Mimi and Val, one of the lead travel designers from Luxury Experiences Turks and Caicos covered the destination – from Providenciales to the outer cays and islands.
We talked about where the cruise ships come in (and how to avoid the crowds), how the islands differ and many of Val’s favorite places. Mimi had fun reminiscing about her visit there and shared her favorite places too. We also talked about all the fun and active adventures you can have while on the T&C, and threw in a few relaxing ones too.
Here are a few favorites:
Anything to do on, in, over, below the water:
o scuba, snuba, snorkel to see eagle rays, dolphins, whales and more
o Kite boarding
o Wind Foiling
o Mini-powered catamarans
o Horseback riding in the water
o Cliff jumping on West Caicos
o Hiking on Middle Caicos
o Kayaking through the mangroves
o Mangrove Cay
o Bonefishing and deep sea fishing
o Free diving for lobsters
o Beach walks and picnics
o Well known for world class dining on the Provo circuit
o Private beach dinners – feet in the sand
o Caribbean/Island style beach local restaurants, meet the owner, listen to live reggae music, dance the night away
o Private chefs
o Caribbean fusion cooking classes
o Specific guides who are highly trained in eco, environment, nautical, flora/fauna,e.g. bone fishing
o Guides that grew up from toddlers fishing in South Caicos
o David Bowen, a local storyteller, health & wellness expert, master yoga instructor, cultural ambassador
Puppy rescue – a fun addition for anyone with kids who love puppies. WARNING you may want to take one home.
Here are some of our favorite hotels:
o Grace Bay Club
o Como Parrot Cay
o Point Grace
o Ambergris Cay
Villas (fully staffed with incredibly creative/talented chefs)
o Within resorts
o Ritz Carlton
o Beach Enclave Grace Bay
o Rock House
Over The Top!
o 80 ft luxury yacht fully loaded with jet skis,boat tender, top shelf everything, gourmet food, DJ, Chef, etc
o Villas – the top ones are truly OTT in views, size, amenities and service – having everything you could imagine and more.
If you are considering a visit over the winter holidays or Presidents’ day – definitely book 6-12 months in advance to have the best options.
If you are up for a move halfway through your visit, consider a split stay – either combining Grace Bay with Long Bay or Provo with an outer island.
Turks & Caicos – “the water really is that blue.” That’s the answer to one of the most common questions people ask. They are a string of 40 islands with white, powdery sand, surrounded by turquoise blue water. Although this beach destination can cater to those who want to simply lie on the beach, read a book and have a cocktail, it is also a great choice for active travelers who want a bit more action in their vacation.