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What should I book ahead for Turks & Caicos April trip?

What should I book ahead for Turks & Caicos April trip?

Jan 30th, 2012, 11:24 AM
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What should I book ahead for Turks & Caicos April trip?

Hi all,

I'm a bit of a planner, so I'm already thinking about what I should book before arrival for our April trip. I've booked a photo session with Brilliant by Tropical Imaging, horse riding with Provo Ponies, and I'm in the process of booking a 1/2 day snorkel & conch cruise with Caicos Dream Tours.

We are staying at the Regent Palms, by the way, with 2 children, ages 7 & 9.

Anything else I need to book before I get there?

Other things on my potential list of things to do:
Conch Farm
Snorkeling off Coral Beach
Trips to other beaches - Chalk Sound, Sapodilla Bay
maybe day pass for Beaches but I really don't think we'll do this.

Honestly, we might just be happy doing the horses, boat ride and spending the rest of the time lazily on the beach!

Any must see's I am missing? And if so should they be booked before arrival?

Also, in terms of restaurants, we plan to get a babysitter for one night, and Anacoana keeps coming up as a place worth going to. How far in advance would you recommend booking there?

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Feb 1st, 2012, 04:17 AM
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Good morning!

As the owner of a vacation rental company here in Provo, I get thousands of requests such as yours per year. In response, I created a blog for visitors to stay abreast of events/ectivities and fun things to do when they visit. You can read it at www.turkscaicosluxuryvillas.com/blog/. There's lots of info to assist you in your quest.

Given the age of your children, they might enjoy a Snuba adventure with Jody (http://snubaturksandcaicos.com), of course,weather permitting.

As for the rest of your stay, I think the plan for the conch farn, snorkeling on the reef in front of Coral Garden, etc, is a great plan. If you can, do take the children to Da Conch Shack - no reservation required. It's a must 'do' for everyone who visits and kids/adults alike love it.

For restaurant reservations, do book ahead as April remains a busy month. I would suggest Caicos Cafe (lately garnering top reviews!), Coyaba (winner of Top Chef, Canada), Lemon Cafe (ask for Chef John - the kids will love him and the food is terrific!!), Bay Bistro (walking distance by beach from the Palms and conch won tons to die for), Coco Bistro (for the most romantic setting), and, if you like Indian food, Garam Masala should not be missed!

Have a terrific visit!
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Feb 1st, 2012, 04:56 AM
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Also book a car, spring break they'll be hard to find.
With a car you can explore chalk sound, Sapadilla bay (kids will be giddy here) pelican beach for finding big conch shells.

No need to book snorkel at coral gardens, it's off the beach at your leasure.

Book must do restaurants, April will be busy.

Snuba has a Boat excursion now, call to see when starting up, but might be a little much for 4 year old.

With car, excursion you'll have plenty to do.
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Feb 1st, 2012, 05:37 AM
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Hi cboris,
Sounds like you have a great trip lined up! We did the things you have booked, and more and we had children with us. Take a look at my trip report from this past August for more ideas. I'm a planner too and had booked all of our excursions in advance. We stayed at a villa on Sapodilla. It's a beautiful beach, and you can take the kids for a hike up the hill behind it to see the rocks with writings on them from the 1800's of shipwrecked sailors. Highlights for us were Provo Ponies, Caicos Dream Tour, Conch farm, and the Atabeyra glow worm sail. Enjoy!
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Feb 3rd, 2012, 05:31 AM
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Kellybeaches, I *have* read your trip report and I think I nearly replicated your trip! It was hugely helpful, along with all of Blamona's posts. Unfortunately we are not there at the right time for the glow worm tour. That would have been really cool for the kids.

Blamona, I have already rented a car from Grace Bay Car Rentals, they seem to be highly recommended.

Thank you for the other recommendations! I will be sure to check out your blog, Basia, and I will look into Snuba. I'm intrigued, I have no idea what that is! And will book restaurants.

What would I do without fodors!
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