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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #285 on: August 04, 2016, 05:13:23 PM »
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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #286 on: August 10, 2016, 03:20:12 PM »
My wife and I plan on going to Turks and Caicos i a few weeks, and i have a few question for those that have been there:

1) Which Hotel do you recommend i stay at? preferably a quieter or isolated one, and within a reasonable price range. (If there is a hotel that can booked with points, please let me know as i haven't found any.)
2)Is there Walmart or a similar store that sell basic kosher foods on the island? and Do the hotels warm up kosher food for free?
3) What's the best way to get around?
4) Which activities do you recommend for my wife and I (She's expecting).

Any info will be greatly appreciated.
TIA!


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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #287 on: August 16, 2016, 01:30:15 PM »
My wife and I plan on going to Turks and Caicos i a few weeks, and i have a few question for those that have been there:

1) Which Hotel do you recommend i stay at? preferably a quieter or isolated one, and within a reasonable price range. (If there is a hotel that can booked with points, please let me know as i haven't found any.)
2)Is there Walmart or a similar store that sell basic kosher foods on the island? and Do the hotels warm up kosher food for free?
3) What's the best way to get around?
4) Which activities do you recommend for my wife and I (She's expecting).

Any info will be greatly appreciated.
TIA!

I stayed in a rental, do you want the guys email? https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147399-d1838630-Reviews-La_Vista_Azul_Resort-Providenciales_Turks_and_Caicos.html

I paid like 210 a night but I think if you book off line he'd go down like 15%, minimum 3 nights and no daily housekeeping but I loved it. Pool was mostly empty, beach is half mile including smith's reef best snorkeling, great coffee down block from resort.

Shame I didnt save my electric grill which was $60 but maybe we can start a shared usage , this is what i bought https://www.amazon.com/Brentwood-TS-640-Indoor-Electric-Grill/dp/B005NE1D5E/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1471367959&sr=8-30&keywords=electric+grill

but i'd chip in for something better as would mgoldhammer probably. maybe shliach can hook us up with storage ?

I brought frozen food and cooked. The IGA supermarkets have kosher lox / smoked fish etc but thats it

I rented a bike but you can rent a car.. i used http://www.caicoscyclery.com/bicycle-shop/ they delivered and picked up from hotel

Go to the beach HA... miles and miles of pristine beautiful beaches.. Chalk sound and sapodilla bay http://www.turkscaicosluxuryvillas.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/taylor-bay-beach.jpg

Boat tours etc

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #288 on: August 16, 2016, 08:53:08 PM »
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« Reply #289 on: August 16, 2016, 10:14:31 PM »
Looks good. Was their beachfront access here, too?

No, its like, ok the porch had maybe 10 steps down and your at the pool. they have 2 pools and a hot tub. It was almost always empty... the resort is on a hill, if you went to the lobby, youd be abot 250 feet from green beans coffee shop

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Green+Bean+Cafe/@21.7848721,-72.2270075,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x894b4f289b9a9743:0x8c33d57fafb79a90!8m2!3d21.7839157!4d-72.2249583

Maybe check here for beach front https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147399-d1635994-Reviews-Atlantic_Ocean_Beach_Villas-Providenciales_Turks_and_Caicos.html

I'll tell you this, after I took pics there and compared pics to the real thing I was like blah.. pics wont do it justice.. now I look at pics and cant comprehend even the pics are legit

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #290 on: August 16, 2016, 10:16:01 PM »
attached pic is smith's reef.. original was 5mb.. this is 5% the size

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #291 on: August 16, 2016, 11:15:23 PM »
My wife and I plan on going to Turks and Caicos i a few weeks, and i have a few question for those that have been there:

1) Which Hotel do you recommend i stay at? preferably a quieter or isolated one, and within a reasonable price range. (If there is a hotel that can booked with points, please let me know as i haven't found any.)
2)Is there Walmart or a similar store that sell basic kosher foods on the island? and Do the hotels warm up kosher food for free?
3) What's the best way to get around?
4) Which activities do you recommend for my wife and I (She's expecting).

Any info will be greatly appreciated.
TIA!


Stay at any hotel by grace bay, if you are staying on the island of Providenciales.  We made the mistake of staying in a different part of the island.

There is a really big modern supermarket not far from grace bay, forgot what its called.

The best way to get around is with a rental car.

Number one activity that you cannot miss is Taylor Bay-best beach on the planet-private, calm, shallow crystal clear waters.  On the way to taylor bay you will drive through the breathtaking chalk sound, also a must do.

Vacations 328 by mgoldhammer18, on Flickr
Chalk sound-this picture does not do it justice.

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More chalk sound

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Taylor bay, and no, this is not a post card.

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This was the most crowded that Taylor Bay got.

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #292 on: August 16, 2016, 11:22:40 PM »
the supermarkets are IGA. Agree on chalk sound.. I remember just stANDING THERE AND wondering.. is this a dream!

ok need to do T&C again!!

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #293 on: August 16, 2016, 11:32:31 PM »
hmm jetblue fll to t&c in janurary  9k points rt so 8100 with cc rebate + $90 tempting... though I should wait for a points promo no?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #294 on: August 16, 2016, 11:34:58 PM »
wowza in sept its 3800 rt or 3470 after cc rebate!!

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #295 on: August 17, 2016, 02:32:14 PM »
the supermarkets are IGA. Agree on chalk sound.. I remember just stANDING THERE AND wondering.. is this a dream!

ok need to do T&C again!!

Agreed, must return!

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« Reply #296 on: August 17, 2016, 02:32:55 PM »
hmm jetblue fll to t&c in janurary  9k points rt so 8100 with cc rebate + $90 tempting... though I should wait for a points promo no?

Don't wait and take the leap.

Did you go to taylor bay when you went?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #297 on: August 23, 2016, 12:10:08 PM »
Depends what your criteria are. I personally would never go to SXM again - crowded (sub-par) beaches all over and many people taking advantage of clothing optional culture. Can't decide which side I liked less - the French side was more of a turn off but the Dutch side had nothing positive going for it.

Antigua is another island at the very bottom of my list. The main city (St. John) is like Harlem and Vegas rolled into one and I would never set foot there again. Leaving the city and circling the island, the drive along the coast that should have been beautiful was instead completely blocked by houses. Now if you get off the plane in Antigua and make a beeline for Barbuda though, it's a whole different answer.

@yos9694, you clearly have been to a lot of caribbean destinations, is it possible to get some TR's?

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Re: Carribean Islands (Which One?) Master Thread
« Reply #298 on: August 25, 2016, 03:01:08 PM »
Would anyone be interested in a short St. Lucia trip report?

Did you ever write the TR?

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« Reply #299 on: August 25, 2016, 03:07:57 PM »
Never got around to it, sorry.