Humming Bird Nest at Harbour Club Villas


The start of a hummingbird nest in a potted Desert Rose at Harbour Club Villas and Marina

Two weeks ago, I noticed a hummingbird flying around a Desert Rose that I had growing in a pot at our villas at Harbour Club Villas and Marina. I noticed something on a branch and on looking closer discovered the start of a nest. She was a busy little bird flying to and fro gathering bits of bark, spiders nests, fibers and the hairs from the Old Man Cactus. An amazing piece of work!


Here she is perched on the nest.


A close-up view of the nest showing the delicate, soft bits lining the inside.


Here she is bringing back some wisps of white fluff for the nest.


Love this one as she looks overcome by all the bits and trying to pack them down.

Hummingbirds bring little bits of fluff, bark, fibers back to the nest a little at a time and it’s glued all together with spider webs. The nest will stretch because of the spiders webs as the babies grow. The photo above shows her with webs over her beak and body as she tries to pack it all down.  The hummingbird will camouflage the nest as much as she can by using small sticks, bark and plant pieces for the darker outside of the nest. The parts of the nest that may catch the sun are done with lighter materials while the darker parts of the nest are in the shade and blend in with the surroundings.


Notice that the nest is beginning to take shape and this is three days after I first spotted it.


She uses her wings and presses the nest against her body so that she can get the perfect shape and rounds off the center.


The nest is pointed towards the bottom join in the branch and you can clearly see the bits of plant materials used.


The nest is getting bigger and more rounded but it’s only like less than two inches across.


She’s letting me come up fairly close to her as I take all my photos.


My little hummingbird lays her first egg seven days from my noticing the nest.


She continues building the nest and doesn’t start incubating the eggs until she lays the second one.


Pretty colours as she lands on the nest.


I managed to capture her flying in with wings spread and feet grasping the edge of the nest.


Beak open as she brings more plant material for her nest.


It’s difficult to catch them in flight as the wings are beating so fast.


And then there were two little eggs. She laid them two days apart.


She will now start incubating the eggs and continue to build up the nest.


My desert rose is starting to bloom.


Usually the Momma hummingbird works on her nest for about four hours per day with many, many trips to gather materials as well as feed. She can make as many as 40 trips in a day.



She will sit on the nest incubating the two little jelly bean sized eggs for approximately 16-18 days before they hatch.

And so, she’s sitting on the eggs probably until the end of September when hopefully I’ll be able to post more photos of the eggs hatching and baby hummingbirds in the nest. I can’t wait. Make sure to check back in to see the babies.   Marta

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Bananaquits Bath Time


Bananaquit enjoying the water droplets.

Harbour Club Villas has quite a few birds now and this is an never ending source of photos for me. Another hot, sunny day on island and so I sprayed down our pepper and tomato plants. Within minutes all kinds of birds showed up to enjoy fluttering about in the droplets on the small palms and Washingtonians. They would fluff up their feathers to expose bare skin and rapidly flick their wings in the droplets collected on the fronds. Tough to try and get photos that are in focus because they were moving so fast. Here’s a selection of bananaquit photos.


A Washingtonian palm frond makes a perfect bird bath.


A lot of hopping about from frond to frond


Two little bananaquits enjoying a bath on a hot Provo day


Love this photo of a bananaquit on a palm frond


Fluttering wings picking up water droplets


A natural bird bath

Providenciales has numerous birds and the bananaquit is perhaps one of the more colourful small birds. I love to watch them especially around Harbour Club Villas pool area where many of our guests and bird watching guests can sit, enjoy and capture them in their photographs.

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Harbour Club Villas

Harbour Club Villas and Marina looking out over Flamingo Lake

The six villas at Harbour Club make for a charming vacation hideaway that’s a little removed from the hustle and bustle of Grace Bay but still within a five minute drive.

View from Jim Hill looking over Flamingo Lake towards Harbour Club Villas

We have made a name for ourselves marketing the natural beauty and tranquility of the southern shores of Providenciales where the villas are located. Our guests are drawn towards quiet enjoyment of the natural beauty that surrounds us. We have guests coming for the excellent “catch and release” bonefishing in Flamingo Lake and Turtle Lake and the nearby ocean flats, scuba divers that return year after year and leave from our marina docks, birders, photographers and birdwatchers that enjoy the water birds, flamingos, egrets, herons, ospreys that are in our area and kayakers that love to explore the Cooper Jack shoreline and Delou’s beaches.

Six, one bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens for your vacation rental on Provo’s south shores.

