The Caicos islands of the group
are named for the Lucayan Indian words (Caya Hicos) for a string
of islands. The largest and most beautiful of the group is called
(known to the locals as Provo).
Providenciales used to be called Blue Hills Caicos, but a French
ship went aground on the Caicos Banks, and the French sailors managed to flounder
ashore onto the island, and named it Providenciales, for Providence.
Providenciales has a beautiful beach on the north side, good windsurfing,
and a commercially viable conch farm.