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T&C trip report w/pictures

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This is probably the shortest 1 month long trip report you'll ever read in Fodor's history. The posters that know me on this forum know that I go to Provo for a month at Christmas time, and update the T&C chapter of Fodor's Caribbean guidebook-so I get to hop all over the place. I would rather take questions, than bore you with everything I did, plus, in the end, it's all about the pictures! ;-)

Flights were uneventful. We did Usairways through Charlotte. On the return from Provo, we brought back a potcake that had been adopted by a family in Northern VA. I cannot stress how easy it was to do-and customs in Charlotte treated us like royalty. The hardest part was handing over a beautful puppy that we had bonded with-I'm sure she's very happy in her new home.

I have stayed in the majority of resorts on Provo, and the ones I have not stayed at, we either eat at the restaurants, or I've been through for Fodors. This time we spent a night at Turks and Caicos Club. Excellent, excellent-they welcome you like family, it's a gorgeous boutique hotel on a quiet stretch of Grace Bay. I can't give it enough high complements-trully a little gem on Provo.

Restaurants: this time we ate at: Coyaba (the finest in the Caribbean), Mango Reef (good deal) Baci (decent Italian, pretty setting), Tiki Hut (can't top rib night for a break from heavy foods), Simba's (it gets better all the time), Hemmingways (always have a nice time there-fish tacos for lunch can't be beat), O'Soleil (the best breakfast brunch ever-they really should do them every Sunday), Horse-Eyed-Jacks-decent bar type food, they have a band on Sundays-tons of fun), Da Conch Shack (always fresh-they dive for the conch after you order it), The Grill (went twice-probably the biggest disappointment-it's good but not worth the money, service was spotty at best), Corner Cafe (love those sandwiches), Aqua (pleasantly suprised-I was never crazy about it, find it most improved), Bay Bistro for breakfast (can't beat it on Sat & Sun, what a way to start the day with that view), LunaSea for lunch (they always make me my special chicken-should be on the menu-yum) The new Las Brisas at Chalk Sound (very Spanish food, not the greatest, but not bad-but ah what a setting), Coco Bistro (on a rainy night, so couldn't eat outside in the gorgeous palm grove-still yummy). I also ate lunch at St. Charles in North Caicos (just alright), lunch at Big Daddy's in Grand Turk (yummy and inexpensive!), lunch at Parrot Cay (all about atmosphere-what a gorgeous setting), and the most delicious lunch at Pine Cay at The Meridian Club.

Weather: decent for the most part, always sunny, around 80 degrees. Most of the month was picture postcard perfect (as you will see in the pictures) but for about 10 days in a row, was extremely windy and choppy. Still sunny and pleasant, just can't really snorkel or go on excursions comfortably. The other 21 days were excellent-like living a dream.

There is a lot of dredging going on around Leeward/Pelican Beach. Also around Dellis Cay and North Caicos-made me sad. Concstruction seems to be slowing down a bit (good for me!) and seems like most places are "wrapping up". I think there are still places to avoid for now, in a couple of years they will be gorgeous.

I will reply to this post with excursions and pictures.

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