May 25, 2021
Our recent family adventure to the gorgeous island of Turks and Caicos was PARADISE to say the least. Thanks to Beaches Turks and Caicos and an endless amount of yummy alcoholic beverages, we’re pretty much ready to turn around and fly back – I’m already planning our next trip! Since we basically had the time of our lives at Beaches Turks and Caicos, I wanted to share allllll the trip details in this post from COVID safety/precautions and travel accommodations to kid-friendly activities and where to eat and drink! If you missed my last post on Turks, I covered my entire packing list, including my outfits and suits, what the kids wore, and our airplane + travel essentials. You can view that post HERE!
Also, just a pro-tip from me to you… if you *accidentally* forget to bring an important document, you won’t be allowed back into the U.S.! Soooo, turns out I got to spend 3 extra days in Turks while my document was FedEx’d to me. While I really really missed Leni and Boone, the extra time on the beach was pretty great.
Keep scrolling for all the info you’ll ever need to plan a family vacay to Turks and Caicos with Beaches Resorts!
YAY for Boone’s first time on a plane… he killed it! Our travel day went so smoothly considering it was an out-of-the-country destination. The arrival airport we landed in is called PLS in Turks & Caicos. In order to enter, everyone traveling needs the following: passport, proof of COVID test, proof of travel insurance, and a TCI authorization form (apply + print out approval HERE). Also, all travelers need a special travel insurance which is provided for free by Beaches if you’re a guest with them. *Since travel requirements change frequently, check your local/state guidelines before flying to Turks & Caicos.*
I highly highly highly recommend opting into the VIP Flyer’s Club for expediting entry and departure at the airport. Being a VIP member also meant prearranged transportation to the hotel which made wait times super short and getting to and from a breeze. You can read more about that HERE. This service is a bit pricey, but totally worth it in my opinion!
This was our first trip in a while due to COVID, and it actually felt very safe and clean the entire time from travel to resort. I suggest checking the current rules as they are always changing, but for our trip, under the current regulations – anyone 10 and over needed proof of a negative COVID test within 5 days of entering Turks & Caicos. Upon return to USA, all travellers 3 years and up must have proof of negative COVID test within 3 days of travel. Beaches provides on-site tests and the experience was very easy and quick. You can read the current COVID rules HERE before you plan your trip.
I cannot say enough good things about Beaches Turks & Caicos… they were absolutely incredible! From their outstanding customer service to their all-inclusive options and family fun activities, there’s no where else we would’ve rather stayed. We didn’t take our wallets out ONE time and loved the convenience of everything being included. Also, the Beaches employees and people who worked at the resort were SO KIND and helpful and happy!
Beaches offers a wide range of accommodation types and prices. Anything from 3+ bedroom villas with butler services to one bedroom units. There are great options for all price ranges which is something we loved seeing!
A luxury add-on (not all-inclusive) we REALLY loved was the butler service. We were given a special cell phone to call the butler and receive VIP service! It was such a luxury to have this… we didn’t have to do a thing – it was always brought to us and they were always so sweet. This service was an investment, but it was such a great thing to splurge on during our stay! I would definitely do it again.
So the beach was obviously our favorite part.. I’ve NEVER seen an ocean with water so clear. It was truly incredible! Every water sport imaginable is included along with top-of-the-line equipment and professional instruction. There were soooo many options when it came to beach activities:
◦ Snorkling & glass bottom boat rides
◦ Paddle boarding
◦ Water bikes
In addition to on-site activities included within the Beaches resort, there were also a plethora of off-site things to do, including:
◦ Rent a boat to go fly fishing for Bone Fish
◦ Take a sunset yacht ride
◦ Visit Iguana Island
Beaches is SO kid and family-friendly.. there was always something to do and the kids never got bored. I loved seeing all the different families there and tons of activities for kids. These were some of our faves:
◦Pirates Island Waterpark: Leni was only big enough to ride down one big slide but if she was a bit taller, she could go down all of them. She had SO much fun and all the other kids seemed to love this, too.
◦ There were milkshakes and ice cream EVERY.WHERE.
◦ So many different pools with sun shelves that the kids loved
◦ Beach toys and floaties at the resort shop!
◦ Sesame Street shows and parades – this was so much fun for them.
◦ Sesame Street Character Tuck-In – With Elmo where Elmo comes to your room and reads a story to the kids before bedtime. How clever is that?!
Though we brought our babysitter from home, Beaches actually has a nanny service within the hotel! If you’re bringing the kiddos and want a parents night out or date night, the extra nanny service is a must. Tim and I had so much fun going out to dinner together after the kids went to bed. *On-site nanny service not included in your stay.
Beaches has 21 restaurants on site to choose from, and are ALL included in your stay…dangerous, right!? Our favorites were probably Sapodillas (Caribbean cuisine), Soy (sushi bar), and Neptune’s (Mediterranean seafood). There were also 2 amazing waterpark food trucks – Mr. Mac (Mac n’ cheese) and Curls ‘n Swirls (ice cream) – which were perfect for the kids.
In addition to the delicious food options, Beaches has TONS of bars everywhere, including a swim-up bar at the Caribbean Village pool that was so fun.
If you’re wanting to explore local restaurants, here are a few that were recommended to me: Coco Bistro for dinner, Coco Van for a more casual dinner, Hemingway’s for a casual lunch or dinner on the beach, Bay Bistro for dinner on the beach, Turks Kebab for a super casual “dive bar” Turkish cuisine, and Da Conch Shack for casual island food on the beach.
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