocampus erectus

By Brian Heagney, B.Sc Marine Biology ~ Photo By Sabine Frank

He dances with you every morning and he bears the kids. If this is the case you are probably married to

a seahorse.

Although they inhabit our normal scuba diving depths of 40 meters or less, the seahorse is a very

uncommon sight. It’s not that these cute little critters aren’t there, it’s just that they are extremely shy

and very cryptic, making them almost impossible for the untrained eye to spot. Their shy nature and habit

of hiding in nooks and crannies on the reef, coupled with their highly varied colouring (ranging from dull

brown, to black, red, blue, yellow and everything in between) doesn’t make finding them any easier. Using

a prehensile tail, they often hold onto gorgonians, sponges or seaweed that closely matches their own

particular hue, which helps them to blend into the surrounding environment quite effectively. They can

be easier to find at night, out and about under the cover of darkness while hiding away from the dangers

of the day.

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Having tiny fins means the seahorse’s camouflage is

important for a couple of reasons. As they are not the

best swimmers, they must rely on ambush to catch their

prey of brine shrimps and tiny crustaceans that they suck

up through their long snout. Being discreet and blending

in means they also avoid getting eaten by larger fish on

the reef. This is not the type of horse that can run away


The seahorse’s eyes can move independently of each

other, allowing them to scan 360 degrees of their watery

realm all the time. It’s hard to sneak up on a seahorse!

Luckily their response to danger is to stay still and simply

mimic the substrate by wafting gently from side to side

with the motion of the ocean. This is perfect for a photographer.

Since they don’t run away, you could photograph

a seahorse all day long. (However, they are sensitive to

powerful strobe lights on underwater cameras. So please

be courteous, plan your shots carefully and try to take

only a couple of shots in a single session with these fragile

and beautiful creatures.)

The lined seahorse is monogamous, partnering for

life with the same mate, so if you find one you will normally

find the other nearby. Each and every morning they

perform a ritual dance reaffirming their bond with each

other. You can tell the difference between the male and

the female because the male has a brood pouch on his

belly. When these two lovers mate, the female sprays her

eggs into the male’s brood pouch where they are fertilized

and sealed away safely. The male provides oxygen

to the eggs in the pouch during gestation by way of an

extensive capillary system.

After three weeks, hundreds of baby seahorses are

expelled from the male’s pouch. Yet of the hundreds

born, only two can be expected to reach adulthood. The

reef is a dangerous place for a tiny seahorse, another reason

they are so difficult to spot. They have a lifespan of

up to four years and once you have discovered one, you

can normally go back to visit as they don’t move around

much with those tiny fins.

The lined seahorse is also a musician, for on the back

of their head they have a special organ called a coronet.

These star shaped organs are unique in appearance to

each individual, like a human’s fingerprint or the pattern

on the flukes of a humpback whale. By moving its head

up and down, the seahorse can make a clicking noise with

the coronet. During the ritual and mating dances, the

seahorse pair alternate clicks until they embrace. Then

they click in symphony, two clicks become one, and their

loving bond is strengthened.

Pollution, coastal development and harvesting for

Chinese medicine or ornamental value (dried) means that

these amazing little horse-faced fish, that instantly capture

the imagination of any diver or snorkeler who has

encountered them in the wild, are now considered vulnerable

to the threat of extinction. If you see one while

diving in the Turks & Caicos Islands, take time to cherish

the moment.

By continuing to support the “Beautiful by Nature”

motto of this country and protecting our environment,

we will hopefully have these wonderful little examples

of marine biodiversity here for future generations. Don’t

litter on the land, on the beach or in the sea, to keep their

local home clean and free. a

A native of Ireland, Brian moved to the Turks & Caicos

with his wife Sabine in 2016 where they opened the

Humpback Dive Shack on Grand Turk. Brian received his

degree in Marine Biology from the Queens University of

Belfast in 2001 and has been traveling the globe as a

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and underwater photographer

since 2003. He holds an additional qualification

in Tropical Habitat Conservation, is a certified whale and

dolphin guide, a qualified boat captain and a self-taught

outboard engine mechanic.

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newsletter of the department of environment & coastal resources

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

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

• national environmental centre, lower bight road, providenciales

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

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

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


This image of one of TCI’s healthy stands of pillar coral shows how much we have to lose if SCTLD is not quickly controlled or eradicated.

All is Not Lost . . . Yet

A chance to save the coral reefs of the Turks & Caicos Islands.

In the Summer 2019 issue of Times of the Islands, professors from the South Caicos School for Field

Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies (SFS CMFS) talked about a new and emerging threat to the

coral reefs of the Turks & Caicos Islands. They first noticed it in South Caicos in early 2019. Since then,

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has made its way to the popular reefs of West Caicos and

Providenciales at a fast-enough rate that it has caused alarm among maritime authorities and recreational

divers alike.

By the Staff of the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF)

and the School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies (SFS CMRS)

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This disturbing image shows the rapidity with which Stony Coral Tissue Loss disease destroys coral.


This disease was first discovered off the coast of

Florida in 2014. Over the past five years it has spread

rapidly up and down the Atlantic coast of Florida and well

into the Florida Keys. It is a devastating disease affecting

20 species of very slow-growing corals that are the foundation

of many coral reef systems. In some coral species

monitored in Florida, the disease reportedly had an 80%

mortality rate.

The cause of this disease is unknown, but is suspected

to be bacterial. The troublesome thing about

bacterial diseases is that they can be easily transferred

from one area to another via currents, marine life and

even by divers picking up the disease’s causative agent

on their dive gear and spreading it by using that same

gear on other sites where the disease has possibly not yet

been observed.

In late May 2019, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund volunteer

divers observed its presence on the southern-most reefs

of West Caicos. Within less than six weeks it had spread

northward and is now observed at sites all along the West

Caicos Reef. It has also spread to the reefs of the North

West Point area of Providenciales and has now been con-

firmed as present on dive sites on the north shore of

Providenciales—Grace Bay.

The rapidity of its spread and the high mortality rate

has put the coral reefs of the Turks & Caicos Islands at

a high risk of severe damage that could take hundreds

of years, if ever, to repair. This is undeniable when one

looks at what has happened in Florida due to this coral


However, and this is the important part, all is not

lost. At least not yet. The TCI is not Florida. Our waters

are cleaner, our corals are more varied, more prevalent,

and the general health of our reef tract pre-disease is

significantly better than Florida’s. Yes, this is an issue

that needs to be addressed quickly, but our water quality

and past resilience give hope to the TCI’s reef as long as

we can get ahead of the disease. Stony Coral Tissue Loss

Disease was only named in the last couple of years; it

took almost three years of Florida’s reef being affected

before any type of intervention or rescue started. They

waited too long. Their unfortunate loss however, has

given us and other Caribbean countries a head-start on

saving our own reefs.

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On August 1–2, 2019, a learning exchange was

hosted by MPA Connect (an initiative of the Gulf and

Caribbean Fisheries Institute in partnership with the

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral

Reef Conservation Program). Representatives from 18

countries including TCI gathered together in Key West

to discuss the disease, what we know about it and what

treatments have been tried and tested. Having this information

shared by Florida’s scientists has given us a real

advantage at possible disease control.

Concurrently, the rapidity with which we are reacting

here in the TCI and how early we’ve started monitoring

and collecting data could be of potential benefit to

the overall understanding of SCTLD and how it spreads

through different colonies. We have species here that

became rare or unseen in Florida long before the arrival

of SCTLD. Researchers there are now looking to us to

help determine when in the disease outbreak timeline

certain corals are affected. Increased awareness and

international communication and cooperation between

countries in the region is perhaps the only positive this

disease has brought, but it is one nonetheless.

While the situation is urgent, it is not too late to save

this incredibly important ecosystem. Corals are resilient

if given the chance and the enabling conditions for their

growth and survival. The key is reducing local stressors

to support reproduction, growth, and survival.

Researchers in Florida have experimented with several

different interventions in an effort to stop the spread

of SCTLD on their reefs. Over the past couple of years,

they’ve collected results and it seems that the best

treatment practices for dealing with SCTLD is an amoxicillin-based

treatment through strategic, small-scale

application. Research shows that this treatment approach

can be 80% effective in stopping the progression of the

disease across a coral colony.

Unfortunately, the treatment must be administered

on a coral-head-by-coral-head basis—it is not one that

can be easily administered to a section of coral reef. The

initial treatment approach was to select an infected coral

head and treat it individually by cutting a “firebreak”

using either a hammer and chisel or an underwater angle

grinder (yes, they do make those) along the margin

between diseased and healthy tissue. The amoxicillin,

At left: The first image shows an infected coral head before treatment;

the second shows the treatment applied and the bottom photo shows

the disease progression stopped two months later.

