Graceway Gourmet is a Great Grocery Store!
The first time we went to Turks and Caicos was one of our best times. It was also a trip of many firsts for us including our first time in a grocery store in the Caribbean. On previous trips we just ate out. It was a trip of many laughs.
The two of us together can always have a great time. We have always asked friends and family to go places, but it ends up being just us. Which is okay too!
As always, we booked the trip and had no idea what to expect. At this point, we had been on many Caribbean vacations, but never Turks and Caicos. Before leaving, we read that food prices were high and that you can save money by going to the grocery store. So, going to the grocery store for groceries was on our list of things to do.
Food prices are always high in tropical destinations. This was nothing new. But, this time, we thought we would give grocery shopping a try since we had a kitchenette in our room. Before, we had only ever stayed in hotel rooms and eating in was never an option.
We spent our arrival day at the beach and went to the grocery store on our second day. My husband had a couple of mixed drinks before leaving for the grocery store. We decided that we would go to Graceway Gourmet.
Graceway Gourmet is Clean, Nice, and Modern
Graceway Gourmet is the supermarket that is in the center of Grace Bay in Providenciales. It is like grocery stores in the United States except the prices are much higher. It is like a small Whole Foods.
We think of ourselves as being in shape. We work out often and when we can walk, we walk. So, we figured from previous research that we could just walk to Graceway Gourmet. I mean we were saving at least $20 on a cab ride. We set off walking. It was only about 1 ½ miles from our resort. This was a fun mistake.
We walked down the beach, flip flops in hand. We seemed to make our way in and out of every resort between the Alexandra and Graceway Gourmet. We had lots of laughs and lots of goofy photos.
After walking for over an hour, we made it to Graceyway Gourmet. Our first impression was clean, large, and modern.
My husband’s one too many mojitos had set in a little before actually making it to the grocery store. Our first time in this store turned into quite the time. This trip included many pictures and videos of the food prices.
The Prices are Higher than the US, As Expected
I mean, I’m sure people thought – who are these crazy folks in here taking photos of the food. Let’s face it; the prices were quite high compared to our MS grocery store prices. Loaf bread cost around $4-$5. Oreos around $8. The meat prices are reasonable. You just have to pick and choose based on what you want to spend. Everything is not outrageous. These are just items that caught our attention.
When we walked into the front doors, we grabbed a buggy. Upon walking in, you see an area that contains a large salad bar, an area of to go items, and a coffee bar.
Of course the first thing we were curious about was the price of beer. We had read that the beer prices were steep on the island. This proved to be true. They had cases of beer stacked and advertised for $62 per case.
Good Selection of Beer, Wine, and Liquor
The beer included Miller Lite, Coors Light, and Corona. The local Turks Head brew was around $40 per case. If you break it down, the prices aren’t that bad. I mean, they are high compared to where we live but still cheaper than buying all your drinks from the bar.
They have a great variety of wine. Depending on the blend, most prices are double from US prices. Liquor prices are also about double from US prices.
We are not complete cheapskates. We do buy drinks at the bar. We just do not buy all our drinks at the bar. We save a lot of money by buying beer at the grocery store. We buy beer at the grocery store and buy mixed drinks and wine from the bar or restaurant.
Carry a Cooler to the Beach
We always carry a cooler with us either in our suitcase or as a carry on. This allows us to buy beer on the island and then use our cooler. So, our cooler is a suitcase, then a cooler.
When we get ready to leave, we clean it out and use it as a suitcase again. Some people may not want to fool with this. We like to save the extra money that it would cost us to buy all our drinks from the bar.
Okay, now back to the food. You can pretty much find anything you need in Graceway Gourmet. Sometimes we buy items to eat for lunch and eat our suppers out. Other times, we may go there and buy a steak and cook a meal in our room. It is just whatever we are feeling at the time.
Get a Taxi Back
Before leaving for the grocery store we decided we would get a taxi back. This would prevent us from carrying the groceries 1 1/2 miles back down the beach to our room.
Well, after checking out, my husband decided he wanted to walk. He was not thinking straight due to the Mojitos that he swore they spiked at the time. They were spiked alright, ha. Spiked with Bacardi 151, which is a lot for someone who is a social beer drinker.
I told him I was not carrying our bags down the beach that far. So, he insisted that he could carry them. The trip home on the beach was pretty hilarious.
He started complaining almost immediately. Then, halfway back to the resort the bags started falling apart. At one point he was sitting on the sand, and had groceries next to him because the bags had ripped. All I could do was laugh.
Laugh Alot, Make Every Moment Memorable
We laughed until we cried. Our walk home consisted of lots of stops, lots of “let me sit down a few minutes,” and one beautiful sunset. We finally made it back to the resort.
We put our groceries in the room and got dressed for dinner. When we travel we waste no time in the room. We make the most of every minute.
I filmed some of the trip home that afternoon. We laughed then and we laugh every time we watch it (that’s right I captured a large part of the trip). That afternoon, those simple things, made for a great day.
We find it is the little things that make trips and experiences so memorable. Who knew a trip to the grocery store could be so great. We can still feel the sand on our feet, the wind in our hair and our laughs as we walked up and down the beach that day.
Graceway Gourmet Has Everything You Need
To end, Graceway Gourmet is a great grocery store with all the essentials. If you are looking to save money while on the island, we recommend buying some of your meals here and cooking in.
The groceries are high. But, they are imported so of course they are going to be more expensive. Yet, they are still cheaper than eating out every meal, especially if you have a family.
Many of the accommodations in Turks and Caicos have kitchenettes or kitchens. This makes is great for those wanting to save money and cook in.
Also, if you are close to the grocery store, you can go to their deli for lunch and eat outside. You can grab lunch there for much less than the surrounding restaurants. The stuffed baked potatoes and salad bar are both pretty good and cheap.