World-class beaches. The clearest, bluest waters you’ve ever seen. Warm, sunny weather most of the year. And puppies—a whole lot of them.
Yes, one of the most beautiful islands in the world is also home to Potcake Place—an animal shelter that encourages visitors to take their puppies out for walks during the day, and in many cases, to adopt one. “Potcake” is the name given the mixed-breed dogs found throughout the Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas, known for their cocked ears and curly tails.
Every year, about 600 potcakes are adopted from Potcake Place, with potcakes being relocated to Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto and dozens of other places.. The volunteers at the dog-rescue charity aim to socialize the potcakes by allowing visitors to take the pups for walks. And as you can imagine, it’s become quite a popular activity on the list of things to do in Turks & Caicos.
During the busy season, it’s not unusual to see a line of people waiting for the charity to open its doors so they can get their hands on a puppy for the morning. And it’s a win-win for everyone involved. The volunteers get a helping hand, the pups get a few hours out on the town with new friends, and YOU get to spend some precious time with a puppy… who you just might end up taking home with you.
IF YOU GO
Potcake Place is located in the Saltmills Plaza in Grace Bay. Hours of operation are 10 am to 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Puppies are allowed out for two hours at a time with walks ending by 1 pm. You can contact Potcake Place at 649-231-1010, or visit their website to learn more or donate.
Photo courtesy of Potcake Place
It’s been a long month for the Turks & Caicos. As most people know by now, our beautiful (but tough) little islands were struck by two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, in September all within the span of a week. Hurricane Irma, which hit the island in the late hours of Sept. 4, hit us the hardest as a Category 5 hurricane. Needless to say, the storm brought with it a lot of damage to the islands. Fortunately, no lives were lost. But the storms are not what this story is about. It’s about the aftermath, and the strength and resilience of the islands we call home.
Lucky for us, Triton suffered only minor damage from Irma and Maria. We closed Triton after Irma, but we’re happy to announce we will welcome guests back to the villa on Oct. 28 as we take this time to not only fix any damages, but also to get some renovations done. This includes a newly finished tennis court, new water features and more—all of which we can’t wait to unveil to our guests in just a few weeks.
We are incredibly lucky to be able to bounce back so quickly after two hurricanes, and what’s more, we are incredibly impressed by the whole country and how hard everyone here has worked to get back to business as usual. Within days of Hurricane Irma, grocery stores and restaurants were already reopening and ready to serve people. Maria forced many businesses to stall a bit longer, but within weeks of both storms, dozens of businesses had also reopened their doors, including resorts and tour operators. It’s been a remarkable experience to watch our islands bounce back from Irma and Maria, determined to come back even stronger than we were before. In a way, these hurricanes have unified the people of our islands, with everyone working toward a common goal. And yes, you’ll be happy to know the beaches are still here and as beautiful as they always were.
So there’s no reason to postpone a holiday to Turks & Caicos. Now is the time to get down here and soak up the sun on some of the best beaches in the world. And mark your calendars: Oct. 28 we’ll be ready to welcome you back to Triton, offering you an even better experience than before. We can’t wait to see you all!
Photo by @bommi.the.traveller