T&C Coral Gardens: last minute details

Jan 5th, 2006, 10:07 AM
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T&C Coral Gardens: last minute details

Hello:
My wife and kids (3 a 4 yr) will be staying at Coral Gardens Jan 14-21. We will be spending most of our time at the resort, but do enjoy eating out and would probably be interested in spending ~2 days exploring other sites on the island. Would you suggest renting a car for a week? from the hotel or airport? Or would you just rent for a day at a time? Also, are many of the restaurants close to CG, and if not, what are the taxi fares like? Much appreciated!
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Jan 5th, 2006, 10:19 AM
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We went to T&C back in 1999 and rented a car from the airport. Driving on the island is very easy. Since we rented a house, we rented a car for the week and did many day trips. I am not sure where CG is, but from what I remember many of the restaurants are located in one section of the island (closer to the resorts). Sorry can't help out on taxi fares. But we love to explore without a timeline so having a car was more convenient for us. Have fun! It's a gorgeous island with beautiful beaches!
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Jan 8th, 2006, 02:00 PM
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Although we have been all over the Caribbean, we continue to go back to Coral Gardens and love it. CG provides transportation from the airport to the resort, so take advantage of that. They have rental cars at the property at good rates. Just reserve in advance. You will need a car to eat out, since there is really very little within walking distance. Some moderately priced (by Caribbean standards) restaurants, as well as a modern supermarket, are only about 15 minutes drive away. We usually have breakfast at the resort (included in the rate), lunch from our very well-equipped kitchen, and dinner out. The restaurant at CG is excellent, but very pricey. You may want to go there (without the kids) for one special dinner. The beach grill is good for the occasional dinner also -- not too pricey, but limited menu. Remember to buy a couple of gallons of bottled water at the supermarket when you go to buy groceries. The water on Provo is quite safe, but we don't like the taste,since it is desalinated sea water. This place has a wonderful beach and spacious comfortable rooms. You'll love it.
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Jan 8th, 2006, 05:17 PM
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hi notbeenthere, head west on the bight road to turtle cove marina. there is a restaurant adjacent to the marina called tiki hut. it will be perfect for the kids. they have a kids dinner menu and there will be a couple seagulls around looking for tidbits to amuse the kids while you are there. plus you can watch the boats and they have good drinks and plentiful meals.
if you can find a babysitter you might try anacona for a special romantic meal.
taylor bay beach is a good beach for the kids (shallow water for a 1/4 mile out and by this i mean 10" to 2'deep). go out the south dock road until you start passing chalk sound. you will come to a refinery on the left. on your right is chalk sound drive. go down this road maybe a 1/2 mile? until you see a sign on a rock wall to ocean point villas on your left. go down that road a couple 100 feet. just before the pavement starts and gates to op villas there is a tiny dirt road on your right. drive down and park and walk right out onto taylor. you will probably be alone. take plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen etc as there are no facilities at all nearby.
as you head back to south dock road on your right, about 2/3 of the way back, is another small dirt road. if you look down you will see the beach and water. park here and check out sopadilla bay beach. also fairly shallow but does get swimmable a little ways out.
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Jan 9th, 2006, 07:00 AM
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I agree with Angler--Have been to Coral Gardens 16 times and normally rent a car. Don't wait until you get there to rent. Coral gardens used to have rental cars but didn't in Nov. They use Avis so reserve early. Nothing is really within walking distance of anything else on Provo so you need a car to explore, go shopping and out to dinner. Agree with the Tiki Hut recommendation. It is a zoo on Wed Chicken and Ribs night which I would avoid. Also recommend Aqua in turtle Cove. In Porst of Call shopping Plaza there is Barefoot Cafe, Calico Jacks and Latitude 21 which are fine for kids. Hemmingways at The Sands Caribbean Night on Tuesday is fun. Beaches has a kids club which they might enjoy. Don't know what the fee is for outsiders but you might check. If you get a sitter Coyaba at Coral Gardens and Magnolia at Mirimar in Turtle Cove are excellent adult restaurants, rather expensive but worth the splurge. Liqour and beer are expensive in the restaurants but you can buy it cheaper at Discount liquors ( Next to Napa auto parts) and the IGA on Leward highway. Tell everyone at CG Howard says Hi
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Jan 9th, 2006, 08:03 AM
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We rented 5 days out of 8 and thought that was about right - there are fewer things to see around the island compared to some other destinations.
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Jan 10th, 2006, 12:53 PM
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We stayed and Coral Gardens and did not rent a car. We used taxis to go out to dinner. We didn't think there was much to see to warrent renting a car..Enjoy CG - it's wonderful!
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Jan 10th, 2006, 02:15 PM
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Oh kirbsygirl,
You missed seeing Chaulk Sound, the most incredible sight? Water so turqouise and bright it glows?
You missed a beach picnic at Sapidilla Bay?
You missed seeing the gorgeous houses(mansions) of the rich and famous?
Maybe not rent a car the whole time, but a couple of days is always fun.
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Jan 12th, 2006, 08:36 AM
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Thanks for all the very helpful advice. To Howard or others who've stayed at CG and may check this thread before Jan 14, can you advice what add'l tipping is necessary? The room includes 11% service charge, but I'm sure there's probably an expectation of some additional... Thanks.
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