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Nole Man
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re: Turks and Caicos
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Thanks for this. I want to find a way to Taylor Bay Beach, but really don't want to rent a car. May try bicycle.

BTW, that last link doesn't work.



Might be a haul. I would say 25-35 minutes to Taylor Bay Beach depending where on Grace Bay you are coming from. Googled it. About 12 miles.

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Mo Jeaux
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re: Turks and Caicos
You’re not riding a bike to Taylor Bay.

Just rent a car, even if it’s just for a day or two. You’re really limiting yourself otherwise.


AlxTgr
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re: Turks and Caicos
I do not drive outside of the US.

It's only a 2.5 hour walk


gringeaux
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re: Turks and Caicos
Driving there really isn't that bad. It was nice not having to wait/share a cab with anyone while we were there. We were able to explore a lot more having a car.

Also, if you have time check out North and Middle Cacios. We book a tour with Island Tours by Desmond. It was $180.00 per person. He was great and we the whole island.


AlxTgr
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re: Turks and Caicos
Our hostess drove us to the 9ne store that sells alcohol in Sunday then to the grocery. I am shocked we survived. These people are crazy and rules appear to be suggestions.


Mo Jeaux
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re: Turks and Caicos
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Our hostess drove us to the 9ne store that sells alcohol in Sunday then to the grocery. I am shocked we survived. These people are crazy and rules appear to be suggestions.


You're just trying to affirm your fears of driving there. It really isn't that bad at all.

Anyway, enjoy your trip.


AlxTgr
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re: Turks and Caicos
I found out why the map says great snorkeling right in front of our place. My first ever view of an actual reef. It's like a tropical fish store down there, and they are not afraid of people. Enjoying this so much. Oh, and the Turks Head brewery lager is not bad at all.


Clark W Griswold
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Anyone go to the brewery? Looks like a haul from Grace Bay. Curious how easy it is to get a cab back.


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AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
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re: Turks and Caicos
We didn't go, but have had two of them. Surprisingly, we both like the Light more. The regular lager has a sourness I don't love.


We went on this cheesy looking tiki boat, and that was the pleasant surprise of the trip. Two free drinks and took us all the way to iguana island, so we got to see all of Grace Bay from the marina Eastward. So glad we booked a small place. It's 2:07, and I can maybe see three other people, and they are very far away.


AlxTgr
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re: Turks and Caicos
Just got back. Going to ramble a bit.

First, we really enjoyed it, and loved where we stayed.
The restaurants within walking distance were great.
Not renting a car was a small bummer, but I will never drive on that main hwy. The lack of traffic signals, inconsistent yielding, and people driving 30 mph over the limit was enough to make me never want to drive there.

There's so little wildlife. No fish other than on the reefs. No crabs. No shells. Just wasn't expecting that.

I created a misconception of the beaches there by only looking at the best pictures. thought we would be in water where it's waste deep for a hundred yards. While that does look like it exists, it isn't that way anywhere near Grace Bay. Way more grass than I expected. More mosquitoes than I expected.

The line at the airport-holy crap. And no A/C.

The little Tiki boat we rode on took us from Turtle Cove all the way to Iguana Island and back. That was actually a blast.

My first ever reef snorkeling, and there were three great ones within a short swim from our place. Was like being in a giant tropical aquarium. Never saw a shark.

We decided international travel for a beach vacation is just not for us, so I doubt we will ever go back. For what my new wife does on vacation, there's just no reason. Still, no regrets and glad we did it.


LaGaToR
Florida Fan
Gainesville
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Turks and Caicos
Leaving in 5 days, I know kinda late but is the fast track service at airport worth the money?

I’ve read it speeds up the process alot on way in, but concerned I’ll get through quick then sit in transport bus waiting on others that don’t buy the fast track. Any recommendations?


SOLA
There
Member since Mar 2014
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re: Turks and Caicos
Just got back. Had a great time. Water was incredible. Did 2 great dives. Wife doesn’t dive, so we did a snorkel tour with Caicos dream tours. That was a bust. They had about 50 people on the boat and took us to a reef where it was rough as shit. Most people couldn’t do it and the staff weren’t much help. Blaring graphic rap music. Said they ‘gourmet’ sandwiches which were ham, tomato, lettuce and a piece of American cheese.
Super expensive. A case of 10 oz coors light was like $80 at the grocery store.
Outside of the resorts, the island isn’t very pretty. It’s just like rock and some type of cedar tree. I think they had to import every palm tree and flower on the island.
Some on here have mentioned Taylor’s bay. We wasted part of an afternoon looking for it. Evidently someone is building a house where the entrance was.
Really good restaurants. We rented a car and it was not too expensive and easy to get around. If you go, hit up a grocery store for liquor and snacks. Still expensive, but cheaper than buying at the resorts.
Overall a fantastic trip and our 5 days flew by. I’ve been to a lot of places and have never seen water like that.


Mo Jeaux
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Member since Aug 2008
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re: Turks and Caicos
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Some on here have mentioned Taylor’s bay. We wasted part of an afternoon looking for it. Evidently someone is building a house where the entrance was.


Too bad you didn't find it. It's a great beach. The entrance can be tricky to find. It's tucked away in a residential area, but it's well worth the trip.


TheChiefHasArrived
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Member since Dec 2011
681 posts

re: Turks and Caicos
Agreed, hopefully access isn't gone. I almost gave up finding it as well but once we found it it was one of our favorite parts of our trip ~2.5 years ago.

Searched Google Maps and I think the entrance point is here, would love to hear feedback from someone on here who goes to report back if it's still available.
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SOLA
There
Member since Mar 2014
3200 posts

re: Turks and Caicos
The scuba guides on our charter boat said it’s blocked by that new house now.


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