With the Turks and Caicos Islands hosting hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, the month of September is usually recorded as one with the least tourist arrivals. That said, many hotels and associated service providers often close their doors for a variety of reasons – repairs, upgrades, staff vacation, etc.
Fine dining experiences at many of the island’s restaurants become very limited as a result of this slowdown. While the beaches are always open, visitors to the island of Providenciales during September still have to find a place to eat, socialize and enjoy the cuisine that Turks and Caicos Islands have become known for.
While hunting for a place to dine can be an adventure in itself, many tourists prefer to be presented with a short list of restaurants with luxurious ambiance, lavish cutlery (probably purchased from brands such as Nella Cutlery), and services. To cater to such travelers, we have put together a list of our favorite places to dine that are available during the slow season.
1. Somewhere Café
Somewhere Café sits directly on Grace Bay Beach at the Coral Gardens Resort. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they serve up Tex-Mex cuisine in a casual setting. Specialty coffees, herbal teas and cocktails are available daily with sunset specials one hour before after the sun sets.
2. Conch Shack
Conch Shack is synonymous with what they serve – conch. Located on the beach in Blue Hills, they serve fresh local seafood including several specialty conch dishes, grouper, snapper and lobster when in season.
3. Baci Ristorante
Baci Ristorante, located in the Turtle Cove marina, offers fine Italian dining on a shaded terrace. Apart from Sunday when they are closed, they are open Monday through Friday for lunch and Monday through Saturday dinner serving excellent pasta, chicken, veal, lobsters (seasonal) and brick oven pizzas.
4. Big Al’s Island Grill
Big Al’s located in the Salt Mills Plaza is a diner with 1950s retro décor. Their lunch and dinner menus include big juicy burgers, wraps, pasta, salads and grilled steak, chicken and fish.
If you are a big eater, Big Al’s offers a Slider Challenge for a chance to make their wall of fame win a free t-shirt. The catch – just finish the meal within 30 minutes, and you’ll get the bragging rights.
5. Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl
The most popular restaurant in Five Cays, Bugaloo’s is located on the beach and serves up fresh local conch and seafood in a variety of recipes. Together with their beers, rums, wines, you can enjoy constant tradewinds under the shade of the trees. If you show up on the right day, you can also enjoy live music while you dine.
6. The Vix
The Vix Restaurant is located in the Regent Village in the heart of Grace Bay. They offer a high-end modern cuisine and a carefully created wine list in one of the best atmosphere that Grace Bay has to offer. They are open daily and offer live music on Fridays.
7. Danny Bouy’s
Danny Bouy’s is a popular sports bar serving lunch and dinner daily, on the terraced patio. There are daily happy hour specials, Karaoke on Tuesdays and Thursdays, live music on Fridays and a DJ on Saturdays. Lots of big screens, beer, hot wings and pizza to comfort you and a “Suicide Wing Challenge” for the brave. The atmosphere is always electric.
8. Las Brisas
Feast on the Mediterranean/Caribbean cuisine while gazing out to the tranquilizing Chalk Sound National Park which Las Brisas overlooks. They are open daily for lunch and dinner except Tuesdays. Their Tapas are famous, but you can otherwise anything from their extensive menu and wine list. Whether you choose the terrace, gazebo or inside dining, the experience is priceless. Dinner reservations are recommended.
Opus is located at Ocean Club East Resort, across from the Provo Golf Club. With a relaxing and friendly ambiance, they offer an international menu with a Caribbean flair including fresh local seafood. Wine flights and tasting plates are always available. Dinner served nightly except Sundays in an air conditioned indoor setting or outdoor in a garden.
10. Mango Reef
Mango Reef offers premium waterfront dining overlooking Turtle Cove Marina. They are open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializing in fresh local flavors and seafood with a selection of international favorites. The restaurant is very spacious with both indoor and outside dining on a covered patio. The restaurant comes alive at nights with lighting effects that is second to none.
What were your favorite dining experiences?