I had a few requests when it came time to schedule our honeymoon and pick a location: I wanted somewhere tropical, preferably with a hammock, and I didn't want to spend more than 10 hours travelling. - I just didn't want to spend 2 whole days of our vacation travelling to and from our destination and I don't do very well on a plane for over 6 hours.
We took the red-eye flight from LAX with a stop in Atlanta for 3 hours; it was a great way to break up the travelling and we were able to stretch our legs and get a bite to eat. LAX to Atlanta: 5 hours.
Then it was a quick two-hour flight over beautiful ocean water and we arrived in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Atlanta to Turks and Caicos: 2.5 hours.
The Seven Stars Resort in Grace Bay was beautiful and our view from our room was breathtaking. We had a beautiful balcony and I enjoyed lounging on the patio quite frequently during our stay.
I would highly recommend staying in Grace Bay at a resort near the Salt Mills Plaza shopping center - There are several on the beach and just a few blocks away from shopping, restaurants, and the grocery store. We enjoyed walking everywhere and it saved us some money not having to constantly use a taxi. We loved adding our name to a fitting room in one of the shops at the Salt Mills - it was covered with honeymoon and vacation graffiti from past visitors.
Grace Bay is a short taxi or shuttle ride from the airport, so we got to see a little bit of the island on our way to the resort.
WHAT TO DO:
Our days were spent swimming in the crystal blue water (I still can't get over how beautiful it was), taking naps in the shade, walking up and down the beach, and relaxing.
We had a fun time laughing and enjoying the water when we took two of the beach chairs three feet into the water and rocked back and forth with the waves. Our resort in Grace Bay isn't on a reef, so it wouldn't be ideal for scuba divers, but a little drive down the island highway is the Coral Gardens Reef - perfect for snorkeling and diving!
On Thursday night, we took a taxi to the local Fish Fry - the Thursday night farmer's market and block party. There was music and dancing, yes I busted out some cheesy dance moves, and row after row of food vendors. I couldn't resist getting a Pina Colada in a pineapple and Houston tried the deep fried conch - a Turks and Caicos staple.
We walked down to the beach every night to watch the sunset from the sand. The sunset colors over the blue water were beautiful and the clouds looked like they were straight out of a painting. - Get there early to snag a beach chair!
WHAT TO EAT:
Dinner was a treat and we really enjoyed the Fresh Catch Restaurant at the Salt Mills Plaza - we ate there twice! The macaroni and cheese is spicy and so delicious!
Our breakfast was included in our stay at the Seven Stars Resort. We loved seeing the same staff every morning and knew many of them on a first-name basis; our favorite server surprised us on Friday morning with a beautiful tray of berries and chocolate!
We ate lunch with the food we purchased at the nearby grocery store to save some money and it allowed us to stay at the resort instead of having to go to a restaurant for another meal. Houston really liked our resort's proximity to the store and we walked there on our first day to pick up some snacks and water bottles for our room - I couldn't believe how expensive everything was! The box of Frosted Flakes was over $8!
Even though it was pricey, we enjoyed drinks on the beach while we listened to the relaxing sound of the ocean.
My favorite snack was the ice cream we got at Giggles Ice Cream across the street from our resort - it was the perfect way to beat the heat while we walked around and explored Providenciales.
We had an amazing and relaxing honeymoon in Turks and Caicos that was beyond anything I had ever imagined!
Now I would love to hear where you visited on your honeymoon! Leave me a note in the comments or tag us with #PDBJayTravel!