Jim Hill Nature Walk

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Jim Hill view towards Five Cays…….such calm turquoise waters today.

What an awesome  day it was today. One look at that turquoise, flat calm water and a quick trip up Jim Hill ended up being a good two hours. There was an abundance of glorious wild flowers in full bloom after the rains of last week. The Turks and Caicos Islands are blessed with so much natural beauty.

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The wispy, dried and twig like Broom Brush has undergone a transformation and now has white delicate flowers.

Most of the year, the Broom Brush goes un noticed as it looks withered and dry most of the time. The rains of last week created the greening of the branches and an abundance of delicate white flowers. The Broom Brush is endemic to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.

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Jacquemontia Havanensis is a twining vine and the flowers on this one had pretty pink highlights.

Many of the shrubs were covered with this little vine with star shaped flowers. Many were white but there are variations with pink and light blue colours.

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I love the scent of the Bahama Strong Back which is similar to jasmine.

This shrub provides food for birds and insects and the fragrant flowers are a source of nectar for butterflies and the Bahama Woodstar Hummingbirds found in the Turks and Caicos. And when you boil the twigs and leaves making it into a tea, it relieves back pain and has medicinal properties. I’ve heard it is good for tummy problems too.

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This Old Man Cactus is about to burst out with a beautiful flower……..it generally blooms at night.

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Blooms are extraordinary…….satin like and with a cloying scent.

The Old Man Cactus flower is attractive to insects and butterflies and its bright red fruit is loved by our local birds.

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The Wild Senna has beautiful bright yellow flowers.

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The Candlewood when not flowering looks like a miniature holly bush.

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The Candlewood has bright spikey orange flowers with four longer stems that look like candles, thus the name.

 

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Encyclia Altissima, our beautiful wild orchid

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I don’t know what this is but it was a pretty little daisy like weed.

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Just love this one with its delicate seeds and turquoise sea background.

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Sea Sage has to be one of my favourites with its multi pink and yellow cluster flowers.

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Heading down Jim Hill towards the marina and Harbour Club Villas.

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How I love the Wild Passionflower vine and this one was in full bloom….. check out the little caterpillar.

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A little snail on the Sea Grape bush.

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Pretty butterfly hovers above the passion vine.

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The lovely Melochia with its’ pinkish purple flowers

A beautiful day, a wonderful photographic excursion to enjoy our local wildflowers.

Look around you as you enjoy our beautiful by nature islands.

 

Marta

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

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Times of the Islands

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Times of the Island……….a beautiful island magazine that’s published four times a year.

Times of the Islands current issue for Winter 2015/16 is on the stands now and I’m so excited and proud of my cover photo! Taken on a stunningly beautiful day from the top of Jim Hill. It was one of those days filled with reflections and calm flat waters that you dream about and try to capture the beauty. I know I did!!

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Taken on the same day, a fishing boat heads off to French Cay and passing the Five Cays in the background.

This issue had several of my photos as you browse through reading some great articles. I was surprised to find my photo of bonefishing with Darin Bain taken on another clear bonefishing day on the back side of Middle Caicos.

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Bonefishing with Darin off Middle Caicos…no land in sight just a perfect, top class bonefishing day.

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Joe Cermele and his beautiful bride on his honeymoon trip to Provo. What else would you do but fish???

Joe Cermele of Field and Stream wrote an article for Times of the Islands and I arranged for him to go out with Darin on this day so I could take photographs for my bonefishing portfolio. The article is called “If You Love Me, Let Me Fish……..A newly wed’s quest for Provo bonefish.” Here’s the exert  from this moment when I had gone into the water to catch some shots of the boat.

“Are those all bonefish?,” I ask Darin in disbelief of what I’m seeing. He grins and tells me I’m not going crazy. I cast directly into the center of what must be 200 gray ghosts swimming in unison like choreographed jets in an air show. I hook one instantly and the entire school follows its struggling brother. Cameras flash as I land the fish and quickly return it to the turquoise water. The school hasn’t moved far. For the next 40 minutes, bone after bone attacks my fly in what I can only describe as the antithesis of everything I know about the species. Bonefish are sly, wary, and cunning fighters. These fish would strike a hotdog if I presented it to them, and they have no qualms about swimming right up to the boat. Christen even lands a few after I hook them up. “

 

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Times of the Islands winter issue has a great article on the TSPCA……….all volunteer run. Here are the judges at the annual dog show.

