M o n d a y , J u l y 3 1 s t , 2 0 1 7
Hi dolls! So as you all know, I recently returned from a little vacation to Turks and Caicos. My family and I went to celebrate a mix of things; my Mom’s 50th birthday (and she looks damn good for 50, I might add), my brother’s 21st birthday, and my college graduation. However, if you have considered traveling to Turks and Caicos, I wanted to get together a little Turks and Caicos travel guide!
The Royal West Indies Resort. We actually went on vacation to Turks once before , and stayed here during that trip as well! I mentioned in an earlier post that my family and I are creatures of habit, and traveling is no exception. We not only stayed at the same resort, in the same building, but in the same room as last time. If you are looking for a laid back, relaxed atmosphere for your vacation, this is the place. It has 2 pools, a hot tub, a bar/restaurant on site, and it’s own private beach. The thing I like most about it is how small it is. Don’t take small in a negative sense though; there aren’t a ton of buildings, and each one is only 3 stories. Because of this, it feels like no one is around. It also means that the resort is more quiet, and that the beach isn’t crowded. You can see the other resorts from the room, which literally tower over the shore and are teeming with guests. Fun Fact: The reason that our hotel is only 3 stories was because it was built earlier than the others! A local told us that years ago, resorts could not build above 3 stories. The goal of this was to keep the coastline from being overrun by towering buildings. However, some companies didn’t have a problem with offering extra cash to be allowed to build taller buildings, and eventually the practice was stopped. When you visit, note how some resorts are exactly 3 stories while others far exceed this!
These are the death bikes. They are great in theory but horrid in execution. I’ll talk about them more a bit further down, but just as an example my brother got a flat tire within a minute of riding one and had to walk it back. Those who frequent the resort would laugh whenever we took them out, everyone knows that they’re tumultuous.
The people who work at the resort drag the lounge chairs out every morning and stack them up at night, literally so ideal.
The one place you MUST eat at is Coco Bistro. Picture amazing food, eating under palm trees, Christmas lights after dark, and awesome service. Prior to being seated, we sat at the bar and had a round of drinks. Our bartenders were Derrick and Yogi; they were hilarious and we chatted it up with them for awhile. There is also a resident cat named Coco at the restaurant. He greets and sits by guests at the entrance, and then patrols the tables for snacks. I swear Coco has it made, and you are guaranteed to see him there. Derrick told us that there’s a regular that brings Coco a big bag of cat food, as well as another older women who goes to Coco Bistro literally just to see Coco. It’s just so precious! I also recommend going to the weekly Fish Fry; both locals and visitors go, so it’s a great opportunity to meet other tourists and islanders! The Fish Fry also has tons of local food, as well as shops and boutiques that are great spots for gifts.
I LOVE strawberry daiquiri’s. I’m not a big drinker, but these are my absolute favorite. Note the trail of rum – perfection.
How gorgeous is this?! It’s even more magical when you are actually sitting at the tables. The palm trees almost create a ceiling, and the rope lights make the scene magical once the sun sets.
Here’s a snap of Coco! He really has it made.
Aside from where to stay and eat, there are a bunch of other things to note about Turks and Caicos! I comprised a list of ten, including things to do, things to know, and ways to save a bit on a Turks and Caicos vacation!
1) The people are so so nice. Everyone we interacted with was helpful, easygoing, and laid back. Many people also had such huge personalities, and literally had us cracking up. These were two of the bartenders from Pelican Bay, which was the restaurant and bar located within our resort!
2) Turks is expensive. I don’t mean this to sound ritzy, but just to ensure that people are aware of it. For example, cab rides are charged by person, not by ride. It was around $20 per person to get from the airport to our hotel. Everything has to be imported to the island, so things can be a bit pricey.
3) Our hotel was not all inclusive. But they provide the death bikes that we took to a nearby grocery store. The bike baskets are not great; mine fell off while going over a curb and a jar of sauce shattered (thankfully the cases of Corona survived the fall). I mean it would happen to me, I’m a walking hazard but still. If you can walk to a grocery store early, aka before it gets hot, I highly recommend doing that and avoiding the bike situation all together.
4) Pack a carry on of food. Since many of the resorts are not all inclusive, I also recommend packing food! We did an entire carry on full of cereals, snacks, granola bars, instant mac-n-cheese, etc. Just remember things like peanut butter do count as liquids, and will be discarded if you have them on a carry on. Doing this saved us quite a bit of money, so all we really bought at the grocery store was fruit, bagels and cream cheese, and beer.
5) You simply have to visit Mama’s Gift Shop. The two ladies that work there are an absolute TRIP; I had on my “Vacation, Por Favor” tank and Mama noticed it immediately. While we shopped my family and Mama just kept yelling/singing “Vacation, Por Favor!” to each other. They also gave us Mama’s pins right off their shirts, which was too sweet. I stuck it on my shorts! This is also where I bought my blue Turks and Caicos long sleeve!
6) Many activities will come to you. If you want to tube or parasail, they will pick you up right at the beach of your resort. There are people who walk the beaches that advertise for those who do the excursions. They don’t come up to you or bother you, but are simply there for you to go up to and inquire! Our guy was Kirvy, and he would make a call to set up a time for us to parasail or tube. We had so much fun tubing that we went a second time; the guy knew we had requested him the second time so he tried his hardest to flip us off. However that round we had the GoPro, so I was holding both myself and my brothers arm and ended up ripping off a huge chunk of skin from holding on. There was no way in hell I was letting the GoPro touch the water (it’s Viktor’s and he didn’t give me the waterproof case, so it was critical that we not flip). There are other excursions, I just can’t do boats for a long period of time so we stuck to short term things.
7) It’s an English speaking island. Turks and Caicos is owned by Britain, so everyone speaks English! Their currency is also the U.S. Dollar, so you don’t have to worry about a language barrier or exchanging money.
8) The rum though. As mentioned above, I adore Strawberry Daquiri’s and NOTHING can top them at Turks and Caicos. The rum from the island is called Bambarra, and they serve it everywhere.
9) They have a conch farm. Many islands in the Caribbean have conch as a staple part of the diet. However, Turks and Caicos is the only place with a conch farm. We did try conch and weren’t big fans, but the point is to at least try expanding horizons, right?!
10) The water can’t be beat. My mom has been to a ton of islands, and she agrees; the water here is the best. It is crystal clear, warm, and the most gorgeous shade of blue. I have only been to Turks, St. Croix, and Bermuda; all of which are absolutely beautiful but I will say that the beaches of Turks and Caicos may be my favorite.
Below is a little video from our trip! Thanks so much for reading; if anyone plans on going to Turks and Caicos and has any further questions I’d love to answer!
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