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Turks and Caicos Islands
What a beautiful little group of islands! In total, there are actually 40 coral islands mixed in, but the main two are Providenciales (Provo) and Grand Turk. These are typically where you will end up if you search online or even take a cruise over to the islands. Although they are very different, so it is important to figure out which one best fit you before just hopping on a boat or plane to get your vacation on!
This island is more based around locals and history. What I mean by that is – it is kind of secluded to only locals and very little tourists. Also, you can tour the island on your own pretty much in one day, and find all kinds of fun/old, private little spots to hang out. What do we recommend here? Pretty much exactly that! You can rent a golf cart or off-road quad for around $75-80 for the whole day. This is the best way to really get a feel for how the locals live and work here. Side note: Make sure your golf cart has decent power! Ours did not, and once we got to our first stop, we had to have 1 person pushing it while the other held the gas pedal to the metal! Lol.
Among all of the beaches, you will find a few restaurants here and there, and they were all worthy of a try. One of the bar/restaurants that stood out more than the rest was The Beached Whale. The staff, especially Shevon (waitress & bartender), was incredibly fast, responsive, and informative. We chatted with her for 10 minutes about various parts of the island and its history. There is a Margaritaville for those of you who like to stick with big, brand name foods as well. Although, this specific Margaritaville just kinda sucked to be completely honest. The waitresses took 10 minutes to take our order, almost an hour to get our food, and was actually really disrespectful on top of everything else. Although, if you go when there is a cruise ship in port, the entertainment is really smashing, since there are tons of people dancing and having a good time.
This is the nations tourist destination. Just by glancing at a few pictures of this paradise, you can quickly tell that it can get populated with people from all over the world all the time. There are tons of places to eat and shop, among all the gorgeous beaches to enjoy as well. Keep in mind though, that here, it is a little more crowded than Grand Turk, since it is more built for tourism. One of the more popular beaches is Grace Bay Beach. It’s beautiful as can be, and they offer tours from snorkeling to parasailing, so you can the beauty from below or above! As for places to eat, there are tons of different spots, actually not one that we recommend more than another. Here, there are more options as far as the “To-Do” topic goes, so it really just depends on whether you want to tour the island, lay out and relax on the beach, or do a land/water adventure!
Whichever you choose, I am sure you will have a great time. Heck, if you have the time/finances, visit both and decide for yourself! Hehe. I hope you enjoyed this post, and don’t be shy! Leave any questions or comments below! P.s. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE for more great, free info! Thanks again!
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ALSO! By now may of you have heard of and/or seen Ryan Starr, the adorable and talented 10 year old dancer, who was found on the Carnival Sunshine. Well… that was our cruise and here is some footage of him, from my Instagram Story, at Margaritaville in Grand Turk! Those of you that are unaware of who this kid is, watch him on The Ellen Show.