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The TCSPCA has a remarkable and dedicated group of volunteers………they are all amazing people.

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My favourite little donkey taken on Salt Cay

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He was just the cutest little guy

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A flock of flamingos on Salt Cay out at North Creek

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Such beautiful flamingos taken on a trip to Salt Cay

Times of the Islands is a publication worth taking home with you. If you’d like to read the magazine from cover to cover, the link is below.

http://www.timespub.tc/pdfpub/Winter%202015-2016%20Times%20of%20the%20Islands.html

Marta

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

 

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Diving in the Turks and Caicos

 

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Harbour Club Villas and Marina has dive boats leaving daily for many of our spectacular dive sites.

It’s more than time to tell you about our spectacular reefs and diving and WOW, the visibility is easily in the range of 80 feet or more. I must confess that I don’t dive and have to rely on these wonderful dive folks and our guests for underwater photos. The marina at Harbour Club Villas is home to several dive companies which makes for a very convenient few minutes walk for our diving guests. If you are diving with Flamingo Divers, Aqua TCI,  Caicos Adventures or Provo Turtle Divers, you’re just a short easy walk away from your dive boat! We have six, cottages just made for a great diving vacation for couples, families as well as small dive groups.

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Our scuba divers can have breakfast in the morning overlooking a lake view.

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A short walk in the morning takes you down to our docks where Aqua TCI have their boat moored.

A short walk further down the dock, you will find Provo Turtle Divers, Flamingo Divers and Caicos Adventures. All are within walking distance from our villas……….so how convenient is that! You can be up and out the door, walk down to the dock and be on your dive boat within minutes.

Divers will be amazed at the numerous dive sites (some 90 sites) found in the Turks and Caicos Islands……..North West Point, West Caicos, Sandbore Channel, French Cay and Grace Bay. Boat rides are generally 40 minutes or so from our dock.

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The boat channel opens out into Cooper Jack Bay.

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Harbour Club’s Marina is the eastern portion of South Side Marina where several dive operators moor their boats.

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Flamingo Divers are usually the first to head out for dive sites at West Caicos, French Cay or the North West Point………..there’s some 90 sites out there.

Flamingo Divers with Mickey and Jayne are specialists in small group diving with a maximum of 8 divers. A high percentage (some 83%) are returning divers and they         tailor dive profiles to suit preferences and levels of experience. 

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An amazing experience as Mickey and Jayne swim with a Humpback whale for some 60 minutes.

Jayne writes “Stairway to Heaven at West Caicos. Well….this site earned its name today!We spent 60 minutes hovering and watching this gentle giant hang in front of us, and drift up every 15 minutes for a breath of air, and promptly swim back to us again. When our air consumption finally dictated our ascent, we swam to the anchor line and slowly began ascending, only to look behind and watch him follow us! With us hanging at 15 ft, and him at about 20 ft, we simply stared at each other for another 3 minutes until, bittersweetly so, we had to finish our dive.”

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Great excitement on seeing a whale shark.

Aqua TCI is Provo’s newest dive operator and their boat, Aquatic Safaris II is a 30ft (10m) Island Hopper with a nice wide dive deck and big engine. Bill and Stephanie have been diving for 20 years and their mantra is “All that’s required from you is to relax, dive and chill! They do all the work and all you have to do is ENJOY.

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Here they are heading out with a group taking a course on to become Invasive Lionfish Tracker specialty divers.

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Coming out of the channel and on the way to French Cay………what a day………..flat calm.

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French Cay is a protected island and bird sanctuary with numerous dive sites.

French Cay is a tiny atoll about 15 miles due south of Providenciales and offers virtually no shelter from the seas so it simply has to be dived in good, calm weather. It is well worth the 50 minute boat ride with some of the best walls and reefs in the islands. It has two distinguishing features which make for great dives. First, the wall faces south and is usually well lit by the sun’s rays. Secondly, the top of the wall is relatively shallow at 40 feet and well covered with coral clumps rather than the sand bottom which is found on West Caicos sites.

