Tired of sitting in the same living room, eating the same dang lunch? Book a trip to Turks and Caicos and have a reset week in the sun. In February, Trey and I made our way to Turks for our long awaited honeymoon and it was flat out perfect. That being said, I wanna talk about the highlights of our trip and some hecka fun things to do!
1. book a spa service at ocean club resort east
We stayed at Ocean Club Resort East and it was a blaaast. There was barely any kids, not too crowded, and in a more secluded area around Grace Bay. It's also a lot more affordable then other hotels and not too far of a walk to shopping.
The hotel's spa is nothing outrageous, but if you're looking for a simple treatment without leaving the resort, this is it. On day three, Trey and I were finally in the mood to do a little more than just sit on the beach. I emailed the spa and they were able to get us in two hours later! They only had one girl (Gail) working in there while we were there, so she booked us back to back.
I got a basic pedicure ($56 with tax) and it was amazing. Since I chose the basic one, I didn't expect much, but it was well worth the money and I'd definitely go back. Gail was so sweet too! Trey had a 35 minute Swedish massage and he said it was great! The massage cost around $75. It was so dope to spice up the day, but not have to leave the hotel. Book your spa treatment here now!
2. snag a cuban cigar at sai's
Sai Cuban Cigars is located at one season plaza, which is about a 15/20 min walk from Ocean Club. Now, this place looks awful ritzy on the outside, but I'm telling ya-- they got some affordable stuff. Trey found a mild cigar for $9.00 and I bought a coffee flavored one for $12.00. There were moments when we didn't understand everything the owner was saying, yet it was still a fun place to shop and everything was priced in us dollars. We never ran into a place that didn't accept us bills, so no need to convert any money.
TIP: Don't forget to snag a lighter while checking out, since you may have not brought one!
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3. hit up patty's place for ice cream
Craving ice cream? Patty's Place is not far from Sai Cigars and isn't too expensive. It was $10 for a huge dish of strawberry and $7 for three big scoops of chocolate mint in a waffle cone. These servings were big though, so I'd order even less than us! I probably only ate half of mine because I was full, lol.
Service was very friendly and they had cheap bottled water too. I say this because you hear a variety of things about the water. The tap water doesn't taste great, but once we boiled ours it tasted just fine and it made us feel better too, in case the quality wasn't great. That being said, we tried to snag bottled where we could. If you want to read about us getting crazy sick in Mexico, you can read that here LOL.
TIP: Be careful ordering water at nice restaurants. If you don't mind paying $8+ for it, order it! Trying to save $? Bring a water bottle with from your hotel or a disposable one filled with your boiled water. We learned this the hard way, lol.
4. ride a horse through longbay
If you've been around for awhile, you know I like to pick one thing I want to do on a trip and make it a priority. Provo Ponies was my top pick for this trip and it was such a good time. They pick you up at your hotel, so you don't need to arrange transportation. Once you get to the stables, you meet your horse and learn a few basic riding rules.
Then you're off on your ride! There was maybe six other riders with us... which was the perfect amount! I ended up being on the slowest horse and Trey was on the fastest, so we didn't see each other often, but I think this was a rare case, LOL. I loved it, but the horses could be a bit surprising at times. These are rescue horses, so I try to take that into consideration! I would totally go again though. You can book your horse tour here.
TIP: They have 60 and 90 minute group rides. [ 60 min = $119 per person, 90 min = $141] I opted for the hour one since it was cheaper, but it was still a good chunk of the day! It actually took around three hours to get there, learn a few things, and do the ride. I didn't think it felt short at all! Plus, if you've ridden a horse before, you know you get sore after awhile, so good time frame in my opinion. Also, try to take a little cash to tip your instructors!
Okie, so now y'all know my Turks and Caicos favorites! Which one are you excited to try?! They were all so fun and relaxing... Couldn't have asked for a better honeymoon. Let me know if you have more questions about Turks! Next, I'll be covering requirements for re-entering the United States and covid protocol info. A little more work to travel lately, but 100% worth it!
If you're ready to get planning, last month I wrote Best Advice for Traveling to Turks and Caicos During Covid. This post covers the first steps I took to book our trip!
Still nervous to head abroad during covid? Give yourself time to adjust and do a mini trip to somewhere in the US! I love Taos, New Mexico :) Here's a fun guide for it too!
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