On your visit to Turks and Caicos don’t sell yourself short by not indulging in the local cuisine of this unspoiled destination. The local eateries in Providenciales offer a unique look into the culture of the Turks and Caicos. It also provides the authentic island dining experience you can only get at a local restaurant.
Take a break from the resort’s restaurant or the typical dining on Grace Bay and venture to a few local spots where you’re sure to not only enjoy a meal but enjoy super friendly service and an opportunity to meet residents. A few of the restaurants you shouldn’t leave the island without visiting include Hole in the Wall, Middle Caicos Café, Da Conch Shack, Sailing Paradise, Horse Eye Jack, Smokey’s, Three Queens and Club Sodax.
You’ll find menu items that include conch and fish cooked in various ways, crab and lobster (in season) and other local delicacies like peas and rice, souse and peas and grits among others. Hole in the Wall offers one of the best jerk chicken and pork dishes on the entire island. It’s also well known for their signature fresh carrot juice. Middle Caicos Café is a typical spot for lunch with dining outside on a covered deck to the sound of local music. You can also enjoy shopping at the craft market after lunch which is just next door. For a local night spot, Horse Eye Jack is infamous for its Full Moon parties which always draw a lively crowd. Sailing Paradise offers dining on an outside deck overlooking Blue Hills’ beach. You will be steps away from the sand and can enjoy a scenic view of the south side of Providenciales from your table.
Also, if you’re visiting one of our family islands, here are some local restaurants to check out:
- North Caicos: Pelican Beach Hotel, Silver Palm Whitby, Miss B’s Island Hut, My Dee’s Restaurant, Super D Cafe, Titters Club, Higg’s Cafe
- Middle Caicos: Daniels Cafe, Passion Sweet, Little Oasis, Sapodilley’s
- South Caicos: Muriel’s Restaurant, Love’s Restaurant, The Chicken Bar, Pond View Restaurant, Dora’s Restaurant, Eastern Inn Restaurant
- Grand Turk: Secret Garden at Salt Raker Inn, The Sand Bar, Guanahani Restaurant at Bohio Dive Resort, The Bird Cage, Mookie Pookie Pizza, Joans Deli
- Salt Cay: Island Thyme Bistro, Mt Pleasant Bar and Restaurant, One Down One to Go, Sports Bar, Pat’s Place
Most of our local restaurants offer a casual atmosphere for good times and most are family oriented. You can also stretch your food budget further while on vacation if you choose to eat local. Pair any meal with the local Turks Head Beer or Bambarra rum punch for a complete native dining experience.
Don’t be afraid to explore the communities and try our local restaurants. It will truly give you a feel of what the Turks and Caicos Islands are really about and you’ll get a firsthand experience of one aspect of life in paradise.
Check out this article from the Times of the Islands Magazine on local dishes, its history and unique specialties of the Turks and Caicos Islands.