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"Iguana Island" may sound like a scary place, but in Turks & Caicos, the moniker fondly refers to Little Water Cay, home to the islands' remaining endangered population of rock iguanas. The Turks and Caicos National Trust leads efforts to protect the habitat, which is just a short trip by boat from Providenciales' Leeward Marina. Many local companies like Big Blue Collective offer excursions to the island or incorporate the preservation site in other sailing or snorkeling outings. You can also discover Little Water Cay's islets by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. If you try your hand at a stand-up paddleboard or kayak trip through the nearby mangroves, you might catch sight of sea turtles and baby sharks.

Long boardwalks spread across the island give visitors a chance to stroll among greenery and learn more about the native wildlife and vegetation. Recent visitors said you are virtually guaranteed to see the many iguana inhabitants with ease.

You can access the boardwalk from two points: the north and south. Little Water Cay is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There are three levels of admission to the reserve. There's an entry fee of $10 per person, which includes admission to the visitor center, nature trail and a guided tour. A $15 ticket includes admission to the visitor center, nature trail, guided tour, plus use of the extended trail across the nature reserve; and a $5 fee allows admission to Half Moon Bay.

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Vacationers are almost always pleased with Grace Bay in Provo, raving about its soft sand and turquoise water, with some even dubbing it the "world's best beach." The beach's breathtaking surf and sand, plus its proximity to a golf course and plenty of shops and restaurants, leave most guests pleasantly satisfied. 

Located in an eastern crook of Providenciales, Grace Bay touts more than 3 miles of soft ashen sand and open crystalline water to placate sunbathers. There's little shade, so come early in the morning to get your choice of umbrellas. Some of the island's most well-liked restaurants, such as Solana Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar, are sheltered along Grace's shore, as are the most popular hotels. What's more, they don't mind non-guests walking up to dine. 

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