Jun
23
2016
Turks

Turks and Caicos: The Perfect Paradise Vacation

When travelers are yearning for a high-end experience comprised of long stretches of powdery sand, opulent resorts and gourmet dining, Turks and Caicos should be high on their list. A chain of 40 islands and cays, Turks and Caicos is located just below the Bahamas and is a quick 1 hour and 40-minute trip from Miami. Several U.S. cities are now offering nonstop flights as well. Once thought of as a playground for celebrities and millionaires, Turks and Caicos has become a destination sought after by families, singles and couples who want to get away and enjoy one of the world’s top-rated beaches.

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Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales has been ranked “Best Beach” by Conde Nast magazine for many years and rightly so. Over the past 15 years, quite a few resort properties have sprung up on Grace Bay Beach, enabling travelers to walk from their rooms not only to sunbathe, but to experience snorkeling, kite sailing and diving right outside their doors.

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One of the islands’ grandest properties is Seven Stars Grace Bay, which opened in 2008. Winning award after award, Seven Stars 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. Relaxing at The Deck, which is the resort’s popular beachside bar, is how many guests choose to start their evenings. With mojitos in hand, visitors gravitate to the fire pit, which is the center of conversation at this beach spot.

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After enjoying cocktails on The Deck, the choices for dining seem endless. Whether the traveler is interested in gourmet dining, locally caught seafood, decadent desserts or pub fare, it can be found along Grace Bay Beach.

Infiniti Restaurant is one of the destination’s premier dining experiences. Set on the Grace Bay Club property, this outdoor restaurant boasts the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop. 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. It is the first infinity-edge bar in the world and is a hot spot for evening entertainment every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Dessert is a must at Infiniti. Travelers come from afar to sample the eatery’s delectable molten lava cake.

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If seafood is on their wish list, guests will delight in tasting conch, the local specialty. Conch can be found in some form or other at just about every establishment on the island. But, if you truly want to experience it 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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Turks and Caicos has a vibrant nightlife scene, but you have to know where to look. From the relatively new Gansavoort, where you’ll mingle with the “see and be seen” crowd, to Danny Buoy’s for a Guinness, there’s always something going on late-night in Turks and Caicos.

With its laid back environment, Turks and Caicos is worlds away from the everyday stresses that visitors seek to leave behind. And resort operators and residents alike would like to keep it that way. As a locale still not registering on everyone’s radar, the chain of islands and cays exhibits an authentic beauty that still shines brightly through the eyes of the locals and in the outlook of the tourists who come for a vacation to remember.

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