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Caicos Adventures with Philipe “Fifi” is probably the dive company that heads the most to French Cay.

Philipe “Fifi” and his sleek catamaran dive and snorkel boats are a short walk away from our villas. He has been pioneering Turks and Caicos Scuba diving since 1988. He has shocked many a diver by free diving and this includes my husband Barry when he was invited to come out on the Caicos Cat one day with Fifi. This group of great people encourage their guests to relax, laugh & have a good time. Caicos Adventures wants you to have an incredible journey, viewing “life as it should be.”

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Nostalgia time from 2003 as Fifi prepares to lead the dive……….this man does NOT age and it’s because he has a great passion for diving in the TCI!

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Percy, one of our guests took this photo of a hammerhead out at French Cay

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Flamingo Divers have the most amazing shots of sharks………..you’ll see many of them on your dives.

 

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Mickey comes face to face with a shark out cruisin’. Great photo by one of Harbour Club’s guests Jed Daniel.

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Art Pickering’s Provo Turtle Divers taking a break way back in 2002.

Provo Turtle Divers is the oldest dive operation in the TCI and established in 1970.  For over 44 years they have dived French Cay, West Caicos, Northwest Point and Sandbore channel which is between NW Point  and West. Art discovered and named most of the dive sites.

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Here he is, the man himself………..Art Pickering.

Dave and Melinda have owned Provo Turtle Divers since 2002 and “Chuck’s Honey” has been sold and replaced by Chuck’s Mate, a 36 foot Newton Dive special which will hold between 12 and 14 divers but capable of taking on a few more.

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Here’s Chuck’s Mate heading off on a beautiful Provo morning.

Provo Turtle Diver’s commitment to guests is for you to see the walls and critters – not bubbles and fins.  

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And YES, you may be lucky enough to see JoJo the dolphin. This photo is by Jodi from Snuba TCI

I wanted also to mention our friend Jodi, the “snuba lady” as she’s fondly called. Jodi operates Snuba TCI and in the winter months will dock her boat at Harbour Club Villas and Marina. If you’re not quite ready for some diving, Jodi will ease you into an amazing underwater experience with a snuba introduction. You are attached to a breathing tube that’s connected to tanks in a raft that floats above you. You’ll be able to see the coral reefs, fish and undersea life right up close. Snorkeling is available too!!

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Snuba TCI with Jodi also keep their boat in our marina but only during the winter month’s when sometimes it can be rough on the North shore and Grace Bay.

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Snuba TCI with Jodi and sometimes (quite often) you will see turtles.

A little note for those who don’t dive. No need to be left behind as ‘Bubble watchers’ can come out with the divers on all the boats.

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Harbour Club Villas is perfect dive accommodation …. so convenient and easy. We’ll do all the work for you!

And so, when you are ready to plan that dive trip to the Turks and Caicos, give us a call or send us an email. We have most of the dive operators within walking distance of our villa accommodation. We can book everything for you and as you can see, we have the best dive operators right here. These dive operators all leave daily from close by Harbour Club’s Marina and head for Providenciales’ most spectacular diving – uninhabited West Caicos and French Cay, located on the edge of the Caicos banks where the wall drops to deep blue depths of 7000 feet.

 

Marta   http://www.diving.tc

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Flamingos on Flamingo Lake

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Such beautiful plumage colours on these flamingos sighted in the lake by Harbour Club Villas.

The flamingos have returned to Flamingo Lake by Harbour Club Villas and Marina on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Just recently, a friend called me to tell me she could see the flamingos feeding in the lake. She ran down to pick me up and off we drove just before sunset to find and photograph  them.

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These two were honking and ruffling their wings.

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It was difficult to capture them because they were busily feeding with their heads in the water.

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The sun was going down as a small flock of flamingos were feeding in the lake.

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Preening, neck stretching and ruffling their wings.

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Such beautiful birds with amazing colours

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They mainly feed during the day………this one had the most beautiful colours.

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Flamingos sweep their bill upside down through shallow water picking up food as they go.

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I can’t believe what beautiful plumage and colours these birds have.

 

 

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Flamingos are like ballet dancers so graceful in the waters

We don’t often see flamingos but these ones were so close to us in the lake just out by the villas.

