Sailing is a popular pastime, especially in the Caribbean where there are so many islands to explore that a lifetime of sailing wouldn't allow you to touch them all. Many tourists make the journey to Turks and Caicos, choosing Grace Bay as their final destination, each year by way of sailing their own private yacht or a chartered vessel.
If you want to enjoy some time on the water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Curious what's included and where you'll go? Take a look at the listing that follows to obtain contact information for area excursion services.
|Barefoot Custom Charters||(649) 232-7447||36 Blue Water Road - 1.2 mi. (1.9 km) East of Grace Bay|
|Big Blue Unlimited||(649) 946-5034||Blue Haven Marina - 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northeast of Grace Bay|
|Catch the Wave Charters||(649) 941-3047||Blue Haven Marina - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) Northeast of Grace Bay|
|Island Vibes Tours||(649) 231-8423||Grace Bay|
|Sun Charters||(649) 231-0624||Blue Haven Marina - 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) Northeast of Grace Bay|
If you are considering the option of chartering a boat, you can contact one of these agencies:
|Kenard Cruises||(649) 232-3866||Turtle Cove Marina - 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) West of Grace Bay|
|Silver Deep Charters||(649) 946-5612||Ocean Club West - Grace Bay|
|Turtle Voyager Yacht Charter||(706) 255-6239||4.3 mi. (6.9 km) West of Grace Bay|
Those who plan to sail to Providenciales then stay in Grace Bay have several options when it comes to their first encounter with the island. Initially, it is required that sailors enter at a port of entry to meet with customs officials and gain clearance. On Provo, there are five ports of entry, each of which is within 15 minutes of Grace Bay on land. The port nearest Grace Bay is the Leeward Marina and Turtle Cove comes in at a close second.
Starting to research sailing to Grace Bay using your own vessel, or a charter from another location? Take a look at the listing that follows to get basic information for marinas in the area.
|(649) 946-9910||Blue Haven Resort - 2.3 mi. (3.8 km) Northeast of Grace Bay|
|--||Leeward Highway - 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) East-Northeast of Grace Bay|
|(649) 941-5979||Blue Hills Road - Five Cays Settlements|
As you approach Provo, place a call via VHF Channel 16 to get in touch with customs officials, who can answer any questions you have and direct you to the dock. When you arrive, you'll need to show officials a list of the ship's stores, a crew and passenger list, and documentation from your last port of call. It is up to the discretion of the customs official whether or not to allow you access, though this is rarely an issue. Once approved, ask for a cruising permit, which will allow you to sail between the islands for one week. If you have plans to stick around longer, you'll have to dock and head into the interior to apply for a longer permit at the immigrations office.
Once approved, you can sail to Grace Bay and choose where you'd like to dock and your dream vacation will only be just beginning.
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