(Closed) Turks and Caicos!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

We went to T&C for Christmas 2011 with FI’s family and it was a ton of fun. I highly recommend booking something with Big Blue Unlimited. We did a paddle boarding tour and a full day eco tour with them. Both tours were a ton of fun and their staff was extremely knowledgeable about the islands and the ecology.

We also went scuba diving with Dive Provo and they were fantastic. Not only was the diving amazing, but the dive instructors did a great job helping us out and were just wonderful people in general.

You should definitely stop by the Conch Shack (http://daconchshack.com). You’ll have to get a cab to go over there, but it is well worth it. I had the best fish tacos that I have ever had while we were there and the rum punch was delicious.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I love Turks and Caicos. I recommend renting a skiff from Abuv It All. He’s located at Ocean Club East on the beach. Its a little boat that you take out by yourself. You can go snorkeling around a shipwreck and hang out on secluded beaches with no one ele around. He’ll give you a map and show you how far you can go. I also HIGHLY recommend Big Blue Unlimited for a snorkeling trip. I went with them on the Edge of the Banks tour and it was amazing. I got to snorkel with reef sharks!! So so cool. They also don’t take big crowds and I don’t think they serve alcohol. Most of the other snorkeling trips have loud music, big crowds and alcohol. For fine dining I suggest Bay Bistro. Make reservations for a stage table near the beach. I also LOVED Upstairs Bar and Grill. I had some damn good jerk chicken there. Somewhere Cafe was great for Mexican style food. One thing I must add is if you are a dog lover…stop in Animal House at Salt Mills Paza. It’s a rescue organization for the Potcake dogs on the island. They take donations and there are t-shirts and other things you can buy and the proceeds go to them. I love Turks and Caicos so much that I will never go to another Caribbean island. The beaches are unbeatable. Also, I suggest using TripAdvisor and searching Turks and Caicos. The forums are extremely helpful. If you have any question, let me know! I’ve been there 3 times 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We stopped there on our cruise in December on Grand Turk. The snorkeling is great, beautiful beaches and we got to hold sting rays! I forget the name of the company we did our excursion with but they operated out of Grand Turk. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We went to T & C and stayed at the Seven Stars last year!  It was an amazing vacation.  I highly recommend the Seven Stars, you are going to love it!

We went to scuba dive (Flamingo Divers – amazing) so on our non-dive days, we mostly just hung out at the beach or pool.  If you dive or are interested in getting certified, Turks is an amazing place to do it.  The diving was spectacular.  

Food/restaurants on the island are expensive!  There is a Jamaican patty (1 block) place and a taco joint called Hey Jose (2 blocks) very close to Seven Stars that are both very inexpensive and great for lunch.  There is also a nice grocery store 1 block from the hotel where you can get lunch stuff and drinks/beer/wine for the room.  

Something to avoid is the beach BBQs that Seven Stars offers twice a week.  Although the bonfire is cool, the dinner is WAY overpriced and not that great. You can enjoy the bonfire for free and et dinner elsewhere.

The restaurant reviews on trip advisor were spot on.  In particular, we liked: 

The Deck at the Seven Stars (restaurant right on the beach, just spectacular beach view and live music every night)

Magnolia Wine Bar – Requires a quick cab ride but the food was great and it has a beautiful view of the ocean and a marine.  I think it is the highest restaurant on the lsland so it is great for sunset

Coco Bistro – Most expensive meal we had but totally work it.  Reservation is a must. Walking distance

Caicos Cafe – Good food, very close to the Seven Stars, walking distance

Post # 9
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311 posts
Helper bee

@MrsBot:  a couple more things to add about Big Blue Unlimited…go check out their Facebook page. They are always posting about seeing whales, sharks, ect. They are also an Eco-friendly company. So like when they throw out the anchor, they make sure not to hit the reef or when they want to attrack sharks, they crunch water bottles (makes a crunchy noise they’re attracted to) instead of throwing out fish parts. i think it has something to do with aggressiveness. Anyway…I’ve gone with three different companies and the big blue trip was by far the most memorable one. I cannot reccommend them enough.

The Patty Place is the place for Jamaican patties. It’s basically like a Jamaican hot pocket. Good for a cheap luncHey I believe Hey Jose is now closed. 

There is also good snorkeling off the beach at Coral Gardens. Ive seen turtles and huge barracuda!

Post # 11
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311 posts
Helper bee

@MrsBot:  awesome!! I actually have 2 Potcakes myself. One was brought home to me via volunteer couriers and my youngest one, we actually brought home with us. It’s really an amazing rescue organization for these dogs. Don’t be surprised if you see stray dogs here and there. The island has a huge problem and isn’t getting any government assistance. They should have some puppies in the store if you go in. You can get you some Potcake love 🙂 I think they are open at 10am-4pm

also! If you are departing Turks and Caicos on a Saturday, get to the airport early. It’s their busiest day and the line can start wrapping around the front of the airport and can take a while to get thru.

Are you renting a car? 

i have all kinds of tips and advice….have a mentioned that I LOVE TURKS AND CAICOS?! 🙂

Post # 13
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311 posts
Helper bee

@MrsBot:  we didn’t have any problems getting her in the states. All pups/dogs are up to date on their shots and the rescue organization takes care of all the paperwork. They give them sedatives to keep them calm. Our pup was better behaved then some kids on the flight 🙂 hehe

i think Seven Stars well pretty well located. Taxis can be kinda pricey. You coud always rent a car for a couple days and not the entire stay. Chalk Sound is freakin beautiful but isn’t within walking distance. The color of the water is amazing. There is a restaurant called Las Brisas that overlooks Chalk Sound. I suggest going for lunch and enjoying the view! Look them up on Trip Advisor. The pictures just don’t do it any justice. Actually….no pic of Turks and Caicos do it justice! 

Ive never done paddle boarding but Ive heard its a lot of fun!! my balance is horrible so I’d  probably end up in the water. Next time I go, I really want to try it though!!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

@MrsBot:  Paddle boarding is a ton of fun! No one in our group fell off until the very end of the tour when the tide started going out. The spot we were going through got a little shallow and the boards got stuck so they fell off, but it was awesome.

I would recommend getting someone to teach you the actual technique otherwise you’ll do it wrong and be sore for a while. Its hard to explain but you don’t use your arms to pull you forward, you use your body to push you forward. Obviously they explained it better than that 😛

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsBot:  How was your trip???

 

So excited to find this thread, we just booked our honeymoon yesterday… going to Provo and staying at Seven Stars, as well.  Ahhhhh, cannot wait!!

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