Caribbean Islands Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Great vacation -- Thank you, everyone!

Jump to last reply

Hi, everyone.
I’ve wanted to post for several weeks, and let everyone know that we had a fabulous Turks and Caicos vacation, thanks to all of you. The advice We've read on Fodors has been very helpful.

We flew American Airlines, with a stop in Miami, which was much easier than I thought it would be. The Miami airport looks new, and we had a lot of time between flights. It was nice to find our connecting flight, then eat a late breakfast and do some shopping, since it helped keep our seven year old daughter occupied.

After reading and hearing about the different resorts, we chose Villa del Mar. Our budget wasn’t enormous, but we still wanted to stay somewhere that was nice, clean, and fairly new. My wife and I called Turks and Caicos Reservations (another tip we read) and they were very helpful. We thought we wanted our room to be front beach, but the cost of ocean front rooms were beyond our budget. So, we took a chance with Villa del Mar, based on their advice, and were so glad we did.

Our room at Villa del Mar was as nice as any hotel where we’ve stayed. The deluxe room had a kitchenette (fridge, microwave, sink, eating utensils, coffee maker, etc.). The bathroom was huge, and the king-size bed with pull-out sofa was perfect for the three of us.

I’m an early riser, so most mornings I’d walk down to the pool for the complimentary breakfast, then bring breakfast back for my wife and daughter to eat on our balcony. It was perfect.

Words can’t describe how beautiful Grace Bay is. Definitely the prettiest beach and water we’ve ever seen. Villa del Mar has chairs, umbrellas, and towels, along with staff to bring drinks and water. We never wanted to leave. Our daughter made friends with a family staying next door at Grace Bay Club, so she was happy to have other children to play with.

Most days we made sandwiches for the beach. There’s a large grocery store nearby that we could walk to. We also walked to the Seaside Café a couple of times for lunch. It’s a nice, casual beachfront restaurant, and not too expensive.

We dined out every evening at Caicos Café, Coco Bistro, Garam Masala, Shark Bite (very casual), and Seaside Café. They were all very good, but Coco Bistro was our favorite. The setting with palm trees was like nothing we’d ever seen.

Turks and Caicos Reservations gave us a free rental car for a day, which was nice. I was nervous about driving on the left side, but it was easier than I thought it would be. Other than driving to the marina for dinner at Shark Bite, we didn’t use the car very much. If I had planned better, we might have used the car to see Chalk Sound instead. We also had to take a taxi to Coco Bistro, and the airport. I had read that taxis are expensive, and it’s true. The next time we visit, we’ll probably rent a car for two or three days.

Our five days were the best vacation we’ve taken, and thanks again to blamona, caribzack, and all the Fodors people who answer questions on this website. Your suggestions and advice were very helpful.

I guess it’s time to begin planning our next Turks vacation? LOL

8 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Caribbean Islands activity »
  1. 1 Island Hopping Honeymoon!!
  2. 2 Not impressed with Aruba, too touristy. Period. Are we out of luck?
  3. 3 walkable hotels
  4. 4 St. John USVI
  5. 5 Turks Caicos grace bay vs Long Bay or chalk sound?
  6. 6 The right adults-only resort
  7. 7 Jamaica to Other Island
  8. 8 Viceroy Sugar Beach or Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
  9. 9 Vespa Rental - Turks
  10. 10 Help on picking a adult only all inclusive resort
  11. 11 swim up rooms
  12. 12 Puerto Rico - January 13 - 21 - Itinerary
  13. 13 Where to spend a month or two this winter
  14. 14 Trip Report TOP 5 MUST-DO LIST FOR GRAND CAYMAN VACATION
  15. 15 Anyone else been to Secret Harbor in St. Thomas?
  16. 16 Which Island?
  17. 17 Carribean vacation with infant
  18. 18 A nice hotel to stay in St Martin for one night ?
  19. 19 Buccament Bay in Kingston, St. Vincent and Grenadines
  20. 20 Cayman Islands in October
  21. 21 things to do in Nassau
  22. 22 August 2015 Honeymoon Trip Ideas
  23. 23 Trip Report I got robbed in St Maarten - St Martin on the French side
  24. 24 Best resorts for families with 3 small kids
  25. 25 Destination Wedding Planning: DR, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, or Barbados
View next 25 » Back to the top