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!

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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

 

http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

 

 

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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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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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Evening Stroll at Harbour Club Villas

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Zenaida Dove perches on the back stone wall by the pool area at Harbour Club Villas

A beautiful, still and calm evening for a stroll around Harbour Club’s grounds and down to the Marina. An over abundance of opportunities as I wander around taking photos of the flowering plants, animals and sunset views. Here’s a selection and I hope you enjoy seeing them.

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The pool at Harbour Club Villas in the late afternoon. Look at the flowering desert rose.

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A perfect bridal bouquet of orange island honeysuckle favoured by the hummingbirds.

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Pesky woodpecker that’s drilling holes in our coconut palms…….he’s a yellow bellied sapsucker.

 

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Cankyberry, a species of nightshade found on our islands with its sharp prickles.

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This little anole lizard was perched high on my frangipani licking I don’t know what off the budding flowers.

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A bright yellow spiny orb weaver. Quite pretty really even though I don’t really like spiders.

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Neighbours out for an evening sail coming in to the Marina at dusk.

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This little anole was curious and posed for the camera.

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The sunset glow of golden colours is so amazing looking towards Five Cays from Harbour Club Villas and Marina

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Aqua TCI divers boat gently rides out the evening in the Marina, ready and waiting for another great dive day in the waters of Provo.

All this in a casual evening stroll around Harbour Club Villas and Marina. Love the peaceful quiet as the sun sets over our islands.

 

Marta

 

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Provo Beach Tour

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Taylor Bay with its shallow , clear waters and a delight of every child.

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Babalua beach, a lesser know piece of gorgeous beach just made for Harbour Club Villas guests.

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Just across the channel coming into Harbour Club’s Marina are the little Cooper Jack Beaches that are just perfect to while away an afternoon

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Stunning Leeward beach……don’t forget your camera as the colours here are always amazing.

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Kite boarders and horseback riding on Long Bay beach……….great to watch them.

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Malcolm Roads beach with its lovely beach but it takes a little bit of a walk.

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Sapodilla Bay beach on a lazy afternoon just floating away all your cares.

 

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I Love Salt Cay

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Morning sunrise over the salt pans on our first day.

Excitement and anticipation on a return weekend trip to Salt Cay. Up early and out the door to catch the sunrise and not wanting to waste a minute of the day. How I love the peaceful tranquility at that time of day.

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The Turks & Caicos heather, Limonium bahamense was blooming this time and I took lots of photos of this pretty plant.

The Turks and Caicos Island heather, thrives in the saline conditions of the salt flats. It is found growing along the retaining walls of Salt Cay’s salt ponds. It is now the islands’ national flower.

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Came across a Snowy Egret dancing in the salt ponds looking for food and managed to catch a great photo with reflections.

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My favourite little lane with charming rock walls runs right past Mt Pleasant guest house where we stayed.

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Through the wood louvers of the White House looking towards Dunscombe Point.

No trip to Salt Cay is complete without seeing the White House and this trip was very special. We met owner Ian Dunn who took time out to show us through this splendid old mansion complete with stories of his ancestors. I’m definitely going to do a separate blog on this magnificent building that’s part of Salt Cay’s history.

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There’s nothing better than having lunch with this view………the gazebo at the Brown House.

The Brown House was built in 1860, fully restored and is now a beautiful waterfront residence for holidaying visitors to Salt Cay. Thanks to Candy Herwin for an island lunch with friends and of course a chance to take more photos of this heritage house.

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Mount Pleasant guest cottage where we stayed with a roof top wooden walkway to the balcony of the main house. Love the blue shutters.

We were fortunate to be able to stay in the fully renovated guest cottage at Mount Pleasant with hosts Jo and George Oates. Salt Cay accommodation with character …… simply perfect for our all too short vacation getaway.

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The north shore beach looking towards Grand Turk……….if you look closely, you can see a cruise ship.

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Ruins of the Windmills Plantation…..love to take photos here.

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Zoomed in shot of Grand Turk and cruise ship.

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Beautiful stretch of beach but a bit too rough for swimming.

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An old salt rakers cottage.

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A visit to Porter’s Island Thyme is a must for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The chicken breast stuffed with bacon, baby spinach and mozzarella cheese was absolutely delicious with home made ice cream to follow.

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Early Sunday morning and my little friends were heading to gran’s house. They were going to help bake cookies they told me!

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Love this red shuttered house next to the church.