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Divers apply the amoxicillin-based treatment to a SCTLD-infected coral head.


which has been premixed in very small doses into a

delivery base such as shea butter and loaded into a catheter-tipped

syringe, is then applied into the groove of the

firebreak. If necessary, a small amount of modeling clay

can be used to keep the treatment base in place.More

recently, the Florida researchers have found that cutting

the firebreak may not be necessary and simply applying

the antibiotic treatment to the disease margin may be

adequate. Representatives from the DECR and TCRF were

shown how and given the opportunity to apply the treatment

themselves during the August workshop.

DECR, TCRF and SFS CMRS have started training team

leaders and volunteer divers in this treatment process.

We expect to have divers in the water monitoring and

treating several days each week until SCTLD is controlled,

or better yet, eliminated. But we have to act now. As more

research is completed in Florida and elsewhere, any

improvements in the treatment approach will be incorporated

in the best practices used on TCI reefs.

Because the treatment approach is on a coral-head-bycoral-head

basis and each treatment is time consuming,

it will be an expensive and labor-intensive fight. If we

want to save the reefs of the Turks & Caicos Islands, we

have little choice but to start implementing this treatment

approach on our reefs immediately. TCRF has reached out

to local businesses and individuals in an effort to raise

money to supplement the TCI Government’s investment

in this effort and to have divers on the reefs monitoring

the spread of the disease and treating affected coral

heads, but more funding is needed if we are to be successful

in saving the TCI reefs. Funding is needed to pay

for a project manager to oversee the work, boat use and

fuel, supplies (amoxicillin, shea butter, syringes, gloves,


If you want to help, please go to www.tcreef.org/

donate to contribute to the cause! a

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Clockwise from top: An uninfected ocean surgeonfish (Acanthurus bahianus/tractus) swims along a coral reef. This ocean surgeonfish displays

a single black spot, while the next fish has progressed to multiple black spots. Finally, this last image shows a highly infected ocean

surgeonfish swimming along the ocean floor.


The Story of a Parasite

Black Spot Syndrome is a bane to reef fish.

By Hannah Hall

Between the white sandy beaches and the colorful coral reefs, the Turks & Caicos Islands provide beauty

above and below the water. Tourists come from all over the world to visit and enjoy spending time soaking

up the sun. The warm, fluorescent-blue waters provide a suitable habitat for many marine species

including fish, corals, and, unfortunately, even parasites.

High aquatic parasite diversity near the equator makes the Caribbean a hotspot for parasite infections

in reef fishes. Parasitism involves a relationship between two individuals, a host and a parasite. The parasite

benefits from the host, while the host is negatively affected by the presence of the parasite.

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Like most animals, parasites come in many shapes

and sizes. Every parasite has its own unique strategies

for improving its fitness and survival. For example, some

species hitch a ride on the outside of their host, some are

consumed by the host, and others can burrow inside of

the host directly through the skin.

The goal for all living things is to survive. Organisms

require a specific amount of energy to maintain their

survival, without it they would not able to reproduce,

forage, or evade predators. Most living things, including

humans, must actively search for food to supply them

with enough energy to survive. Parasites, on the other

hand, are not required to regularly seek out food. Rather,

once they have chosen a host, the parasite can benefit

from it directly. This allows the parasite to sit back, relax

and focus on reproduction while their host does all of the

work to provide them with a consistent influx of energy.

Therefore, parasites often want their host to succeed

because in turn, they are provided with lasting energy.

Though often underestimated due to their general

small size, parasites are incredibly resourceful. Certain

parasites even have a superpower that many humans

crave—mind control! Some parasites can alter the behavior

of their fish host to make them swim closer to the

surface, increasing the parasites’ chances of being spotted

by their final host, i.e. a predatory bird. Another change in

behavior that is seen in infected individuals is fewer stops

at “cleaning stations,” locations on a reef where small fish

eat parasites off of larger fish. Some infected individuals

have also displayed increased time spent foraging in

order to consume enough energy to maintain their survival

while hosting an enervating parasite.

A host changing its foraging behavior allows it to survive

with a parasite, but it does come at a cost. Often,

when the host individual must spend more time foraging

to ensure it has enough energy for itself and its inhabitant,

less energy is spent on other important activities

such as reproduction and evading predators. If the host

is not able to collect enough food to supply itself and the

parasite with ample energy, the host may begin to exhibit

“tired” behavior. This lack of energy can lead to reduced

swimming speeds and maneuverability, further decreasing

its ability to avoid predators or outcompete others for

food. Thus, the parasite-host manipulation proves quite

complex in order to ensure that both the parasite and

host are able to survive.

A SFS student videotapes an ocean surgeonfish for later analysis.

Parasites that manipulate their host’s behavior are not

uncommon in aquatic ecosystems. A trematode infects

aquatic species such as mollusks and fish and is a very

common example of a behavior-altering parasite. They

often have a multi-host lifecycle in which they begin with

an intermediate host (such as a marine snail), followed

by a second intermediate host (reef fish), before reaching

their final, tertiary host (predatory birds). This type of

lifecycle gives the parasite time to grow and reproduce in

the water before moving on to a higher energy providing


One particular trematode parasite has been catching

the attention of scientists throughout the Caribbean,

Scaphanocephalus expansus. This is a small (3–5mm

diameter) parasite that burrows into the skin of its fish

host. Once S. expansus has burrowed within a fish, it

leaves a distinct black spot-like marking on the skin or fin

ray of its fish host. Due to these unique markings, infections

of the S. expansus parasite have been referred to

as Black Spot Syndrome (BSS). Unfortunately for the host,

if a parasite is plentiful in a given region or ecosystem,

several parasites can infect a single individual, leaving it

with multiple black spots. Once burrowed, S. expansus

generally does not relocate unless its host dies, or it is

consumed by a terminal host. Luckily for us, S. expansus

is not transferrable from fish to humans.


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A School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies student on South Caicos lays down transect line to assess the habitat below.

An individual S. expansus parasite often finds an end

to its journey in the mighty osprey (Pandion haliaetus

ridgwayi). As the tertiary host, the osprey is the parasite’s

final destination where it can feed off of the energy of this

resourceful host. However, the cycle does not stop there.

As the parasite sexually reproduces inside of an osprey,

the infected osprey can spread the parasite’s eggs into

the water through its waste. The waste can then lead to

infection in an initial host, likely a snail, thereby allowing

the parasite to re-enter the coral reef ecosystem, starting

the seemingly never-ending cycle over again.

Black spot syndrome has been seen in a variety of

reef fishes, yet overwhelming, the ocean surgeonfish

(Acanthurus bahianus/tractus) has been the most highly

infected species. The exact reason for this is unknown,

though it has been speculated that their high population

numbers, high abundance in shallow water, and/or their

tendency to stay near the ocean floor where they are more

likely to come into contact with the free swimming form

of the parasite could lead to their higher infection rates.

From the parasite’s perspective, the ocean surgeonfish

can be seen as a beneficial intermediate host due to their

shallow depth preference, frequent foraging behaviors,

and their light coloration that provides greater contrast

with the black spots, which may increase avian predation.

At the School for Field Studies Center for Marine

Resource Studies (SFS CMRS) on South Caicos, we have

been conducting research to further understand the

behavioral changes that S. expansus imposes on the

ocean surgeonfish as part of our reef monitoring program.

Through our research, we have found that individuals

infected with BSS forage less than uninfected individuals.

In other words, the parasite that causes Black Spot

Syndrome is likely manipulating the ocean surgeonfish

to eat less frequently. Infected individuals also displayed

fewer attempts to remove the parasite(s) from its body.

The knowledge that these results provide us is very

important. Ocean surgeonfish are an extremely important

species in our reef ecosystems for controlling algae

growth. However, the ocean surgeonfish is simply an

example of one of the many types of fish this parasite

can affect. Black Spot Syndrome has also been observed

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in bar jacks, snapper, grouper and parrotfish. These very

different species are extremely important for local fisherman

and they play an important role in the health of coral

reef ecosystems.

Black Spot Syndrome has been prevalent in the

Caribbean for many years, as evidenced by photographs

showing fish with the characteristic black markings in

1985. It is also widespread throughout the Caribbean

islands, as it has been photographed on reefs from at

least 14 different countries.

