Turks & Caicos
The annual Move-a-thon held in January in Turks and Caicos is a celebration of starting the new year off in the right way! This year there was a half marathon, 10K and 5K races as well as beach games for the kids and stalls from local health and wellness practitioners. The funds raised during this event helps to promote the community projects of the non profit, Nutrition in Demand. Last year’s funds were donated to Provo Primary to hold Nutrition Education/culinary classes for children in grades 2-6. There was a great turnout
Maskanoo is an annual street festival held on December 26th (Boxing Day) in Providenciales. Now in its fourth year this years event was bigger and better than ever with the street around the Saltmills Plaza and Regent Grand shopping area packed with locals and tourists alike. Great food, local music and a parade followed by various musical acts on stage kept the crowds entertained well into the night.
On any given Sunday, barefoot tourists and locals of Providenciales mingle at an airy, lemon-colored building facing the beach of Grace Bay. On the restaurant deck, people chat at the bar, families watch their kids on the beach over lunch, and a swimsuit-clad group plays volleyball not far from the water’s edge. Officially, this is the Flamingo Café. For the restaurant’s Sunday faithful, it’s simply Rickie’s. Since 2005, Rickie’s has provided a haven for people of all ages to wind down with the weekend and enjoy traditional Turks and Caicos
We know that first impressions count and the growth in tourist arrivals into Providenciales often stretches the current capacity of the Airport, especially at peak times on holiday weekends. It was wonderful to see the progress of the $10million terminal expansion project over the course of the summer months. Work is still on schedule with completion due in late 2014. With help from Island Life and Times Magazine we’ll be keeping a regular check on this important work and bringing you pictures and updates as the work progresses.
It’s been a historic week in Turks and Caicos with the arrival in Providenciales of the HTC Enable Passion kite-boarders after their successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on kite-boards! Local water sports company Big Blue arranged for a local group of kite boarders to go out into the deep blue ocean just off North Caicos and meet the team for the final stretch home. This was a massive undertaking making sure everyone was safe and getting everyone both in the right place to go and then also returning them home safely. Sadly the
Every November, the island of Providenciales hosts the Turks and Caicos Conch Festival – a celebration of the islands’ national symbol and No. 1 export, a marine snail that for years has played an integral role in local cuisine. This year, TCI celebrated its 10th annual Conch Festival as local restaurants served up their best conch dishes in every form imaginable in Blue Hills, one of the original settlements on Provo. Traditional conch dishes are always a must: conch salad, fritters and stew. But conch is a versatile food, and