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tyedye33 Oct 16th, 2008 11:28 AM

Turks and Caicos Accomodations
I am planning a girls (aka mid 40 year olds) week in Providenciales Turks and Caicos. I am trying to decide on accommodations and have narrowed it down to the options down to the options below. I would appreciate any input from people who might have stayed in one of these places. In addition if I were to stay on Long Beach Bay would I be really far from night life/Grace Bay Beach.
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TPAYT Oct 16th, 2008 01:10 PM

We stayed at Ocean Club West
last March, and will do so again this March. Loved the place and the location---could walk to at least 10 restaurants.

My question for you is what nightlife?

As I said, we loved it on Grace Bay beach, but nightlife is very lacking. Beach until sunset, fabulous dinners, but that's it. If you come across anything else, let us know.

blamona Oct 16th, 2008 01:20 PM

the problem with your weblinks is that it doesn't have the places names-so it's to generic for info.

Check out , at least there will be names so we can help.

Give us a budget, what you're looking for, and how many girls (and when! peak season changes prices)

The first link seems to be South Fleetwood.

The link before Tradewinds is Northwest Point. I do not recommend that one for first time to island, it's a long dark road-the place is really for someone who needs to get away from it all-sounds like you want to be closer to the hub.

Do you want a villa? or is a condo good too? I have been through many, and would be happy to help.

virginia Oct 16th, 2008 05:02 PM

137727 is mid island off the beach. i think i've visited this property and it takes a bit over 5 mins to walk to grace bay beach. not a bad spot.
grace bay beach area is really nice, but it is about 15-20 drive to grace bay resorts/restaurants.
165703 is directly on the marina at turtle cove. i would not consider this a desirable locale. ppl walking by and noise from the rest/bars nearby.
no clue with 137972. no pics. no indication of where it is.
166044 is at northwest point. this is a very nice condo resort. the beach is ok but not great. it is not on grace bay beach. see this map nwpoint condos is at the top to the page. this one is definetly a long drive maybe 1/2 hr) to anything.
tradewinds is mid island. off the beach. might take 15 mins to walk to the beach.
from homeaway - crystal sands is a nice house on a great beach - sopadilla bay beach. 15-20 drive to stuff.
def look at #185726. this is actually 3 houses, rented separately. you would want just tyler house guest house. a great location ON grace bay beach, and not far from all the places you'll want go to.
if you can do a condo royal west indies, the sands or either ocean club are all in good locations on grace bay beach.
also if you click directly on the map in the link above it takes you to an excellent little group of houses - one of which might work for you.

tyedye33 Oct 17th, 2008 05:20 AM

Thank you for all your responses. As for the question of nightlife we are beyond wild late nights (most of the time). So dinner and/or drinks are really it. I simply donít want to have to drive 20/30 minutes to get home after. There are 3 of us, myself my sister and one friend (at this point). The advice given is very, very much appreciated. I have put in a request at Homeaway for #185726, though it may be too much $$. We are looking to spend around $3,000 for the week. Ideally we would have 2 bedrooms but a single with a sleeper sofa works, something on or relatively close to a nice beach and something with a kitchen (more like an apartment or condo as opposed to a hotel). There is one very nice place Long Bay Beach house but I suspect from looking at the map that this would require more lengthy drives to grab a meal, maybe I am wrong? I hope I am wrong because it looks very nice. The other place we are considering is http://www.tranquilityvacationstci.c...llapalmyra.php this looks like a nice location but I suspect it may require road crossing to get to a beach?? is South Fleetwood.

turksoldtimer Oct 17th, 2008 06:26 AM

As Blamona suggested look into Turks and Caicos rental- click on Grace Bay. You will have a listing of all condos along Grace Bay. If this is your first visit, you would want to stay right on Grace Bay. All resorts along Grace Bay are condos and not hotels, with full kitchens. is also a very nice place to stay. If you don't want the resort feel.

tyedye33 Oct 17th, 2008 08:40 AM

I had gone through VRBO originally and then used Homeaway (which has many of the same options but you can search by avialibility date). Thank you for the suggestions. Still wondering if anyone knows how far Long Bay Beach would be from Grace Bay?? And if anyone has stayed at Long Bay Beach or

Caribzack Oct 17th, 2008 08:48 AM

Long Bay is on the opposite side of the Island from Grace Bay. Very residential.
It's about a 10 minute drive.
I would suggest staying on Grace Bay somewhere. For ease of dining etc

blamona Oct 17th, 2008 02:37 PM

I too, suggest you stick to Grace Bay. Long Bay has some gorgeous homes, but it gets really dark and quiet there at night! The beach at Long Bay, while pretty to look at, isn't the the best to swim at either. There are tons of conch shells buried, and the sand is almost chalky.