The villas were built in 1998 on the southern shore of Providenciales and comprise six, one bedroom villas, a pool and gazebo, a private marina with several dive companies close by including Flamingo Divers, Caicos Adventures,Ocean Vibes, Provo Turtle Divers and Provo’s newest addition, Aqua TCI. Here’s some photos of Harbour Club Villas and Marina on the south shore of Providenciales.

Gazebo with pool for just lazing around and relaxing.

The Marina at Harbour Club Villas from where several dive companies leave in the mornings for the dive sites at West Caicos and French Cay.

Contact Harbour Club Villas for all your diving needs, dive packages with several dive companies operating out of the marina just a short walk away from the villas.

Bonefishing just steps away in Flamingo Lake right infront of the villas.

The villas are located very close to two bonefishing lakes and flats about a mile down the road. Grab your rod and fish whenever you want to. If you don’t fish, no worries as we are always happy to share our knowledge of this beautiful island paradise especially all our great beaches.

Villa with gazebo and pool with a barbecue/grill for guests to use.

Stone walkways and tropical vegetation.

Poolside ………. relax and read a book and catch some sunshine.

Sheltered gazebo where guests can barbecue and have a drink or two.

Entrance to the pool at Harbour Club Villas

Flamingos in front of the villas in Flamingo Lake…a great spot for other water birds too

Breakfast on your own private patio with lake views

Freshly roasted island coffee for breakfast with a view

Freshly roasted island coffee for breakfast with a view

Villas are spacious with high ceilings and louvered and screened windows that look out over the lake. Bedrooms are air conditioned with a queen sized bed. The living room has a queen sofa bed onto which we place a proper queen sized mattress to make it as comfortable as a regular bed. The villa dining area has seating for four, counter top bar separating living room from a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with walk-in shower, flat screened cable TV and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Each villa has its own patio area with table and chairs overlooking the lake. We also provide guests with beach chairs, coolers plus lots of pocket novels as well as local books with island type information.


Bedroom is spacious with a queen sized bed


Bathroom with walk in shower, towels and beach towels provided.

High ceilings and louvered and screened windows to catch the breezes.

Comfortable couches and ample space throughout Harbour Clubs villas

Flat screened TV’s for our guests viewing pleasure and a fully equipped kitchen

Flat screen TV with counter/bar and complimentary WiFi throughout villas and grounds

Comfortable living area with dining table and chairs with views of the lake

The lake is right outside your villa..great for bonefishing

A sofa bed can be pulled out for additional guests or for group bookings such as weddings.

Sofa beds can be made up with a regular queen mattress on top to make it more comfortable

Villas are all spacious with ample room and with fans throughout.

Open and airy with louvered and screened windows to catch the breezes

Open and airy with louvered and screened windows to catch the breezes

Flamingo Lake and Harbour Club Villas in the distance.

Bonefishermen love fishing the lake in front of the villas.


Harbour Club entrance sign with bonefisherman.

Marina view towards Coper Jack on the south side of Providenciales.

Lone flamingo in the lake at sunset.

The sun sets and the reflections on the lake waters are stunning.

Six, one bedroom villas ……….rent one or rent them all for your next family occasion such as weddings.

Villas can be rented seperately or you might consider several villas for a family occasion such as weddings, reunions, anniversaries or birthdays.

Many weddings have selected the villas as their home away from home.

A beautiful night for a wedding reception at Harbour Club.

Mirror calm reflections on Flamingo Lake right by Harbour Club Villas.


One bedroom villas fully self contained for your vacation on Provo.

Harbour Club Villas welcomes any and all inquiries. We hope to see you soon in our beautiful islands of the Turks and Caicos.




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A New Look for Harbour Club Villas


Harbour Club Villas and Marina …… a beautiful location between Flamingo Lake and Cooper Jack Bay on Provo’s south shore.

Our six rental villas are in a beautiful, tranquil setting just perfect for a great vacation on Providenciales. Rent one villa or rent them all for your next group holiday or event such as a family wedding. We are only a five minute drive from Grace Bay beach too. We’ve been here for 15 years and know all the best spots, things to do and will send you to many amazing beaches to explore and enjoy.

We have recently given our villas a new look with bright Caribbean colours. Windows are screened and louvered so guests can enjoy the cooling tropical breezes. Let me show you through our villas.


Comfortable queen sized beds in our villas


Bright, open living rooms


Villas can sleep extra people on a sofa bed


Lots of couches and a dining room area overlooking the lake


Flat screened TV and a fully equipped kitchen


New colours of blue, green and yellow to brighten up the villas


High ceilings and a large living area for our guests comfort


Dining room table and seating for four and all with a view

Come and enjoy what we have to offer at Harbour Club Villas and Marina. We have six, one bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens providing everything that you could wish for in lodging in the Turks and Caicos Islands.



