Oh my — what an experience! This is definitely a must if you are visiting Iceland. We were so excited to finally visit The Blue Lagoon, after being captivated by all those travel blogs and breath-taking Instagram photos. Not going to lie, we were also a little scared about visiting during winter since Iceland is COLD (not East Coast Cold, but actually COLD).
Our time slot to enter the lagoon was at 8am, so we were up bright and early. We entered the lobby area and waited in line to check in and receive our wristbands (there will be a line but less if you get premium package). Once we received our items, we went to the locker rooms (boy & girl) and changed, put our things in a locker, and took a quick rinse before going into the lagoon (this is mandatory). Then, we entered the lagoon from an interior entrance (do not enter from outside, WAY too cold) and it led us to our first-ever blue lagoon experience…
A few tips we learned:
- Wear earmuffs and a rash guard — You will thank us. Even though the water is warm, your ears will freeze if you do not have earmuffs. Also, there are some areas of the lagoon that are not as warm, your rash guard will keep you warm throughout your trip.
- Get a package that fits your desired experience — We decided on the “premium package” since we wanted to eat at LAVA restaurant. The bathrobe, slippers, and towel are always nice to have. Our premium package also included a facial mask, free drink, among other nice add-ons.
- Try to book an early reservation — We had an 8am entry time, which allowed us to stay there for several hours. If you book a later reservation, you can only stay until closing, giving you less time at the lagoon.
- Girls, bring a hair tie — We strongly suggest you don’t get your hair wet, since it will make your exit a little colder and the water has sulfur, which can damage your hair. The lagoon offers hair conditioner you can apply before and after your experience to keep it from getting damaged.
- Bring a water proof camera — We brought our go pro with us and we were not scared of it getting wet (because it will). We also witnessed a few brave souls bringing their DSLR cameras into the lagoon (we strongly advise against this).
- Take breaks between water time — Try going out (interior part only) and resting and then going back into the lagoon, nice breaks give your skin time to rest from the heat.
The Blue Lagoon was a relaxing and fun experience! We don’t think the winter season should deter people from visiting (it was snowing when we went). If you take the necessary precautions, you will have a great time during the winter at the Blue Lagoon. You can learn more about booking your stay here.
Turks & Caicos is a great place if you want a relaxing, family-friendly, and calm vacation. It IS an expensive destination overall, but can also be a great destination for visitors trying to have a great time while not emptying their bank account!
You can try to the following tips to make your trip more affordable:
- Try going during the off-season (during summer is best, but try to avoid hurricanes!)
- Rent a car instead of taking taxis (if you dare driving on the left side of the road), a taxi can cost $40 just to get to your hotel. Renting a car starts at around that price.
- Buy groceries instead of eating at restaurants, a meal at a local restaurant starts at around $50-$60 for about two people.
- Stay at a local inn instead of a big chain resort, this is a WAY cheaper option, mostly if you want to explore the island instead of just chilling at a resort your whole vacation. We stayed at Grace Bay Suites.
Day 1: We arrived! We were greeted by local music at the airport (tiny airport, BTW) and went to our hotel. We then made our way to Grace Bay Beach (biggest beach) and Little Water Cay (Iguana Island). You can Kayak or take a short boat ride to Little Iguana Cay. The Cay is small and deserted and you get to witness iguanas in their natural habitat.
Day 2: We snorkeled in the deep blue water and explored other islands – we went with big blue unlimited, depending on the weather you may visit one or several reefs to see fish! The water was clear and you can see the reefs, including plants and fishes. We also explored other local islands (pretty much just sand) where we took photos and swam in the water!
Day 3: We spent the day exploring the island – visiting Chalk Sound National Park, its absolutely beautiful and the water is SO blue, pretty *photo opt location*! We visited “The Hole”, this hole in the land was literally just on the side of the road, there’s a hand-made sign that says “The Hole”, and visited other beaches, such as Taylor Bay Beach and Leeward Beach.
Day 4: We relaxed again at Grace Bay Beach and “adopted” a shelter dog for the day at Potcake Place and took the dog on a walk to the beach. You can learn more about adopting a dog for day here.
Day 5: Unfortunately, we did not get the chance to kayak in the Mangroves, BUT this is something you should definitely do if you get the chance and if the water levels allow it. We’ve been told this is one of the best places to see turtles. We flew back home on this day and left the beautiful island just days before a hurricane hit! Phew.
We enjoyed our stay at Turks & Caicos and truly recommend it to our fellow travel friends. If you have the time we suggest visiting other local, nearby islands to see flamingos and private beaches!
Until next time!
Alexia & Jeremy