Snorkeling and Tennis on Provo

Jul 21st, 2006, 10:42 AM
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Snorkeling and Tennis on Provo

Have been to many Caribbean islands, but never Turks & Caicos.Thinking of trying Provo.
We like snorkeling directly from a beach at our resort and also tennis (for example have enjoyed both Caneel Bay on St. John and Secret Harbour on St. Thomas)
From looking at a guidebook it appears that Coral Gardens has best snorkeling but no tennis.The book says that it is located"well west of bustling Grace Bay".Does that mean that it is far away from restaurants etc.?
The Sands and Ocean Club West among others do have tennis. Do either of these places have good snorkeling close by? Is it possible to walk from Grace Bay to Coral Gardens to snorkel there?
Any other suggestions of hotels that provide both tennis and good snorkeling?

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Jul 21st, 2006, 12:06 PM
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Grace Bay stretches for about 11 or 12 miles. The only resort on that beach that has snorkeling directly from the beach is Coral Gardens. As you already know it is located well west of the other resorts that are in the "main resort area". There is no tennis near Coral Gardens and you'd need transportation to get to just about every restauranton the island. There is no snorkeling anywhere near the Sands, Ocean Club West or any of the other resorts/condos on Grace Bay (which are situated on the eastern side of the bay.

As mentioned earlier Coral Gardens is on Grace Bay and while it is theoretically possible to walk the entire stretch of Grace Bay the distances from the main resort area to Coral Gardens will be quite long indeed. You really will want to take a taxi or a rental to make the trip. Unfortunately there's no resort on Grace Bay that has both tennis and walk-in snorkeling.
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Jul 21st, 2006, 12:21 PM
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We stayed at The Sands, and while there's not as good as snorkeling like at Coral Garden, there is some! I say plenty of cool looking fish and a baraccuda - not to mention some crab. It was neat. AND they have tennis courts! You can always walk or drive to Coral Garden. That's what we did.

Have fun >-
VegasM is offline  
Jul 23rd, 2006, 09:35 AM
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Turks & Caicos Club is next to the reef, too. We stayed there earlier this month.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 08:55 AM
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We stayed at Aquamarine beach house and it has both as well as a pool. I will ad my trip report and hope it helps you decide. Check out our pictures on shutterfly. The album titled Snorkeling at AMBH has both land and sea pictures of the houses. Sorry we never took inside shots, but here website does.
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Oct 24th, 2006, 06:49 PM
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Agree with snorkeling off Coral Gardens. We did it two days in Nov. 2005 and saw as many turtles and rays than as we saw the two days we were diving. It is really a great find. Can't believe it was the last two days of our trip before we figured out to head down there. Car to get there is a must. We walked very far from RWI Resort toward Coral Gardens one day and never got the whole way. Rental car was handy. Like many things on Provo, you won't find it well marked. Just trust what you've heard. Park and the hotel and just head into the water directly in front. Once in the water you'll see all the markers and the do-not-cross ropes that encircle the coral.
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