Smith's Reef#7 in Best Things To Do in Turks & Caicos
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Packed with sea life, Smith's Reef on Providenciales appeals to snorkelers at all levels. Stingrays, turtles, lobsters and lots of brightly colored fish will likely swim by during your dive near this underwater sanctuary. You can enter the reef area at three different points: north, east and central access. Recent travelers recommend finding a sandy pathway near the small parking area that will guide you into the water – rocky areas can be slippery and more dangerous (as such, many advise that you wear water shoes).
Bight Reef, at Coral Gardens, is another marine life haven popular with Turks and Caicos travelers. But Smith's larger size and more colorful animals seem to hook travelers choosing between the two.
While the shallow reef means even novice snorkelers can spot wildlife, recent travelers caution that waves can pose a visibility threat. Reviewers also warn that finding Smith's Reef can be a challenge. The central and west access points are found off of Coconut Drive, while the east access point is found off the S-bend on Lower Bight Road east of the Turtle Cove Marina. If you're snorkeling near the east access point, watch out for boats entering and exiting the canal near the marina.
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#1 Grace Bay (Provo)
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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