Planning A Turks and Caicos Honeymoon

25th July 2017 7:54 am

The Caribbean is the perfect beginning to the rest of your lives as a married couple. Whether you’re there for a destination wedding or you just want to have a classic Turks and Caicos honeymoon, it’s hard to beat the gorgeous scenery and fun activities.

Having your honeymoon in the Turks and Caicos will put you in a small but posh group of lovebirds. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, and Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld all married or honeymooned here.

Here are the top five things you can do on a Turks and Caicos honeymoon.

5) Enjoy the Turks and Caicos Resorts

Many of the Providenciales resorts are seemingly built purely for Turks and Caicos honeymoons. Turks and Caicos resorts are world renowned for five-star luxury treatment and the most highly rated ones sit on Grace Bay Beach, a beach so perfect that it often tops various “Top Beaches of the World” lists.

In fact, many of the resorts have staked some prime real estate that puts the beach just a few hundred feet from your room. You can take your time waking up, have a delicious breakfast (or lunch), and stroll to the beach without fear of elbowing your way through a crowded beach. Grace Bay Beach is so large that you and your new spouse won’t have any trouble putting up a beach umbrella, rolling out a couple of beach towels, and lying down to enjoy the sun.

You’ll discover that the common theme among Turks and Caicos resorts are ocean views, luxury creature comforts, and spa services. Certain resorts have amazing suites that come with fully equipped chef-style kitchens, private balconies, and powerful entertainment systems.

No matter which resort you choose, you can rest assured that the staff will do everything they can to make your Turks and Caicos honeymoon a memorable one.

4) Private Charters

Private charters are a great way to see the natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos. The Caribbean islands are beautiful and there’s no better way for a newly married couple to see it than on an intimate, private charter.

You can either rent out an entire boat, or share the boat with a small group. Your captain will take you to nearby sites and beaches that are only accessible by boat. Enjoy lunches on secluded beaches or take a dip in the ocean during your trip.

If you’re lucky, you can even spot migrating humpback whales, which leads us to…

3) Whale Watching

If your Turks and Caicos honeymoon happens to be from December to April, you might be fortunate enough to catch migrating humpback whale mothers and their calves leaving nursery grounds and making their way to their feeding grounds.

While catching sight of whales or dolphins can’t be guaranteed, many boat captains will happily relay whale sightings to other boats carrying passengers. That means you’ll get a chance to be taken on an impromptu whale watching trip while you’re on a private charter exploring the islands and cays.

If you are a water-loving couple who loves diving or snorkeling, you can even share the waters with the whales (if the conditions are right).

2) Kayaking

With calm waters and shallow channels, kayaking is a favorite activity for honeymooners in the Turks and Caicos, especially at night. It’s hard to beat the romantic scene of paddling into the sunset or just drifting under a full moon with your new husband or wife.

Even if you’re kayaking in the daytime, it’s a fun activity to do on a Caribbean trip. Kayaking is the best way to explore the mangrove forests, coastal ecology, island fauna, and learn about unique island animals and birds. You can even do multi-day kayaking trips for a truly memorable Turks and Caicos honeymoon.

1) Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding on your honeymoon is the perfect way to cut loose after a strict wedding itinerary. With year round trade winds, warm ocean waters, shallow coastline, and scenic beaches, the Turks and Caicos is one of the premier kiteboarding sites in the world.

It’s a unique activity so not a lot of people know how to do it. That’s why it’s great for new couples. Both of you can enroll in kiteboarding lessons with a qualified instructor that will get you riding the waves in mere hours.

Make Your Plans!

No matter what you do, you should make your plans ahead of time. Don’t put your romantic honeymoon on the line and risk the lack of availability in the above activities. Not only will it immediately kick off a big argument in your new marriage, but you’ll also miss out on a fun and exciting honeymoon.

Contact Big Blue Unlimited and start planning your Turks and Caicos honeymoon!


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The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches to Visit in the 2017-18 Season

24th July 2017 11:19 am

Turks and Caicos beaches are some of the most gorgeous places you will ever visit and some are consistently ranked as some of the top beaches in the world. Some are the very image of Caribbean paradise (powder soft white sand that gently slopes to meet the calm and clear turquoise water) while others are perfect for fun and exciting water activities.

Read the rest of this article and familiarise yourself with the best Turks and Caicos beaches that are available to the public. Some are easy to get to while others require a little adventure.

