I’m definitely a beach girl so winters are hard on me (even living in California where we seldom go below fifty). There’s something really decadent about slipping away to a tropical island in the middle of winter and a couple of months ago my husband and I did just that.
We’d never been to the Turks and Caicos before and were thrilled when our friends Lauren and Tim invited us to join them there to ring in the new year. We spent six days relaxing, soaking up the sun and enjoying the island’s crystal clear waters. Although Christmas and New Year is typically when the island gets most crowded we were still able to find deserted beaches and romantic restaurants.
We can’t wait until our next trip.
Places to Eat
This is a romantic restaurant located right on the beach (you’ll soon realize that every restaurant on the island has a spectacular view). The highlight of the evening were the award winning conch empanadas.
da Conch Shack – Blue Hills Road
da Conch Shack is the quintessential beach shack with turquoise tables, pink walls and sand beneath your toes. Per the name, the conch is the star here and comes in a variety of forms including curried and fried. Live music makes it the perfect place to wile away the day.
Live music and delicious tex-mex fare. What more could one want? Order their fish tacos, you won’t regret it.
If you’re craving for something a little different from the usual island fare be sure to visit Yoshi’s for some great sushi.
Places to Stay
The Aman hotel group is synonymous with luxury and the Amanyara is no exception. Located on the Northwest corner of the island amidst a marine park, the hotel offers seclusion from the rest of the island. Pond and beach villas are available. The ultimate in pampering.
This colonial style hotel sits right on picturesque Grace Bay beach and features stunning two and three bedroom suites and a breath-taking infinity pool. If you don’t stay there at least check out their bar which has a lavish drinks menu and will make you feel like you’re on set a James Bond movie.
This is one of the first resorts that opened in Turks and Caicos in the 90s and it’s still one of the island’s best properties. Don’t forget to check out their gift shop and look for KAYU clutches
Things to do
Trip to Middle Caicos
To really get away from it all you’ll need to take a 25 minute ferry ride to Middle Caicos. This island boasts no hotels, a smattering of restaurants and miles of deserted beach. Grab a beer from Daniel’s Cafe and get ready for some serious R and R.
Island Vibes Tours – islandvibestours.com
You can’t come to Turks and Caicos without experiencing what’s under all that turquoise blue water. Island Vibes provides fantastic snorkeling trips that includes all you can drink rum, fresh conch salad (they catch it live in front of you) and stops in some of the most active waters.
Massage at the Regent Palms
I’ve had many massages before and the massage I received at the Regent Palms ranks among the very best. Book one now.