While away from the hub, but a nice paved road to it, I highly recommend Crystal Sands Villa. In your price range, directly on Sapadilla Bay, may be what you're looking for. Aquamarine Houses might be another. I gather you'd prefer a villa over a condo, and want to keep it at around $3000 for the week. You also seem to go back to Palmyra. It is a new townhouse place, very nice and luxurious and comfortable. Some of it is residential, only a few units are rented out to vacationers. It's across the street from the beach and The Sands Resort, and walking distance to numerous places, restaurants, shops, etc. There are no vacation facilities, (ex. umbrellas set up on the beach, front desk, ) it's mostly a self catering place. It's really nice though, and I even considered buying a place there at one time.

Another consideration to look into is Villa Renaissance. It's gorgeous, full units with kitchens, living areas, it's stunning. I don't know if they list on homeaway, they do list on VR is in the middle of everything, and the pool area is stunning-they are running some specials too-which makes it fall on your price range.

tyedye33 Oct 19th, 2008 10:19 AM

Thank you for the additional responses. Crystal Sands looks lovely but is booked for the week we are traveling. I have sent an email to aqua marine beach houses (but have not gotten a response) I think other then potential feelers I have out there we will stay at either: is South Fleetwood.
or the very reasonable which is half the price of S. Fleetwood and I did read a nice review of on Trip advisor. If anyone has advice on the Island Club it would be appreciated.
I really appreciate all the advice as I have traveled some but I have responsibility for a friend and my sister on this trip and I want to ensure their comfort.

mishoe01 Oct 20th, 2008 10:59 AM

Was there alot of damage to T & C after the hurricanes earlier this season???

I've been considering going but was afraid things would not be up to par.

Caribzack Oct 20th, 2008 11:17 AM

The most damage was to Grand Turk and North and Middle Caicos...the "main" tourist area, Providencials (Provo)is fine. All of the resorts(condos) are open. Don't stay away they need our tourist $$

mishoe01 Oct 20th, 2008 12:01 PM

Thanks Caribzack :-)

tyedye33 Oct 23rd, 2008 06:15 AM

Thank you all so very much for your input we have gotten accomodations at we will be staying in the Seabreeze Balcony Unit and will toast you all from the Balcony!

TPAYT Oct 23rd, 2008 11:56 AM

We wish you a great vacation. You'll probably fall in love with Grace Bay as many of us have.

When do you leave? Whenever it is, please report on your likes and dislikes, if any, when you return. We'll all love to hear about it.

tyedye33 Oct 27th, 2008 10:16 AM

Thank you for the well wishes I will provide a report however, we do not leave until the end of March.

virginia Oct 27th, 2008 12:57 PM

i'm so excited for you. you will love the aqua marine beach houses. two posters, mymoosie and bargainhunter have stayed in the houses and have trip reports (probably others too).
here's a link to mymoosie's three reports:

type bargainhunter into the search box above and find the thread titled Trip Report Part 3

also if you type 'trip report' into the search box and scroll/click to turks and caicos you'll find many reports. there are restaurant tips, people who went on numerous excursions, etc.

tyedye33 Apr 13th, 2009 05:59 AM

I have been back to reality for almost 2 weeks and was certainly lax in my thank you. Aquamarine Beach House, Sea Breeze was fantastic (as was the owner Paula). The beach, the water the location and the house were all great. 2 of the ladies ("hags" as we call ourselves) were content with beach and pool. I went diving with Provo Turtle Divers, a great group. My sister and I went with Big Blue on a Kayak trip it was wonderful as was our guide Chester, a very nice, knowledgeable young man. We had some great meals at Hemingway’s and Da Conch shack and loved the atmosphere (and sangria)at Niki Bay Beach Resort. Thanks again for the suggestions particularly to Virginia who hooked us up with the wonderful accommodations.

mymoosie Apr 13th, 2009 07:41 AM

Glad to hear you enjoyed ABH! Paula and John are great, and we also love the location. It's like a home away from home. Did you get to snorkel the reef in front of the house?

virginia Apr 13th, 2009 08:37 AM

welcome home. guessing you have a serious case of DIF about now (dreaded island fever - feeling like you want to go back to the island right now! - often sets in as plane departs island)
i am Soo glad you enjoyed sea breeze. did you find the little reef just east of the houses? where did the kayak trip go? i haven't done much kayaking, but may go when my group of "hags" (my bff and her 80 yr old mom) is on grand cayman the end of this month.
any chance of some pics to share?

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