Despite the long history and prevalence of this parasite,

little is known about its full life cycle and how

exactly it impacts its host’s behavior. For example, it is

thought that the initial host of S. expansus is a marine


From top: Uncharacteristic black spots can be seen on and near the

tail of this coney grouper (Cephalopholis fulva). Black spots are visible

on this in-transit stoplight parrotfish (Sparisoma viride).

snail, however, the particular species of snail has yet to

be determined. Also, despite confirming that S. expansus

is the cause of the black spots in ocean surgeonfish in

Bonaire, a Dutch island in the southern Caribbean, it has

yet to be determined if the black spots found on fish in

other Caribbean islands are, in fact, caused by S. expansus.

In order to keep the reefs of the TCI “beautiful by

nature” and ensure that they can provide enough catch

for our local fishermen, it is very important to continue

our research to answer these questions and gain a greater

understanding of the impacts that these parasites have

on their hosts and the coral reef ecosystem as a whole. a

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Opposite page: The extensive Ramsar Nature Reserve, which spans much of the southern coasts of North Caicos and Middle Caicos, hides

breathtaking networks of estuaries and wetlands. Mangroves can be found across these systems, yet almost every channel is unique, with

varying levels of salinity, tidal flow, and flora and fauna.

Above: The mangroves we see above water are supported by prop roots underwater. They slow water circulation and trap sediment—building

land on islands and helping to protect the coast from storm erosion.

The Magic of Mangroves

A trip through an amazing and valuable eco-treasure.

By Kelly Currington ~ Photos By Agile LeVin, VisitTCI.com

My eyes are immediately drawn to the network of red and brown “fingers” reaching upward out of the

water as my board glides through the shallow crystal-clear water of the mangrove forest. As we slowly

move along, we listen to our guide, Chris, talk to us about all the creatures and plants that live here.

Every so often we stop, sit quietly and watch the tiny fish darting in and out of the roots. We see sponges

growing on the hard substrate of the plants, tiny snails attached to almost every stem, and algae plants

everywhere. We gain knowledge of the vital roles each of these play in this magical place.

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Traveling through the mangrove channels via kayak or paddleboard is an awe-inspiring and magical experience.

I am fascinated as our guide explains what a mangrove

forest is and how it functions. We listen intently as

he talks about these special plants that grow in coastal

saline or “brackish” water. These plants are salt-tolerant

(halophytes) and adapted for life in relatively harsh

coastal conditions.

The way mangrove forests work is an amazing feat of

nature. One of the first things we learn is why their roots

rise up out of the water. Mangrove roots are pneumatophores,

specialized to facilitate aeration. For at least part

of the day, these aerial, or breathing, roots, are exposed

to the air. This is crucial, as the mud or sediment in the

mangrove forest is oxygen-poor, unstable and incapable

of supporting the underground root system. Nature

adapted by creating roots that reach up and out for the

oxygen mangroves need to survive.

Another amazing and noticeable magic trick of

Mother Nature is the way she sacrifices one leaf to protect

the “soul” of the plant. The sacrificial leaf is where the

plant filters out salt from the roots. The leaf turns yellow

or brown, and when it has reached its maximum salinity,

it falls off and a new leaf takes over. The leaf that falls

off will decompose and feed smaller creatures, therefore

continuing the circle of life.

Mangrove forests are one of the most important

ecosystems on the earth, and there is something incredibly

spiritual and magical about gliding through them.

Their dense root systems trap sediments flowing off the

land, which helps stabilize the coastlines and helps prevent

erosion caused by storms and big waves, as well as

keeping the sediment from flowing out onto the reef and

smothering the corals and seagrass.

Besides being a protective barrier for the islands,

the mangroves have many other contributing benefits to

a healthy eco-system. One of those benefits is that the

mangrove forest serves as a nursery and safe haven for

many species. Juvenile reef and lemon sharks stay in the

safety of the mangroves for about two years, where they

are safe from predators in the shallow water and dense

root system. The juvenile sharks (pups) use this time to

grow and practice hunting little fish, learning the skills

they will need to survive out on the reef. Juvenile sea turtles

not only use this safe haven to grow and hide from

predators—there is a rich source of vegetation for them

in the mangroves, increasing their survival odds.

While we move through the forest, the sound of birds

chirping and leaves rustling is a calm and peaceful sound.

The gentle movement of the water flowing under us is

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Top: This isolated red mangrove bush is located in Stakes Bank near South Caicos, and serves one of the few frigatebird rookeries remaining

in the Turks & Caicos.

Bottom: A flamboyance of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) take flight near Vine Point in the Ramsar Nature Reserve on the south

coast of Middle Caicos.

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This startlingly spectacular image is actually an ecological disaster. It was taken in 2018 when the estuary between McCartney Cay and Hog

Cay, which is one of the longest mangrove channels in the country, was completely closed off with sargassum. That location is typically one

of the most scenic areas in the TCI, and the water is usually turquoise.

This peaceful evening scene takes place at the Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve on Providenciales, one of TCI’s true treasures.

mesmerizing, washes away outside thoughts and brings

you to a mental place of clarity. You can almost feel the

intellectual connection between the plants and creatures

here. It’s very difficult to explain in words—it’s something

you have to experience. It allows you to connect

with nature in a very raw way, and to connect to your own

inner peace without the clutter and white noise of everyday

life. It is an opportunity to unplug manmade sounds

and hear nature’s voice.

The water rises and falls up to three feet here in these

mangroves of Providenciales, and as it changes, so does

the activity level. When the tide is high and the channel is

at its deepest, we see sea turtles swimming in the middle

and watch juvenile reef and lemon sharks swimming out

in the open and circling our boards, chasing little fish.

These pups are about two feet in length and can move

astonishingly fast. When the tide starts to recede, the

creatures use this as a sign to return to the shade of the

roots until the next rise, as the tropical sun is extreme

and harsh on the shallow, unshaded water.

The mangroves appear to have an intelligence all

their own. The plants never grow in the channel, yet keep

the perimeter thick and lush, as if the plants somehow

speak to one another to know the water must flow in and

out to keep the delicate ecosystem intact.

It is no secret that one of the most adverse and

destructive effects of climate change today is coral

bleaching. It is happening in all the world’s oceans and is

predicted to worsen as more carbon is absorbed by the

sea. Here’s something that may not be so well known:

Mangrove plants have the capability to clean the air we

breathe by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide up to

ten times more than a comparably sized terrestrial forest.

This is crucial in the continuous battle against climate

change and these special forests are key in saving the

oceans. With coral reefs being the foundation of marine

life, the very real possibility of their death is disastrous

for the planet. The reduction of carbon in the water

means the reduction of coral bleaching. This is vital!

Another way mangrove forests could be key in saving

the reefs is by providing shelter for coral species at

risk of extinction from bleaching. Baby corals grow within

the mangrove roots, and once mature enough, can be

transplanted to the reef, aiding natural growth and reproduction.

What I learned from my adventure in this forest is

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how crucial mangroves are, not only for keeping coastlines

safe from storms and surge, but in their role in

protecting so many species of life that rely on them for

safety and nourishment. I also learned how important it

is to educate people on these amazing ecosystems and

their role in the “big picture” of all life. Mangroves must

be protected—once they are gone, they cannot simply

be replanted. Because they actually hold the coastline

in place and give it its shape, once gone the land will

erode, giving way to tide and current, which will change

the coastline permanently.

As my time in the magical forest of mangroves came

to an end, I left feeling privileged to have experienced it

and to have heard the message in its voice. I will visit this

amazing ecosystem again, not only to continue learning

all I can about life here, but also to allow myself to unplug

again and soak up the peace that one can only experience

in the quiet of nature.

At the end of the day, Kite Provo delivered far and

above my expectations on this adventure. I was filled

with so much educational information, generating just

as many questions for my next jaunt in the mangroves.

Please remember that when visiting this special place to

respect the creatures and plants, and to keep your feet off

the bottom. Try to minimize the impact of your presence

there and, as always, take only pictures and memories as

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The Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve is a remote inland pond system on Providenciales, and is home to the most impressive red mangrove

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Opposite page: Bruce Willis’s 7.37 acre beachfront property on Parrot Cay was recently sold for $27 million, just short of becoming the island’s

most expensive piece of real estate, according to listing agent Nina Siegenthaler of Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s International Realty. There is a

five-bedroom main house, a yoga pavilion and two guest casitas.

Above: As Bruce Willis’s agent for seven years, John Galleymore was able to utilize local contractors and suppliers in order to control the

escalating maintenance program.


Don’t Worry, I’ve Got This!

Protecting the interests of owners and investors.

By John Galleymore

ISLAND LIVING . . . It’s a common misconception that life in the Islands is a stress-free routine of lounging

in hammocks, drinking rum cocktails and watching sunsets. Yes, while that may happen some of the time,

for the majority of us in order to play hard, we have to work hard.

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Parrot Cay serves as a get-away place to many celebrities, including Donna Karan, Bruce Willis, Keith Richards and other lesser-known but

equally successful people.

