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Turks and Caicos, British West Indies
10.20.2012 – 10.27.2012
Delta Airlines . Villa del Mar
To celebrate our four-year wedding anniversary, we took a week-long trip to Providenciales, a Caribbean island that is a part of the Turks and Caicos, British West Indies. Providenciales, also known as Provo, offers the perfect combination of serenity and elegance. Grace Bay Beach, located on northern Provo and home to most of the island’s high-end resorts, has in recent years been voted #1 in the world by Trip Advisor. Despite the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which brought a lot of rain and high winds, we managed to explore many different parts of the island. The locals, expats, and other guests whom we met along the way were friendly and welcoming. In addition, the fresh seafood and ever-present rum punch give us more reasons to count the days that we will be able to return to this jewel of an island. In the meantime, the memories of our toes buried in the softest white sand while gazing at the glistening turquoise water will remain with us forever…
Day 1: Arrived at Providenciales International Airport and rented a car from Grace Bay Car Rentals. Since our room at Villa del Mar was not ready, we ate lunch at Seaside Cafe (Ocean Club West). We ordered grilled lobster, fish and chips, and a hamburger. Back at Villa del Mar, we were assigned a ground-floor studio, which made for easy access to the swimming pool. Shopped at Graceway Gourmet for our week’s necessities.
Day 2: Chalk Sound, Sapodilla Bay, and lunch at Las Brisas. We had a lobster club sandwich and stuffed fish. We continued on to Bight Reef (Coral Gardens) for Johnny to snorkel and parasail. We concluded the day by spending some time at Grace Bay Club, and buying a prepared dinner from Graceway Gourmet.
Day 3: Snorkeled at Smiths Reef, then lunch at da Conch Shack. We ordered conch fritters, grilled lobster, and fried shrimp. To top it off, we also enjoyed rum punch and a slice of rum cake. In the afternoon, we toured The Conch Farm, and Johnny did horseback riding with Provo Ponies. Dinner was a to-go order from Seaside Cafe. Stopped by Graceway Gourmet again to buy more food/drink supplies.
Day 4: It rained off and on throughout the day. We made the best of it by exploring the Turtle Tail / Juba Sound area in the morning. We spotted a flamingo, which gave us the thrill of the day. Lunch was at Danny Buoy’s since it was convenient after doing some shopping at The Regent Village (Goldsmith and FOTTAC). We then headed to the ruins of the Cheshire Hall Plantation for an informative tour about the history of the island.
Day 5: Chalk Sound and Taylor Bay. Lunch was at Fresh Catch (Salt Mills Plaza). We tried their lobster spring roll, steamed fish, and blackened grouper. All were very delicious. We didn’t do much on this day because of heavy rain and flooded roads. In the afternoon, we relaxed at our hotel’s pool and hot tub. Dinner was from Upstairs Bar & Grill (Hawaiian pizza, shrimp skewers, and dessert), then Johnny did some gambling at the Casablanca Casino.
Day 6: This was the day that flights got cancelled and schools were closed due to the high winds. Johnny strolled along Grace Bay Beach, and we later checked out the beaches near Leeward Resort. Lunch was once again at Fresh Catch, where we devoured lobster spring roll, grilled lobster, chicken pasta, and blackened grouper. Brought the rest of the food back to the hotel for dinner. Afterwards, we bought some souvenirs at Mama’s Gift Shop (Ports of Call).
Day 7: Really thankful that the hurricane has passed, and enjoyed a glorious day at Leeward Beach. Lunch was at The Deck (Seven Stars Resort) where we had fish and chips, steak, a piece of chocolate cake, and pina colada. In the afternoon, we had a relaxing time at our hotel’s happy hour, where we got to know another couple who also lives in Georgia. Spent the rest of the night packing. Johnny’s dinner from a shawarma place was not good.
Day 8: Arrived at the airport at 10 AM, even though our flight was not scheduled to leave until 2 PM. Glad we were there early due to the over-crowding. Bought a grilled fish wrap from Gilley’s.
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