Turks and Caicos + VIDEO

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The Holidays are coming up and as enjoyable as they are, I needed a little vacation to prepare for the madness that lasts the next six weeks or so. To work on my tan, relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches I made my way to Turks and Caicos. I’ve heard of this place for years and never had the opportunity to go. But here I am!

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Getting here from Los Angeles is a little trek but totally worth the flight. There are direct flights from NYC (lucy east coasters!) but from LA, I had a layover in Atlanta and a short 2 hour flight to Provo. I stayed at The Palms  and it was the perfect hub for my vacation along with Kat TanitaFashionable Hostess and Birchbox. The resort is on Grace Bay Beach and sits on the bluest ocean water I’ve ever seen in my life. I can’t even begin to describe the incredible colors of the water, matched by the beach lined with white umbrellas.

We spent our days waking up and having breakfast in the courtyard followed by laying out all day at either the beach or at the pool. We also enjoyed the spa that was just as stunning as it was relaxing …. get the deep tissue massage if you need some knots worked out!

If I wasn’t outside enjoying the property, I was inside my massive room that was bigger than my entire apartment equipped with a kitchen, huge bathtub, a two headed shower and marble counters that I swooned over.

There really is no reason at all to leave the property, everything you could want to do is here. But we did venture off a few times. If you want to try some adventures outside of the hotel we ate at The Conch Shack for lunch with picture perfect picnic tables ( I recommend the fish or jerk chicken tacos ) and also at Coco Bistro.

For a day trip, we took a boat out for the day and was my favorite day of the trip. We started from our hotel early in the morning and while cruising along we saw a dolphin, starfish and caught fresh conch to make a conch salad on board for lunch. We jumped off the boat and took a ride down the slide and docked at a private island to spend some time in the sun.

TIPS

  • they run on island time, meaning no one has any sense of urgency so just relax and enjoy your day
  • local fish includes grouper, mahi mahi and conch
  • the sun is STRONG even if you are tan, like me, wear sunscreen
  • they use US dollars, but its an island so everything is imported making it a little more expensive. pack with you what you can
  • everyone speaks english, as it is a British territory
  • Busy season is from mid December to April and the busiest over the Holidays
  • it has the 3rd largest barrier reef, so diving and snorkeling is popular
  • pack bug spray, our hotel room had it but the mosquitos come out at night

All in all, this trip was exactly what I needed to get myself back to my busy Holiday schedule … and with a tan! If visiting Turks and Caicos I would definitely recommend staying at The Palms to see all of my instagram pics as well as my friends on the trip, Kat Tanita, Fashionable Hostess and Birchbox check out #palmsparadise.

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