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THE BEACH & REEF Swim Training What better place than our warm, clear, turquoise waters to give your children the gift of confidence in the water? Several watersports operators teach swimming, and offer classes for three year olds and up, in a pool or in the ocean. The exquisite waters of Grace Bay also make it one of the best places in the world for open-water swimming. Try a unique open-water swim safari and shore swim to take full advantage of this spec-tacular aquatic environment. Programs are specifically designed for triathletes, swim-mers preparing for an open-water event, for those who wish to stay in shape, or those who want to have a fun workout while on vacation. The protective barrier reef which sur-rounds Providenciales offers some of the best scuba experiences in the world. This reef also breaks the incoming surf to cre-ate the calm, iridescent turquoise waters that edge our white sand beaches. Find the beach of your dreams! No matter where you go, you won’t find a crowd. Remember to use protective sunscreen and take water to drink, especially if you travel off the beaten path. GRACE BAY BEACH – Voted on numer-ous occasions as the best beach in the world. This seven-mile crescent-shaped stretch of clear water and pearly white sand, encapsulates the distance from Smith’s Reef to Leeward. Grace Bay is part of Alexandra National Park, and comprises the front of many popular resorts with coral reefs offshore and al fresco restau-rants in shore. LONG BAY BEACH – A three-mile long southeastern beach, accessible from The Shore Club, and several paths from Long Bay Hills. A beautiful, palm-tree dotted beach with year-round trade winds that are popular among kiteboarders. SAPODILLA BAY BEACH – Our southern-most beach. Turn right off the road to South Dock to reach a quarter-mile stretch of sand with shallow water. A Mediter-ranean-style beach, with villas on one side of the shore and moored yachts on the other. MALCOLM ROADS – A remote beach. Drive through the seaside communities of Blue Hills and Wheeland, then bear left for a five-mile trek through the hills to reach a desert-ed two-mile long white stretch of sand. *SMITH’S REEF – Residing at the mouth of the Turtle Cove Pond is an excellent spot to snorkel, marking the beginning of the famous Grace Bay Beach, ending at Leeward. THE BIGHT BEACH – Easily accessible at the end of Pratt’s Road, with a playground at the Children’s Park. *THE BIGHT REEF – Situated at the end of Penn’s Road at Coral Gardens, with exquisite snorkelling close to shore. LEEWARD BEACH – The eastern end of Grace Bay is accessible through a public access path within the Leeward communi-ty. Secluded, with white sand, limestone cliffs and stone jetties. * Best beaches for snorkelling. Please do not touch or stand on the coral. All beaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands are public from the low tide line to the dune line. Please use marked public access routes only, and do not use private property for beach access or exploration. Do not leave valuables unattended either on the beach or in your car. Please do not litter. I Try a Day Pass to an All-Inclusive Beaches Turks & Caicos offers day passes for those who wish to explore this expan-sive, well-equipped resort. Between their 20 restaurants and the 45,000 sq. ft. water-park, it’s doubtful you’ll run out of ways to entertain yourself. Take advantage of all activities on site: pools, kayaks, Hobie Cats and water bikes, with the exception of div-ing. The arcade is packed with an array of video games that will even keep Mom and Dad amused. You might want to meet up with one of the Sesame Street characters who are part of the Beaches family. Food and drinks are included for the day. Pass holders must be 18 years or older, or be accompanied by an adult. Give Beaches a call for specific details: 649-946-8000. Undersea Explorer Semi-Submarine The rich density of coral reefs in the TCI archipelago is a spectacle, and with the help of a certain semi-submersible, it doesn’t have to just be enjoyed by snorkellers and divers. The Undersea Explorer delves five metres below the sur-face revealing an extensive amount of reef fish, and if you’re lucky, Lynsea the mer-maid -a great sight for the little ones. There are two types of tours: The turtle reef adventure and mermaid tour. Private charters are available upon request. Call Undersea Explorers at 649-432-0006 or book online at www.caicostours.com. 78 • • • • • NOV/DEC/JAN/FEB 2017/2018 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”

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