We handle hundreds of calls each week at our Reservation Center here in Grace Bay. It’s no surprise that we get many commonly asked questions about the islands, things to do, recommended activities, and what’s going on here. In fact, this is one of the main reasons that people actually choose to make reservations with us …. they want to hear from a local instead of reading debates and subjective opinions from postings and such from the web.
We thought it would be helpul to post some of these random questions we get on our blog.
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I have read many of your posts and was wondering if you might be willing to assist us with a few things. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
We are going to be making our 1st trip to your beautiful island the last 2 weeks of November and will staying at the Leeward resort. We will have a rental car the whole time. We know (based on on the feedback on the forums) that we will need to drive a little bit to get to Grace Bay. We are totally fine with that…Last year we stayed on the big island of Hawaii and drove an hour each way to go to our favorite beach….so 5 – 10 minutes should be a breeze!
My questions are:
– Where is the best place to park when visiting Grace Bay? Where might we buy some chairs and an umbrella for our off site beach days?
– We are going with 2 other couples we met on this site on an sunset sail on the Beluga…are there any other…not to be missed adventures?
– Can you make a suggestion for Bonefishing? Is it really as expensive as everyone states?
– If we wanted to buy fresh lobster/fish….is it available at any fish markets and how tough is it to get to Five cays area that people speak of?
– I have read that lots of people get lost going to Taylor Bay…is there a really good map or directions for a couple of rookies?
– Is the glow worm event worth it?
And finally…thank you for your patience!
Should we plan on going to the Conch Festival and what type of Jazz will be playing on Friday nite?
Again I am truly appreciative of your time and efforts and any assistance you may be able to offer us… We are so looking forward to our visit.
Thanks for reaching out and glad to hear that you’re looking forward to coming to Turks & Caicos, you’re in for a great time!
On to your questions:
Q: Where is the best place to park when visiting Grace Bay?
A: there are actually lots of options, my favourite is to drive into the public access lot next to Royal West Indies and park there, or, to drive into the Ocean Club East road/area (across from the entrance to the golf course) and hang out there. There’s a cool sorta local hangout /bar/casual rest. there called Flamingo Café (a.k.a. Ricky’s) and they play reggae, etc. I like it – great place to watch the sunset too!).
Q: Where might we buy some chairs and an umbrella for our off site beach days?
A: You can buy some chairs and an umbrella at the nearby Graceway Gourmet grocery store right in the Grace Bay tourist area, if they’re out for whatever reason, you can drive down the highway to the ‘big’ IGA or the Do-It center (our version of Home Depot) and get them there.
Q: We are going with 2 other couples we met on this site on an sunset sail on the Beluga…are there any other…not to be missed adventures?
A: Think you’ll enjoy Beluga, great time, you can’t go wrong doing anything on the water here, it’s truly spectacular. Some other water adventures I’d recommend would be through BigBlue (www.bigblue.tc), great guys, great team, we can facilitate booking something there for you if you’d like, or you can deal direct, they have some excellent tours. Check our blog for some more ideas like Kenard Cruises etc https://turksandcaicosreservations.com/category/we-be-bloggin/— Sun Charters with the glow worms (or any other sail) is the ‘local’s favourite’) – Dave the cap’t is a great guy, and we always have an excellent time with him – blog entry here http://www.turksandcaicosreservations.tc/blog/insiders-edge/good-ship-atabeyra-provos-top-attractions/
Q: Can you make a suggestion for Bonefishing? Is it really as expensive as everyone states?
A: It depend on your definition of expensive! Most of the operators are upfront about their rates and what you get for the price, so shop around. Silver Deep (Leeward Marina). Hook’em Fishing (Turtle Cove Marina) and Catch the Wave (Leeward Marina) are good, experienced firms you can start with. We can say that the Caicos Banks on the south side of Provo are prime fishing grounds for the elusive bone fish!
Q: If we wanted to buy fresh lobster/fish….is it available at any fish markets and how tough is it to get to Five Cays area that people speak of?
A: It’s really a hit and miss type thing here, sometimes you can get the lobster tails in the groceries, sometimes not. It’s sorta weird actually, you’re in an island, so you’d expect it to be plentiful here, but most of the fishing happens in South Caicos and the catch doesn’t get here as frequent as it should. The main ‘fish plant’ is Five Cays is really the best place to go get it, but that’s more of a commercial operation. Honestly, you’re just as well to get fish at the grocery store and cook it up in your kitchen (that’s what we do!)
Q: I have read that lots of people get lost going to Taylor Bay…is there a really good map or directions for a couple of rookies?
A: Taylor Bay is beautiful and very shallow sandy bay on the south side of Providenciales. The bay itself is close to a mile long and is extraordinarily shallow for hundreds of yards out allowing young children to a great place to play and splash in the water with our risk of deep water or waves. As well there are some good shells and starfish there to be found. However, getting to Taylor Bay can be very hard if you don’t know how to get there- there are no signs and it is not marked.
Directions to Taylor Bay:
1. Take Leeward Highway and head south on South Dock Road
2. Take South Dock Road all the way to the end to Chalk Sound Drive and go right (the only way you can go, which is west).
3. Take Chalk Sound Drive to Ocean Point and go left (the only way you can go)
4. See map image below on where to park, the parking is a small dirt lot (really carved out of the side of the road). There are no signs and it is about 200 yards down the road on the right hand side.
5. Follow the path between the two rocks down to the beach with the tennis courts on your right side (about 50 yards).
Is the glow worm event worth it?
A: It is pretty cool, I haven’t seen this in any other part of the world. Nice experience.
Q: Should we plan on going to the Conch Festival and what type of Jazz will be playing on Friday nite?
A: Most definitely!!! It’s an awsome event, did you happen to enter the contest that we’re running right now? Prize includes free tickets to the event, airfare, hotel stay, and being a judge at the festival! http://www.turksandcaicosreservations.tc/contest This is one of the best festivals in TCI, not to be missed at all if you’re here during that time. Jazz on Friday night is cool, relaxing, Somerset Resort is gorgeous.
Hope this helps!
Next time you’re coming, be sure to make hotel reservations with us at Turks & Caicos Reservations, we give away free stuff http://www.turksandcaicosreservations.tc/rewards.html
Hope these answers help you, you can also feel free to call us toll free 1-877-774-5486 email or live chat with us – all of our agents are located right here in Grace Bay and are very knowledgeable on the destination. We’re always eager to help vacationers (even if you haven’t booked with us).
Enjoy the rest of your planning… that’s half the fun!
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