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Trip Report Return to Grace Bay

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We had been to Ocean Club West on Grace Bay 3 years in a row and then skipped '11 for another trip. So here we were in March '12 and headed back, both of us wondering if we would like it as much repeating the same things again.

Answer----we absolutely loved our 4th trip to the same resort. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer, 9 days was just not enough.

Flying in over Chalk Sound
http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90/TMPAYT/Turks%20and%20Caicos%202012/IMG_3029.jpg

This time we rented a car through Grace Bay car rentsl as per Fodorites suggestions.
http://www.gracebaycarrentals.com/t
At a base price of $39 a day, it was a great deal. From the very first Email, the process was handled efficiently. We had a small, older Toyota Corrolla which fit the bill to dash around the island. We were met at the airport and on our way within minutes of arrival.

Turning into Ocean Club West, we were happy to see that the grounds looked just as beautiful as we remembered.
http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90/TMPAYT/Turks%20and%20Caicos%202012/TCI20091.jpg

We do prefer the jr. suites with more room, but opted for a studio we had rented before to save a few bucks. With the two of us it was enough space and redone with a huge new TV, computer, Sirrius radio, Ipod dock speakers, and a large, screened balcony.

After unpacking, we were down to the beach and into that stunning turquoise water----aaaahh! This is the life. We've been to 20+ islands and you just can't beat Grace Bay beach. It's the one I dream about. Here's a couple of teaser photos, more to follow.
http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90/TMPAYT/Turks%20and%20Caicos%202012/TCIBeach2.jpg
http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90/TMPAYT/Turks%20and%20Caicos%202012/TCI2008017.jpg

After a swim and a little beach time we headed to the grocery store nearby for some supplies. We like to have breakfast on our balcony and some wine, soda, snacks, etc.available in the room. There is a full service bar & restaurant right by the water for 3 meals a day. We were told that the restaurant was under new management and you could tell. The food was always good, but the service was not. It has much improved. As we were really tired from our long travel day, we had some excellent fish & chips here and turned in.
OCW, restaurant by the sea.
http://i708.photobucket.com/albums/ww90/TMPAYT/Turks%20and%20Caicos%202012/TCI2012076.jpg

More to follow as we make our way round the island.

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