TURKS & CAICOS

In 2016 my family and I ventured to Turks & Caicos. We rented a beautiful three-bedroom unit in The Somerset resort and spent the week in utter paradise.

White sand fills the shoreline and the beach stretches for miles. The ocean is blue as blue can be and so clear that when you peer down at your feet you can see your toes curl into the sandy bottom. We snorkelled along shoreline spotting stingrays and beautiful fish as we swam.

Although definitely not a shoppers paradise, this is a relaxers dream. There isn’t an overwhelming market for anything other than tourist-y goods, which forces you to stay on the beach and in the ocean for the majority of the time.

If you need a week to unwind and gather your thoughts, this place would be it.

THINGS TO DO: 

ISLAND VIBES CATAMARAN SNORKEL TOUR: Mid-week we participated in an excursion with Island Vibes Tours. We spent the day on a catamaran and snorkelled along a beautiful reef where we observed a multitude of colourful fish and a gentle giant – a reef shark. Our guides we’re hilarious and an absolute riot. From the minute we boarded to the second we departed I was laughing and having the most amazing time.They filled us with the island’s Rum Punch – a drink that packs a killer and delicious punch of fruity flavours and alcohol – and served  Conch Salad, an islander’s favourite consisting of mixed greens, veggies and, of course, Conch. Conch, although not everybody’s favourite flavour or texture, I would definitely recommend trying it. We made a pit stop at Little Water Cay, also known as Iguana Island, where we walked among iguanas and tanned on the white sandy beach. This tour was all in all an A+ adventure.

SAILING, KAYAKING, PADDLE BOARDING: Most of the resorts have the option to rent an assortment of water sport equipment including smaller sail boats, kayaks, and paddle boards. If you’ve never sailed before that is no issue as the amazing staff will accompany you out onto the water and show you the ins and outs of how to use the boat. If you want to take it easier but still want to get on the water then hop in a kayak or on a paddle board.

EXPLORE THE RESTAURANTS: Honestly, I would have never imagined that the most amazing cheesecake I’ve ever tasted in my entire life would be found in an Asian restaurant called Chopsticks in Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos; but damn it, my mouth still waters when I think back to that delicious slice of creamy heaven. From Asian to Mexican, a little café bar lounge right on the beach called Somewhere was the perfect atmosphere serving up chips and guac with a fantastic Margarita while you watched the sun set over the ocean and listened to great music. Being that Mexican is my favourite type of food, I devoured a delicious burrito and could have easily spent every night returning to this venue. The Da Conch Shack provided more island-style food with rice, beans, conch salad, and barbecued meat specials on their menu. This venue was fun and lively. The picnic tables sat directly on the beach and the band played live music welcoming you to get up and dance post-, pre-, or during your meal.

NIGHT LIFE: An Island Fish Fry is held every Thursday night from 5:30 until 9:30 at Bight Park. This event holds a multitude of different vendors serving up fresh food, fun drinks, and handmade knickknacks. The Fish Fry promotes a family-style setting with live entertainment and performances by local bands, dancers, comedic acts, and much more.  Both locals and tourists alike are invited to participate in the fun and games.Whether you’re drinking alcohol out of a pineapple, chowing down on fresh barbecue, dancing along to the live music, or just hanging out, there is something for everyone here. Post Fish Fry head over to Karaoke at Danny Buoy’s. They have great food, even better cocktails, and is the perfect laid-back atmosphere to end the night. Most of the island’s hotels and resorts host a Beach Barbecue night so check with the reception desk to make sure you don’t miss out! The entertainment is FIRE…seriously… The Somerset resort set ablaze a giant beach bonfire and featured a fire dancer who performed breathtaking tricks like eating fire and fire baton twirling. The food was utterly delicious as the chefs set up shop directly on the beach. The DJ booth played relaxing music during dinner and then stepped it up post show to get everyone up and dancing. All in all, from watching the sunset while eating, to watching someone eat fire, to dancing the night away on the beach, this night magical.