Grand Turk

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Will this winter ever end?

If you live anywhere North of Florida or Mexico right now, then you have undoubtedly asked yourself this question at least once in the past 6 months. For some of us, that are about to suffer from vitamin D deficiency and have become accustomed to below freezing conditions, this is almost a weekly, if not daily, vocal inquiry.

Don’t get me wrong, I think snow is beautiful and I love using the weather as an excuse to work from home. I have even learned to appreciate the change in seasons- even winter- but this South of the Equator DNA has certain limits. I count the days to Spring, starting in October. I should have known this particular winter was going to be a brutal, judging by the scarcity of Canadian geese around- they don’t even want to be around here.

Mr. GoodLife is one of those people that are perfectly content with whatever happens, but even he has had enough of this. We can’t wait to head somewhere warm and thaw out for a change.

While that doesn’t happen, I started going back to photos of past vacations and thought I would share one of our favorite places with you: Grand Turk.

Dive anyone?

Dive anyone?

Is this place real?

It is. This place is really as beautiful as it looks. Grand Turk was an incredible surprise even for long-time Caribbean lovers like us. It’s close to the U.S. and remote at the same time.

While most tourists usually head towards Providenciales, on the main island of Turks and Caicos, we were quite happy to stay in the lesser known island of Grand Turk.

Why Grand Turk?

Grand Turk is remote, the roads are still made of dirt, the locals are not into all the gringos coming over, the infrastructure is still a crapshoot, time is of no consequence and if you are interested in anything more than mimicking a lizard on the beach or scuba diving, you are out of luck.

Hopefully for us, this is exactly the type of place we love.

Hotel Kayak -Free

Hotel Kayak -Free

Where did you stay?

We booked a week at the Bohio Resort. The managers of the hotel were warm, friendly people, the rooms were clean and all had ocean front views- the location was absolutely fantastic. The diving was amazing and the divemaster/instructor did all the work. If you are a diver, you know why that matters.

The restaurant

The restaurant

Grand Turk

The Bar

 

For a couple nights we were completely electricity free- thanks to a major storm and that allowed us to really unplug.

Grand Turk

The beach was always this empty…

In addition, cruiseships only came ashore twice a week and quite a bit away from the hotel, so day visitors were far and few in between. The town has a couple of “watering holes” that are popular on Friday nights with live music, dancing and good/simple food.

We can’t wait to go back and most of all, we can’t wait till Spring.

What is keeping you from going over the edge this winter?


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2 Comments

  1. February 7, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Have visited many islands in the Caribbean but yet to visit Grand Turk. The Bohio Resort looks lovely and the beach looks fabulous. Will definitely have to look into this beautiful destination further. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and info! Rob

    • February 10, 2016 / 12:53 am

      You are welcome Rob and yes, do visit Grand Turk. It’s very peaceful and a great spot to scuba dive.

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