Hello, all! As promised, I am starting my traveling series. Our first stop? Fabulous Turks & Caicos. In case you aren’t sure, Turks & Caicos is located on the end of the Bahama chain of islands in the Caribbean. It was a short flight for us here in Nashville, as I’m sure it is for most east coasters. Definitely a plus if you’ve traveled to anywhere in the Pacific. I get the worst jet lag!
For this trip we stayed at Seven Stars Resort on Grace Bay in Providenciales. There are tons of places to stay and they are all beautiful. We were very pleased with Seven Stars. Not only do they offer free Wi-fi (who can live without this???), but they also offer many free beach amenities as well. Beach and pool lounge chairs, including umbrellas, are all included with your stay. They have complimentary use of our Hobie Cats, kayaks, surfboards (or paddle boards, like us), snorkeling equipment and pool floats. This is a huge plus. Here in the states, they charge an arm and a leg for stuff like this. We did pay to do a snorkeling excursion, but Turks boasts an amazing reef for snorkeling and scuba diving. And if you find a conch, which I did, you get to keep it. Have you seen a better souvenir??
As you can see in the pictures below, Turks & Caicos offers amazing water color and clarity. We were able to see the bottom as far out as we could walk. I really don’t think I have seen a more picture perfect beach with beautiful turquoise water. Nothing was overcrowded as far as we could see in either direction. They have the water roped off for a swim zone and activities within or beyond that. As you can see, we took advantage of several of the free amenities. Having tried paddle boarding in Waikiki, Turks & Caicos is much more friendly to the flat-water paddle boarder. Obviously we only get to practice on lakes here in Nashville. If you’re adventurous like us, Seven Stars offers a great way to do a lot of activities but not have to pay for them individually.
The location of Seven Stars was a huge plus. There was a grocery store just down the street. We love to eat out, as you’ll see in Part 2 of Turks, but it’s nice to have snacks and drinks available in your room. We struggled with this in Aruba, so we couldn’t have been happier to walk to the store on our first day to stock up.
There isn’t a lot of traditional shopping in Turks, but plenty of souvenir shops. We always look for pint glasses, for my husband, and mugs, for me. Some of the items were a little pricey, but typical for tourist destinations. All the shops we visited were within walking distance to Seven Stars simply because we chose not to do a rental car. I don’t think there was anything I had in mind to bring back that we were not able to find. And trust me, I love to shop.
Look for all of our food ventures in Part 2 of Turks and Caicos which is coming soon.