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TURKS & CAICOS
There's Nothing Better than sitting on a tropical beach while the snow and sleet are pounding back home in the winter months. My family's favorite winter vacation spot is the beautiful Turks and Caicos, a small group of islands located in the Caribbean just south of the Bahamas. It's only a 45 minute flight from Miami, and 2 hour flight from Atlanta. The main airport is in Providenciales, home of the gorgeous Grace Bay where most of the resorts and hotels are, as well as many delicious restaurants.
My Husband And Children Are All Scuba Certified, and they claim the underwater world is incredible around the expansive barrier reef, the third largest in the world. Another of our favorite activities is bone fishing and barracuda fishing with our guide, Will Vallely. This year we hired a private boat charter with Kenard, and had a marvelous full day cruising around the different cays, snorkeling, shell collecting, and watching dolphins swim along the side of the boat.
There Are Also Numerous Restaurants Near Grace Bay that serve fresh seafood and tropical dishes. Some of our favorites are Bay Bistro, Caicos Cafe, Graham Masala, The Kitchen, and Somewhere Bar. Every Thursday night the locals host a fish fry at a park near the beach where there is a band, craft vendors, and numerous stands where local restaurants and cooks sell their fried fish, conch, lobster, and pork, each claiming to be the best.
We've Stayed In A Few Different Condominium Resorts on Grace Bay, and have not been disappointed. We prefer they not be all-inclusive since we like to enjoy restaurants around the island. The Palms, Coral Garden, and Alexandra are some of our favorites resorts, but we always make sure to reserve beachfront rooms. This was our fourth trip to Turks and Caicos, where the water is always turquoise and the sands are pristine, and it is truly a tropical paradise.