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bonefishing turks and caicsThis is a short blog post that provides some information about bonefishing in the Turks and Caicos islands.

First: the location. The Turks and Caicos Islands are located just east of the Bahamas (the Caribbean mecca for bonefishing) and are about an hour by direct flight from Miami; many airports in North America as well as Heathrow in London connect directly with Provo airport.

Provo (officially known as Providenciales) is a vacation mecca, with world-famous Grace Bay Beach voted #1 by TripAdvisor, Conde Naste and other publications. Provo is the gateway to the Turks and Caicos, and fishing carters and tours can be arranged by luxury hotels on the island.

However, getting to and from the ideal Turks and Caicos Bonefishing spot can take a lot of time, and ideally visitors would be based at one of the 40 or so lesser-populated cays to the east of Provo.

Caico Bank – prime Bonefish territory

The Caicos islands form a graceful arc stretching from east to west, and are separated from Grand Turk to the far east of the territory by the Caicos Channel.

To the north of the archipelago lie the Bahamas, separated by one of the world’s longest barrier reefs and a deep channel. To the south stretch the Caicos Bank, a shallow expanse of tidal flats and chinawhite sand lying just below crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean. The shores that ring the Caicos Bank is prime habitat for Bonefish, and cruising the shallow waters with an experienced guide makes for an excellent Caribbean vacation.

For Turks and Caicos bonefishing, Pine Cay, North Cay and Middle Caicos are popular locations. These cays, while sparsely populated, are also relatively accessible from Provo. Pine Cay itself has its own airstrip (for small planes) and an isolated private island resort – very few people here, so it’s possible to go bonefishing right from shore.

About the Bonefish

The Bonefish is a small, silver-colored fish known as “the grey ghost” for its ability to blend in almost undetected just beneath the surface of the Caribbean. What first-time anglers need to know is that the fish generally comes close to shore with the incoming tide, so wading around in a high tide searching for the Bonefish is considered part of the experience.

The Bonefish is a fighting fish, which is why anglers from all over the world come to the Caribbean to seek it out.

Bonefishing gear

Generally speaking, a flyfishing rig is suitable for bonefishing, although an experienced guide can provide information about line weight and lures to use. As well, be sure to be dressed for the sun. Bonefishing is an all-day affair, so be prepared for the sun!

Learn more about bonefishing in the Caribbean.

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5 things to do on St. Martin

December 23, 2011

things to do in st. martin1. Hike up to Fort St. Louis
Fort St. Louis, overlooking Marigot Bay, is the most significant historical destination on the island of St.Martin (in the French West Indies). The fort was originally built in 1767 to protect St. Martin from rampaging invaders including the Spanish, the English, and even privateers!

2. Meander through Marigot Market
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings an open-air market is set up along the harbour in Marigot, and it’s a great chance to buy plenty of local produce, tropical fruits and spices, and freshly caught fish.

3. Explore St. Martin Museum
This fantastic cultural destination showcases St.Martin’s rich French, African and Caribbean heritage, and includes a collection of pre-Colombian artifacts, such as  a 1,500 year old burial mound, and other treasures dating back to 1800 BC.

4. Conquer Paradise Peak
Pic Paradis towers above St. Martin. At 1,400 feet, Paradise Peak is the highest point on the whole island, providing an incredible view of the Caribbean.

5. Discover the French Quarter (Orleans)
The French Quarter, a classic Caribbean fishing village, is located on the east coast of the island just north of St.Maarten (the Dutch side), and was the first French settlement here. Some of the original seventeenth-century buildings still stand. This part of the island has not been developed much at all, so the old atmosphere of Napoleanic Europe lingers in nooks and crannies.

The Grand Case Beach Club is close to things to do in St. Martin.

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Open water swimming newest sport to take Caribbean by storm?

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If you’re thinking about planning a Caribbean vacation early next summer and want to beat the heat, you might consider Provo and Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos. In early July 2012 Grace Bay will host its third annual Race for the Conch “open-water swimming” competition. July is typically a hot time of year in […]

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More St Martin beach resort ideas

September 9, 2011

St. Martin, a French possession located in the Caribbean Sea, is the perfect place to plan a family vacation or a romantic getaway for two. One community on the island, Grand Case, is located in a secluded corner of the territory, providing a secluded spot to create your own private Caribbean memories. Grand Case is […]

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St Lucia restaurant ideas

August 13, 2011

Long known as the “St Helen of the West Indies”, St Lucia is a beautiful, refined destination for travelers hoping to catch a glimpse of the “true Caribbean”. while many island nations in the region are flat and almost featureless, due to their geological heritage as the remains of ancient coral reefs, St Lucia terrain […]

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Turks and Caicos oceanfront resort ideas

August 12, 2011

Everyone has heard of Provo, but not many people have heard about Turks and Caicos oceanfront resort ideas. The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are a small island chain in the Caribbean. Geographically part of the Bahamas, the islands lie close Hispaniola (home of  Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and, surprisingly Cuba. The islands are […]

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Things to do in Saint Martin

June 16, 2011

St Martin is part of the beautiful French West Indies in the Caribbean. Through it’s connection to France it also belongs European Union, and is safe, clean and quiet, perfect for either family vacations, or romantic getaways and Caribbean vacations. But what to do on St Martin? Boating, swimming and the beach Most people travel […]

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Siteseeing Tips Near Soufriere on St Lucia

June 16, 2011

St Lucia has gained fame as a romantic getaway at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. The forested volcanic peaks, white sand beaches and exclusive celebrity getaways have defined St Lucia as a luxury destination perfect for memorable weddings and honeymoons. But for those who venture beyond their Caribbean hotel, the island of St Lucia […]

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Swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean

June 15, 2011

When searching for things to do in the Caribbean, swimming with dolphins always ranks at the top of the list. However, most locations feature captive dolphins who have been captured from the wild, and must reside in little more than glorified swimming tanks. Where is it possible to swim with wild dolphins in the Caribbean. […]

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