Grace Bay, Providenciales Island

Grace Bay Beach is probably the most famous of the Turks and Caicos beaches. It’s frequently in the top five of various “Best Beaches in the World” lists by many travel publications, including Condé Nast, CNN Travel, Forbes, and many more—and for good reason.

The entire length of the three mile long beach is dotted with luxury hotels and resorts. While this is the case, there are few peddlers and it’s large enough that it never seems crowded. This Turks and Caicos beach is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park and offers a wide range of nature-friendly water sports, including snorkeling, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding.

There are also opportunities to kiteboard, but it is for expert riders only as riders must be accomplished in riding upwind and water relaunching their kites.

Long Bay Beach, Providenciales Island

Long Bay beach is a great alternative to Grace Bay beach. With much fewer hotels in the immediate area, Long Bay beach is less populated and more relaxed. The beach is naturally sheltered from sea waves so the water here is calm and practically waveless.

The calm water is perfect for kiteboarding. Long Bay beach is in the path of consistent tradewinds and is only waist-deep for hundreds of yards,  which makes it great for beginners since instructors can walk next to you while you learn.

If you are an advanced kiteboarder, you can kick off at Long Bay Beach and ride all the way to the end at Five Cays—an eight mile trip.

Chalk Sound National Park, Providenciales Island

While Chalk Sound isn’t a usual Turks and Caicos beach, it still offers a lot to see and do. It just takes a little fun adventure to get to the beach. Chalk Sound National Park comprises a large part of Providenciales’ uninhabited western half and has a shallow, warm-water landlocked lagoon.

It’s a great place to kayak and see one of the island’s best natural attractions. You’ll be able to launch tandem kayaks to cruise the inland waters and actually arrive in a normally inaccessible beach.

Leeward Beach, Providenciales Island

Leeward Beach is one of the best Turks and Caicos beaches that isn’t Grace Bay beach. It’s much quieter and much less crowded and offers fantastic swimming conditions and plenty of perfect white sand real estate.

As it is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, Leeward Beach makes a great launch off point for kayaking. There’s a long stretch of calm water where you can paddle between islands and cays and seeing a wide variety of marine ecosystems. From mangroves to lagoons to reefs to Iguana Island, there are numerous sights to see.

Sandy Point Beach, North Caicos Island

Sandy Point Beach is an easily reached beach for those staying on Providenciales island. It’s a secluded, crescent shaped, white sand beach with crystal clear blue waters. It is quiet and is surrounded by island wilderness.

North Caicos island has some of the best smaller Turks and Caicos beaches because of its proximity to a labyrinth of mangrove channels. It is recognized as an international wetland area and there are opportunities to explore Sandy Point beach and the surrounding area by kayak or stand up paddleboard.

Hidden Beaches, West Caicos Island

Some of the best beaches are unknown to the “Best Beaches of the World” lists simply because few people have seen them. West Caicos is one of Turks and Caicos uninhabited islands and access to its beaches need to be earned.

There are private charters that will take you to some of the best diving and snorkeling sites around West Caicos, and the captains of the boats will happily swing by some of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

 


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The Best Turks and Caicos Hotels for Kitesurfing

10th July 2017 10:57 am

The Turks and Caicos has long been a premier destination for kitesurfing, because they are perfectly situated in the nexus of tradewinds and calm seas. Along with prime wind conditions, the Turks and Caicos islands are also protected by barrier reefs that create large shallow beaches and calm water surfaces.

Many Turks and Caicos hotels and resorts on Providenciales have real estate on some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, which are coincidentally, also some of the best kitesurfing spots. Some even cater to the activity by offering kiteboarding lessons.

For those that don’t offer classes, they’re close enough to the best spots that it’ll be easy for you to find a PASA and IKO certified kiteboarding instructor. Many instructors outside of the resorts have decades of experience. Class sizes are small and some even offer private lessons that can help beginners get a good run or an advanced intermediate pick up and refine the more flashy techniques.

Here are some of the best Turks and Caicos hotels near the top kiteboarding sites around Providenciales (Provo).

Long Bay

Located on the northeastern tip of Provo, Long Bay faces the easterly trade winds. Its orientation in relation to the winds is perfect for learning how to kiteboard and kitesurf. The beach is powder soft and the water is waist deep for hundreds of yards, which makes it great for beginners since instructors can walk next to you while you learn

For those who love to ride or are more experienced, Long Bay offers miles of open space with a constant and consistent breeze. Kite down-winders can also start at Long bay and end in Five Cays about eight miles away.

