Post # 1
Initially, I wanted to go to Greece for our honeymoon but I had trouble convincing Fiance about island hopping when he would prefer to have a relaxing honeymoon where we just stay in one hotel. Hopefully we can go down the road for one of our anniversaries! We agreed to go to the Caribbean and I’ve never been. There are so many great caribbean islands but I think we have decided on Turks and Caicos. Gracy Bay beach looks amazing.
Has anyone been there and have any recommendations on hotels or things to do? Also, if you’ve been to other places in the Caribbean and liked it better than T&C, let me know why!
Post # 2
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
We went to T&C with my husband’s family back in December 2011. We both absolutely loved it. There is a really good mix of adventure tourism and hanging out on the beach drinking rum punch. We stayed at Villa Renaissance in Grace Bay.
Diving in T&C is amazing and we went with Dive Provo (http://diveprovo.com/). They were a really great outfit and the two tank trip was a lot of fun. We also went on an eco-tour and paddle-boarding with Big Blue Unlimited (http://bigblueunlimited.com/). One of the days we went on a snorkeling boat trip where we searched for Conch and then hung out on Iguana Island, but I don’t remember who we went with for that one. Also, make sure you grab a taxi and hit up “da Conch Shack.” They have the best fish tacos I’ve ever eaten.
Post # 3
I am actually eloping there with our parents this November 🙂 It’s our favorite island and we love it there. The people and culture is nice and it’s a very safe island. The reason we picked T&C is because I didn’t want to be surrounded by huge resorts and this is one of the only islands that doesn’t allow it. Aside from Beaches, all the resorts are small and intimate. We have stayed at Bohio Resort for divin and Ospery Beach Resort.
For our wedding, we rented out a 5 bedroom villa on the beach through VRBO.
We have been to many islands including the French Polynesian islands and this is by far one of my favorites.
Post # 4
I loved Turks! Grace bay is beautiful. I actually want to take my mom there. the beach is beautiful And very tranquil.
We went fishing with a few other people and caught so many fish. They will clean them off for you and many bars will cook your fish for you how you like for a fee (of course). We caught so much we donated some to the staff and they were our new best friends. We went to Danny’s Buoys sports bar to cook the fish and catch a soccer game on TV. DO NOT TO THE SUICIDE WING CHALLANGE. I did one in Buffalo, NY and was a champ. I tried it in turks and threw up. It’s no joke.
I don’t remember the name of the hotel we stayed at I can ask Fiance if you want to know it was pretty basic, but on the beach.
We went to Da conch shack. We took a cab. It was about $50 round trip. It’s in this remote area where you get a mix of local and tourists. The food was so good! its great for sunset They had a live band (James brown) performing at night. Again it’s in a remote part of the island and can be seedy. We made friends with our cab driver and agreed on a pick up time when he dropped us off (his name is Clayton cox if you see him tell him Edubbs says what’s up!).
We ate at another great romantic place on the water in grace bay. I can ask Fiance that name too if you end up booking Turks. Can you tell who’s the planner of activities in our relationship?
Turks and Caicos and Saint Maarten are my two favorite islands. I’m going to grand Cayman next weekend and will report back if it blows us away.
Post # 5
Yes, my (now) Fiance and I went there in the summer of 2014 and it was wonderful! We stayed at the Regent Palms (now just called The Palms). I found it was more geared toward couples than families w/ young kids which I loved for a romantic get-away. Here’s a short write-up on the resort:
Make sure your stay includes a Thursday evening when they have a weekly outdoor party (forgot what its called right now) with fabulous food and drink vendors and live music too. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!
Post # 6
Yes!! We went on our honeymoon in 2006 and have always wanted to go back. It’s the place we compare all other places to and they fall short lol! We had so much fun. We stayed at Ocean Club West and the staff was amazing. There is rum punch everywhere and it is so relaxing. We rented a scooter for a few days and went all over Provo, stopping to explore in populated and remote areas. We also went snorkeling and it was amazing. They took us to a protected island with iguanas and it was gorgeous. The beaches are amazing and the residents are so friendly. We have actually considered retiring there and at times moving our family there.
