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Get to know Turtle Tail

If you see Turtle Tail from above, it’s easy to understand how this long and narrow peninsula gained its name. Wiggling out into the water from the south coast of Providenciales, Turtle Tail separates the interior Flamingo Pond and Juba Point Salina lagoon from the ocean. Quiet and secluded, with no large resorts or commercial activity here, Turtle Tail is a favorite for anyone looking for privacy and stunning views. In fact, rock legend Prince had an estate here for years (with a purple driveway, of course). This is an almost entirely residential area, though locals love hanging out at Bob’s Bar & Eats at the South Side Marina. The bar, which originated as a potluck among sailors, was started by the eponymous Bob, who moved to the island in 1978. It’s a throwback to old Provo, with live music on Wednesdays, a menu of gussied-up bar food, and a great vibe.

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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.