The Shore Club Turks & Caicos

Set on Long Bay Beach, the luxe suits are airy and elegant and some come with balconies that overlook the ocean. The one- to two-bedroom apartments have kitchens, living rooms and laundry facilities. Some have wraparound terraces with ocean views and/or hot tubs.

Room includes free breakfast, afternoon tea, and access to bikes and kayaks. There are three bars, and three restaurants with Asian and Peruvian cuisine. Other amenities consist of a gym, a posh spa and three outdoor pools, plus shops and a kids’ club.

Casita Sirena

Casita Sirena isn’t a traditional Turks and Caicos hotel. It is a spacious two-story house in a private residential neighborhood in the Long Bay Hills that is divided into separate units adjoined via open deck.

The house is just 250 meters from the beach and comes with basic cable television, DVD players, video library, wifi internet, a local cell phone, washer, and snorkeling gear.

Windward Lodge

The Windward Lodge is a rustic two bedroom guest house offering quality accommodation and a home away from home feel for guests. Each two bedroom guest house comes with a king size bed and twin beds. Long Bay beach is a five minute walk from the property along a public beach access.

Leeward

Leeward is frequently the gateway to many wave “surfaris.” While kitesurfing basics are often taught on the beach, this area is for intermediate to advanced riders only since there are strong currents, inconsistent wind, and high boat traffic.

Blue Haven Resort

This Turks and Caicos hotel is adjacent to the Blue Haven Marina and is a medium walk/short drive to Grace Bay Beach.

The bright suites feature marble bathrooms, minifridges, microwaves, and tea and coffeemakers, as well as flat-screens and free wifi. Upgraded rooms include ocean views. Suites include living areas and kitchens, while some have dining rooms and balconies. Premium suites include rooftop terraces.

Amenities include a deli and a restaurant/bar with fire pits, as well as an infinity pool, a spa and a 24/7 fitness room. There’s also an oversize chess board and beach volleyball.

The Atrium

Nestled in the exclusive Leeward community, the Atrium Resort offers a tropical island setting in a luxurious private and peaceful environment.

The rooms range from studios to massive three bedroom penthouses. The Atrium has earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence from 2013 to 2017 for its luxurious and welcoming style.

Grace Bay

Grace Bay has the largest concentration of Turks and Caicos hotels and resorts anywhere on the islands. While the crescent shape of the bay shelters the gorgeous beach , it also protects the beach from offshore winds. However, Grace Bay can become a great place for kitesurfing when there’s a big northeast system.

The water is overhead deep and riders here must be accomplished in riding upwind and water relaunching their kites. The barrier reef can produce excellent kitesurf conditions.

It is for these reasons that Grace Bay is for expert riders only.

Seven Stars Resort & Spa

Set on a white sand beach dotted with palm trees, this upscale resort features airy suites with furnished balconies or terraces. Some have ocean views, but all come with free wifi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and kitchenettes with Nespresso machines.

The one- to three-bedroom suites provide separate living rooms with sofabeds, and upgraded suites provide full kitchens and washer/dryers.

A breakfast buffet is included. The resort has three restaurants/bars with one having regular live music. Other amenities include a heated saltwater pool and a chic spa.

The Venetian on Grace Bay

This beautiful and refined Turks and Caicos hotel features screened-in porches or terraces with ocean views and suites with elegant furnishings. All come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and living rooms, as well as gourmet kitchens with stainless-steel appliances

The hotel has an outdoor pool with a hot tub, as well as a fitness center, tennis courts and BBQ facilities. Private chef services are offered.

The Somerset on Grace Bay

This luxe Turks and Caicos hotel is dotted with palm trees, giving a real sense of island living. The elegant rooms come with kitchenettes, as well as free wifi, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs with DVD players. The one- to five-bedroom villas feature balconies or terraces (some with sea views), plus full kitchens, living areas and marble bathrooms.

Breakfast and parking are free. Other amenities include two outdoor pools (including a walk-in infinity pool), a spa and a gym. A kids’ club is also available.


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Turks and Caicos Weather in July

1st July 2017 11:37 am

Because the islands are near the equator, the Turks and Caicos is said to experience about 350 days of sun each year and with seasons that are better described as wet and dry rather than spring, summer, fall, and winter. Turks and Caicos weather in July is generally warm and humid. However, July does fall within the rainy season and is categorized as a part of the hurricane season. Fortunately, the Turks and Caicos has experienced few hurricanes in the month of July.

