Explore Travel Planners is always looking for new and exciting destinations to visit so that we can share our knowledge and experiences with our clients. I just recently got back from a trip to Turks and Caicos and stayed at an amazing property called Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. In this blog, I will share photos and tricks and tips for your next adventure!
Turks and Caicos are a group of 40 low-lying islands located in the Atlantic Ocean and are part of the Eastern Caribbean. There are 2 main entry points, most tourist take, to get to these islands. If you are taking a cruise, you will arrive into Grand Turk. If you are flying in for a land vacation, you will most likely arrive into Providenciales, a.k.a. Provo.
Tip: Next time you fly, book a window seat so you get the amazing sea views. Also, when selecting a seat, pick the side of the plane based on the time of day you are traveling and when the sun will rise and set. So if you are flying south and traveling before noon, sit on the right side of the plane or if you are traveling South at 6:00 pm, sit on the left side. This will allow you to get the view without being blinded by the glare of the sun and without the extra heat.
We flew in for a land vacation and therefore arrived into Providenciales. Provo is known as a luxurious beach destination and is home to Grace Bay, a hallmark of these islands. Stunning is the only word I can use to describe the white sand beach in Grace Bay! The water is crystal clear, a beautiful turquoise color, and super calm, like a lagoon. With water this clear, snorkeling right off the beach is a must and scuba divers will be in heaven, as this is a premiere dive destination. In addition to snorkeling and scuba diving, here are some other places and activities you should check out on your visit:
Check out the photo below that I took of the amazing beach and water of Grace Bay! This will keep you coming back for more!!!
While in Provo, we spent the week at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, a luxury wonderland for families and kids of all ages. Beaches is all-inclusive, family-friendly resort, situated on a 12-mile stretch of beach known as Grace Bay. This property is made up of 4 unique and distinctive villages (Caribbean & Seaside, French, Italian and Key West) and is truly a one-of-a-kind property. Spanning over 75 acres, Beaches features:
Tips and Tricks about Beaches Turks and Caicos:
The Villages and Room Categories:
There are four distinct villages; Caribbean & Seaside, French, Italian and Key West and within these villages there are various room categories. The room categories fall within 3 main types of accommodations; Standard, Concierge & Butler, and there are many categories within these, i.e. oceanview, beachfront, etc. Note, no matter which village you are staying in, you can use all of the facilities and amenities in each of the villages.
The Caribbean & Seaside Village is very laid back. It is the largest of the villages and was the first to be built. It is located on the beach and is surrounded by very lush vegetation. All 3 accommodation types are offered in this village. My favorite place to eat in this village is The Jerk Shack. Here you get the spicy jerk flavors of Jamaica and the festivals are a must! Check out my photos below from around this village…
Next is the French Village. This village is the second to be built and is located next to the waterpark. It is the only village not located by the beach, although the walk is not very far. The vibe in this village is low-key. The main outdoor entertainment theater is located at the entrance to the French Village and can create some traffic in the evenings, when there is a performance. Generally speaking, this village is the most economical of the 4 villages. Note, Butler accommodations are not offered in this village and not all rooms in this village offer a balcony; some offer a balconette, which is the same as a French balcony. Tip: If you are like me and you like fancy coffee drinks, check out Cafe de Paris located in the French Village. Here are photos from around this village…
The Italian Village has old world charm and is the liveliest of the 4 villages, due to the fact it is at the center of the resort complex. It is located on the beach and is very centrally located to the Dive and Aqua Center, the waterpark and the resort boutiques. This village offers only Concierge and Butler accommodations. Here are photos from around this village…
Last but certainly not least, the Key West Village, located on the beach, is the newest of the four villages and is by far the quietest. This village offers only Concierge and Butler accommodations. For those guests needing larger accommodations, i.e. 3- and 4-bedroom beachfront villas and family suites, Key West Village has great options. Sky Restaurant, located in the Key West Village, offers amazing sea views from the rooftop of Bayside Restaurant. Tip: Plan to eat at Sky Restaurant in the morning to see the sunrise or in the evening to see the sunset. Be advised, they offer breakfast for all ages but dinner is only for 16 and older. Here are photos from around this village…
I hope you have enjoyed learning all about my travels to Turks and Caicos. If you have questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am excited to help you plan your next adventure!
Stay tuned for more travel tips and tricks with Explore Travel Planners.
Angie Conger Hinds
I have a true passion for travel and I want to share my travel knowledge with you. I hope this blog gives you inspiration to EXPLORE the world!
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