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Old 02-18-2012, 08:48 PM
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I have a trip planned for the Turks and Caicos Islands and was wondering if any of you have been there. If so.. any insight on what all to do?
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dont know when you are going but a friend of mine going in a couple months to beaches with the family. im waiting on hearing how it was
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I understand the British Govt took back control because the local Govts were corrupt, but that doesn't seem to have effected visitors.
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Originally Posted by TravHale View Post
I have a trip planned for the Turks and Caicos Islands and was wondering if any of you have been there. If so.. any insight on what all to do?
Are you staying on Provo? I assume so, since you didn't mention any out islands.

I've been there many times, but unfortunately, I only stay on Provo on my layover to one of the out islands. I can tell you that it is a very popular destination and grace bay is beautiful. The beach is fantastic, the food and bars are first class.

Where are you staying?
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:27 AM
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We've been, it's likely the best vacation we have ever been on. I get asked from time to time about it and will send a PM to some folks. Rather than try and re-invent the wheel, I'll just cut a paste from a PM I sent a while ago.

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The Charter we used was called Catch the Wave and is owned by a lady named Erin. We bone fished with them once and liked it so much we used them again for the private charter. The full day bone fish trip ran about $750 and was a full day. We ran the boat south about 30 miles and did not see a single person the entire day and absolutley smoked the fish.

The private charter was the best thing we did the whole trip. They picked us up at the Condo (Royal West Indies) and we spent the day bottom fishing, snorkeling, diving for conch and just chilling out. For lunch they set us up on a private beach and we grilled the fish and conch we had literally caught a couple of hours earlier. At the end of the day they dropped us off on the beach right in front of our condo. It is pricey, but worth every penny. It ran around $1250.

Our favorite places to eat were

Coco Bistro, Caicos Cafe, Magnolias.

These three are great but can be a little expensive.

For a little less money but great food you should try the Shark Bite and the Tiki Hut. Both really good places to eat and both have a great view. You will also need to ask a local how to get to the Conch Shack. You likely won't see any tourist there, but the food is excellent (lunch spot only).

I would suggest renting a car for at least one day. It will cost you about $40 and it is really worth it. You can drive all over the island and swim at different beaches other than the one at your hotel. Just be careful, they drive on the opposite side of the road and lots of the cars have the steering wheel on the right side.

Your hotel will probably have sail boats and snorkling gear that you can check out and use at your leasure.

There is an IGA grocery store on the island. Most hotels will run a shuttle to and from the store. I would suggest buying some stuff to eat there and maybe even some drinks and things. (If your trip is all inclusive than I would not worry about it.)

Anyway, I hope this helps some. If you need anything else shoot me an email and I'll be happy to point you in the right direction.
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A couple of years ago, I went to Beaches Turks with the family a few years back and can recommend it highly. Great food, fantastic accomodations, easy access to off-campus stuff even tho they want you to stay there. Good fishing is eaasy to find...

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Look up Arthur Dean at Silver Deep, runs a large charter operation and I have fished with him dozens of times. Arthur will even dive up some live lobster for your dinner if you ask him nice. First time I fished with Arthur and his brothers we went for yellowfin out of his 21' Oceanic, almost sank the boat while hauling up a 200# yellowfin. Great fun, now when I fish with Arthur he lets me run the boat and he sets the lines if we are trolling. Arthur is the best, Tell Him Ron said hello!!
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Looking to take the boss for our 25th anniversary. Should we do the all inclusive thing, if so where? Friend of mine went to Beaches with his kids and in laws and had a great time. Would like to do the same thing minus the kid aspect, looking for an adult setting, not a hedonism thing, just good adult time on a beach, good food and bars.
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Looking to take the boss for our 25th anniversary. Should we do the all inclusive thing, if so where? Friend of mine went to Beaches with his kids and in laws and had a great time. Would like to do the same thing minus the kid aspect, looking for an adult setting, not a hedonism thing, just good adult time on a beach, good food and bars.
Personally, I would not do the all inclusive in Turks and Caicos.....the restaurants are amazing.

We stayed at the Royal West Indies which was wonderful and really did not have any kids at all.

http://www.royalwestindies.com/
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Personally, I would not do the all inclusive in Turks and Caicos.....the restaurants are amazing.

We stayed at the Royal West Indies which was wonderful and really did not have any kids at all.

http://www.royalwestindies.com/
I'll check it out.

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Search past threads for T&C on here...there is alot of good info!
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Just got back from the Turks last night. Bring plenty of cash, it ain`t cheap. I was floored when I saw the price of a 6 pack of Redstripe. Are you ready? $18.99 a six before taxes. A case was $74.00. I stuck with the local beer at $11.50 a six, Turks Head Amber and Trouvadore 15yr old rum and coke. Plenty of great restaurants. We rented a house on Grace Bay and we could basically walk to a great variety of places to eat. We were in the heart of the new shopping area, Regent Village. If you want to charter a fishing boat, the Gwendolyn of Grand Slam charters is a great boat. I chartered her upon another THT`rs recommendation. Wahoo and Mahi Mahi are hot right now. Bring the wife if she likes boats, I saw several hump back whales next to the boat and breaching off in the distance. Overall great trip, definately going back again. Fairly close, total air time was 3 1/2 hrs. You`ll enjoy it.
A few of the restaurants we ate at were The Tiki Hut, Bay Bistro, Hemmingways - very good, Danny Bouys, Conch Bar and Sunset Cafe, and a few hole in the wall places. Definately want a car if you want to get around the island. I used the car to fish around the island in the non-protected areas. All of Grace Bay is protected as well as the NW side of the island. There is a smaller grocery in Regent Village area that has a good selection and bakery but not as big as the IGA on Leeward Hwy.
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Hey, guys, thanks for all the info. To answer a few questions.. We will be staying for a week on Grace Bay and going in December--the week before Christmas. I assumed everything would be expensive so no surprise there. I'm planning to buy some booze at the duty free store while in the international terminal. I also plan to rent a car while we're there to check out the local cuisine and sights. My wife was asking about scooters/mopeds, do they rent those out as well? Also, how are the locals? Friendly, helpful, or just tolerant?
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Silver Deep for charters. As aforementioned, Arthur Dean knows how to find the fish. I miss the Turk's Head beer. Good stuff. We stayed at the Seven Stars. Not all inclusive but they gave us quite a few complimentary bottles of wine and champagne. Plenty of good food. The concierge will point you in the right direction. To sum up my trip there, lots of fishing, good food, some kite boarding, and good beer. Caught my first bonefish, wahoo, and barracuda there. The ideal vacation to me. I would go back in a heartbeat
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You might want to check Gringo's blog >>>>


http://2gringos.blogspot.com/



He has been a very active member here and on FCB in the past but lately he's been AWOL - I think he's just busy with other stuff, like the occasional hurricane and stuff. I don't know if he checks in here now, but he would be a wealth of info for you.
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Went to Beaches resort. Loved the island and the resort. Did plenty of diving. Great reefs.
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You might want to check Gringo's blog >>>>


http://2gringos.blogspot.com/



He has been a very active member here and on FCB in the past but lately he's been AWOL - I think he's just busy with other stuff, like the occasional hurricane and stuff. I don't know if he checks in here now, but he would be a wealth of info for you.
I've been reading his blog for awhile now, signed up for his email list. Totally enjoy his writing, very entertaining.

FYI, he has put links on the blog so he doesn't have to answer a 100 emails. The blog will give you bits and pieces about visiting there, but mostly it's about his own personal experiences living there. I do believe he has "vetted" his links, so they should be helpful.

BTW, if you want an old crippled broke guy to go with you, I'll check my calander..........

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