We were excited when so many Sands employees were nominated to receive Star Awards earlier this year.
So, to give our guests with an inside look at how “locals” spend their free time around our Caribbean island, we’re profiling our “superstar” staff to learn more about what they love about life on Provo.
This month we introduce Star Awards winner Delroy McIntosh (second from left in the photo of our wonderful staff above), who many of you will recognize as a friendly smiling face around the pools at the Sands. Delroy earned the “Ambassador Award” at the Star Awards ceremony, for his warm greetings to visitors, helpful actions, and good deeds that represent the resort and Turks & Caicos Islands.
Delroy is a lifelong resident of the Turks and Caicos.
How do you like to spend your free time in Provo?
Most of my free time is spent with my family – as everyone knows, Provo is a great place if you have children. We can go to our “secret” beach, but we also like to spend time in parks, like at the Bight near the Sands Resort. I also try to keep fit by running and jogging on the beach.
What is one “must-do” or “must-see” attraction for tourists to experience in Provo?
If you are adventurous and don’t mind a bit of a thrill, you should make a visit to The Hole near Long Bay Hills on Provo.
The Hole is a limestone sinkhole that’s about 50 feet deep. There are no paths or handrails, so you have to be careful – it’s not really a place to bring kids. It would also be foolhardy to try to climb down to the bottom.
However, the sinkhole is quite a beautiful sight.
To get to the Hole, you have to drive. Take the Long Bay Highway off of Leeward Highway. After about a mile, turn right onto Seasage Drive. The Hole is found half a mile down this road on the left. A small sign attached to a telephone pole indicates the spot.
Besides Hemingway’s, are there any other island restaurants that you like?
I like to have dinner at the Mango Reef. It’s just down Grace Bay Beach from the Sands Resort and is right on the water.
If you ask ahead you can get a table right on the beach at sunset, which is really romantic. The restaurant has a very fun and laid-back vibe that’s really enjoyable.
They have a huge menu, so there is something for everyone, with even a kids menu. I like the grouper myself. It’s caught right here off Provo and is often served lightly breaded and fried. If you’re lucky they serve mac and cheese with it, a true TCI treat!