 

Marta

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

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Turks and Caicos Wedding at Harbour Club Villas

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A one-of-a-kind estate with individual villas that are ideal for that special wedding.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR……..at Harbour Club Villas and Marina.

Harbour Club Villas and Marina is a one-of-a-kind estate with individual villas available for rent for that special wedding occasion.

IMAGINE THIS ENTIRE BOUTIQUE COTTAGE ESTATE…ALL TO YOURSELVES.

Bring your family. Bring the kids. Bring your friends.
Have a family reunion, a wedding celebration, that special anniversary or birthday getaway, a yoga retreat, grab a group of scuba dive buddies, go for some fishing or spend some downtime just looking to rest and relax away from the typical and often crowded beach resorts.

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Six individual cottages that are just perfect for a small family group…….. from 12 to 24 persons.

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Our small, island hideaway has a special appeal to small groups looking for that perfect resort.

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A beautiful bride and her bridesmaids pose for photographs at the villas.

We have six, identical units in a boutique, resort style setting, surrounded by tropical gardens, gazebo and pool. Villas are located between two waterfronts on Provo’s more tranquil south shore and can accommodate from 12 guests up to groups of 24.
The entire estate can be booked for your exclusive use and enjoyment. Imagine that perfect wedding day.

We can help you make all the arrangements from the minister, your bridal bouquet and flower arrangements, photographer, cake maker, reception, caterers, selection of beach for the ceremony, pre wedding cruises or anything else you would like to make your special day memorable.

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Wedding photographs at the marina lookout at Harbour Club Villas.

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Local island stonework and the walkways at Harbour Club Villas make for that special photo opportunity.

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Such a beautiful bride poses for a moment in front of her villa at Harbour Club.

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Such a glorious choice of locations for those wedding photos.

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The bride and groom have a moment of joy and exhilaration on the beach.

There are so many perfect beaches for the bride and groom to choose from: Grace Bay by Sibonne and the Bay Bistro is a favorite. Then there is gorgeous Leeward Beach, Sapodilla, Taylor Bay, Malcolm Roads Beach and others where the sand is soft and the sea is tinged with pinks and oranges as the sun sets into the ocean.

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Leeward beach in all its’ perfection seems to lure many wedding couples.

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The beach at Sibonne is fantastic especially if the bridal party wants an island reception on the beach at the Bay Bistro restaurant.

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Malcolm Roads Beach is a little removed from the norm but it is perhaps the most spectacular.

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Champagne as the sun sets on Taylor Bay.

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Such a gorgeous bridal bouquet of orange roses …… Turtle Rock on the horizon of Taylor Bay.

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We’re Married! A Leeward Beach sunset with the happy bride and groom

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Boats at anchor at Sapodilla Bay……..our bride and groom take a tender moment to take in a perfect sunset.

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Sand dollar champagne glasses and a toast to a beautiful future together…..Malcolm Roads Beach.

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You never can tell what the weather will bring but a window of opportunity as the sun shines for a moment at Leeward.

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A bride and her flower girls enjoy a special moment.

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Rose petals sprinkled over the calm waters of Taylor Bay.

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The champagne is ready and waiting for the bride and groom.

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A little flower girl takes in the beauty of the ocean.

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Harbour Club Marina backdrop for a wedding couple on their wedding day.

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The gazebo at Harbour Club is just a beautiful space to hold a wedding reception.

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Tables prepared for a wedding reception………we can arrange for a caterer to come in.

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Decorations abound as the gazebo at Harbour Club Villas holds a catered wedding reception.

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Time to party Newfie style complete with screech!!

Our small, island hideaway has a special appeal to small groups looking for that perfect resort for a wedding, a family reunion or get together or any other function.

We offer relaxation and enjoyment in a lush tropical setting that appears to be “off the beaten path” but that is, in reality, a close 5-15 minute drive to shopping, restaurants and most of the places our visitors would want to see and explore.

Please call me, Marta, and together we can plan your perfect island beach wedding.

We have six, identical units in a boutique, resort style setting, surrounded by tropical gardens, gazebo and pool. Villas are located between two waterfronts on Provo’s more tranquil south shore and can accommodate from 12 guests up to groups of 24.