Turks and Caicos Weather in July

While localized weather patterns can’t be predicted long term with strong accuracy, the Turks and Caicos temperatures in July tends to be average between 30.5°C and 26.5°C (or 87°F and 80°F respectively).

Turks and Caicos receives an average of 30 mm (or 1.181 inches) of precipitation in July. Interestingly, if it does rain, it tends to rain mid-afternoon.

Officially, July is part of the hurricane season (from June 1 to November 30), but hurricanes are actually rare for the islands. In fact, the Turks and Caicos has only suffered damages in 2008 (Grand Turk and South Caicos) from Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Hanna, in 1960 from Hurricane Donna, and in 1926. Hurricane Ike damaged 80% of Grand Turk’s structures.

You should always pay attention to and monitor weather reports regardless of when you visit. While it is historically unlikely for hurricanes to develop, it’s still nice to be forewarned of any rain!

Turks and Caicos in July

The Turks and Caicos is a year round destination, but July is typically categorized as an off-peak travel month (with November through December considered peak travel). This means if you look carefully and don’t mind the chance of rain, you can find great Turks and Caicos resort deals.

Mosquitos

Keep in mind that the Turks and Caicos are in the natural habitable range of mosquitos. The presence of mosquitoes on the islands is greatly influenced by the amount of rain, so mosquitoes generally aren’t a problem in July unless there’s heavy rainfall.

Turks and Caicos weather in July may increase the encounter of mosquitoes. However, that also varies by where you are located.

Grace Bay and other tourist regions in Providenciales usually see far fewer mosquitoes than the more remote west coast. Also, areas that are in the path of eastern trade winds usually minimize mosquito presence.

Grand Turk and Salt Cay also have less serious mosquito problems because these places lack dense vegetation and there aren’t many natural sites that collect rainwater or form pools, which are common mosquito spawning grounds. They are also experience breezes that aren’t conducive to mosquitos.

However, North and Middle Caicos, Parrot Cay, and Pine Cay, have many sites that are ideal mosquito spawning sites and tourists can experience severe mosquito exposure after heavy rains.

Activities

July conditions are great for watersports during this time. The seas are generally fairly calm and while it’s hot, there’s almost always a gentle breeze to take the bite out of the heat. If it rains, you’re already in the water!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

The waters around Turks and Caicos are warm year round and can be exceptionally calm on the shallow beaches. This makes stand up paddleboarding a great activity for families, kids, or people who want a more relaxed activity.

Some special tours using paddleboards include eco-tours you can take to see delicate ecosystems supporting nesting birds. Or, you can skim over clear waters near reefs and see vibrantly colored marine life right beneath your board.

Kayaking

Kayaking is great to explore beaches, shallow channels, tidal creeks, and around the cays. It’s a quiet and non-intrusive way to get close up pictures of wildlife like iguanas and birds.

Like paddleboarding, you can embark on kayak eco-tours that let you explore the Turks and Caicos’ natural beauty.

Snorkeling and Diving

Underwater activities are great because the Turks and Caicos islands are surrounded by natural reefs teeming with sealife, giving you plenty of exciting sites to explore.

In fact, there are snorkeling tours that will take you out to several snorkel sites.  Knowledgeable guides can help you identify the hundreds of different fish and describe the important coral reef ecology.

If you’re more comfortable with deep waters, diving is an excellent July activity. You can descend and scale walls that are dozens of feet to over 100 feet that are overflowing with life.

Kiteboarding

With the islands located in an intersection of trade winds and surrounded by beaches that are shallow for hundreds of feet out, kiteboarding is one of the most popular activities in the Turks and Caicos..

It’s easy to find PASA and IKO certified kiteboarding instructors with decades of experience with many of them participating in kiteboarding events.

Events

The Race for the Conch Eco-Seaswim is a 0.8km, 1.6 km, and 3.7 km (0.5 mile, 1 mile, and 2.4 mile) competitive swimming event with a  special 100 metre race is held for those 12 and under. It’s an amateur competition so families can register to race on their vacation!

Another event is Windvibes, the Turks and Caicos’ only kiteboarding event. It has been an annual competition since 2007 and has grown to include kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and swimming events.

Less competitive events will include log throwing, a flipper race, potato sack race, limbo, and kite pumping competitions. You don’t need to be a kiteboarder to get involved! It generally occurs between the months of June and November.