As promised, here’s a report about our four-day vacation two weeks ago to Beaches Turks & Caicos. Here is a list of our 10 of our favorite things about this trip, in no particular order (and if there is something I don’t cover that you have questions about–if you are thinking of traveling there–please just leave them in the comments!):
1) The Lazy River. Most people floated down the glorious Lazy River in inner tubes (so did we eventually) but, as you can see below, R. and S. also liked to swim/float down the river themselves. It was soooo relaxing…I even got to go on the lazy river twice by myself, no kids–score!
2) Crystal clear turquoise water. I don’t travel much these days, but I have been to a few other Caribbean islands when I was younger, and nothing compared to this gorgeous ocean. So clear, so turquoise, so calm. Absolute perfection.
3) Kayaking. OK, so I’m not the most outdoorsy person, but kayaking in that calm beautiful water seemed too tempting, and, what do you know, I ended up enjoying it so much (even if my kayaking partner R. let me do almost all of the work).
4) Swim Up Pool Bar. I always wanted to try one of these. This one was in one of the many kid-friendly pools, so the drinks were strictly non-alcoholic, but still delicious. R. and I both enjoyed something called the “Icey Lemon.”
5) The Pools. Beaches Turks & Caicos is made up of different “villages” (we stayed in the Caribbean Village, one of the quieter and less expensive areas), and each has its own pools. The pool just below is in the flashy and busy Italian Village. A bit too Vegas-y for my taste, but the kids absolutely loved it.
This quieter pool, in the French Village, includes the swim-up pool bar, a bridge, two slides, and a casual overlooking restaurant that served 50s style diner food:
Going on the slides was a huge milestone for S., who hadn’t done that before. He loved it and got so confident that he went on them over and over. Hooray!
6) The Resort and Its Views. Considering this was a resort mostly geared towards families, I wasn’t expecting such spectacular and picturesque views. I was in heaven taking photos.
7) Complimentary photo session: When you stay at Beaches, you get a “free” family photo session–well, the session is free but the photos aren’t. I’m only sharing a “behind-the-scenes” one here since there were some other great photos that I might be saving for my holiday card this winter.
8) Evening Entertainment…with and without Sesame Street. I wasn’t sure if my kids would enjoy the Sesame Street entertainment which pervades the night-time activites at Beaches, since they are now 7 and 10 years old, but they were pretty riveted (especially 7-year-old S.). And I even spotted some grown-ups singing along to “Sing a Song” (OK, so did I).
The evening entertainment also included non-Sesame activities like a beach BBQ night which included this limbo contest (S. loves limbo):
He also got bitten by the dance bug. There were lots of opportunities for kids of all ages to get up on stage and dance (see below)….plus another night there was a talent show put on by the Kids Camp campers (unfortunately my kids do not like to go to kids camps on vacation, but the kids who did go to camp looked like they were having a blast).
Incidentally, Sesame characters make lots of appearances around the resort all day. Here we spotted Elmo from the patio outside our room (which had been upgraded by Beaches…Thank You!)
9) Food & Drink. Beaches resorts are all-inclusive, so it is really nice not taking out your wallet each time you want to eat or drink something. Also, the fact that most (not all) of the restaurants were buffet-style made things easier for my kids who don’t sit long for meals. My favorite meal was probably breakfast where they had the most delicious fresh fruit that has been scarce up north this winter:
The kids, on the other hand, lived for the 11am opening of the ice cream parlor every day. Ice cream before lunch, yep. What can I say? We were on vacation, so I let it happen.
10) The Smiles. It’s been a long cold winter for everyone, and not such an easy one for my kids. It was a dream come true to enjoy this gorgeous setting, warm weather, and fun activities with them. I think their smiles just about sum it up:
Note: This is not a sponsored post, and aside from a complimentary room upgrade (thank you, Beaches Turks & Caicos!) we paid all expenses ourselves. All opinions are entirely my own.