Toll free at 1 888 240 0447.

Or send me an email at harbourclub@tciway.tc

Hope to hear from you soon,

Marta

 

http://www.turksandcaicoswedding.com

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Thirsty Anole at Harbour Club Villas

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It’s time for relaxing and ending the day with a beer.

Pretty much every evening we head on up our hill and sit and enjoy the view over Harbour Club Marina. On this particular evening, I set my beer on the wall beside the bench and to my amazement a little anole lizard cautiously approached. He evidently was thirsty and started to lap up the beads of moisture that had formed on my Corona. What a photo op and my camera captured this cute event.

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Lapping up the beads of moisture

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Anole lizards are interesting to watch and they do move fast.

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Just another little drink before I go!

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Hummingbird Rescue

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Momma hummingbird feeding her two new little ones

 

Harbour Club Villas and Marina have a new little guest……..a Bahamas Woodstar hummingbird has built a nest in one of our Bridal Bouquet plants. The nest has been battered by the strong winds and the lower leaf supporting the nest is slowly starting to die.

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Perching on her nest to feed the babies that were just hatched a day ago.

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The yellow beak of one of the two little hummingbird in the nest lined with soft hairs and fibres.

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Bridal bouquet showing how off kilter the nest is.

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The yellowing leaf is supporting most of the nest but it’s not going to hold for sure until the birds are ready to fly.

The two little hatchling hummingbirds are at the mother’s tail and she will have to add more to her nest to shore it up so that the babies don’t fall out.

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Another hummingbird nest at Harbour Club Villas…..what a work of art!

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Looking down into the nest to see the little hummingbirds.

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Here are the two little hummingbirds sleeping in their soft nursery.

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A photo showing the sloping angle of the nest

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Our little grandson peaks into the nest to see the new hatchlings

I was really worried about the little birds falling out of the nest as it seemed to be leaning really far on the one side. The nest was only woven around one leaf that was dying. I asked our gardener to try and tie up the nest so that it would last for about three more weeks.

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Sturdy twigs on either side of the nest adding support and safety for the hatchlings.

I came back to find two sturdy branches tied around and supporting the nest…perfect! Mama hummingbird is now sitting upright on the nest and the little ones are safe and secure in the newly shored-up nest.

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She seems to be enjoying her newly supported nest.

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Collecting nectar for the babies

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Minute cottonball puffs have been added to the nest

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Here’s a close up of the baby hummers

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Mama flies in to feed the little ones

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Taking a break, the little hummingbird perches on a branch.

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Here are the babies a week later and growing so fast

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Two open little beaks just waiting to be fed

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Mama bird’s favourite perch on a flowering ixora bush.

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Flying in for a landing on her perch to see if all’s clear……….she knows I’m there

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More repairs as we have to pull the bridal bouquet branch up under the eaves

More repairs …….. the leaning bridal bouquet branch was catching the full on sunshine and I could see that the baby hummingbirds were suffering the heat onslaught. We had to tie it up using the villa louvers to pull the branch back into the shade up under the eaves.

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Feeding her hungry crew.

The mother hummingbird drinks nectar and catches bugs which she regurgitates into a slurry substance the baby hummingbirds can digest. This mixture is fed to the baby hummingbirds approximately every twenty minutes. She insert her beak all the way down into the mouths of the baby hummingbirds.

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Peaking out of the nest with beak wide open.

When a mother hummingbird comes to feed the baby hummingbirds, the baby hummingbirds feel the wind and vibrations from the wings of their mother and lift their little heads up and open their mouths.

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Close up of the nestlings as they wait for mama.

With two repairs to her nest, we are hoping all will hold together until the baby hummingbirds are ready to fly.

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The mama hummingbird and one of her favourite perches in a bougainvillea that’s near the nest.

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At six days old they have the startings of feathers and hungry all the time.

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The little hummingbirds are grow fast and feeding is approximately every 20 minutes or so.

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Hummingbirds lap up the nectar with their long slender tongues.

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Two weeks old and they have fluffy feathers.

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Yes, they projectile poop lifting their bums out of the nest so as not to dirty it.

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See how long her tongue is?