Island living for a resident expatriate like me and my

wife Sally has its challenges, but we deal with them and

embrace the Caribbean way of life, its culture and the

wonderful people that live here. We can tell tales of quirky

“island” situations that we’ve all had to deal with, mostly

with a smile and a dose of patience and understanding!

For the most part, folks visiting the Turks & Caicos

Islands are on vacation and the gracious staff of resorts,

restaurants and spas, along with transportation and tour

operators, cater for their every need. A fair share of those

visitors choose to invest here, most often in a vacation

property. For those “newbies,” the Islands take on a

whole different persona when they enter the realms of

real estate and property development. Dealing with architects,

contractors, tradesmen, government permits and

the like is far removed from what they may be used to

“back home” and it’s easy to get stuck along the way. And

here, becoming unstuck can end up costing big bucks!

I originally arrived in the Turks & Caicos Islands in

2006 to work on a huge hotel development on West

Caicos. In spite of having spent many years in UK construction,

I still had a very steep learning curve of how

things were done in the Islands. Luckily, I was working

with Projetech Ltd., one of the longest-standing and most

John Galleymore (far right) had the opportunity to talk with former US

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle during a recent project

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reputable building companies on Providenciales, so the

issue of quality was never a problem.

Sometime after this experience, I ended up on Parrot

Cay—home to many celebrities—and found myself in the

villas of Donna Karan, Bruce Willis and Keith Richards, as

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well as other lesser-known but equally successful people.

It was during this time that my personal ethos of treating

everyone equally really came to light. I was asked in passing

by a wealthy owner what my thoughts were on some

expensive outdoor woodwork that was being installed,

after all, he commented, “It’s costing me half a million

dollars.” I politely pointed out that if the contractor had

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cut corners and occasionally “overlook” some cost-critical

items. For the unwary investor, this can cost hugely.

Fortunately, the majority of TCI’s established quantity

surveyors, architects and building managers, including

those whose ads you see in this magazine, work to protect

their clients from maintenance problems caused by

the harsh Caribbean environment.

I have found myself assisting new owners and developers

all over the Caribbean, South America, UK and USA.

As an experienced project manager drawing on 35 years

of construction experience, I can view a project not just

from a contractor’s viewpoint, but also from the owner’s.

This is especially critical if the owner has little or no

construction experience, is not on island, or commonly,

both. It’s imperative they have someone whose sole focus

is protecting their investment.

Bruce Willis has a fabulous private estate on Parrot

Cay that was just recently sold for an astonishing $27

million. When I was lucky enough to meet him, I actually

offended him by being critical of his property. However,

once he realized all the items I highlighted were actually

issues he had been reliant on (and paying) others to fix

for years, he realized that I was not a “Yes man” and that

I’d tell it to him straight—good or bad. He looked me in

the eye and said, “I need someone to have my back!” I

replied, “I got this . . .”

I viewed his property as I do any other, regardless

of size or who owns it—I treat it as my property. If there

is work being done or an expenditure to cover, I always

think, “Would I accept this on my house? Would I pay this

much for this item if it were my money?”

I normally start by arranging a full survey of the property

and highlight where costs can be saved and what

work needs to be done. Home-running costs—utilities,

staff, maintenance—can be quite high, often excessive.

Over time, with the use of some great workers, local suppliers

and successful TCI vendors, we reduced the annual

expenditure on the Willis estate from close to a million

dollars to around $300,000.

You don’t have to be a celebrity to live in the beautiful

Turks & Caicos Islands, and many people own modest

homes and villas. It’s a very common practice to own a

second vacation home and rent it out to offset the running

costs. This can be very lucrative if handled in the

correct way.

When starting out on a potential rental-income property

investment or vacation home, there are a number of

key factors to consider:

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1. The property location;

2. The property’s condition and works needed;

3. Choosing contractors, architects and suppliers;

4. Deciding who will manage the property; and

5. Choosing a property manager.


As with any property purchase, this is paramount and

even more so for an island rental. Over the years, focus

has shifted from the “key” areas of Leeward and Grace

Bay out to Long Bay, Turtle Tail and Chalk Sound. Good

island knowledge is invaluable when advising on location

or predicting the next upcoming “hot spot.”

Property condition

A glance through the bi-annual Turks & Caicos Real Estate

Association’s magazine Turks & Caicos Islands Real

Estate or the corresponding MLS system at www.tcrea.

com shows that a tremendous number of properties on

island are for sale, and that is quite normal. Homes are

often finished to a very high standard and many are listed

almost immediately.

If you wish to buy a turn-key property, there is a

vast array available. However, some investors may wish

to either buy a fixer-upper or break ground and build a

bespoke property. Buying a run-down or even half-finished

building may seem daunting, but with the right

guidance and crew onboard, it will soon be transformed

into your dream home in paradise.


Choosing the professionals

Whatever condition the property you choose, at some

point you may need to employ the services of a professional

contractor, engineer or architect—and possibly

all three! The larger, long-established contractors tend

to have more in-house protocols for quality assurance,

scheduling, payment schedules and progress reporting.

Recent years have seen the emergence of competent and

professional independent contractors, who are able to

produce extremely high-end work, often without the overheads

of a larger company. That said, the type of project

you are undertaking will determine the contractor and

this decision should be taken carefully.

Engineers and architects will often already be

involved in larger projects such as house builds and large

renovations. You should determine if acting as a client’s

representative is within their designated scope of works.

They can be an excellent resource for any homeowner.

The donkeys that roam across Salt Cay are descendants of the animals

that worked during the salt producing days.

This collection of home disasters seen by the author shows the importance

of preventative maintenance and using property managers with

experience and know-how.

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Property management

Once the house is completed, the furnishings are in, and

the pool is cleaned, it may be time to think about heading

home to North America or Europe. That’s when you

need to decide who is going to look after your new piece

of paradise.

Firstly, a decision is made whether to rent it for an

income or keep it secure as a visiting vacation home for

you and family. Renting brings many benefits—income

to offset expenditure being the main focus. However, it

can also bring headaches—legislation that needs to be

adhered to, such as standards for renting (fire and pool

regulations included); taxes and service charges that

need to be billed and paid to government; regular maintenance;

guest issues and complaints—soon it can all seem

too much.

Even just having a home locked up until you return

can bring its own set of issues—who will check it regularly

for leaks, bugs or storm damage? Sometimes, even

a simple fix has a way of becoming very complicated too!

A reliable and professional property manager will

take all this stress away from you—but for a fee, of

course. How your home is managed will determine how

much you pay. You will need to decide on such things

as bookings, payments, and who will manage those. The

taxes and charges collected from guests must be paid

regularly to the TCI Government or fines can be incurred.

Cleaning, maintenance, grocery stocking and meet-andgreet

are amongst a long list of tasks needed to run a

successful property.

For these services, managers will charge up to 20%,

although 15% is more normal. This can end up being a

large chunk of income that you will need to account for

to run your property. If the home is secured and vacant,

a set monthly fee should be agreed on in return for a

regular duty. Some owners choose to offset expenses by

taking care of such things as online booking themselves.

This can save money, but your time value needs to be

weighed up against the savings made.

Choosing a manager/caretaker

What to look for in a reliable manager? For me, the most

important attributes are commitment and attitude—a

manager who is 100% focused on your property. A reliable

manager should be sending weekly updates on the

property, as well as looking ahead for any maintenance

issues. There is an old saying about “putting out fires”

and this is often the case (thankfully, not literally) with

many property managers. They will REACT to an issue

(blocked drain, faulty A/C) and not be PROACTIVE in preventative


They should also be aware of property expenditure

and spend your money as if it was their own. Quite often I

am told by owners that a repair part, service or goods has

been purchased with no regard to its cost or research into

cheaper alternatives. I once had someone buy a replacement

part for a septic tank costing $1,700 that could

have been bought online for $120 had they just carried

out some basic research.

To summarize, a professional manager will:

• Send a weekly update as to the house, its condition

and any issues.

• Instigate a full PPM (Pre-planned Maintenance Program)

to ensure potential issuse are caught early.

• Obtain tenders and price comparisons for goods, services

and materials needed.

• Visit the house regularly, in person, whether occupied

or not, to check for issues.

• Warn you of advancing storms and protect/secure the

house as needed.

• Visit the home within 24 hours of any major storm to

report back on its condition.

Owning a piece of paradise is a dream that is available

to you if you set your heart to it! With some good

research and dedication, you will be able to surround

yourself with a great team who will love your home as

much as you do! a

John Galleymore operates a successful homeowners/ concierge

service in the TCI. He consults, advises and acts

as an owner’s representative on properties worldwide.

