BOTTOM FIVE ISLAND DESTINATIONS
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Boats are shown docked in Turtle Cove, Providenciales (aka Provo).
"Fifteen years ago there were only 1,000 people on Provo; today the unofficial number is more than 30,000," said one of 522 experts in sustainable tourism who helped determine ranking of 111 islands for Traveler
"Development is proceeding at light speed," continued the expert. "Some native islanders fear that development is at the expense of the islands' identity and culture."
The expert also was concerned for the rare rock iguana of the Turks and Caicos islandsProvo is on the island Grand Turkand the silver that palm, because "the six-foot [180-centimeter] trees are the first things to go when bulldozers move in."
For these reasons, Provo tied for second-to-last in island rankings published in the November/December 2007 issue of the magazine.
(Both National Geographic News and Traveler
magazine are part of the National Geographic Society.)
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