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
When we were researching our trip to Turks & Caicos, we kept on seeing people “walk shelter dogs” on social media and blog posts from a place called Potcake Place. Being natural dog- & cat-lovers, we had to take a little doggy out for a walk!
We arrived right at opening and there was a line of people ready to walk dogs. This place is for puppies so all dogs are about less than 4-6 months. Everybody in front of us, kept on choosing the small, cute puppies to walk. There was one dog , around 6 months old (pictured above), who kept on going up to everyone, wanting to play. He was so energetic and playful that people opted for the smaller, calmer puppies.
At one point, the shelter staff put the 6-month-old puppy in the back, thinking no one was going to want to walk him. When it was our turn, we asked for “the dog that gets walked the least.” Soon after, they brought the 6-month-old puppy out from the back and we took him out for a walk at the beach.
There we played fetch with him and had a quality time. Thanks Potcake Place for making it easy to take a shelter dog on a walk! We definitely recommend this activity for anyone visiting the island. Who knows, you might find a new furry best friend 😉
Alexia & Jeremy
PS: You must be 25 years or older to adopt a pet at Turks & Caicos.
We got to Turks & Caicos and we were welcomed by a band at the airport playing local music. It was like island magic. After getting our bags (the airport is tiny only one baggage claim), we were so excited to start our adventures and ready to hit the beach…
We rented a car because well, if you plan to explore the island it is totally worth it. Taxis run $40-$50 for a one-way trip and a rental car is around $35-$50. We rented a car and drove to our hotel, a local boutique we found on Kayak called Grace Bay Suites. This hotel was way cheaper than any of the surrounding resorts and the management and resort was super welcoming. The hotel was walking distance from the beach, restaurants, and shopping centers.
After we got to the hotel, we were ready to explore the local beach. We were told by the hotel manager that it was across the street. We went across the street and kept on running into big resorts with no beach access. We ran back and forth the main street about 10 times, when finally we gave up (keep in mind it was about 90+ degrees out). We called the hotel manager who picked us up in his car and dropped us off right in front of the beach access (it was right in front of us). The access is a little hidden on the side of a big resort, but the beach is nice and calm (and our hotel even had reserved beach chairs).
When we visited Turks & Caicos in early September it was off-season, therefore the beaches were empty and a lot of the restaurants were closed. The local islanders mentioned that their peak season was closer to winter (who would’ve thought, right?). There’s ups and downs to visiting in off-season, like places are less crowded and car rentals and hotels are way cheaper. The downside is that many places (and restaurants) are closed and the place looks a little deserted. If you’re looking to just chill at the beach and eat at your hotel (& your budget allows) then staying at a big resort might be the best option. If you’re young, want to adventure and explore the island, staying at a boutique hotel is probably the way to go!
All in all — it’s never a bad time to visit the island (unless it’s hurricane season of course).
Alexia & Jeremy
DISCLAIMER: We left the island a couple of days before hurricane Irma hit. Very scary. Stay tuned for our full itinerary…