To contact him for advice, call (649) 232 7083 or email


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South Bank launches The Boathouses

In the Spring 2019 issue of Times

of the Islands, we introduced you to

the intriguing new residential resort

community of South Bank. Located on

Providenciales’ ruggedly beautiful south

shore at Long Bay, it is the latest idyllic

retreat by Windward Development,

specialists in creating unique waterfront

properties. Debuting this fall are The

Boathouses at South Bank, the first of

their kind on the Islands.

The South Bank property, spanning

31 acres east of Caicos Marina, with 230

feet of beachfront along Long Bay Beach

and 2,000 feet of picturesque ironshore,

beckons with a siren song to water lovers.

I took a bike ride along the road lining the property

one afternoon this summer, and couldn’t tear my eyes

from the vast expanse of gleaming deep blue sea that

lapped at the shore. If I had access to a boat, kayak

or paddle board, I would have been skimming those

luscious waters.

I suspect that’s why South Bank is adding The

Boathouses to the two already introduced neighborhoods:

The Lagoon, an intimate community of twelve

villas surrounding a swimming beach lagoon, and The

Ocean Estate, a collection of eight contemporary beach

and oceanfront homes. Abundant in space and light,

the 38 Boathouses are in the The Launch neighborhood

on the marina waterfront, each with a private dock

directly on the back terrace—a TCI first. Designed as

a modern Caribbean streetscape surrounding a central

pool and relaxation area, The Boathouses offer the

perfect balance of community, views and space, with

prices starting at $795,000.

The one-bedroom Boathouse covers 1,918 square

feet of interior and exterior living space on two levels.

The living and dining areas are on either side of a

contemporary kitchen on the ground floor, with an outdoor

dining terrace seemingly floating above the water.

There is also a lower terrace for easy boat and water

access. The second level holds an oversized master

suite with large walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom.

The efficient two-bedroom Boathouse offers 2,077

square feet of living space on its two levels, with the

second bedroom on the upper floor and including

ensuite bathrooms, spacious closets and a terrace. It

The contemporary styled Boathouses in South Bank’s Launch neighborhood are

available with optional rooftop terraces with expansive water views.

represents outstanding value.

The three-bedroom Boathouse measures a generous

2,839 square feet over three levels. The master

bedroom expands across the entire third floor and

offers panoramic water views.

Ownership includes use of the community area

with pool (equally suited for sun worshippers and keen

swimmers), and a spacious lounging patio with hammocks,

BBQs, changing rooms and bathrooms.

Blee Halligan are the architects bringing South

Bank to life. According to Greg Blee, “We designed

The Boathouses to create a welcoming, peaceful

atmosphere where everything is at hand. These

contemporary townhouses surround a central entertainment

area, designed as an extension of the villas

to create a cohesiveness in design and materiality.

Some homes have the option for a roof terrace, while

all boast an outdoor dining deck suspended over the

water and stunning views over Juba Sound, the marina,

mangroves and Caicos Bank beyond.”

South Bank, managed by renowned Grace Bay

Resorts, is anchored by a full-service marina and at full

build-out, amenities will include a fitness center and

spa, tennis court, clubhouse with pool, bar and restaurant,

café, lagoon peninsula with lounging cabanas,

non-motorized watersports and Long Bay Beach access.

Water taxi and boat concierge services ensure living or

staying at South Bank is effortless for boat owners. a

For more information, see South Bank’s ad on page 7

or visit livesouthbank.com.

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Jill Beckingham, wife of former TCI Governor HE Peter Beckingham,

painted this scene of the National Museum’s original site in Guinep

House on Grand Turk.

A National Museum System


There has been a lot of debate recently on social media platforms over the expansion of the National

Museum into Providenciales, with a strong voice that it should only be in Grand Turk. We have dedicated

a lot of space in the Astrolabe to this discussion. In the Winter 2017/18 issue, Dr. Donald Keith discussed

why it is important for the Museum to move to Providenciales; in the Spring 2019 edition, Vanessa

Pateman explained why national museums and archives are important.

In TCI, the National Museum must look to serve the population of multiple islands. In order to serve

the largest number of Belongers, we must expand our operations to where the bulk of those people

are located. In fact, we should think of the Museum as not a single location or building, but a system

designed to serve multiple people and locations.

The role of the National Museum is to serve as a repository of the TCI’s collective past. Our mission

involves recording, interpreting, preserving and celebrating the history of the Turks & Caicos Islands

and its people. The Museum has hosted multiple events in both Grand Turk and Providenciales and we

have many more upcoming. In this edition of Astrolabe, you will read the first of several articles on the

TCI during the World Wars. Additionally, we share our plans for the development of new exhibitions on

Grand Turk. a

Michael P. Pateman, Ph.D., Director, Turks & Caicos National Museum

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This image depicts the type of German submarine (U-154) that stalked the area around the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos during World War II.


Survivors of U-Boat strikes on Stifinder (1918) and Vineland (1942).

By Capt. Eric Wiberg ~ Images Courtesy Eric Wiberg

Recently, the topic of German and Italian submarine depredations in the Turks & Caicos Islands, Bahamas,

Caribbean and US has risen to the surface more often. This includes knowledge of the discovery of the

arrival of German naval ship SMS Karlsruhe’s jolly boat in Hope Town, Abaco in 1914. However, few may

know the extent of German submarine attacks in and near the Turks & Caicos in both world wars.

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In World War I (WWI) from 1914 to 1918, 116

US-flagged ships and sailing vessels were sunk near the

Americas out of 174 US vessels. In World War II (WWII),

the US lost 470 ships in the Americas out of 1,554 total

(ussmm.org). Furthermore, in WWII, 5,000 Allied died in

US waters—twice the death rate of Pearl Harbour and a

third more than the 9/11 attacks.

In WWI, not only was there a fear that German surface

raiders might return to the Bahamas, but concerns

that German submarines might attack were very real as

well. This was underscored by the arrival of Norwegian

merchant sailors after three weeks on the inhospitable

sea at TCI. The Stifinder was a steel sailing ship on a voyage

from New York to Freemantle, Australia with drums

of petroleum when it was intercepted and sunk roughly

800 miles southeast of Bermuda on October 13, 1918 by

U-152 under Adolf Franz.

Whilst ten crew made it to New Jersey, the other boat

with Captain Gustave Bjorckman and seven sailors spent

23 days covering 1,000 miles in harsh conditions, landing

at Grand Turk, on November 5. The skipper recounted

how they were overturned and for the last eight days had

no equipment; that they were guided over the reefs at the

base of a lighthouse during an almost biblical calm, and

that on making shore clad in half a pair of trousers and a

vest, he fell over four times. This brought the war literally

to TCI Islanders’ doorstep.

WWII German commander Walther Kölle’s submarine,

the U-154, was to return to the area around the

Bahamas and Turks & Caicos four times. The Canadian

dry-bulk ship Vineland was the only Canadian vessel

sunk in the region during the conflict. Launched in 1919

by the American International Shipbuilding Company of

Hog Island, Pennsylvania, she performed at least one

“immigrant” voyage. In 1928, Izaak Walton Killam (an

understudy of Lord Beaverbrook, or Max Aitken, who

went on to own Gun Point, an estate facing Spanish Wells

in North Eleuthera) founded the Mersey Paper Company.

That firm purchased the Sapinero in March of 1940 and

renamed her the Vineland.

Captain Ralph A. Williams of Nova Scotia was placed

in charge of a total complement of 37 men, including

three Royal Canadian Naval Reserve gunners to man a

two-inch gun on an aft platform. His brother Charlie commanded

another of the company’s ships. The Canadian

Shipping Board’s Department of Transport called the

From top: The Norwegian barque Stifinder is under sail with casual

German submariners in the foreground, prior to the ship being sunk

by charges in the North Atlantic. The next image shows the Stifinder

sinking. Her men rowed and sailed over 1,000 nautical miles to the

Turks & Caicos Islands.

ship to service carrying bauxite from the Virgin Islands

to Portland, Maine. The Vineland was a steam-propelled

cargo ship which could carry 7,800 tons of cargo. Her

gross registered tonnage was 5,587, its length overall

was 401 feet, her beam was 54 feet, and draft 24.5 feet.

Her registered speed was 12 knots via a quadruple-expansion


On April 10, 1942 the Vineland left Portland in ballast,

bound for St. Thomas to load bauxite. The ship hugged

the American coast on the voyage down, not setting off

for the open ocean until after it had passed Hatteras.

On the way through the “torpedo junction” the crew

observed, “around Diamond Shoals off the Carolinas, you

could see where the submarines had chased ships right

up onto the shoals, and they were sinking. They were

afire, there were a lot of bodies around. We seen bodies

pretty near every day.”

