Eating Conch in Turks and Caicos

I have always believed in trying new things, especially when it comes to food. Which is why when I travel, I am pretty much down for eating anything and everything. Not only is this adventurous way of approaching food delicious (most of the time), but its also a great cultural experience.  After all, food plays a big role all over the role and what is served up greatly varies depending on where you go.

While in Turks and Caicos on the island of Providenciales, I had the chance to taste conch. Conch is a giant edible snail popular throughout the Caribbean and especially in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Caicos Conch Farm

Conch is in fact, an integral part of the local cuisine and can even be seen as one of the three symbols on the Turks and Caicos flag. You can order conch on many of the restaurants scattered throughout the island including the renowned Da Conch Shack.

Da Conch Shack

Da Conch Shack serves up perhaps the best conch dishes on the island. The restaurant is located only 10 feet from the sea where you can actually watch some of the staff diving for conch that you will be eating for lunch. It is here that you can also have the chance to try conch pistol, otherwise known as Sea Viagra. All you have to do is ask the men diving for conch if you can try this slimy, salty and crunchy part of the conch, and they will be more than happy to watch you squirm as it slides down your throat.

Eating Conch Pistol

There are also a couple of vendors in front of the shack selling conch shells. Nothing goes to waste here.

Da Conch Shack

Some of the dishes I tried and would highly recommend are the conch fritters, conch salad and curried conch with rice.

Eating Conch at Da Conch Shack

Be sure to press play on the video above for more conch adventure on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos.

Have you ever tried conch? What did you think?



  1. Christina Thomas August 6, 2015 / 5:31 pm

    How fun! I totally agree with you that when traveling getting to know the culture through its food is so important and if often requires being a bit adventurous! I'm in Turks and Caicos now and must go check out this restaurant. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. Sara F. July 9, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    Ewww haha. That pistol looks so weird. You are so brave to try it. The conch restaurant looks delicious though and that water…

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