Providenciales Nature Reserves in Turks and Caicos

Published February 18, 2018

Visitors can explore Providenciales nature reserves in Turks and Caicos. There are three national parks – one of which is the Princess Alexandra National Park which includes world-famous Grace Bay Beach – two protected historical sites, including the site of rock carvings at Sapodilla Bay, and three nature reserves on Providenciales.

Princess Alexandra National Park

If you venture to Grand Turk you will experience the Columbus Landfall National Park (NP3); the Conch Bar National Park on Middle Caicos is yet another mesmerizing park experience for travelers to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

National parks are protected here just like anywhere else in the world. Their status means that littering, vandalism, and harm to (or removal of) natural elements are prohibited. Motorized boating, fishing and jet skis are not allowed. These limitations mean that when you explore Providenciales nature reserves in Turks and Caicos you are witnessing unspoiled areas with pristine water and incomparable natural beauty.

Efforts to protect, maintain and enhance the natural beauty in the Turks and Caicos have received welcome support from local resorts. Waste treatment systems, high efficiency air conditioning, shower and sink water recycling programs are some of the efforts which have taken root here.

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Explore Providenciales Nature Reserves in the Turks and Caicos

What is red, black and white but has no legs in the Turks and Caicos?

Is (a) a flightless bird (b) unique fish (c) mangroves or (d) invasive plant species?

(c) mangroves would be the right choice here.

Mangrove plants thrive in the Turks and Caicos Islands because they can easily tolerate the very salty conditions of the coastal marine areas as well as interior ponds. There are three varieties including the red, white and black mangrove. Mangroves have special pores in their leaves that can excrete the salt from the water.

Mangrove Cay is part of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve and is a delightful experience for kayakers who wish to explore the nature reserves in the Turks and Caicos. Located off the northeast point of Providenciales the mangroves are a paradise awaiting discovery.

Paddling or SUP are two ways to meander through the mangroves where birds, fish and other aquatic creatures make their homes. Part of the mangroves are also “nurseries” for shark pups. Who knows? You may see more than you expect on your outing in the clear waters off Providenciales!

Learn more about Mangrove Cay:

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Boating to Little Water Cay

Also known as Iguana Island, Little Water Cay is located north of Mangrove Cay, and is home to the Turks and Caicos iguana population. A memorable place to visit, you can reach Iguana Island with local snorkeling and boating excursion company Caicos Dream Tours. With customizable private boat charters, you and your group can fashion a day to explore the nature reserves in Turks and Caicos with a stop to see the iguanas, followed by snorkeling around Pine Cay, and an intriguing look at the submerged cannons which once held invaders at bay at Fort George.

An eco-friendly vacation that lets you explore the nature reserves in the Turks and Caicos will bring sunshine and smiles in ways that ensure balance and sustainability.

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