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Turks and Caicos Birds Eye View


Flying over Harbour Club Villas and Marina….a beautiful 6 villa vacation rental complex on the south side of Providenciales


Over the years, I’ve snapped several photos while flying to our sister islands or Miami. There’s nothing more wonderful than seeing our amazing turquoise and blue waters from the air and islands and cays strung out like small jewels ……… it’s truly breathtaking! Here’s a selection for you to enjoy and I’ve started it off with Harbour Club Villas and Marina which has been our little resort in the sun and built over 15 years ago. The first and only vacation rental estate on the beautiful and more tranquil south side of Providenciales.


View of Cooper Jack Marina and Five Cays Bay (top) with the canal system feeding into Turtle Lake.


Turtle Lake bonefishing flat is just down the road from our villas


Five Cays bay is a beautiful ocean flat where bonefishing guests at Harbour Club Villas always make a stop for some wading and fishing.


Five Cays Bay just around the corner from Harbour Club Villas and Marina


Harbour Club Villas and Marina and Caicos Marina development as we fly past and over the start of Five Cays bay. Juba salina in the background.


Two huge villas (one of which is Prince’s) on the marina and each has it’s own beach. Before development, we used to wander in the shallows and send our guests down to this scenic spot.


The colours and cays of Chalk Sound are so spectacular and distinctive….beautiful.


Chalk Sound with Sapodilla and Taylor Bays looking towards the South West tip of the island.



Beautiful homes line the shores of Chalk Sound… ,imagine waking up to this every morning!!


Turtle Cove Marina is a short five minute drive from the villas at Harbour Club and this aerial shows the entrance and Babalua Beach in the foreground.


Turtle Cove Marina with Smith’s Reef , the coral reefs and deep blue ocean.


I think this is coming into South Caicos and wow, the colours are amazing.


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The Big South…………South Caicos full of historical buildings and large developments on going.



Stunning view of South Caicos with one of the large developments of East Winds Resort.



The tip of South Caicos looking towards East Caicos.


Uninhabited East Caicos was pretty colourful on this fly past.




The beautiful island of Salt Cay is a little jewel of a place….love the history.


Salt Cay in the far distance as we fly onto Grand Turk.


Grand Turk island is the seat of government of the TCI.


Cruise Ship port in Grand Turk…….an amazing view as we head back home to Harbour Club Villas on Providenciales.



And so the end of my whirlwind journey and tour of our beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands from a bird’s eye view. What stands out the most is the colour of our amazing waters from the air. It’s even better though when seen from on the ground and on the beaches. We’re waiting for you to visit so give us a call at Harbour Club Villas and book your vacation with us on Provo in the fabulous Turks and Caicos Islands.

See you soon,



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The Fool’s Regatta 2014


The 24th Annual Fools Regatta………what an amazing day out on the water.

The 24th annual Fool’s Regatta was the place to be on Saturday. All our Harbour Club Villas guests were taking in the fun at the beach with a full day of racing ahead, hobie cats, picos, big boats, caicos sloops and man made rafts were all racing. The day was as perfect as it could be, hot and sunny with a breeze blowing and lots of refreshments and food.


Waiting for the races to begin at the Bight Children’s Park


The wind was steady and the seas were calm.


Neck and neck as the sailors took to the race course.


The start of the big boats race………….there’s Capt Tim and Beluga who have been in every race for several years.


Some of the youngsters from the Provo Sailing Association getting ready for their heat.


Lovely shot of the kids skimming along over the water.


Time for a break and to cool off in the water.


Ready for the raft race with the Turks and Caicos flag.


Let the raft race begin………….and off they go.


Paddling for home and all the rafts stayed afloat! Well done everyone.


Looks like they are taking on water but everyone finished the race.

Another successful Fool’s Regatta and the revival of the Great Raft Race. Mark your calendars for next year especially if you decide to come to the Turks and Caicos in June. We let all our guests at Harbour Club Villas know that this is a “must see and do” event. I look forward to it every year as it is filled with excitement and racing entertainment. Well done to all the volunteers and participants. Can’t wait to see you again next year.


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Bonefishing Near Harbour Club Villas


Just steps away from the villas at Harbour Club and you can be fishing in minutes!

Harbor Club Villas and Marina is a small, six villa resort nestled on the hill overlooking Flamingo Lake where guests can enjoy some DIY bonefishing right across the road in the lake, scuba dive ocean side from dive boats and operators leaving our marina daily, or simply relaxing and enjoying the birds, lizards and geckos by the pool and exploring our island. The villas are a unique, one of a kind mini-resort between ocean and lake on Provo’s more tranquil south shore and all within a short, five minute drive to Grace Bay beach.


