Our gorgeous hotel! (First two photos by Antonia Franco)
Swim Trunks: Vilebrequin
Rum Punch that is to DIE for! (Photo by Antonia Franco)
This past July I went to Turks and Caicos for the second time and let me tell you… it was certainly not my last! Turks and Caicos is a gorgeous island (part of the British West Indies) only a little over 3 hours from New York on JetBlue! It is soooo convenient to get to.
The first time I went to Turks (three years ago), I stayed at The Sands at Grace Bay and absolutely loved it. The beauty of the island is that most hotels are suite/apartment style so the rooms have a full kitchen and living room and there is a grocery store just a bike ride away! During my trip in July, we (my boyfriend’s family and I) stayed in a beautiful penthouse (yes, penthouse!) at The Somerset on Grace Bay. The room was spacious and had sweeping views of the hotel’s infinity pool and the ocean.
The island is only 23 miles long by 4 miles wide and is very safe. Most hotels have bikes to take out for the day so I highly recommend jumping on one and riding into town for a milkshake at Melt!
Another beauty of the island is that most of the hotels along the ocean have restaurants that you can walk to. Just pick up your shoes and walk through the sand to a different one each night. Some of my favorites are:
Of course, there is always the option to hop in a cab for a quick ride to check out some other great restaurants. My favorite off- the- water restaurants are:
(Most restaurants fill up quickly during busy seasons so I highly recommend making reservations well in advanced!!!!)
A MUST while visiting Turks and Caicos is snorkeling. There are many places to go to on your own but I recommend doing a full-day trip with Dream Tours or Island Vibes. I have done both and they are both fantastic ways of seeing the entire island as well as some surrounding islands! These tours include hours and hours (and hours!) of snorkeling, fresh conch salad for lunch (or delicious grilled chicken for you non-seafood eaters), and bottomless rum punches!
During my trip this July, my boyfriend and his sister forced me to go parasailing with them… Just kidding I went willingly. I was extremely nervous though because I hate heights but it ended up being the most fun I had all trip! You can check it out here but no need to make a reservation as the boats come around all day, everyday to recruit you to try!
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading today! xx