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There’s a greenish tinge to their feathers and they are looking more like hummingbirds.

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One of the little guys perches at the edge of the nest.

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Enjoying a little scratch as she perches on the bougainvillea branch.

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Three weeks old and almost ready to fly.

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The babies grip the nest with their claws so that they don’t fall out.

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Now you can see the iridescent green on their feathers

 

Marta

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

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Summertime Beaches

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Southwest tip of our island on a summer’s day……..perfection

Summertime on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands brings a laid back, lazy and dreamy time. Much too hot to do anything BUT head to the beach. And those beaches are all beyond belief…………on some of them, there’s not another soul. All that splendor to enjoy for yourself. We call it “silly season” and it’s a time when many leave the island and the beaches are empty but heavenly.

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Late afternoon and a lone figure way out on a sandbar………it doesn’t get any better than this!

 

 

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Summer storm passing on through and what intense colours.

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These three ladies have their cooler and glasses of wine……..what could be more perfect?

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Thatch beach umbrella and chairs just waiting to be filled.

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A little girl enjoying playing on the beach.

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Late afternoon as the sun casts a pinkish glow and a lone SUP-er heads home.

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Pretty spectacular

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Ahhhh Sapodilla Bay and it’s shallow waters………little kids just love this beach

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Lace fringed ocean on a flat calm day.

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Look at that water with nothing better to do than float around on Grace Bay

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The end of a beautiful day with cocktails in the water.

Summertime is the best time………..quiet beaches all to yourself, swimming in perfect island waters, snorkeling the reefs and just enjoying life at a much slower snail’s pace.

Stay with us at Harbour Club Villas and Marina and we’ll tell you all our secrets and best hideaway spots on the variety of breathtaking beaches.

See you on the beach…….somewhere?

 

Marta

 

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Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

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CONGRATULATIONS……….FIVE-TIME WINNER OF THE CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 

 

We are thrilled to announce that Harbour Club Villas and Marina have been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence HALL OF FAME WINNER.

The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and puts a spotlight on those that consistently deliver an exceptional service to their customers. It is given only to establishments that achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

Currently we are #4 of 44 hotels on Trip Advisor! For a small vacation complex like ours, this is a major achievement and all our thanks go to our travelers for sending in their reviews.

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Six, one bedroom cottages at the edge of Flamingo Lake……..great accommodation for couples, families and groups.

Specializing in couples and small groups, we can accommodate from 2 to 24 guests in our unique and very beautiful accommodation on the south side. We have affordable and highly competitive prices. all villas are available to rent either individually or as a collective group and if required, we’ll rent on an exclusive basis to ensure your family or friends have a very memorable stay.

It is our genuine intention that guests arrive as guests and leave as our friends.

 

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A unique location between the lake and our own private Marina with a channel out to Cooper Jack Bay

Here’s what some of our guests have said……….

Nannie says “Hidden from the rest of the tourists, you have your own island retreat, surrounded by the most incredible gardens and water vistas. Your villa has just enough amenities so as to not interrupt its relaxed and soothing island oasis vibe! Truly my new favorite spot on the globe.”

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Hummingbirds, green herons, bananaquits, grey king birds and recently a yellow bellied sapsucker……all can be seen at the pool and grounds of Harbour Club Villas.

“There have been very few times in my life where words have failed me. This is one of those occasions! Barry and Marta, you two are such a find! I wish we were neighbors. The villa feels like home and we wanted for nothing during our all too short stay. I especially enjoyed your gardens, the hummingbirds and the blooming “old man.”

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Ask Marta to show you the best spots to eat (my personal favorite is the Bay Bistro), or best isolated beaches where treasure may or may not be found…or WHERE TO FIND THE BONEFISH!!!!!!! ”

Rod and Kim Hamilton stayed at Harbour Club Villas to do some DIY bonefishing while writing their book.

“I can highly recommend. Marta and Barry are taking great care of us and if you can believe it, the bonefishing is at the end of their driveway. I can see bonefish tailing from my front window.”

Rod gives the Turks & Caicos a nine out of a possible ten “spousal rating”.  Pick up and read his book  DIY Bonefishing or ask me to read my personalized copy. By the way, my photos are in the book too!

http://www.bonefishing.tc/

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Step out into the lake and be fishing in minutes………..yes the bonefish are just waiting for you.

