Turks & Caicos
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A chill was in the air and that was not okay with me. As a sun worshipper (sorry skin) I have to admit that I just don't understand the joy that many people feel about cold weather. Yes, snow is beautiful and cool...for maybe one day. I loved to visit snow and then return to my beautiful, toasty rock, that was Maui. We recently moved from Hawaii to Charleston, so while we are not dealing with your average "freezing" winter, I'm f***ing cold and I'll admit it, grouchy.
When we moved, Jared tried to cheer me up by listing off the many travel opportunities we could have during our time on the East Coast. When the holiday gloom (Hi, I'm the Grinch) started dragging us both down, Jared suggested we look into a trip to the Caribbean. I expected sky high prices due to the proximity of the holidays. However, we noticed when we were looking at flights that there was a huge lull in prices two weeks before Christmas. This is an excellent time to travel to the Caribbean because most people aren't heading there until Christmas week and we were told that prices raise almost 40%.
The other aspect of visiting the Caribbean that I was worried about was if it was appropriate due to the storm. I started wondering if it was too soon to visit, if it would intrusive or unwelcome. However, coming from an island that relies heavily on tourism, I could imagine that a decline in visitors must strongly impact many people's lively hoods. After talking with many people from Turks and Caicos, I happy with our choice to visit. The islands are working hard to rebuild their homes, lives, and people continuing to visit guarantees jobs and helps with continued growth.
Turks and Caicos was an incredibly welcoming island and a relaxing respite from the cold. Everyone we talked to was so friendly and down to talk story with us. The conversations we had with people were my favorite parts. People were willing to share their favorite snorkel spots, beaches, restaurants, and tips. At one point, Jared and I were unable to get in touch with our Air BnB host and a woman just standing on the dock saw us struggling and called the host for us. Besides conversations, below our my favorites from our quick trip to Turks and Caicos.
Froze's all day, baby.
2. Where to Stay: The Royal West Indies Resort
We absolutely loved this resort because it did not feel like you were at a massive, crowded resort. The Royal West is within a walk or bike to town, has a fun restaurant and solid happy hour, two pools, beach loungers, clean, comfy rooms, and an awesome staff. We loved it and found great room deals on Expedia.
3. Favorite Beer:
I-Ain-Ga-Lie, my fave beer was Down Da Road IPA from Turks Head Brewery.
4. Tour: Wade Stubb's Plantation on North Caicos
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