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Trip Report Turks & Caicos, "We did it again!"

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As Caribzak said in a post "if it ain't broke-------"

That's the way we also feel about Grace Bay. After 20+ years and 20+ islands in the Caribbean, we found Grace Bay two years ago and just returned from our 3rd vacation there.

This year the weather was perfect (last year windy the whole time we were there), the flight was flawless on US Air (Chicago, Charlotte,Provo), the water was calm, warm, and gorgeous, and again the food was outstanding.

We again stayed at Ocean Club West. Yes the rooms are a bit "tired" as someone said, but it's position on the beach , it's low rise buildings, terriffic pool, convient restaurant, and the ability to walk to shopping and many rerstaurants far outweigh that. They also have a shuttle to the golf course which is easy for MDH. The new IGA within walking distance was also a good thing----we don't really cook, but like to have coffee, wine, snacks, etc. in the room.

Other pluses are enough beach chairs that you need not go at 7am to get one, the abundance of towels at all times, and an outside restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This was a relaxing trip for me. On the beach from 8am until 6pm. Go for a walk on the beach, read my book, go for a swim, eat, have a mango margarita, chat with my neighbors ,and repeat several times a day. MDH golfed in the morning and joined me on the beach in the afternoons. I know that sounds boring to some, but it was just what I needed. Especially those mango margaritas----what a treat!

Tina's taxi service was availabe whenever we needed.

Our favorite dinners were at:
CocoBistro (outstanding rack of lamb)
Coyaba (loved the mahi-mahi)
Bagatelle (I liked the place, MDH did not)
Mango Reef (coconut shrimp, of course)
Tiki Hut (wonderful setting, very good food, especially deserts)
Calico Jacks (one of the best ceasar salads I've had along with great casual food)
Conch Shack (conch fritters --yummm)
Danny Bouys ( Fish & chips)
Seaside Cafe(Ocean Club West---great breakfast, excellent hamburger at lunch, also loved the club sand, w/sweet potato fries)

Every island has something you like and something you don't. This one just seems to have everything we like with not many negatives. Grace Bay beach is stunningly beautiful with the powder soft sand and crystal clear turquoise water that you see on the magazine covers and wish you were there.

We will probabbly return again next March if not sooner.

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