Vacation to Turks and Caicos
My husband and I officially have 24 days left until our vacation to Turks and Caicos. Eekk..we are super excited. No matter how many times we go…we are still the same amount of excited. I have a calendar that I keep in my desk drawer that has the days counted down. Every day (just like kids) we are like..how much longer…and it is like…oh one less day that yesterday – ha.
We have now taken this same vacation quite a few times and it just never gets old. A vacation to Turks and Caicos is always great and we always have a great time…even if it is the same time after time. We do venture out some, but we have our favorite restaurants and our favorite things to do each time we visit. We do try to do one new thing each time we go…whether it is eat at a new restaurant or try a new activity. But, there are those certain restaurants or activities…that we cannot give up. They are part of our trip and they are a MUST while we are on the island.
About a month before our trip to Turks and Caicos and with any trip we are leaving on, we start creating a checklist for our vacation. Our checklist just includes the things that we must carry with us, any reservations we need to make…anything like that.
This trip…like all others…we have our checklist done. We have been to the island numerous times so we have a pretty good idea of what is important and what is not so important.
So, with today’s post, I thought it would be helpful for me to share my checklist with you guys. This checklist is geared towards Turks and Caicos, but, if you are traveling to anywhere in the Caribbean, it may help you as well.
What to Bring to Turks and Caicos
Knowing what to bring on a trip to Turks and Caicos…or anywhere for that matter can be stressful. I know going somewhere for the first time and knowing what to take always stresses me out. Included in my Turks and Caicos checklist are MUST have things for us. Our favorite restaurant on the island and in general is Coco Bistro. We have yet to find food that tops our meals at Coco Bistro.
This is a super popular restaurant (for good reasons), which means you need to make some reservations. Certain times are busier than others…and you can probably get reservations after you get to the island. But, we like to make double sure we get to eat there…so we book ahead. Also, we like to have dinner around 7:30 at Coco Bistro because it is so much prettier after the sun goes down. You can call them or email to book. You will have to put a credit card on file for your reservation.
Next, our favorite activity on the island (other than lying on the beach) is Caicos Catalyst. This is a private boat charter that I HIGHLY recommend. Like all other great things…you need to book ahead of time. You can book online and it is super easy.
Should I book a car? I say YES…taxis are so expensive and if you really want to get out and explore and try lots of restaurants…get a car rental. If it is just the two of you…I will say you do not need it as badly as a group of people. Also, if you plan on drinking every day…you probably do not need a car rental as you will need someone picking you up. For us…renting a car is 100% worth it.
This trip, we will have a group of six…so it just makes sense to have a car because by the time each person pays for a taxi each time we go somewhere…well…we could have paid for a car rental. Again, just two people…makes more sense or if you are not comfortable driving on the opposite side of the road. If you choose to rent a car – we like Grace Bay Car Rentals. You can just book online.
This year, we booked massages ahead of time. Time after time we have wanted massages and wait until after we get there and there are no appointments left. So, if you want a massage…book in plenty of time. We are getting massages at 9am on our first day there. This way…we start our trip offer super relaxed. We are looking forward to visiting Spa Tropique for the first time.
Now, we have the necessities – sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. In my opinion…these are MUST haves. I swear the sun is hotter in the Caribbean and you will need sunscreen. I tan easily and I still need sunscreen. You do not want to get there and get sunburned your first day and then be miserable. Sunglasses for me are not optional. I have sensitive eyes and have to wear sunglasses. As for a hat…I like for my face to be covered. The only time I do not wear a hat is if I am swimming or snorkeling.
Lastly…these items can be considered “optional” but for us…they are also MUST haves. A float, some music, and an underwater camera are all things I personally think you need while in Turks and Caicos. The water is so pretty that you are going to want to spend lots of time in it. Most resorts have floats, but we like to have our own. If you use the resorts, you have to share. I do not want to share my float.
Music – when we are lying on the beach…we like to have some good music in the background. So, we like to get together an Amazon playlist before we leave. We take a portable waterproof speak with us so that we can take it down to the beach and even into the water. JBL makes some nice waterproof speakers that are super affordable.
Now that I have talked about my Turks and Caicos checklist and must haves…I will go over a few things that really are optional. First, a cooler…we have an IceMule cooler that always goes with us. It is lightweight and we use it as a carry on. Then, when we get to Turks, we use it as a cooler. We go to Graceway Gourmet and buy drinks and put them on ice and carry them to the beach. This saves money and prevents us from buying everything from the resort. However, like I said…this is completely optional. This is just what we like to do.
Next, snacks for the beach. I like to make up something like sausage balls to carry with us and snack on for the week. Also, things like peanuts are easy to take with you on the plane or in your luggage. Food is more expensive there…so if there are snacks that will travel easily and not take up too much space…I say take them. We literally lay on the beach all day…we only go out for lunch a couple of times. Going out for lunch just takes up too much time…we like to get as much beach as possible. So, good, filling snacks are good to have. We prefer eating out for breakfast and dinner and snacking at lunch.
Oh…one last thing…a lightweight, small beach bag. I say small…because you will only need something to put sunscreen in and something for your camera or cell phone. I would not take up lots of space in my luggage for a huge beach bag. Towels are available at the resort for your use…so something small really is sufficient.
Remember to take your passport… I know this is an obvious thing but we know of people who have forgotten them and guess what…you do not get on the plane. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PASSPORT BEFORE YOU HEAD TO THE AIRPORT.
I will do another post on what you need to take in terms of clothing. I wanted to keep this post geared towards beach, eating, and activities. Hopefully, this will help you with your travel checking to Turks and Caicos.