Jul
08
2016
TurksCaicos

Turks and Caicos Hot Spots: Where to Go When Visiting the Island

Turks & Caicos is the ultimate upscale island escape – where delicious impeccable waters and palm-fringed beaches seem to go on forever. The delicate islands and secluded cays of this island masterpiece provide unquestionably spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling. Offering world-class lodgings with impeccable dining Turks and Caicos makes for the perfect destination. Grace Bay, Providenciales was named the #1 beach in the world by Tripadvisor providing the perfect spot for a sunset, beachside wedding, romantic honeymoon or tropical vacation getaway. But with all the amazing choices for dining, lodging or activities, how do you decide? We have been there and know the best spots and insider tips. Here are some of our favorites:

Hotels

Seven Stars Grace Bay: Opened in 2008, this award-winning resort continues to exceed travelers’ expectations in every way. This all-suite property excels when it comes to amenities and services. Accommodations include marble kitchens, a grand salon, laundry facilities, and fully furnished terraces overlooking an impressive stretch of Grace Bay Beach. Stacey and Chad, clients of The Tropical Travelers in Malvern, PA, had this to say about their recent experience at Seven Stars Grace Bay: “The resort was absolutely amazing. I really can’t say enough about the resort, the island, the beach, the food, and the ease of travel. We had a fantastic time and will definitely be visiting the resort again. This vacation was perfection. The customer service was aboveanyone’s expectations and the room was outstanding!”

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Gansevoort Turks & Caicos: This chic, south beach inspired property is a unique experience on the island. Every room in this modern hotel boasts stunning ocean views. The resort offers a 7,000 square foot infinity pool and award-winning Exhale Spa.  Gansevoort is often named one of the best resorts in the Atlantic.

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Beach House: The newest resort on the island is The Beach House, the first authentically boutique resort. Situated on the stunning Grace Bay Beach, this 21-suite property offers amazing service, gourmet picnics on the beach and ultimate relaxation.

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Restaurants

Hemingway’s at The Sands: Hemingway’s, an ode to The Sun Also Rises author, sits on the shore of Grace Bay Beach. A casual, open-air dining experience, the tables are around the pool area and on a boardwalk that goes out to the beach.  Don’t miss the BBQ Party on Tuesdays.

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Tiki Hut: Located in the Turtle Cove Marina Area, this restaurant is a really fun spot. Be sure to visit on Wednesday nights for the Chicken and Ribs and Thursday nights for King Crab and Corona.

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Infiniti: This restaurant is located at Grace Bay Club. It is our favorite restaurant by far in the Caribbean. A great spot for special occasions with the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop.  Order the chocolate gourmandize when you order your dinner to ensure you get it for dessert. You won’t be sorry! Bring your camera for superb sunsets. The Infiniti Bar is the longest bar in the Caribbean at 90 feet, stretching across Grace Bay Club to the shores of Grace Bay beach. Reservations are necessary.

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Da Conch Shack: Located in the Blue Hills this restaurant is an absolute must for any visitor (or local for that matter).  If you truly want to experience seafood right from the sea, Da Conch Shack shouldn’t be missed. A shack in the sand, Da Conch Shack prepares conch 20 different ways and each is delicious. Enjoy a Turks Head beer while watching the local fishermen haul in boats brimming with conch. They’ll even show you how they extract the conch from its shell.

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Insider Tips

– IGA is the main grocery store and is conveniently located just minutes from many resorts. Best days to go are Sunday and Wednesday when the container ship brings fresh goods.

– Check out the magazine Where, When, How that is available free of charge in the airport. It has a list of some of the restaurants and menus. You can find a link to this magazine online too.

– We recommend using this map when driving around the island.

– It is relatively easy to get around via taxi. But, if you want to try a car rental, we would definitely recommend it. This island is small and as long as you have the map it is easy to get around. There’s no traffic. The streets aren’t all marked, which is why the map is useful. Don’t forget, driving is on the left.

– If you really want to pamper yourselves, we can set up a spa day at The Regent Palms. This is hands down one of our all-time favorite spas. Simply beautiful.

– Snorkeling is a no-miss Turks and Caicos activity. The best locations are Coral Gardens and Smith’s Reef, one of the top reefs in the world for snorkeling.

The Tropical Travelers are experts on Turks and Caicos and can help you plan the perfect vacation, honeymoon or destination wedding on the island. Contact us at 1-800-479-0949 or visit our website to start planning your trip.

 

 

 

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