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Get to know Turtle Cove

In 1967, Turtle Cove was the first area on Providenciales to be developed for tourism, with the island’s first airstrip, marina, and hotel, the Third Turtle Inn. Today, only the marina remains, and serves as the heart of the region. It is the largest marina on Provo and there are a handful of popular seafood restaurants and small shops located alongside the harbor. It’s easy to head to the beach from here, with Smith’s Reef beach to the east and Babalua Beach to the west. Smith’s Reef is famous as the island's best place to go snorkeling; there are several distinct reef systems in the water and snorkelers will be able to spot turtles, stingrays, parrotfish, damselfish, and even barracudas. Babalua Beach is a hidden gem, as it is bordered by two coves, keeping it secluded and private.

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Living in Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of 40 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on Earth. For a long time, Turks and Caicos had almost no tourism, depending mainly on the salt industry to sustain the economy. In the 1960s, a few American developers came, building an airstrip, marina, and hotel on Providenciales, but the number of tourists remained small. But when Club Med opened a resort at Grace Bay in the 1980s, Turks and Caicos began its boom as an international tourist destination. Today, only nine of the islands are inhabited, with most residences, hotels, and restaurants located on Providenciales, informally nicknamed Provo. Cruise ships generally dock at the island of Grand Turk, home to the capital of Cockburn Town. The other seven inhabited islands and cays are wilder and significantly less populated, serving as home to exclusive and secluded resorts and villas.