Famous for its stretches of pristine, uncrowded beaches, Turks and Caicos is alive with vibrant coral reefs and inviting local culture. With a staggering 350 days of sun a year and only a short trip from the States (less than two hours from Miami), this hidden gem is an ideal destination year round.
>>> WHAT TO DO
First, make a beeline to the beach and sign yourself up for a private Hobie Cat sailing lesson with Wind Play Provo. Afterward, score some more outdoor time with a Caicos Corral’s horseback riding tour. Once you are blissfully exhausted, recharge at the Island Fish Fry, held every Thursday night from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and chow down on delicacies from more than a dozen local food vendors. Plus, the party also features lively music and entertainment. Keep in mind, Turks and Caicos also happens to be an incredible place to explore below the surface. Dive experts have citied Provo, short for Providenciales, as one of the best sites in the world due to its insane visibility, calm waters and, not the mention, the dramatic 14-mile barrier reef that borders Grace Bay; in fact, this was one of the late Jacques Cousteau’s favorite hangouts. If you aren’t up for diving, however, Big Blue Unlimited has you covered, offering a long list of activities including snorkeling and whale watching.
Pencil in time for a bit of pampering at the Regent Palms Spa, where their signature services are wildly popular. Single out the authentically Caribbean Zareeba service, which starts with an herbal steam detox and meditation, followed by a lymphatic massage to release toxins. This type of technique is believed to cure common colds, skin irritations and headaches in the local culture, and it is often used as preventative medicine. Or, elect for the two-hour Seascape Journey by Voya, which starts with a full body scrub, followed by a bath experience that incorporates music-based sound vibrations and light therapy, capped off with a massage and facial. After your treatment, lounge in the meticulously designed outdoor relaxation area or nosh on a delicious spa lunch with choices like seared tuna or grilled chicken over mixed greens, served with fruit skewers and a light dessert.
Big Blue Unlimited; 649.946.5034
Caicos Corral; 649.431.3939
Island Fish Fry
Regent Palms Spa; 649.946.8666 or 866.877.7256
Wind Play Provo; 649.331.3122
>>> WHERE TO EAT
Somewhere Café and Lounge is always buzzing. As an ideal location to witness a sensational sunset, the Tex Mex eatery is bustling with patrons enjoying the fresh local fare and tropical alcoholic concoctions. Park yourself on the upper deck and order the fish, conch or shrimp ceviche. Regardless of what time you stroll in to this beach joint, the vibe is laid back and lovely.
Foodies rejoice in the outstanding local cuisine prepared at Coco Bistro. The entire menu is Mmm worthy, especially the Ahi Tuna sashimi starter and spicy lobster soft tacos appetizer. Take in the exceptional eats and fantasy-like atmosphere under swaying palm trees; reservations are highly recommended.
Take a culinary journey with Chef Paul Newman, the mind behind the Caribbean and French fusion flavors at Coyaba restaurant. Standouts on the menu include the gnocchi ‘Gorgonzola,’ lobster thermidor and Turks head beer battered fresh island strawberry grouper. Opt for a seat in the garden where strings of twinkling lights intertwine with draping foliage.
Coco Bistro Restaurant; 649.946.5369
Somewhere Café and Lounge; 649.941.8260
>>> WHERE TO STAY
Drop your bags at the Regent Palms in Grace Bay. This exquisite resort meshes Caribbean charm and hospitality with luxurious accommodation and prestigious amenities. The generously sized suites (junior suite, 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms) and penthouses offer at least one private balcony, while some offer up to three. From each, guests gaze upon the sparkling turquoise waters of the bay or the impeccably crafted landscaped gardens across the property.
Bask in the sun while enjoying a meal on Parallel23’s outdoor terrace. The ambiance may be casual but the food is quite sophisticated. Diners pick between coconut-marinated conch ceviche, Australian lamb carpaccio and 21-day aged steaks. Or step up the romance with the private “In-Room Chefing” experience, in which a Chef prepares your dinner ‘a la minuté’ in suite.
Regent Palms; 649.946.8666 or 866.877.7256
Parallel23; 649.946.8666 or 866.877.7256
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