It felt so emblematic of this place, sophisticated but casual, serious but fun-loving. I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more
These easy-to- reach islands – under two hours from Miami and a round three from New York – are your ticket to sun, stat. Here’s how to do it over three days.
Touch down on the island of Providenciales and hightail it to the new Shore Club, the first resort on Long Bay Beach. Ten minutes’ drive away is the perennially popular Grace Bay, but here on this three-mile stretch, there’s space and then some. The resort’s modern rooms have soaring ceilings and large terraces, and amenities include a sprawling spa and three cabana-lined pools. Call it a night after dinner at the Japanese-Peruvian restaurant.
Start the day with a horseback ride on the beach. Provo Ponies will pair you up with a horse (complete beginners are welcome) to take you for a short ride on the sand and into the sea. The guides are wonderful — a calming presence for anyone who gets skittish. In the afternoon, take a tour of the Caicos Conoh Farm and research facility before dinner at Seven), Provo’s best fine-dining restaurant. Come early fora drink and a chat with the gregarious head bartender, Nicolo, then dig into Italianesque dishes like garden-pea risotto.
Finish your weekend with some quality beach time. In addition to loungers with beachside service, the Shore Club has stand-up paddleboards and kayaks available so you can get out on the water. And for your last meal in paradise, nothing beats Da Conch Shack. Here, you can try conch in a fresh, citrusy salad, lightly battered and fried, or in a flavorful curry. Wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s potent rum drinks or a locally brewed Turk’s Head beer.