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Several months ago I came here for some advice and info on a vacation for my family. That thread is here: http://www.fodors.com/community/caribbean-islands/need-advice-caribbean-vacation.cfm. Thank you all for the info and suggestions. I thought I would post back with a review of that vacation that I just got back from.

I chose Beaches Turks and Caicos. I chose it because it sounded like it was a very nice place and had a lot of things to do or that were included. Here is my review:

First off, I have to say that the vacation was overall a fantastic experience. Although I have only ever been to the Bahamas, T&C was beautiful. The beach and water were unlike anything I have ever seen. I thought that off-resort might be little better than what we drove by going to the airport, but I guess all islands are rough outside of the resort. Beaches was fantastic. We stayed in the French Village. Beaches treated us wonderfully and seemed to have everything take care of for us. The facilities were great, beaches were fantastic, the restaurants were great, and the service was top-notch. I really cannot say enough about Beaches. This vacation was the time of our lives. I have so many great things to say about the whole trip and very few things even close to negative to say. I will do a quick good/bad breakdown about my experience. Here Goes:

GOOD:
- Beaches: Food, Service, and Facilities Were GREAT
- T&C: Beaches were near perfect. Nothing more beautiful.
- Beaches: Worked like fine-tuned machine. Everything taken care of for us.
- Beaches: Full-coverage for families. Tons of stuff for kids and adults, together or separate.
- T&C: Weather was great. It was mid 80's all week and not a drop of rain. Breeze made it pleasant every day.


CONCERNS:
- T&C: The airport was a nightmare. I did not think it would be 3rd-world-like, but it was. On our return trip, we stood in a security line outside for 2.5 hours and then made it to the "gate" where we hand to stand for another 2 hours because of delays and no seating. Terrible airport experience coming home on Saturday. Fortunately, we made it home safe and with our luggage.
- Beaches: Wifi was almost unusable in our room and it cost about $50 for the week. For the price we paid, it should be included and 100% resort coverage.
- T&C/Beaches: The only thing that really bothered me all week was the "vendors" on the beach. On the Beaches beach/pier, there were many guys in small junky boats trying to sell things like parasailing and banana boat rides. It was loud and there were several approaching you every time you move. Also, the "vendors" were fighting against themselves at times, including cursing and almost fist-fighting. Now this was a smallish distraction to our vacation, but I would have rather not had it. We learned how to avoid it.

NOTES:
Although I did not stay there, the Caribbean Village did appear to be a little aged. It still had tons to do there and lots of GREAT places to eat, but just the outside appearance and the pool looked a lot more dated than the rest. I did not see inside any rooms, but I am not sure that I would stay there in an entry-level room. The only other thing I would note is the price. It was a little higher than some other places, but from what I have been told this Beaches is by leaps and bounds better than the others. The price was not cheap, but not horrific. Even now I think it is a very good value. I feel like we were in a beautiful place and treated like Kings. My family and I are already starting to think about our next vacation. Unless I am convinced otherwise, it will likely be at Beaches T&C!

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