At 2:03 PM local time on April 20, 1942, while in a

position roughly 90 miles north of Mayaguana and North

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Caicos islands, Kölle fired two G7a-type torpedoes at the

ship. None of the lookouts spotted the submarine, its

periscope, or torpedoes at first, since the U-boat attacked

from the direction of the strong mid-day sun. The weather

was fine, with only a gentle swell. The first torpedo struck

aft and a second missile porpoised to the surface and

missed astern. Ralph Kelly, who was serving as a mess

boy and leaning over the rail at the time, saw the torpedo

hit. “It hit between the gun crew and myself, right back

by number four hatch. I was about fifty feet from where

it hit . . . While we were gettin’ ready to put the lifeboats

over the side, we seen the second torpedo go by us.”

The damage from the first torpedo was significant

enough that the aerials were brought down and there was

no time for the radio operator to rig an emergency aerial

and call for help. Nor could the gun be brought to bear.

Kelly was in a lifeboat with the Chief Cook. Because the

oil from the galley stove spilled into the lifeboat, soaking

everyone in it, a number of the crew leapt into the water.

One of them was Oiler J. Lawrence Hanson. “This other

young fella jumped out. What happened to him, they

think either the gang plank or the funnel from the ship hit

him.” Kelly and the cook then went around collecting men

in the lifeboat. Two boats got away from the ship with

everyone except the young Hanson, who was drowned.

After the surviving crew had scrambled off the ship, Kölle

fired a coup-de-grace which hit amidships and broke the

stern section completely at 2:20 PM. After U-154’s crew

sent five rounds of deck artillery into her waterline at the

bow, the Vineland sank quickly.

Kelly wryly notes that the sinking occurred on Hitler’s

birthday, but he described the aggressors as “reasonably

good, didn’t bother us. He [Kölle] just went in and out

of the lifeboats like that, takin’ pictures of us.” Captain

Williams was so wary of being taken captive by the

Germans that he threw his braided Captain’s cap away,

lest he be recognized as the Master. Kelly continued: “The

Germans gave us cigarettes, asked the captain where he

was goin’ to and what he was going to carry, if we needed

medical aid, and told us the nearest course to land. One

course was ninety miles and the other was a thousand, so

you could take your pick . . .” U-154 left the men heading

east on the surface.

Left on the open ocean with no ship and no sub, the

men started to row and sail southwards, toward the TCI,

though Mayaguana and Acklins Island were roughly equi-

Captain Ralph Williams was Master of the Vineland, about which he

was fond of saying was a “V” for “Victory.”

distant and further downwind. On the evening of about

the third day the survivors sighted what they assumed

was an Allied passenger ship on its way to rescue them.

However, whether the ship sighted the survivors or

not, it turned away and steamed over the horizon. As

a result, the Vineland survivors were convinced that it

was a German supply ship and that they had been spared

captivity. For the remaining three or so days of their fiveday

voyage the winds were light and the men made little

progress, though the islands were tantalizingly close.

Kelly described those days as “just driftin’ around” and

said it might have been a week.

For at least one of the crew, the lifeboat voyage was

traumatic. According to the family which tended to him

on Grand Turk, “the man was badly injured having gone

overboard to repair an awning. Something came up from

the depths and bit his foot so badly that he stayed at the

hospital on Grand Turk while the others returned to duty.”

Several locals reported that there was a teenager about

the Vineland, which they confused for being a British ship

(of course they never saw the ship). “One young crew

member, who seemed to be just a boy, really, was a nervous

wreck, having been torpedoed three times.”

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This chart depicts the path of sunken Vineland and its survivors.

On April 23, the three lifeboats which had managed

to stay together were discovered by the British sloop

Emily Conway, which was built in 1940 and owned by

James M. Clarke of Blue Hills, Caicos Island. According

to the Turks & Caicos Islands Annual Colonial Report,

“The S.S. Vineland was torpedoed, but her crew of 35

was picked up by a Caicos sloop.” The fishermen towed

the lifeboats to Chalk Sound, Providenciales. The men

had suffered from sunburn, as well as dehydration, but

were otherwise fit. None of them required hospitalization.

Apparently two of the boats landed on one side of

the town of Providenciales, and the third on another.

According to one survivor, “On the first little island, the

lifeboats were on different sides, so I don’t know what

happened with the other two. Where we were there was

one old man and one boy and no supplies. But the old

man did give us some banti roosters to kill and eat.”

Kelly writes, “Fishermen picked us up . . . in the Turks

Island. That night we got ashore, they scrubbed us and

scrubbed us, trying to get the oil out . . . For some reason

or other they wouldn’t let us stay there.” This is likely

because the community would have been hard-pressed to

adequately provide for 36 hungry men. Captain Williams

states that the Emily Conway (he named her the Emily F.

Back in Halifax, Canada, a reunion was held for Vineland survivors.

Convey), took them to Grand Turk on April 24. Kelly continues,

“ . . . this fishin’ boat took us from there to Grand

Turk and that’s where we stayed for a couple of weeks.

They gave us clothes that they didn’t think they’d need at

that time. They sold us all their cigarettes they could possibly

spare because they were on rations too, you might

as well say, ‘cause a ship only come around about every

six or eight weeks’.” a

To be continued . . .

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This is Vineland survivor Erlin Conrad in his later life.

Nautical author and historian Eric Wiberg is the

author of a dozen books on maritime history, particularly

in the Bahamas where he grew up, has published over

100 articles and spoken in multiple mediums at least 50

times. His research is kept in the national collections of

three nations and a maritime college, and Vanity Fair has

featured him.

Wiberg has operated over 100 yachts, many of them

as captain. A licensed Master since 1995, he is qualified

as a maritime lawyer, with a Master’s in Marine Affairs,

a year at Oxford, and a certificate in screenwriting. He

commercially operated nine tankers from Singapore for

three years, and worked briefly for two salvage firms.

Other jobs have included executive head-hunting, shipping

newspaper salesman, and marketer of a tug-boat

fleet. A citizen of US and Sweden, he lives in Boston near

his son Felix. He can be contacted at: eric@ericwiberg.


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Many Museum visitors have an interest in and questions about the salt industry. A new exhibit is planned to focus on that period of history.

One is Silver, the Other Gold

Plans are to build a new Museum while enhancing the original.

By Lisa Turnbow-Talbot ~ Images Courtesy Turks & Caicos National Museum Foundation

There has been a great deal of attention recently regarding the fundraising for a new building to house

the National Museum in Providenciales. It is important to clarify that this is an extension of the Museum

on Grand Turk and not a replacement. Grand Turk is the site of the original National Museum and will

continue to thrive with continued funding and participation of the community and supporters. Museums

are a part of a system of historic preservation, so we would like our supporters to understand that while

a new building is in the works for Providenciales, it is an extension of the facility on Grand Turk, as is any

part of the National Museum—a system.

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This photo shows US Vice President Lyndon Johnson shaking hands with astronaut John Glenn at the Grand Turk Airport on February 23, 1962.

Programs and events at the National Museum’s

Grand Turk location have been revitalized over the last

few years to increase community involvement. The feature

event of the year was July’s cook-off competition,

“Grub, Grill and Good Times.” The annual Museum Day

will be held on November 2, 2019. We continue to offer

a monthly Children’s Club, movie night and Evening with

the Experts. All of these programs are purposed to raise

funds for the Grand Turk museum and increase community

involvement and awareness.

Starting in September 2019 and continuing into 2020,

we will begin implementing upgrades to existing exhibits

and adding new ones on Grand Turk. This will enhance

the museum’s focus on the history of the Islands.

The Lucayan Room, which includes invaluable artifacts

from that time period, will be moved downstairs. The

Native American people that were the original inhabitants

are a significant part of Turks & Caicos Islands history

and we want the area to be more accessible to visitors.

The duho, paddle and other artifacts will have new display

cases, with additional information on the Lucayans’

lifestyle from new studies will be included.

A new Salt Industry exhibit will also be added downstairs.

The museum has many old photos from the Salt

Industry era and we find that our visitors—both locals

and tourists—have an interest and many questions. This

exhibit will focus on the families that were a part of the

industry, with information about the slavery period and

how the abolishment of slavery changed the industry and

those who continued to work in the salt ponds. We are

also developing educational material to enhance all learning


The John Glenn exhibit will also be moved downstairs

and expanded to have a child-friendly space and solar

system learning center. The importance that Grand Turk

played in this historical event will be highlighted.

