Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Back in our Honeymoon Spot! (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos)


On our way from Mayaguana to the Turks and Caicos, we experienced the largest waves of our sailing career, which made for an exhilarating ride. We had 20 knots of wind and 6-8 foot waves. Luckily the wind wasn’t blowing right on the nose so we were on a close reach the whole way, and we made it to Providenciales in under 8 hours.

We had spent an awesome week at the Seven Stars Resort located on Grace Bay for our honeymoon back in September and had done a lot during that time so we weren’t rushing to go out and explore. Instead, we rented a car and spent two days grocery shopping, doing laundry, and buying things for the boat. And we ate out….a lot. This was the first island we’d been to in a while that had a large number of restaurants to choose from. My #1 recommendation is Da Conch Shack, which is right on the beach with tables in the sand. The conch fritters, coconut curry chicken, and jerk chicken were so delicious! Everything here is on island time so we passed the time playing a game where you swing a washer hanging from a rope to a hook 8-10 feet away. It's not as easy as it looks, and the bartender gives you a free shot if you nail it.

When we got here, we indulged a little and stayed at Turtle Cove Marina for five days. Then we anchored in Sapodilla Bay to spend our remaining two days in the TCI. Cruisers are given seven days to stay, and if they want to extend their visit, they have to purchase a $300 90 day cruising permit. We are anxious to get to the Dominican Republic and didn’t want to spend the extra money so we are moving on in the morning. We should be in the DR by Saturday morning!
Also if you’re wondering about beaches here, the ones at Grace Bay and Sapodilla Bay are gorgeous. Grace Bay is where most of the big hotels are located, and the beach is a few miles long. There are a couple of good snorkeling spots too. The beach on Sapodilla Bay is much smaller and it isn’t really that close to town, but it’s more intimate and the water doesn’t get deep as quickly as it does in Grace Bay. We also found a great restaurant nearby at Neptune Villas as we were walking back from Customs. It has an awesome view of Chalk Sound.


Sapodilla Bay


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