This past November I was lucky enough to be asked by my dear friend to be her plus one for an all-expenses-paid trip to Turks and Caicos to celebrate all of her work achievements! Who could turn that down?! By the way, shout out to my friend Courtney for working her tail off and being nice enough to pick me!
We decided to head down to this little slice of Caribbean paradise a day before the trip officially started. We wanted to get the lay of the land and try out a different resort other than the one we would be staying at for the rest of the trip. Our first night we stayed at The Palms Hotel located right on the beach in Grace Bay. Grace Bay is the top rated beach in Turks and Caicos and after your first step onto the sand, it’s easy to see why. It is the softest sand I have ever felt and the waters are a gorgeous shade of turquoise blue that instantly puts you at ease.
After the first night, we moved over to the resort we would be spending the rest of our trip at. We were staying at the beautiful and luxurious Gansevoort Resort, now the Wymara Resort. We were immediately impressed when we walked into a beautiful pool with a view looking out to the ocean. We went right to our room, hopped into our swimsuits on and headed straight for the beach. We were still on Grace Bay just farther down. The sand wasn’t quite as soft but the views and the service were amazing! Comfy beach chairs were set up for us with umbrellas and we were given call buttons to be served food and drinks right on the beach. The umbrellas were especially appreciated by me and my pale gingery skin. After a sufficient amount of relaxation and a little lunch, we headed up to our room to get ready for dinner.
The rest of the week was filled with delicious food, great service, and some fun adventures. We went on an excursion snorkeling followed by a beachside lunch, during which the guides caught conch and cooked up a ceviche salad for us right on the beach. I highly recommend this tour, the snorkeling was beautiful and the lunch and lesson on how to fillet a conch was a fun spin off the standard snorkeling adventure. We got to explore another great beach during lunch called Half Moon Bay and it was such an amazing experience.
We also took a sunset cruise and enjoyed a beach bonfire before a stunning dinner. The views from the water were stunning and the crew was so kind! They made sure we always had everything we needed and that our drinks never got empty.
The resort’s spa has amazing services and I highly recommend everyone take some time and get a treatment done while you are there. I opted for the full body massage, while my friend when for a full body wrap. We both were very impressed and relaxed after, as was everyone else we knew who treated themselves to a little R&R at the spa.
Looking back on my trip I have to say my favorite was actually an evening market we went to that was put on by the local board or tourism. There was live music, local vendors, and local food stands. There was so much energy and the local brewery, Turks Head Brewery, showed up with a beer truck stocked with taps of their top beers.
All in all, my trip to Turks & Caicos was a great vacation! The waters are clear and perfect for snorkeling. The sand was soft and perfect for lying on the beach, and the people were some of the nicest you will ever meet!
Here are my tips and tricks to traveling to Turks & Caicos
When to go
|Peak Season:||December – March|
|Shoulder Season*:||November, April – May|
|* The shoulder season will have lower prices and fewer crowds|
Where to stay
|The Palms Resort|
|Wymara Resort and Villas|
|Home Away Rentals|
What to do
|Snorkel & Conch Cruise|
|Turks Head Brewery Tour|
|Half Moon Bay|
|Taylor Bay Beach|
Important Travel Information
|Airport:||Providenciales International Airport (PLS)|
|Health & Safety:||– Tap water is safe to drink|
|– No poisonous snakes or other dangerous animals|
|– 2 types of trees that act like poison ivy|
|– Bring bug spray for the no-see-ums|
Providenciales International Airport (PLS)
When to go:
Peak travel period: December – March
Top shoulder season (lower prices & fewer people) – November & April – May
What to do:
Snorkel and Conch Cruise – http://www.caicosdreamtours.com/excursions/snorkel-and-conch.html
Spa treatment – https://wymararesortandvillas.com/resort/spa-wellness/
Turks Head Brewery Tour – https://turksheadbrewery.tc/
Half Moon Bay
Taylor Bay Beach
Other Important Tips
- Tap water is safe to drink
- No poisonous snakes or other dangerous animals
- There are 2 types of trees that act like poison ivy
- Bring bug spray for the no-see-ums that come out at dusk
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