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Trip Report Providenciales Review

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Hi Everyone!

I'd like to share my experiences with the Fodor's forum about my recent week trip to Provo (TCI). My feelings are currently mixed.

The beach is amazing, the sand and water is beautiful and refreshing cool on a hot (average) day. However a lot of people working on commission walk on the beaches trying to sell you boat rides, etc. This gets kinda annoying as I was approached about 4 times a day by these people, and if you buy a ride with someone, the other commission agents, if they had approached you previously, will be annoyed. I personally paid them what they would have earned via commission ($10/20) just so I didn't feel bad.

Throughout the island, you will find flies, ants and bugs everywhere... Hotels, bars, food places. They bite. However, if you are a smoker, this is paradise since it's $45 a carton and you can smoke essentially anywhere.

Food: Since I am a vegetarian who doesn't eat fish, the food was terrible throughout the island. No American-chain places, so you will be disappointed if you like fast food or vegetarian stuff. Jimmy's Dive Bar is dirty but has character and is open 24/7. Danny Buoys is alright, the slot machines didn't work and a bottle of Budwiser is $8. Pizza is amazing. Big Al's does the best (if only) vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food. Personally, I would do anything for a nice iHop.

Airport: It's a third-world airport with a few electronic check-in machines. It's dirty and the sewage plant can be smelt when boarding the aircraft on the tarmac. The Customs/Immigration Service are WORSE THAN TSA/DHS. I was escorted into a small room with five big black men, a British Security Services guy and a dog while they searched by luggage for "drugs or terrorism related" stuff. I have never been so disgusted in my life. I've experienced DHS/TSA as well as British customs (which are kinda similar to TSA/DHS) and this experience has to be the worst one so far. They waived the most obvious looking drug dealer through while I get searched. If you are young (18-24) and earn good money, they treat you like a criminal.

Most stores only work on a cash-basis and charge 5% if you use your VISA/MC/AMEX, so I recommend taking cash and not $100 bills as most stores don't have the change. Food is somewhat expensive, similiar to Manhattan or Central London. Graceway Gourmet is alright, but I'd prefer a Whole Foods and a CVS/Walgreens to their Flamingo Pharmacy.

The Airport experience has kinda tainted my vacation, I think I'd only come back if I fly charter to another airport or boat inwards from Florida or Bahamas.

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