Chocolate lovers, unite! For those of you with a penchant for sweets, you’re in for a treat. Every February you can sample some of the finest chocolate dishes the Turks and Caicos have to offer at the Annual Chocolate Lovers Showcase at The Palms.
Local restaurants participate in the event as they compete for the best use of chocolate. Amanyara, Asu, Beaches Resort, Crush Bakery, Fire & Ice, Infiniti, Kitchen 218, Melt, Pelican Bay, Parallel 23, Seven and Stelle have all had their hand at unique chocolate dishes for you to sample with a side of champagne.
The showcase is one of the islands most beloved culinary events and for good reason. Past showcases have benefited the local Salvation Army’s hot meal program for kids on Providenciales. Additionally, the Chocolate Lovers Showcase raised enough money for the Salvation Army to provide lunches for about 6,000 high school students from just one event. Event organizers hope to exceed that every year.
Sometimes you just can’t ignore that sweet tooth. Fulfill your craving and help an important cause in the Turks and Caicos at the same time. Your tastebuds will thank you—and so will the school children of the Turks and Caicos.
10 Best Turks and Caicos Water Sports
The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by vast expanses of clear turquoise water, which means there are endless opportunities for exciting water sports. Whether you like gliding across the surface of the water by board or by boat, exploring the depths, or zipping around with the help of a motorised vessel or device, there is a water sport in Turks and Caicos for you.
Turks and Caicos is a renowned kiteboarding destination because the winds are consistent and the water is relatively calm. Long Bay Beach is the most popular kiteboarding spot on Providenciales. Here you can spend hours flying across the waves just off the white sand beach.
Kayaking is a great way to see the islands from a different perspective and get some exercise. A kayak can go where many motorised boats can’t, so you can explore hidden channels and waterways through the wetlands. Along the way you might catch sight of wildlife like turtles, lemon sharks, iguanas and pelicans.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP Boarding)
Another excellent way to see spots that you might not have access to on a boat is with a stand up paddle board. As you skim the surface of the water, you’ll have great views of all the action going on above and below the water. You can rent stand up paddle boards and oars and take lessons at Long Bay Beach and Grace Bay Beach.
Subwinging is a relatively new water sport in Turks and Caicos that’s gaining popularity fast. A subwinger uses a small winged board that is attached by cords to a boat. As the boat moves slowly through the water, the rider is pulled along behind and can use the swivelling wings to move from side to side and dive up and down.
If you love snorkelling but want to be able to cover more of the ocean floor in faster time, a sea scooter is the answer. These hand-held devices propel you through the water quickly and efficiently and help save energy. Many sea scooter rental companies also offer guided sea scooter tours.
Soar high above the water on a jet-powered pack during an adrenaline-pumping flyboarding session. A flyboard is a hoverboard that you strap to your feet with a hose attached that diverts water from a jet ski engine to propel you into the air. Many flyboarding companies can set you up with a session on the water right in front of Triton Luxury Villa.
There is something truly serene about being completely free underwater without equipment holding you back or making noise. Freediving involves holding your breath and diving deep to experience the underwater world in a natural state. With a bit of practice, you can get to depths of 35 to 60 feet.
Wakeboarding, also called Wake Surfing, can be a bit challenging to learn at first, but once you get the hang of it, nothing beats the adrenaline rush of speeding across the water at a high clip and catching air on the waves. There are plenty of wakeboard instructors on Providenciales who can show you the ropes and teach experienced riders new tricks.
With crystal clear waters, a huge barrier reef and numerous underwater walls and plateaus, it’s no wonder Turks and Caicos is renowned for its scuba diving. You’re guaranteed to see a plethora of marine life on a Turks and Caicos scuba diving trip from colourful coral and sea fans to fascinating lionfish, manta rays, turtles and sharks.
Horseback Riding on Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach is a prime destination for horseback riding because the beach is long and wide and the water is shallow, so the horses can meander across the sand and wade through the gentle waves. The best time to go horseback riding is in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is not too hot.