Moving these exhibits will allow us to have a space for

the new People of the Islands exhibit. This presentation

will include a kiosk where visitors can select a specific

topic and will be educated with storytelling by those

involved, including pictures, articles and information. The

subjects will include: Boat Building, Salt Industry, Island

Music, Everyday Life, Food of the Islands, Navy Base and


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Programs and events at

the Museum’s Grand Turk location

have been revitalized over

the last few years to increase

community involvement. The

feature event of the year was

July’s cook-off competition,

“Grub, Grill and Good Times.”

The annual Museum Day will

be held on November 2, 2019.

We continue to offer a monthly

Children’s Club, movie night

and Evening with the Experts.

All of these programs are

purposed to raise funds for

the Grand Turk museum and

increase community involvement

and awareness.

Starting in September

2019, we will begin implementing upgrades to existing

exhibits and adding new ones on Grand Turk. This will

enhance the Museum’s focus on the history of the Islands.

The Lucayan Room, which includes invaluable artifacts

from that time period, will be moved downstairs. The

Native American people that were the original inhabitants

are a significant part of Turks & Caicos Islands history

and we want the area to be more accessible to visitors.

The duho, paddle and other artifacts will have new display

cases, with additional information on the Lucayans’

lifestyle from new studies included.

A new Salt Industry exhibit will also be added downstairs.

The museum has many old photos from the salt

industry era and we find that our visitors—both locals

and tourists—have an interest and many questions. This

exhibit will focus on the families that were a part of the

industry, with information about the slavery period and

how the abolishment of slavery changed the industry and

those who continued to work in the salt ponds. We are

also developing educational material to enhance all learning


The John Glenn exhibit will be moved downstairs and

expanded to have a child-friendly space and solar system

learning center. The importance that Grand Turk played

in this historical event will be highlighted.

Moving these exhibits will allow us to have a space

This 1979 photograph shows JAGS McCartney (center) with a group including the pilot after the

inaugural flight of Air Florida at the Grand Turk International Airport. He is one of many TCI leaders

to be featured in the Museum’s new History of Governance exhibit.

for the new People of the Islands exhibit. This presentation

will include a kiosk where visitors can select a topic

and be educated with storytelling by those involved,

including pictures, articles and information. The subjects

will include: Boat Building, Salt Industry, Island Music,

Everyday Life, Food of the Islands, Navy Base and more.

We will be adding a History of Governance exhibit that

will focus on TCI’s modern self-governance, specifically

the Chief Ministers and Premiers from 1976 to present.

This room will include pictures and brief biographies of

TCI leaders. It will also include information about historical

moments and changes in government. An education

supplement will also be developed for this exhibit.

The Molasses Reef Wreck exhibits will be revitalized.

They will remain in the main salon of the ground floor.

The goal is to update the Museum to improve and

enhance the overall visitor experience and increase the

opportunities and ways that everyone can explore and

learn. Increased use of technology will benefit all age

groups. Interactive exhibits make the learning experience

more personable and memorable.

It is critical to mention that the Museum is a nonprofit

organization and not directly supported or a part

of government. This is a common misconception. There

will not be a National Museum on either island without the

valuable financial assistance of our loyal supporters. We

are building a new museum but keeping the old, for “One

is silver and the other gold.” a

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Museum Matters

Fundraising gala

In the presence of Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-

Robinson, Hon. Derek Taylor and Hon. Mike Eman,

former prime minister of Aruba, the Turks & Caicos

Islands National Museum Foundation (TCNMF) held its

sold-out gala. The inaugural event took place at the

beautiful Shore Club, sponsored by Stan Hartling and

The Hartling Group. Its purpose was to launch the fundraising

campaign for the new National Museum facility

on Providenciales under the theme, “Building for the

Future, to Protect the Past.”

A specially-created TCI cultural show entertained gala guests.

awards for their 27 years of volunteering on the Board

of Directors and were presented with plaques made

from the last three pieces of oak left over from the

Museum’s Grandfather Clock and executive pens made

of hurricane-damaged trees from the museum garden.

We say “Thank You” to our many sponsors: The

Hartling Group (The Shore Club, The Palms and

The Sands), Ron Shaw, Karen Whitt, Martin Davies,

Graceway IGA, Jackson Family Wines, TCI’s Ministry of

Tourism, Gilley’s Enterprises, Turks & Caicos Banking

Company, Turks & Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association,

Ritz-Carlton, Amanyara, Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

Collection, Grace Bay Resorts, Grace Bay Foundation,

The Shore Club was the venue for the Museum’s fund-raising gala.

The gala was a resounding success and raised over

$200,000! Funds came from ticket sales, event sponsorship,

advertising, a silent auction, sale of engraved

pavers and donations. This included a generous

$100,000 from Martin and Donna Seim (son of the

Museum’s original founder and board director, respectively)

to name the main gallery in honor of the late Nils

and Grethe Seim.

During dinner, TCI cultural legend David Bowen and

friends stunned the audience with a unique cultural

show put together for the gala. It included dancing,

singing and storytelling about family, fishing, bush

medicine and times past, enhanced by the beautiful

voice of TCI songbird Barbara Johnson.

TCNMF Board Members Hon. Derek Taylor, Dr. Don

Keith and Thomas Saunders all received long-service

Hon. Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson presents a plaque to

Hon. Derek Taylor for his long service to the Museum.

Beaches Turks & Caicos, Wymara, Ocean Club, Fortis

TCI, Turk’s Head Brewery, Price Waterhouse Coopers,

Turks & Caicos Sotheby’s, Clearwater Capital, ERA

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Coralie Properties, The Agency, Intercaribbean Airways,

Olympic Construction Ltd., Projectech, Spa Tropique,

High Point Resort Orlando, Grace Bay Car Rentals and

Grace Bay Paint and Supply. Additionally, we appreciate

the TCNMF team of professionals and volunteers,

with special mention to Vanessa Pateman for her design

work on the commemorative booklet and banners, and

the Krieble Foundation for their incredible support

spanning over a decade. a

Photos By Sean Brady

Back in the day

The third annual Museum Day event, “Back in the Day,”

was successfully held on June 21, 2019. Attendees

stepped into the Caicos Heritage Homestead and were

transported to the last century. They had the opportunity

to observe, learn about and participate in many

aspects of the traditional lifestyle typical to the early/


Young participants learn how to make music with the ripsaw from

TCI legend Zeus Butterfield.

Handfield, Brenda Clare, Bill Clare, Cheryl Foreman,

Pastor Goldston Williams, James (JJ) Parker, Dwight

Myrie, Almartha Thomas, Lindsay Butterfield (Zeus),

Alfred Robinson and Vaughn Hinds, Arthur Dean,

Jahvian Braithwaite, Rachael Harvey, Abiola Streete,

Shirley Atkins, Leeward Methodist Church Women’s

Fellowship, Clement Howell Tourism Club, Enid Capron

Primary School Rip Saw Band a

Photos By Preston Dickenson

Daphne Forbes demonstrates the traditional art of straw-weaving

for the Back in the Day event.

We say “thank you” to our sponsors: Department of

Culture, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Turks & Caicos

National Trust, TC Marina, Turks Head Brewery, T&C

Refreshments, Graceway IGA, CBMS Ltd., Island Bargains,

International Waste Water Treatment Technologies Ltd.,

Friends of the Arts, Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police

Force Grace Bay Branch, Provo Water Company Ltd.

Thanks also to the Back in the Day team and volunteers:

Emily Malcolm, Daphne Forbes, June Hawkins,

Jane (Oleta) Missick and Alveria Duncombe, Bathel

Memories of summer camp 2019

There were many first-time experiences for our campers

at the Museum’s 2019 Living History Summer Camp in

The Village at Grace Bay, Providenciales. The making of

ice cream using a hand-cranked ice cream maker with

Mr. Simmons was a delicious memory. Another was the

hydroponics farm; campers were fascinated with the

concept and had many questions for Mr. Harrison. The

visit to the desalination plant at Beaches Resort was

another first, giving campers an even greater appreciation

for water, our scare but vital resource.

However, corn, with its origins attributed to the

indigenous people of this region of the world, was the

big story of the week. Each camper planted their own

corn seeds and took them home to nurture into plants.

They learned how to grind corn to make grits, roast

corn on the fire and of course, pop it. Learning traditional

dance steps from Mr. Bowen that culminated in

a dance party was loads of fun, as was learning and

playing the game of cricket with Coach Daryl. We did

make time to enjoy a picnic on Little Water Cay and

learn about the iguanas and mangroves.

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Liv’s Kitchen (Olivia Smith) took home the bragging

rights of having the best barbeque chicken and best

conch fritters on Grand Turk. The event was brought

home with the soulful music of the Island Vibes Band.

