Sport fishing boats docked at Turtle Cove Marina Turtle Cove is the oldest marina in the country.
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Turtle Cove Marina

Turtle Cove, Providenciales
Aerial photo of the pond and docks at Turtle Cove Marina
Aerial view of Turtle Cove Marina.

Turtle Cove Marina is found on the central north coast of Providenciales and is the island’s oldest recreational marina. The site offers a range of services, along with 65 slips.

The marina was originally an inland saline pond (Sellar’s Pond) that was dredged, and is connected to the bay off the north coast of Providenciales by an inlet channel. Consequently, the marina is quite sheltered and immune to swell and wave conditions off the island.

The greater region surrounding the marina, derivatively referred to simply as Turtle Cove, is home to a few resorts and restaurants, some shops, quite a few luxury rental villas, and the excellent snorkeling site of Smith's Reef.


The amenities and services of Turtle Cove Marina are wide. Gasoline, diesel, electricity, and freshwater are available.

There are several restaurants on the water at the marina as well, including Sharkbite Bar and Grill, Baci Restaurant, and Tiki Hut.

The complex also offers a boat ramp for trailer launching of vessels. Ample trailer parking is also located nearby.

The onsite Scooter Bob's Car Rental offer car, scooter and bicycle rentals and a small fishing and tackle shop as well.

Vessel Navigation and Entry

For vessels arriving from outside the northern barrier reef off of Providenciales, a guide boat is available for the difficult entry navigation through Sellar’s Cut and the many reefs in the bay.

Call ahead on VHF Channel 16 for details.

The Debut of Tourism on Providenciales

Charter boats docked in the canal at Turtle Cove Marina
The canals at Turtle Cove.

Turtle Cove Marina, and the now largely-forgotten Third Turtle Inn began the tourism industry on Providenciales.

A shallow and muddy body of water, called Sellar’s Pond, was dredged out to form the current marina. The inlet was also dug, and the rock jetty built.

In 1967, Providenciales, previously only home to three sleepy fishing settlements, saw construction begin on a project that included the marina, Third Turtle Inn resort, roads, and a dirt airstrip. Within a decade this catalyst resulted in a cargo port at South Dock (formerly known as Gussy Cove), new resorts, a surfaced runway, and a functional airport.

It’s interesting that the first resorts on Providenciales weren’t built on Grace Bay Beach, which today is the country’s primary tourism attraction.


Grand Slam Fishing Charters
Grand Slam Fishing Charters has been chasing game fish in the Turks and Caicos for more than 20 years. Catch wahoo, mahi-mahi, tuna, marlin, snapper, grouper, and more with the pros. Fishing, snorkeling, and beach cruising charters are also available, and are fun for all ages.
Caicos Tours
Caicos Tours offers semi-submarine tours of the reefs off Providenciales. Experience beautiful reefs and fascinating sea creatures in air-conditioned comfort on the stable Undersea Explorer. A fun excursion for all ages.
Catchin' Caicos
Catchin’ Caicos offers bespoke and private deep sea sport, bottom, and deep drop fishing aboard a luxury 60-foot Hatteras sport fishing yacht. Enjoy a spacious vessel with a cabin and air conditioning while you chase wahoo, mahi-mahi, tuna, marlin, and much more.
Captain Marvin's Water Sports
Captain Marvin’s offers single, tandem and three person parasail flights from Providenciales. Reservations 1-2 days in advance recommended.
Amazing Tours
Amazing Tours is a bespoke private charter company which operates an elegant 51' Leopard power catamaran yacht, and offers a range of full-day, half-day, and sunset charters to incredible cays, beaches, and reefs in the islands.
Baci Ristorante
Baci Ristorante is a popular Italian and seafood restaurant, located at Turtle Cove Marina in central Providenciales. Discover handmade pastas, local fish and lobster, classic pizzas, and more.

Located in Turtle Cove

Turtle Cove is a quiet residential and tourism region located on the central north coast of Providenciales. The area is home to a few resorts, Turtle Cove Marina, several restaurants and shops, and quite a few vacation rentals. The excellent snorkeling site of Smith’s Reef is situated close off the beach here.