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Foot prints in the sand just up from Debbie’s Coral Reef Bar and Grill restaurant.

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Great place for sunsets, drinks and a bite to eat.

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Looking towards Dean’s Dock…….it was pretty rough out there.

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Sheedy’s cannon up on the bluff was a lovely walk early on Sunday morning.

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Falling in love with a donkey that looked ready to have a baby at any time.

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Pirate’s Hideaway……..another great place to stay in Salt Cay.

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Loving the colours…….turquoise dwelling with donkey.

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Newly repaired roof of the Bermudian kitchen at Government House.

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Inside the old Bermudian kitchen with some lovely old antiques.

Inside the Bermudian Kitchen a lot of work has been done since I was last here taking photos. Old antique artifacts and utensils from Salt Cay have been found and or donated. Candy Herwin writes  “…..like Jose Jones old handmade carpenters saw and box of tools…one of the ladies old singer machines with Ms. Mellys measuring tape …remember the old cloth ones….decade old cooking pots from Mary Robinson kitchen….ancient locks and one of my favorites an old steam iron in a homemade stand…Later Ms. Rosie Glinton said it was used for placing on top of frying fish to stop them curling…Well I never.”

 

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Malaika and sea glass gathering.

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Salt Cay is a treasure trove of sea glass lying on the beaches.

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Excitement in the form of water delivery on Salt Cay.

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Our last day and bright sunshine and slightly calmer seas

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Boats and dive boats with the sea wall.

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Walking, bicycles and golf buggies are the main modes of transportation.

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Our last morning and YES…………we saw the humpback whales. What a magnificent sight.

Our last morning and a snap decision made literally in 5 minutes. The seas had died down a bit and we thought we just had to go. Salt Cay Divers and a 100% success rate so far this season. We went for it and WOW, we were so glad we did. Tough with the boat rockin’ and rollin’ to take photos but all worth it as I managed to get two reasonable “tail” shots.

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Leaving Salt Cay and flying over Grand Turk with a cruise ship docked.

And so, another wonderful few days away from the hustle and bustle of Provo. Salt Cay is a treasure of an island full of history, relaxation, love the donkeys wandering along the salt ponds and streets, the stacked rock old walls, the north beach in all its splendor and the many historic buildings.

I can’t wait to come back again and again.

Marta

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South West Harbour Bluff

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Glorious wild sea island cotton along one stretch of the road to South West Bluff and Osprey Rock

A hot sunny day and a trip out to South West Harbour Bluff with visiting friends and some guests staying at Harbour Club Villas. On the road out, we came across some sea island cotton growing wild alongside the road. The cotton had popped and was waving in the wind. We spotted some flowers too…………yellow and delicate.

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A beautiful cotton flower amongst all the white cotton pods

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On top of the bluff looking towards Bonefish Point

Some of us waded through the water to the cave and climbed up the ladder and out onto the bluff. What a view. Others stayed on the beach enjoying a cold beer.

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Perfect day for a cold beer and looking out over the ocean.

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Inscriptions from shipwrecked sailors are found on top of the bluff.

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Osprey nest with two young is perched on top of Osprey Rock

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Chitons attached to the rocks are impossible to pry off

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View after climbing up the ladder at Pirates Cave and out on top of the bluff.

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Sweet little hummingbird nestlings overlooking the beach.

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The mama bird kept buzzing us and we found this nest in the overhanging bush.

Lovely day, wonderful company and so many sights to see. One of the most beautiful parts of Provo that is great for taking photos and walking along the beach out to Bonefish Point.

 

Marta

 

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Favourite Southside Beaches

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Delou’s beach also known as Cooper Jack beaches at the entrance channel to Harbour Club Villas and Marina

Explore with me some of our shoreline where you’ll find some out of the way gems of beaches that many of our visitors miss. Here are some of my favourites and each one has something special to offer.

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You can kayak out the marina channel and follow the shoreline to this little beach.

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“My beach” also known locally as “Dog beach”

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Sunset and shallow waters, pretty idyllic for an evening swim.

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Tidal beaches and lovely waters with stone animal carvings on the hillside above.

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We’ve spent many hours on this beach and had it all to ourselves every time.

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Beautiful Bonefish Point and the shallow sandbar stretching out into the waters.

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Anchored out off the sandbar is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

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Sapodilla Bay is a perfect spot to while away some time especially with little ones.

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Sapodilla Bay is an anchorage for visiting boats.

