Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Turks and Caicos Trip


Last week my dad, mom, sister, husband, my sister's boyfriend, and I went to Turks and Caicos for 5 days! It was a blast! We stayed at the Sands at Grace Bay, which is located right on the beach of...well...Grace Bay! It was gorgeous, with a large pool, lazy river (that wasn't so lazy) and a hot tub! All the staff members were SO nice and helpful. The resort had its own restaurant, Hemingway's, which had seating right off the beach and palm trees that were all lit up at night. We went fishing on Friday and caught two fish, which the chef graciously cooked up for us and served to us in fish tacos for lunch on Saturday! What a treat to eat what we caught! Sea to table at its finest:) Our suite had just enough bedrooms for all of us, with a full kitchen and living room and screened-in porch overlooking the pool and beach. 

The local town is cute. One of the shopping centers we rode our bikes to is called the Salt Mills. It had a few art galleries and clothing stores. I wish it hard more local crafts though that weren't outrageously expensive (oh wait...a carton of eggs on the island is $7..soooo...). 

On Thursday night we went to the Fish Fry. If you've ever been to a food truck market (we have a lot of those in Philly), this is pretty much what it's like...minus the trucks...and add a lot of fried fish. There were probably about 20 stands that served fried conch, fried grouper, fried snapper, rice and peas, plantains, macaroni and cheese, or coconut shrimp (these were literally the main options at all of them). They also had some stands with beverages -my favorite being the Gollywash (coconut milk and gin) and the coconut rum served in a coconut! This event happens every Thursday night in Bight Park, right off the beach. It's attended by both tourists and locals alike and is the place to be on the island! They have live music and dancing. It goes from 5:30-9:30 but we got there on the early side, which I am glad we did because we were able to find a table- by 7pm, we could have sold those seats off for a good penny! I highly recommend this event- it's something you just have to experience! 

The boys had a lot of fun with the water sport options- most specifically paddle boarding, katamaran, and snorkeling. The paddleboarding was something I had never done before and it was much harder than I imagined, but being able to experience it on the flat water made it a much easier start! It's something I would love to do again! We snorkeled around a small reef off the shore and saw so many beautiful fish! We were supposed to snorkel again out in the open water, but after catching two sharks during our fishing trip, we quickly opted out of this! 

Overall our favorite restaurant was Coco Bistro ! It was a gorgeous little oasis between a grove of palm trees with the most delicious food ever! But make a reservation in advance, or you will miss the opportunity! 

Thanks for following along with the recap of our beautiful vacation! I hope you love Turks and Caicos as much as we did if you ever have the chance to go! 

With love, Allie 




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