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Turks and Caicos: Family Vacation Part 2

15 Jul

Since the post was turning into a long one, I decided to break it up. Read about the first part of the trip here (mainly focuses on the resort).

The island of Provo was really nice too. It is pretty expensive, however. The water and beaches are clearly THE reason to head there as it’s just too pretty to describe. The island isn’t too big and there wasn’t much beauty on the island itself. That is okay though because again, the beaches are FANTASTIC. The weather was unreal. Even in the 90s, the ocean breeze kept it comfortable and I found myself “cold” sometimes coming out of the water when the clouds were around. When it rained, it poured quickly and the sun was right back out.

The resort sits on the famous Grace Bay Beach. It’s beautiful. Look at this beach and water!

 Kyler had a great time in the water!

and a great time playing in the sand!

Beautiful sunset ❤

We rented a car one day and went exploring…not the best idea. Normally, we find our way around just find but there are practically no road signs there and the map given to us wasn’t much better. I had read about all these other beaches but couldn’t find the access point to them. Fail. If you decide to do this, research well!

We did come across some great look outs from other parts of the island!

View from Turtle Tain, on the South part of the island.

 

Chalk Sound- wow, what a view!

 

We ate lunch at a place called Bugaloo’s which is in the Five Cays part on the South part of the island. They specialize in conch (the island speciality). The guys at the restaurant were just pulling in the day’s catch. He showed us how they get the conch out and even cut off a piece to me to eat fresh!

Doesn’t get fresher than that!

I bought a shell off of him for $10 too. Excited to add it to the shell we found in Bora Bora during our honeymoon!

View from the restaurant

Snorkeling the reefs right off the beach was definitely the highlight of my trip. I love me some good ole nature and it didn’t get much better than that. I really wanted to get certified at the dive shop at the resort but we didn’t want to stick Kyler at kids camp too much or make my parents watch her the entire time. I hear diving there is unreal so maybe we will try that another time.

Snorkeling the Bight Reef

The Bight Reef was about a 10 minute walk down the beach from out hotel. It isn’t a huge spot, however, there were plenty of things to see! The middle part is roped off so people don’t damage it. It did get a little too crowded at times for my likely but it was still worth the walk. We went snorkeling 4 times at this spot since it was so convenient! We hit this spot up at all different times. I was so damn determined to find a turtle that we snorkeled at 7:30 in the morning on our last day…. and it was our best trip yet!! We saw much more fish since we were the only ones there. Fish were everywhere!!!

We saw so many Lionfish when it was just us there!

Yellowtail Snapper school

 

 

Big ole Barracuda. Not a huge fan of these guys but ran into them on about half of our trips.

Little Stingray

 Manta Ray about 15 feet down

 

Trumpet fish

 Parrotfish

On my LAST trip of the vacation (8 snorkel trips to find him), I FINALLY found my little Sea Turtle!!

Walk back to the resort.

 I had read that Smith’s Reef (the other reef right off the beach) was a great area to snorkel. It was about a 30 minute walk from our resort (and that was practically speed walking). There are no marked off areas and it’s super hard to find once you’re in the water. The first time, we didn’t see very much but that is our fault. We (mainly I) underestimated the time it would take to walk there and my parents were watching Kyler so we rushed ourselves. Note to self, don’t do that. The 2nd time we stopped by here, we drove in a car and that was much better 🙂 The water was a lot rougher than the Bight due to the wind directions at this spot. It’s also located near a marina so you need to pay extra attention to the boats and buoys. There was no one there when we were there both times which made it nice. I was a little nervous since I had no idea where I was going (and you can get pretty far from the beach since it’s so massive) but it was worth it. Less fish than the Bight but the coral was really pretty!

Longggg walk back

 

 

 

 

2 other snorkel trips, we headed out on the boat provided by the hotel. They didn’t take us too far out at all but there are so many little reefs around to explore so it was fun!

Chris found this Flounder just hanging out.

 Pretty coral

Reef Squid!!

 Lobster hiding in there.

 Hi!

 

 

 I LOVED Providenciales (kept telling my parents we should buy a beach house there… in my dreams). I can’t wait to go back and explore the island even more!

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We had an amazing trip and I HIGHLY recommend trying it out 🙂

Turks and Caicos: Family Vacation Part 1

15 Jul

Last Friday, July 5th, my parents, hubby, mini me and I headed towards Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, or Provo for short. We started doing our research in the Spring on where we wanted to go for my dad’s 60th birthday. With Kyler coming along it HAD to be family friendly. We looked at Atlantis and it was a strong contender but my parents really like all inclusive… what’s not to like?!?! That helped narrow our search down and we landed on Beaches (company owned by Sandals). At first, I was a little iffy because I was worried it would be too cookie cutter but I researched more and more and started to really think it could be for us. They have Beaches on 2 different islands, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. We have been to Jamaica before and we were looking to go somewhere new.

Beaches IS family. That is who they market and cater to. The resort is broken up of 4 different villages; Caribbean, French, Italian and Key West. They have 19 restaurants (insane), water park, plenty of pools beach activities, etc.

Sesame Street sponsors their kids camp and have characters roaming about, performing stage shows, parades, etc. Everything is included in the price for the most part (including the lovely kids camp). Kids Camp was a great option to give her some play time with other kiddos and Mom and Dad (Grandma and Poppa too) some free time to go snorkeling, eat at the adult only restaurant, or relax on the beach. We only ended up using it twice since afterall, it was a family vacation. The ladies at the camp loved Kyler and made sure to say hi to her anytime we bumped into them at the resort. Kyler loved the characters (for the most part). She loved the stage shows and for one of them (Zoe’s Dance Party), she got on stage and danced along. She did punch Elmo in the face when he got too close. Oops!

The Sesame Street Parade

More dancing!

Pictures with Sesame Street Characters by the pool!

Speaking of the pool…. they were all great! Kyler definitely loved playing in the pool and the Italian Village pool had a lot of kiddy space!

The butler set up a pool cabana for us the day of my dad’s birthday! Such a nice thing to have!

Little Miss Diva enjoyed it.

I enjoyed it too 🙂

 

Taking a lunch break!

The resort was super nice!! We stayed in the new Key West Village that they just acquired. I am SO glad we did. The rooms were beautiful and spacious and that side of the resort was peaceful.

They kept the grounds really clean and were always working on the landscape which was BEAUTIFUL. So impressed considering how big of a resort it was.

View of Key West Village from the ocean

2 bedroom Oceanview room

View from the room. Amazing!

The food was okay. Sometimes really good and sometimes not so good. I ate sushi everyday and it was super yummy.

Kyler enjoyed the food!

and the ice cream!

Yumm 🙂

They brought my dad a cake on his birthday!

Next post will talk about the island and beaches on beautiful Provo!!

 

 

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

14 Jul

I am back!!! I know I took a week off but a) I warned you and b) I don’t care because my butt was on a beach!

Kyler loves a good game of peek-a-boo

Before the holiday, a few of our friends came over for dinner & wine.

We celebrated the 4th of July downtown Avalon Park. We walked around with The Gilbertson’s then hit Sweet Frog for some frozen yogurt.

The next morning, we were on our way to the airport to spend a week in the Turks and Caicos!!!

More to come on this trip later….

Kyler missed her toys.

When we left, our backyard looked like this…..

When we got home, it looked like this!

I will post a separate post on the trip later! Hope everyone had a great week!

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