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South West Harbour Bluff by the pirates cove has a lovely beach and you can walk for miles down to Bonefish Point.

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Lounging in the shallow waters looking towards the pirate’s cave and Osprey Rock just around the corner.

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Take a walk along Taylor Bay……..powdery soft sand.

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Low tide and sandbars forming at Taylor Bay……take your kids here as they will love it.

 

 

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Turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands

It’s time to think about leaving winter behind and flying to the sunshine and warmth of our islands. Spectacular beaches await you, soft white sand and clear sparkling water.

See you soon and check out our villas for your next vacation ….. http://www.harbourclubvillas.com

 

Marta

 

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Flora and Fauna at Harbour Club Villas

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An anole lizard wards off visitors on Harbour Club Villas’ office deck.

Another week of photographing some of the critters wandering through the gardens at Harbour Club Villas along with our beautiful wild orchids that have just started to bloom. I came home the other day to this anole lizard guarding our deck. He wasn’t too pleased to see me but did pose long enough for me to snap a photo or two.

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Cute anole and he had the most gorgeous colours on top of his little head.

 

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A pretty shell house for this little hermit crab……..he didn’t want to go to the pool!

We often find hermit crabs also know locally as soldier crabs ambling on through. Sometimes we even help them by giving them a choice of a new home. There’s also been some strange houses such as PVC pipe, an old film canister and basically they’ll use whatever they can find in the moment. This one had a very pretty shell.

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We often find hermit crabs and I’m sure I’ve photographed many of them.

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Here’s a gorgeous Encyclia Altissima wild orchid.

The wild orchids are blooming all over Providenciales. Found our first Encyclia Altissima orchid today just starting to bloom and what a beautiful scent they have.

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A cluster of wild orchids in the bush by Harbour Club Villas

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A Cuban tree frog ……….. look at those suction pads.

This little Cuban tree frog is not native to the Turks and Caicos Islands but they are spreading rapidly throughout.

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Pretty amazing to see how far they can jump!

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A yellow bellied sap sucker………this is a new bird for me and really exciting to see.

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Here he is pecking holes in our coconut palms.

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A row of old holes and then the new ones.

It was thrilling to catch sight of and photograph the yellow bellied sap sucker. Definitely not easy to do as they are very shy birds and hard to get a photo of them.

Hoping we can show you some of the local critters around Harbour Club Villas…lots of birds, lizards, geckos and some beautiful flowering plants and shrubs.

Marta

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Baby Hummingbird at Harbour Club Villas Part 2

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Two little eggs were laid but only one left……….perhaps taken by one of our critters like a pygmy boa.

Unfortunately, one day when I looked in the nest, only one egg remained. I asked around and found out that it could have been a snake that made off with the egg. In any case about two weeks after the eggs were laid, a baby hummingbird hatched.

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Just hatched…too bad I didn’t get it on camera!

The mother hummingbird disposes of the broken egg shells after the babies are hatched. When the baby hummingbirds hatch, they have no feathers and dark skin and they are hatched with their eyes are closed.

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Momma flies in to feed the little one.

The mother hummingbird drinks nectar and eats tiny bugs. she then will regurgitate the slurry substance that her baby can easily digest. She flies in every 20 minutes or so to feed this mixture to the baby hummingbirds. Of course there are usually two babies to feed so she’s kept very busy.

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Big yellow beak and wide open mouth just waiting to be fed.

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The baby grows pretty fast and the feathers are coming in.

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When the baby hears the whirring of the Momma’s wings, it pops up and opens its beak ready for feedings

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A good perspective so that you can see how tiny the nest is as compared to an adult hand

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When the baby hummingbirds are first born, the mother hummingbird will spend most of her time sitting on the nest, keeping the baby hummingbirds warm.

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The baby hummingbirds will feel the wind from the wing of their mother and lift their little heads up and open their mouths.

The mother hummingbird puts her beak all the way down into the mouths of the baby hummingbirds while dropping a little of the regurgitated insects and nectar inside.

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Big commotion and twittering as the momma hummingbird chases off a curly tail lizard……she fans out her tail feathers as a warning.

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The baby quickly doubles in size.

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After one week, the baby hummingbird is covered in tiny little fuzzy feathers

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The baby spends a lot of time snoozing but grows very quickly with all the daily feedings

More to come as the baby starts moving around more and grows large enough to fill up the nest.

 

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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