World-class beaches. The clearest, bluest waters you’ve ever seen. Warm, sunny weather most of the year. And puppies—a whole lot of them.
Yes, one of the most beautiful islands in the world is also home to Potcake Place—an animal shelter that encourages visitors to take their puppies out for walks during the day, and in many cases, to adopt one. “Potcake” is the name given the mixed-breed dogs found throughout the Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas, known for their cocked ears and curly tails.
Every year, about 600 potcakes are adopted from Potcake Place, with potcakes being relocated to Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto and dozens of other places.. The volunteers at the dog-rescue charity aim to socialize the potcakes by allowing visitors to take the pups for walks. And as you can imagine, it’s become quite a popular activity on the list of things to do in Turks & Caicos.
During the busy season, it’s not unusual to see a line of people waiting for the charity to open its doors so they can get their hands on a puppy for the morning. And it’s a win-win for everyone involved. The volunteers get a helping hand, the pups get a few hours out on the town with new friends, and YOU get to spend some precious time with a puppy… who you just might end up taking home with you.
IF YOU GO
Potcake Place is located in the Saltmills Plaza in Grace Bay. Hours of operation are 10 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Puppies are allowed out for two hours at a time with walks ending by 1 pm. You can contact Potcake Place at 649-231-1010, or visit their website to learn more or donate.
Photo courtesy of Potcake Place
The Turks and Caicos is renowned for its underwater world, its coral reefs and abundant sea life, making it a dream destination for snorkeling. And what makes it even better is the variety of snorkeling spots to choose from. We have one of the longest contiguous coral reefs in the world, but you don’t have to take a boat out to the reef to experience some of the best snorkeling our islands have to offer. In the Turks and Caicos, it’s possible to snorkel right along the shore—if you know where to look.