“Ahhhh yes……..a do-it-yourself bonefish delight!  While we were there in April, five of the six cottages housed some world class bonefish and fly experts! What a treat as that is what lured (hahahahaha) my husband and I to this cozy retreat.”

Craig says ” This was my third visit to Harbour Club and as usual our accommodations were immaculate. I am already planning a return visit next year to coincide with an early morning incoming tide. All in all, this is a great winter getaway spot, very “spouse friendly” and a good choice for DIY bonefishing when you don’t have all day to fish.”

 

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A home away from home in lovely surroundings

“Staying on the south side of the island offers a much more immersed and laid back feel to your vacation. While Grace Bay may offer some of the amenities some people prefer, others may prefer a more quiet and secluded stay that isn’t always easy to find on the other side of the island. The Harbour Club Villas are very spacious, comfortable, with air conditioning. We loved walking down the hill to the marina to go sit on the dock in the morning, very beautiful.”

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A short walk in the mornings and onto dive boats moored in the marina and close by………Aqua TCI is right on our docks.

“Our villa was large, airy and well appointed. Two of us are divers and had about a 2 minute walk to the dive boat. Marta and Barry are wonderful hosts and provided us with great tips about the island. We will return!”

Aqua TCI is moored on our docks and will show you our spectacular underwater reef life………..the clarity is unbelievable.

Connie ( a six time returning guest) writes”Through snorkeling and diving we saw over 60 varieties of fish and a number of larger sights such as reef sharks, nurse sharks, barracudas, southern stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays and green turtles. The highlight for us was five flying gunnards that we saw with Flamingo Divers at a site called Coney Island off West Caicos.”

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Divers can sit and have breakfast overlooking Flamingo Lake before heading off to the dive sites.

“We loved our villa and our stay. The diving was terrific and the 2 minute walk to the Marina for 8:30 a.m. dives is the way to go!!!”

And, breakfast with a view too.

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Let us help you arrange your dream island wedding. Rent all our villas for your own exclusive use.

“My new husband and I, along with 17 of our family and friends stayed at Harbour Club Villas for a week. We got married on a beach in Provo (that Marta showed us) and had our reception at the villas. You will not find a nicer place to stay or have better hosts then Marta and Barry. The villas are very roomy, comfortable and clean. Your bed is made everyday and you get fresh towels. There are beach towels and beach chairs as well. Marta and Barry make you feel that they want to do whatever they can to make your stay the best it can be. We had our wedding reception there…we hired a caterer, decorated the bbq/eating area, had music and danced..it was the perfect setup. They did so much to help us with our wedding.”

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Trip Advisor welcomes Harbour Club Villas to its’ Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

A big thank you to all our visitors and guests who took time out to send in their reviews.

Marta and Barry

 

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Under the Dock at Harbour Club

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Anemones growing under the floating docks at Harbour Club’s Marina

A beautiful late afternoon spent lying on the docks taking photos of the marine life and world under our marina docks at Harbour Club Villas. Our guests had wandered down every evening of their stay and were coming back to tell me of all the sightings. I just had to see for myself.

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Lying on the docks taking photos of the pale anemones with my reflection in the water.

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Many pretty squirrel fish were darting around under the docks

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The common blue crab was feeding on growths covering sturdy ropes laying in the water.

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The beautiful neon yellows of the juvenile schoolmaster snapper.

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Here’s some grunts, foureye butterfly fish and schoolmaster snapper.

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Squirrel fish and schoolmaster snapper captured together

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Love this photo of a little squirrel fish

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Sea Anemone in pretty pink

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Pretty but not sure what this is??

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A fairly large barracuda kept prowling past.

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Excitement when a guest spotted this octopus……..thanks Bryan for the photo.

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Red-banded fanworm swaying with the currents.

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Octopus trying to hide from Mike’s camera……what a beauty and changing colours.

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An upside-down jellyfish.

I’m really amazed at all the marine life found down at the docks. Our guests at Harbour Club Villas love to wander down there in the evenings to discover all sorts of creatures, many birds, even sighting turtles and a four foot reef shark a few weeks ago.

Marta

 

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