I remember the first time I went on vacation in the Caribbean, it was to Punta Cana and it was probably the most memorable if not my most favorite vacation. I remember the beautiful clean sand, the warm salty water, the beaming sun. Since then I’ve also been to the Bahamas and Bermuda. I have always heard many good things about Turks and Caicos, so I finally went.. and although I enjoyed myself… I did not love it. Would I go back there? probably not…
I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for a while, and I kept on thinking of things to write about that would have helped me make my decision of whether or not to visit. I was having a hard time figuring out what to write about because nothing stood out as overtly negative. But with that said, nothing stood out as fantastic. I think there lies the problem and the reason I would personally not go back. For the Caribbean, I thought it was expensive, I booked during a busy season and somewhat last minute but it was still considerably more expensive than other areas in the Caribbean. After we landed and got our bags, we exited thinking we were just going to find a cab, but I was pleasantly surprised to see airport/hotel workers lined up asking you which hotel you were staying at… once we told them they directed us to an individual who was working for that hotel. That person already had a pre-written tag with our name on it which they placed on our luggage. We then waiting about 5-10 minutes for an available cab. I believe the cab ride to our hotel was about 20 dollars a person. I liked this because it felt organized and safe.
The Palms was beautiful and I thought it lived up to it’s five star rating. The rooms were nice, the pool was nice, but the beach was just okay. The sand was white and the water was blue/turquoise… but I wish there was a little more beach. The beach reminded me a little of South Beach in Miami, where all the hotels are next to each other on Collins Avenue, but Miami’s beach is although a ton more crowded, there is also a far wider span of sand. During the busy hours you felt a little on top of your neighbors.
We ate at both the hotels and some restaurants in town, both were good. We also went to the “Fish Fry” which we were told would have music and food vendors. We thought it was going to be more locals; which it was, but local run, and catering to the tourists.. Overall I enjoyed myself and it was a nice vacation, but probably not somewhere I’d go back..