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Trip Report Provo: Sunshine and Breezes and Beaches Oh My!

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My family and I just returned on Sunday from a week in Provo. We were amazed at the beautiful beaches, the constant sunshine and the steady breezes. Here is a summary of our travels:

Hotel - Northwest Point Resort: We booked a one bedroom condo with a garden view. Their winter promotion was 40% off their regular rates plus a free rental car for the week. With taxes, the cost came to $1250 for 7 nights.
Pros -
Full kitchen, washer and dryer, Direct TV with HBO
Attentive staff
Beautiful landscaping
Quiet (we never heard a peep from another hotel guest)
Few guests meant plenty of space in and around the pool

Cons -
Noseeums!
Beach has too much turtle grass
Bathroom needed updating plus there was no bathtub, only a shower

The hotel is about 20 minutes from the start of Grace Bay and the drive goes by quickly, even with the 3 mile section of dirt road leading up to it. Since we explored a different beach every day, we enjoyed the location. With that said, on our next visit, we’ll go in the off season and select a more upscale place near Grace Bay. In high season, however, we just could not justify spending $400 a night on a hotel.

Day 1:
We landed at around 2:30pm and were greeted by Grace Bay Car Rentals. Because the hotel was paying the tab, we were on our way in less than 10 minutes. The drive to the NWP Resort was just over 15 minutes.

Our daughter was overjoyed by the sight of the pool, so we spent the rest of the day swimming. That night, we had dinner at the hotel restaurant where we encountered the major downside of hotel - noseeums. I spent that night feeling like I had crank bugs.

Day 2:
What would possess our children to wake up at 6am on the first day of vacation? As such, we decided to take an early morning trip to the beach. We visited the area of Grace Bay Beach by the Coral Gardens for some snorkeling and swimming. Afterwards, we discovered our favorite restaurant of the trip – The Saltmills Diner. My daughter had the chocolate chip pancakes (delicious), I had the tuna melt (fantastic) and my husband had a curry dish (not sure how it tasted because I hate curry) The Diner runs an ongoing special where the kids meals are the cost of your children’s age. It was a great deal for our six and two year old’s meals.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at Island Scoop. I thought that the strawberry ice cream was not very flavorful and my husband’s coffee ice cream seemed to be freezer burned. We then stopped at Graceway Gourmet for $7 boxes of cereal and $5 bottles of juice. We fixed dinner that night in the condo.

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