Post # 7
I feel like I should chime in just to offer a different perspective. Overall, I wasn’t a fan. We stayed at Grace Bay (I don’t recall the name of the resort, but overall, the accommodations were nice.) Taking a shower though wasn’t awesome- there was a SLIGHT smell to the water and the pressure wasn’t great. After a day on the beach, I just wanted a great shower. The beaches were GORGEOUS. If that’s why you’re going, then thumbs up. I went with a travel agent, so we explored some of the swankier hotels and there are some fabulous ones. If you don’t leave the resort/hotel, it’d be fantastic. But driving around honestly makes you feel like you’re in a Third World Country. It made me really sad. We went to church while we were there and met some of the locals, which was a neat experience. The flowers were very pretty- although I learned all the plants are imported because there is not much natural vegetation.
The food is awful. I also went to the conch shack, which I think is listed on the 1000 places to see before you die. The environment was REALLY cool. But I think conch is way overrated and it is one of the few things you can find on the menu. It’s like eating a chewy snail… I don’t understand the craze to be honest. Other food we got was okay (nothing really blew me away), but SO expensive. More so than Hawaii. If you can do an all-inclusive with food that’d be the way to go.
We did a bit of snorkeling which I don’t feel like I’d be the right person to ask about that. I was super lucky to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef a few years ago and TNC paled in comparison. BUT I think that may have just been the tour we did. They literally took us out in the middle of some open water and dropped us off. It was weird. Like… Rocks and gray fish. I think we were just unlucky there.
Oh and the airport freaked me out flying back. It’s like an open air check in and then they crammed everyone into a tiny room where you can’t hear the announcements and there’s no AC or fans.
But, some of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever seen. Oh and the Ganesvoort pool area was to freaking die for. And pretty much everywhere had awesome drinks. The locals were all super nice.
So in the end the beaches make up for the island’s faults… Because they are reallllllllllllly nice.
Post # 8
Thanks everybody for your lengthy responses! It’s so great to be able to come somewhere and get real reviews in a matter of hours
cheebs: Trying to talk my Fiance into getting certified for scuba before we go! If not, we will just snorkel and snuba! I think we might rent scooters (or a car) so we’ll definitely go to da conch shack!
gdiaz0188: One of the reasons we are choosing T&C is also because of how quiet and untouristy it is compared to some other islands! Fiance has been to Aruba 3 times and he said that is a lot of high rises and tourist attractions with a lot of night life which is not what we are looking for on our honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, I also would like to visit Aruba one day! Congrats on eloping and have a great time in November! What a beautiful picture!
EDubbs: I’ll skip the suicide wing challenge…lol. Thanks for all the info. Let me know how Grand Cayman is!!
teambryan: The Palms looks really nice! That is one of the many hotels I’ve been looking at. They all look pretty nice, actually. Nice to know it was more geared towards couples. Thanks for the info!
mrsfj: Scooter! we are thinking about renting a scooter! You love it so much you consider retiring there and moving there… Now I can’t wait to go! 🙂
EnglishGardenGirl: Hi! Thanks for writing! I’m guessing the water smelled of sulfur… I live in Florida right now (from Northeast USA) and the water here even smells slightly like sulfur! I hate it! I’m curious about the conch. I keep seeing conch this and conch that served every way imaginable! And it IS a snail! I realize the food is all so expensive and I think it’s because it’s all imported. There are barely any all inclusives on the island (I saw Beaches) and it’s expensive. I love that you snokeled in the Great Barrier Reef; what a great life experience! I’ve never snorkeled in my life so luckily, I’ve got nothing to compare it to. I’ll make sure to read reviews of snorkeling tours and find a great one! Gansevoort is actually one of the hotels we are looking at to stay at. Did you stay there? Thanks again for all of your input!
Post # 9
tarynk35: Didn’t stay there but we met a couple who showed us their room and it was awesome- they said they loved it.