Individuals contain multitudes, but they also have preferences. Sweet versus salty. Early risers versus night owls. Beaches versus swimming pools. It’s on vacation with a group of other people that these preferences can be put to the test, but I can confidently say that when you stay at the right resort, differing opinions can come together to execute a flawless trip. . So goes the story of my time in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and here’s everything you need to know if you want to plan a trip for your loved ones, group of friends or partner to the islands off the Bahamas.
When planning a trip, it’s always important to think about how much time you have and what intention you want to set for your absence. Are you a person who likes to explore a new place through excursions? Would you much rather spend your days unplugged by the beach? Is food the main draw for you to visit a new place? Take note of these items in advance so you can plan your itinerary accordingly.
My flight from New York to Providenciales, one of the islands in the Turks and Caicos archipelago, took about three and a half hours – not bad at all, considering the second I landed I felt like I had landed in a totally different corner of paradise. The sun was shining and the air was breezy and warm, but fair warning, the line for customs was the final test of my patience between me and between me and 12 miles of famous beaches on Providenciales (locally known as Provo , once named one of the best beach destinations in the world according to TripAdvisor.)
Where to stay in the Turks and Caicos Islands
I was invited to stay at the Beaches Turks & Caicos, a sprawling all-inclusive resort comprised of five different “villages” and offering 21 restaurants and 10 pools for guest enjoyment. The villages each feature different architectural styles and vibes, inspired by places such as Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West. I stayed in a two-story concierge suite in Key West that offered concierge services to coordinate activities around the resort, stock your kitchen with any drinks you might need, and provide access to services private recordings. The Key West Village was easy to navigate and home to luxury dining experiences like seafood at Neptune’s, brunch at Sky Lounge, and an all-day buffet at Bayside Restaurant.
Concierge rooms at the Beaches Turks and Caicos start at $570 per person per night, going up to around $1,000 per person per night, depending on the package you choose. Accommodation options at the Beaches Resorts start at $404 per person per night, and every room at the resort comes with the added benefit of being all-inclusive.
What to do in the Turks and Caicos Islands
One of the main appeals of an all-inclusive resort is that once you show up there, you don’t have to consider the price of where to eat or drink during your stay. You can make reservations for any of the included restaurants and just give your room number when checking out – an ideal situation if you’re planning a trip with friends and don’t want to send the same money back and forth via Venmo throughout your vacation.
That being said, besides eating (which is arguably one of the most important parts of any vacation), there are tons of activities available at the Beaches resort. At no additional cost, you can sign up for water sports on the beach like kayaking and paddle boarding and if you prefer your sports on land, basketball courts, tennis courts, billiards, etc. are available throughout the resort for guests to use at their leisure. You can also have fun throughout your trip with the various shows and parties organized by the resort. From themed nights (like reggae or 90s night) to a late night drink at Cricketer’s Pub to live music on site (98 Degrees celebrated its 25th anniversary with a concert while I was there).
Of course, Grace Bay Beach is the ultimate destination for anyone planning a trip to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The sand is incredibly white (don’t forget sunglasses as the sun will reflect, trust me) and the water is virtually waveless and clear – coming from someone more of a pool fan on vacation, I Spent more time in the ocean during four day trips there than I have done in the past four years. With the all-inclusive aspect, you can quickly buy food and drinks to enjoy on the beach during the day to ensure you catch the most rays. Don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen.
Tips for Traveling to the Turks and Caicos Islands
Almost all resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands offer an all-inclusive model, making it an easy place to stay, especially if you’re traveling solo. Providenciales airport was extremely easy to navigate and with the coast less than a 20 minute drive away (taxis offer a set fare from the airport to the resorts in the area), getting from baggage claim to your hotel is stress free. The fact that the Turks and Caicos Islands uses the US dollar is also convenient, so you don’t even have to worry about exchanging your money before your trip (although with an all-inclusive package you’ll be writing checks with your room number, for the most part). Consider this your sign to follow that lingering sense of beach wanderlust for a solo trip, or invite some friends over to join you — it’ll be fun no matter what your travel compatibility looks like.