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SCndaBR
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
I recommend Caribbean cruisin'
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DoUrden
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
I hope we at least get some pics from you both, I am curious how it looked, it's my goto relaxing island.


buffbraz
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
Here's a quick review:
-Traveling from Nola airport to TCI was pretty simple, layover in ATL, flights were on time and we were in TCI by 130-2pm.
-Grace Bay is only 10-15 minutes from the airport which is awesome! Will be one of the reasons we will go back.
-Sands at Grace Bay was a nice resort. The people were great, Hemingway's was a nice beach restaurant, the beach was perfect, the pools were nice enough, and it was reasonably priced. Would def recommend.
-I headed to the brewery for an afternoon, which is fun is you are into that kind of thing. The beer is pretty good, but don't expect Parish type of juice.
-Bay Bistro was a nice deck restaurant to eat at right on the beach. We ate there twice and was a quick walk from the Sands.
-Coco Bistro was really nice and the food was awesome, but it was expensive.
-Dive Provo was awesome! Highly recommend diving with them.
-Graceway Gourmet was very convenient and a quick bike ride from the hotel. They don't sell any alcohol on Sunday.
-We rented a Vespa for a few days, and rode around Providentiales. I highly recommend this as we drove it to the fish fry and a couple of other places we would have taken a cab to. Go visit Shore Beach Club, it is like something you would see in the movies. And we got to see Prince's old estate up close. Again the vespa was great, and I highly recommend renting one. We used Paradise Scooters and they were great.
-Fish Fry on thursday night at Bight Park was cool, although it rained most of the time. There is great seafood, arts and crafts, and there was a Turks Head Brewery truck out there.
-Grace Bay Club served us $20 mimosas for breakfast one morning. We knew everything was expensive there, but that seemed excessive. And the breakfast was skimpy and not that good. We won't be visiting there again. One of the only negatives of the trip.
-The beach on Grace Bay was beautiful and we spent several days just lounging. Bring your own drinks/beer/food to the beach in an ice chest because again everything is expensive.

That's all I can think of right now. It was a great trip and we will be going back for sure. Will probably stay at the Sands again.


Mahootney
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
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Here's a quick review:
-Traveling from Nola airport to TCI was pretty simple, layover in MIA, flights were on time and we were in TCI by 230-3pm.
-Grace Bay is only 10-15 minutes from the airport which is awesome! Will be one of the reasons we will go back.
- Somerset was a nice resort. The people were great. Restaurant opened the day before we left.
The beach was perfect, the pools were super nice, and it was a huge Condo. Price was reasonable during the off-season. Would recommend, but shop around to get the right ambiance/value for yourself. All of the hotels along Grace Bay looked acceptable except for Club Med.

-Bay Bistro was a nice deck restaurant to eat at right on the beach. We ate there once and was next door to the Somerset. Not amazing, but decent deal and good food.
-Coco Bistro was really nice and the food was awesome! May have had the best appetizer we ever had. We ordered a second serving of it, but it was somewhat expensive.
-Mango Reef was a good restaurant. Their credit card machine was down, but that was the only negative. It was located on one of the waterways. So, you could watch the boats come in from a long day on the water. Food was good. It had some decent spices. I think I got curry lobster. I was pleasantly surprised.
-There's another one, but I forgot the name. I'll update later. ETA: Caicos Cafe.

-Graceway Gourmet (grocery store) was very convenient and a quick bike ride from the hotel. They don't sell any alcohol on Sunday.

-The beach on Grace Bay was beautiful and we spent several days just lounging.
Bring your own drinks/beer/food to the beach in an ice chest because again everything is expensive.
We bought 2 bottles of win per day that we drank at the beach.

I bought some hand rolled cigars in town. They were Nicaraguan tobacco but had "Cuban seed", whatever that means. The let me smoke on the beach as long as we took the lounge chairs all the way at the end of the property, which was fine by us.

We booked a private charter that took us Snorkeling, to Iguana island, fishing, conch hunting, and cruising with lunch and all the drinks we could stand.
It was called Island Vibes.
There was another one that was called M&J charters (or something) that my wife wanted to book as it was a bit cheaper, but we got Island Vibes to negotiate down 20%... still not cheaper, but the M&J charters were already booked.
I think the Island Vibes gave the same experience for $80/pp if you don't mind being part of a big group to go instead of private.

Taxi's were $14/pp to and from the Airport.
They would usually charge us $12 total for one way when going to dinner. So, we ended up spending about $150 on taxis while we were there. That's about the same price as the rental cars. So, unless you are doing a lot of driving... Just do the taxis.
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buffbraz
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
I bought a few cigars from the cigar shop right there on the strip and didn't have any problem smoking them on the beach. We did really enjoy coco bistro. We had lobster rolls? for an app I believe. I also had the lobster for an entree....We didn't make it to Mango Reef even though we had planned it. think we stayed in and ordered pizza and watched the baseball game.


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GaryMyMan
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
Oh shite Turks Head makes an IPA now? Guess I gotta go back.


Golfer
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Oh shite Turks Head makes an IPA now? Guess I gotta go back.


Yup. And it’s damn good too. Better than their amber.


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Drunken Crawfish
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
I have been following this thread closely. The wife and I just booked our flights for January After reading the reviews above it looks like most things are back up and running. We will definitely go to Coco Bistro. How is the night life? Any good shows or cool places to check out after dinner?


buffbraz
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
We got up early to dive a few days so we didn't do much as far as nightlife. In fact, I wanted to go watch the LSU/Bama game at the sports bar Saturday night in Grace Bay, but we were told it is best to stick around your resort at night time for fear of crime. So don't have any advice on night life. Check my review, but rent a vespa for a few days, and explore the island. We enjoyed that alot.


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VABuckeye
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We will definitely go to Coco Bistro.


Do you have reservations? It's not a call the same day or even call the same week type of place for reservations. A lot of the time they are booked out months in advance.


Drunken Crawfish
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Landed at 2:30pm and am on the beach a Turks Head Lager by 4:30. This is hands down one of the best places I have ever been.

I think we are going to the Island Fish Fry tonight. Any recommendations on foods to try? Coco Bistro reservations on Saturday.


Saskwatch
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Any recommendations on foods to try


You're doing it right.

Anything that says "crack" in front of it will be dynamite. Its their word for fried. Ive been to the fish fry twice and the best thing I ate was a whole fried snapper from one of the stalls. You'll see cracked conch and cracked lobster too which are good.
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VABuckeye
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re: Turks and Caicos Islands...
Bay Bistro is very good as well. Mango Reef moved from its old location but it was very good.
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