We say special thank you to all of our sponsors:

TCI Government, specifically the Ministry of Tourism,

Blue Water Divers, Bohio Drift Villa, Exclusive Escapes,

Grand Turk Divers, Humpback Dive Shack, Jack Shack,

Margaritaville, Morris Cottingham, Oasis Divers, Osprey

Gardening Day was a big success at the Museum’s Living History

Summer Camp.

We say thank you to our sponsors and all who made

this year’s camp the success that it was: Turks & Caicos

Banking Company, Donna Seim, Mario Smith and the

Department of Agriculture, Turks & Caicos National

Trust, Turks & Caicos Cricket Association, Beaches

Resort, Sunshine Nursery, David Bowen, Ian Harrison,

Dekkel Simmons, Blovena Greene, Lloyd Stubbs, Ron

Higgs, Tatiana Stubbs, Witlene Williams, Guilmese

Gustave and Thania Phanord.

Photos By Candianne Williams

Grub, grill and good-times

The first annual “Grub, Grill and Good-Times” cooking

contest event was held on Grand Turk on July 20, 2019.

It was a huge success, as Front Street was transformed

into a barbeque/jerk chicken and conch fritter competitive

cook-off venue.

There was fun to be had whether or not you were involved in the

cooking contest.

Hotel, Salt Raker, Turks Head Brewery, and the Sand

Bar. Thank you to the TCNM team on Grand Turk for

their hard work and dedication towards making this

event a success. a

Photos By Vanessa Pateman

Stories By Michael Pateman and Candianne Williams

Island Vibes Band entertained the crowd at the “Grub, Grill and

Good-Times” cooking contest event.

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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.amnautical.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 36,500.

Getting here

There are international airports on Grand Turk,

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

Newark. WestJet travels from Toronto. Air Canada offer

flights from Toronto. British Airways travels from London/

Gatwick via Antigua.

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Bahamasair and InterCaribbean Airways fly to Nassau,

Bahamas. Flights to: Antigua; Dominica; Cap Haitien

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

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

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

Maarten; Santiago, Cuba; and Tortola are available on

InterCaribbean Airways, while Caicos Express travels to

Cap Haitien daily. (Schedules are current as of August

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.



Time zone

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.

Entry requirements

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

Customs formalities

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

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

and some perfume. The importation of all firearms including

those charged with compressed air without prior

approval in writing from the Commissioner of Police is

strictly forbidden. Spear guns, Hawaiian slings, controlled

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drugs, and pornography are also illegal.

Returning residents may bring in $400 worth of

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

60% is charged on most imported goods along with a

7% customs processing fee and forms a major source of

government revenue.


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

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

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

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

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

drive! Taxis are abundant throughout the Islands and

many resorts offer shuttle service between popular visitor

areas. Scooter, motorcycle, and bicycle rentals are

also available.


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.


FortisTCI supplies electricity at a frequency of 60HZ,

and either single phase or three phase at one of three

standard voltages for residential or commercial service.

FortisTCI continues to invest in a robust and resilient grid

to ensure the highest level of reliability to customers. The

company is integrating renewable energy into its grid and

provides options for customers to participate in two solar

energy programs.

Departure tax

US $60. It is typically included in the price of your airline


Courier service

Delivery service is provided by FedEx, with offices on

Providenciales and Grand Turk, and DHL. UPS service is

limited to incoming delivery.

Postal service

The Post Office and Philatelic Bureau in Providenciales is

located downtown on Airport Road. In Grand Turk, the

Post Office and Philatelic Bureau are on Church Folly. The

Islands are known for their varied and colorful stamp



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

and Canada and transmitted via cable or over the air.

Local station WIV-TV broadcasts on Channel 4 and Island

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

transmitted television stations, along with local news

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

local radio stations, magazines, and newspapers.

Medical services

There are no endemic tropical diseases in TCI. There are

large, modern hospitals on Grand Turk and Providenciales.

Both hospitals offer a full range of services including:

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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

granted to those offering skills, experience, and qualifications

not widely available on the Islands. Priority is given

to enterprises that will provide employment and training

for T&C Islanders.

Government/Legal system

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

Governor, HE Nigel John Dakin. 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. Practically

all consumer goods and foodstuffs are imported.

The Turks & Caicos Islands are recognised as an

important offshore financial centre, offering services

such as company formation, offshore insurance, banking,

trusts, limited partnerships, and limited life companies.

The Financial Services Commission regulates the industry

and spearheads the development of offshore legislation.

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Citizens of the Turks & Caicos Islands are termed

“Belongers” and are primarily descendants of African

slaves who were brought to the Islands to work in the

salt ponds and cotton plantations. The country’s large

expatriate population includes Canadians, Americans,

Brits and Europeans, along with Haitians, Jamaicans,

Dominicans, Bahamians, Indians, and Filipinos.


Churches 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, Episcopal, 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

Health Services.

National symbols

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

The National Plant is Island heather (Limonium

bahamense) found nowhere else in the world. The

National Tree is the Caribbean pine (Pinus caribaea var.


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Made with family recipes that date back

centuries, Islander, the original Turks and

Caicos alcoholic ginger beer, is available on

Providenciales at the Graceway Gourmet and

the IGA, as well as local bars and restaurants.

bahamensis). The National Costume consists of white cotton

dresses tied at the waist for women and simple shirts

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

the various islands are displayed on the sleeves

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

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

with Dry Conch is revered as symbolic island fare.

Going green

TCI Waste Disposal Services currently offers recycling

services through weekly collection of recyclable aluminum,

glass, and plastic. Single-use plastic bags have been

banned country-wide as of May 1, 2019.


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

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air conditioning

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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 • •

Middle Caicos


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

North Caicos


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pine Cay


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

Parrot Cay


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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number of units

major credit cards



air conditioning

phone in unit

television in unit

kitchen in unit

laundry service


on the beach

Salt Cay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





South Caicos

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

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.

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 — Bonaventure Crescent. 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 — 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: 333-7777. 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 7:30

AM to 9:30 PM.

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

dining with limited availability. Fresh fare prepared to perfection.

Open daily.

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

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

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

5 PM.

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

cuisine in an elegant setting. Open for dinner Friday to

Wednesday 6:30 to 10:30 PM.

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

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

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

Great Sunday brunch 9 AM to 3 PM.

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

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

flavors and spices. Open daily 5:30 to 9:30

PM. Closed Wednesday.

Fresh Bakery & Bistro — Atrium Resort. Tel: 345-4745.

Healthy European salads, soups, sandwiches, bakery, pies and

cakes. Gelato. Open daily 7 AM to 6 PM, closed Sunday.

Fresh Catch — Salt Mills Plaza. Tel: 243-3167. Authentic native

cuisine, from seafood to souse. All-you-can-eat seafood buffet

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

Carry-out available.

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.

Serving dinner from 6 to 10 PM nightly.

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

Italian-inspired menu and gourmet pizza. Fun cocktails. Open

daily for 7 AM to 9:30 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

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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 featuring sea-to-table fare.

Dinner served nightly 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Reservations required.

Island Raw — Le Petite Plaza. Tel: 346-5371. Vegan lifestyle

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

Friday, Noon to 2 PM.

Island Conch Bar & Grill — Bight Cultural Market. Tel: 946-

8389. Caribbean and local cuisine. Open daily 11 AM to 9 PM.

Island Scoop — Grace Bay Plaza. Tel: 242-8511/243-5051.

21 flavors of ice cream made locally. Cones, smoothies, blizzards

and shakes. Open daily, 11 AM to 10 PM.

The Java Bar — Graceway Gourmet. Tel: 941-5000. Gourmet

café serving fresh baked desserts, sandwiches and coffee

delights. Open 7 AM to 8 PM daily.

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

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

“beach bar” atmosphere. Open daily except Monday 11:30 AM

to 10 PM.

Jimmy’s Dive Bar & Grill — Central Square, Leeward Highway.

Tel: 941-8925. Take-out lunch specials; daily drink and dinner

specials. Wings, sliders, salads, pasta, burgers, seafood. Open

daily Noon to 2 AM.

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 to 10 PM. Closed Sunday.

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

French deli, bakery, wine shop. Open daily.

Lemon 2 Go Coffee — Ventura House. 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.

Lupo — Regent Village. Tel: 431-5876. Authentic Italian “comfort

food.” Regional wine list. Dine in or take out ready-made

gourmet meals. Open daily for dinner 5 to 10 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.

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. Closed Monday. 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

daily 11 AM to 10 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. 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.

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.

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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. Reservations required.

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.

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 Noon to 3 PM; 5:30 to

10 PM. Delivery to select locations. Catering menus.

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

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

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

out available.

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

dinner beachfront. Taste of the Caribbean and Americas. Open

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

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