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We Loved Our Trip to the British West Indies Island – Turks & Caicos

Hands down, our trip to Turks & Caicos was the best (not that far away) island vacation ever. We admit to being “beach snobs”! I must see turquoise beach water and light sand in order to feel like I have truly retreated to an exotic location that appeals to all of my senses. Turks & Caicos did NOT disappoint.

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Of course we traveled 1st class and booked world-class accommodations and stayed at the exclusive Grace Bay Resort. Grace Bay is one of the more affluent parts of the island. Rumor has it that a few weeks before our arrival, Tina Knowles (Beyoncé’s mom) stayed on the resort and lived it up in a lap of luxury as you might well imagine.

Upon our arrival at the resort by (private car) we received cooling towels and a choice of rum punch or fruit infused water. And don’t think for one minute that we stood in long “check-in” lines….not at all. We were seated in plush chairs, and the hotel staff walked back and forth to us with minimal paper work and other light administrative details.

While on the resort, we were assigned our own caretaker. He escorted us to our suite,  gave us a tour of the resort, made sure we had everything (before we knew ) we needed it and gave us a cellphone to call him on to ensure that he was at our beck and call.

To give you an example of the kind of attention we received, he booked as an excursion, and he knew approximately when we would be back. Two minutes after we arrived back at the resort, the doorbell rang and he had cool champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for us. Another example of being spoiled is when Julie wanted Lay’s potato chips — which were not available as a snack. Our caretaker walked to the nearest store (off the resort) and purchased us the Lay’s. Trust me, he went above and beyond during our stay — and for that we thanked him well.

We will return if for no other reason than to be treated with the attention, care and respect we received. I must also state that the locals, to include the staff , were the friendliest people I have every encountered on any Caribbean island. I found the locals to be very liberal  — we did not experience (not even a hint of bias) or discrimination as a same-sex couple. If anything we were treated like rock stars!

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The food, ambiance, the beach, the excursions and the resort and pool were all top-notch. By the way, there are no fast food restaurants on the island! We loved that! So, leave your cravings for fast food behind for freshly prepared meals and fine dining!

Turks & Caicos is also the playground for the rich! While there, we learned that Drake was on the island, and subsequently we learned that Floyd Mayweather and the gorgeous Nicole Murphy had visited the island after we left.

It’s not a matter of if we will return, it’s strictly about when. Do yourself a favor and visit Turks & Caicos – you will love it there!

Until next time Turks & Caicos.

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Photo Credit: Brilliant Studios Turks & Caicos

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It Takes “Four” To Tango In Turks and Caicos

I’m a lover of turquoise beach water and white sand. I love nothing more than sunbathing on a beach with pristine water, beautiful sunsets and access to endless cocktails. And this is just where Debra, Vanessa, Lance, and Lance’s mom spent 6 days in March. Yes, while you were freezing your buns off and waiting for Metro, these four individuals were luxuriating in paradise.

They traveled to Turks and Caicos during peak season and enjoyed every moment of it. Debra, my friend, travels at least 3-4 times per year because she’s very generous to herself. Before she departs one destination, her mind begins to think about the very next destination. I’m sure that we all do that when the thought of not sleeping in until 9 am or not waking up to the sound of beach waves begins to set it.

Debra’s travel style is highly contingent upon what the weather’s like at her travel destination. But she tends to go for a more casual look and can flex to a more diva style when it’s necessary to become a “diva”.

The beautiful turquoise waters were the #1 factor for this group choosing this destination. While there, they fell in love with the extensive accessible beaches and the great weather.

What I’m going to write about next is my absolute favorite….while in Turks and Caicos, Debra and her traveling companions experienced eating “all you can eat” lobster at Pelican’s Bay. We’re not talking about Red Lobster, lobster tails, we’re talking about large lobsters straight out of the ocean prepared any way you want it — grilled, sautéed, or with a light tempura batter. The option of dipping this delicacy in hot dripping butter or a number of specialty sauces were offered so that they could achieve the flavors of their desire. Debra and her companions tried hard to eat all that they could, but unfortunately, they could only consume three of these enormous lobsters. According to Debra, it was the best $75.00 ever spent! I am a HUGE lobster lover, so without a doubt, I am more motivated than ever to travel to this destination to experience all you can eat lobster!

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Finally, after snorkeling, lounging, partying, jet skiing and eating “all you can eat” lobster, Debra, and her travel companions visited the Chalk Sound Preserve and Middle Caicos. She recommends this attraction to anyone visiting this extraordinary Caribbean island.

Until next time Turks & Caicos.

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