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Trip Report: First Time to Turks & Caicos

by Ellen Caywood

I recently read a quote from a travel writer that went something like “We will never travel anywhere again that we haven’t already seen.” They were referencing the fact that you can look up most every place online now and see satellite images or photos posted by everyone that has traveled there before you. It’s true. Before I travel I do quite a bit of research, partly because of the excitement and anticipation and partly because I don’t want to miss a thing when I visit a new place. Luckily all the photos and videos you consume can never replace the real thing…like on this vacation to the island of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos, I saw a place that had me thinking we were on a different planet…but I’ll get to that later.

Villa TNC OED, Turks & Caicos

We spent our vacation in villa TNC OED which is a 1 bedroom, 2 level villa right on Grace Bay beach. This ended up being a terrific choice for comfort and location. Not only did we have our own path leading to the beach, we could also walk to restaurants in Turtle Cove and we had the best snorkeling on the island right at our door. The villa itself was just built in January 2012 and is 1 of 3 virtually identical properties. The décor is sleek, there are nice outdoor areas including a second floor terrace with ocean views and we had our own private pool.

Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos If you enjoy snorkeling, then any of the villas in this area are a must. Smith's Reef is a protected reef that is known for the best snorkeling on the island. We brought our snorkeling gear with us and when the mood struck us, we could wade into the water and explore up and down the beach.


Conch Salad, Turks & Caicos It is so easy to get to Turks & Caicos from Boston that we arrived in time for lunch! This also meant that we were there before it was time to check into our villa, so we dropped our bags at the villa and went to The Beach House for lunch. By the time the Rosé arrived at our table, we were officially in vacation mode. This is a relatively new restaurant located at the Beach House hotel not far from our villa. Teak tables are set up poolside under a covered area. The service was friendly and attentive and the food was a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. We dove right into the island specialty, conch. Here they make a conch salad wrapped in rice paper which was light and fresh. We also enjoyed their flatbread pizza with arugula, mushroom and truffle oil.

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Villa IE KOU, Turks & Caicos, Sapodilla Bay, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

IE KOU

Magnificent views of the ocean and beach, Moroccan-inspired décor, a short walk from the beach

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Villa IE SEA, Turks & Caicos, Ocean Pt/Taylors, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

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Contemporary style, enjoys magnificent sunsets, access to shared tennis courts, walk to the beach

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Ultimate luxury living, enjoys cooling trade winds, located on an elevated ridge overlooking the sea

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Villa IE ALA, Turks & Caicos, Silly Creek/Taylors, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

IE ALA

Sought-after oceanfront location, spectacular sunsets, contemporary living minutes from the beach

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Villa IE FLC, Turks & Caicos, Turtle Tail, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, WiFi, WIMCO Villas

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Spacious and open living with a beautiful ocean view, located within a short walk from the beach

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Luxurious and exotic, fabulous estate, hilltop location with breathtaking views of the sea

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Step out to Grace Bay Beach, outdoor breakfast nook, unique Barbados stone, designer furnishings

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Spectacular sea views, open and inviting spaces with Caribbean breezes, steps from Long Bay Beach

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