After a 36-hour passage from Long Island, Bahamas, we arrived in Providenciales (Provo) in the country Turks & Caicos. Our plan was to have a 7-day or less stopover here in order to provision, take on water and fuel and wait for a weather window to head to the Dominican Republic. Staying any later then 7-days in this country would mean that we would have to pay an additional hefty fee – No Thanks!
This island was full of resorts and a fee is required by each resort in order to enter and go to their beaches and restaurants. All of the nice beaches are privately owned (residences or resorts) and nothing is within walking distance. The marina owner was nice enough to drive the cruisers to the grocery store each day; other than that, we did not spend any time outside of the marina.
Several boats that are headed to the Caribbean had come into this marina in Provo within a day or so of each other. We quickly made friends with Kendra (Owner/Captain) & Darren (Crew) on sv Sea Frog; you can follow her travels on Where is Kendra – My Adventures on Sea Frog. And, thanks to Barbara Hart on sv La Luna (published author and blogger – check out Harts at Sea) for the introductions, we met up with Rhonda & Travis and their three kids (Quincy, Jonah, Daphnie) on sv Party of Five. This family is on a plan to sail the world! You can follow them at Party of Five.
In order to stage to jump to Luperon, Dominican Republic, we headed to South Caicos. We anchored in Cockburn Harbor. We were surprised that this sleepy little town was having a huge party – their Annual Regatta. This regatta included sail and power boat races, junkanoo, face painting, games, bands, food & beverages. A few of the more daring guys in our group ate turtle and did not feel so well later that night!
Finally, we paid an extra fee to the government official in order to check-out over the weekend, and we were off to Luperon the next day.