There’s lots of bonefish in the lakes by Harbour Club Villas ………. we’ll give you hints on where to enjoy some self guided bonefishing.

Just walk out your villa door, down our driveway and across the road. The lake waters are from shallow to waist deep and tide dependant, a bit mucky on the bottom but quite often we see bonefish tailing from the villas windows.

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A perfect morning as one of our guests fishes the lake


Flamingo Lake is a great little spot to get family involved in learning how to fish.


Grab your rod and head out bonefishing…….just a short walk and so many areas where you can fish


A gorgeous bonefishing flat is found about a mile away from the villas…….ask Marta and she’ll tell you all the great spots.



Bonefishing flat just down the road from the villas at Harbour Club………..DIY bonefishng.

Let us know when you want to include some fishing while on vacation here on Providenciales. Our villas are comfortable for couples as well as families and fishermen have the advantage of a short walk to find some great bonefishing in the lakes and surrounding area. If your partner doesn’t fish….don’t worry as we will give you some areas to explore where both of you will be happy. We can arrange everything for you including fishing with a local island guide. Call and talk to Marta and I’ll make all the arrangements for you. Happy wading. The bonefish are waiting for you!   Marta

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Harbour Club Villas and Marina Dramatic Skies


Sunset out over the Marina at Harbour Club Villas and Cooper Jack Bight

The last few nights have been pretty spectacular…..beautiful vibrant colours of the sunsets along with some dramatic skies. Here’s a selection of photos.


Over the roof tops of the villas at Harbour Club, the skies over the lake explode with colour.


Harbour Club’s Marina with mast and stunning sunset skies


Dramatic skies this afternoon in anticipation of some rain………’s been so dry.


The sun hangs over the horizon in a fire filled orange sky


An island sunset in the Turks and Caicos ….. hard to beat!

Harbour Club Villas is on the south side of Providenciales that’s a five minute drive away from Grace Bay beach. You’ll be able to enjoy the quiet beauty and natural scenery found in our area. Call us and book your next holiday or vacation on Provo soon.   Marta

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Old Man Cactus Flower


Old Man Cactus with flower bud ready to blossom.

Caught sight of this the other day and made a point of returning at night to try and catch some photos of the flower. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried over the years and this is only the second time I’ve seen the cactus flower. The Old Man Cactus (local name) is also named the Bahama Dildo. It only flowers at night and has fragrant satiny white flowers. Here’s a selection of photos taken on the hill at Harbour Club Villas and Marina.


What a gorgeous looking flower with satin like petals.


The flower attracts butterflies and other insects and there’s one in this photo….a weevil of some kind


Tufts of white hairy material that looks like an old man’s beard hence the name.



Fragrant and a favorite source of nectar for butterflies and insects.


The wool is often gathered by birds as it makes an ideal nesting material.



The Dildo Cactus (Cephalocereus millspaughii) is the most common cactus found in the Turks & Caicos.


A type of weevil feeding on the cactus flower.

I loved seeing this spectacular flower but I must say it was tricky to photograph in the dark. I’m hoping you too will get a chance to see one in bloom. Well worth it though.





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Blue Hills


On the beach at Blue Hills

Some say that Blue Hills was the former name for our island of Providenciales and named for the blueish tinge of the hills and ridges as sloops neared the island from the sea. Life centered around the sea, sloop building , fishing and conching. Sloops would sail out towards West Caicos and French Cay to collect conch which would be dried and then traded with neighbouring islands for materials and other food products.

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Caicos sloop being built on the beach at Blue Hills quite a few years ago.

Blue Hills is my favorite place to wander and was said to have been built originally by “Wreckers”. Historical records tell of locals waiving lights at passing ships to entice boat captains into thinking these lights were lighthouses. They would sail in closer and crash up onto the reefs off the North West Point. Local fishermen would head out to the wrecked ships to rescue the crew members and salvage whatever they could as a means of survival.


Pelicans swooping low over the ocean and diving for fish.



Chasing the birds on the beach in Blue Hills.



Beautiful conch shells are sold down on the beach.


Two little girls spot something floating in the water



Harbour Club Villa guests and others such as this paddleboarder drop in for a conch lunch at one of the eateries in Blue Hills



An oyster catcher enjoys fresh conch tidbits for lunch.

Our guests at Harbour Club Villas and Marina are often seen having lunch or dinner down in Blue Hills as it is a quaint and charming part of Providenciales not to be missed. The road rambles along the shore line and was the first paved road on the island. Work started on Front Road in 1956 at a time when there was no heavy machinery. Much of the work was done by local residents and by hand and took some ten years to complete.

See you soon enjoying the local flavours, sights and sounds of Blue Hills.




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