Mom and Dad are taking a break, too.

Summer vacation is just around the corner. For children it typically means freedom from the day-to-day routine of school. However, for parents the words “summer vacation” tend to conjure up a dilemma: how to make sure devices and screens don’t fill every waking minute of every day for two months. Too much screen time has

What Islands Are in the Caribbean?

what islands are in the caribbean

What islands are in the Caribbean? And which island is best for planning your perfect vacation? There are at least 700 islands, reefs and cays in the Caribbean, and every one of them promises adventure for travelers. Some offer all the comforts of home, while others are harder to reach and provide rewards for explorers.

Our North and Middle Caicos Adventure

— by Mona Beeson, General Manager of The Sands at Grace Bay A continuation of the Adventures of “Hartling Girls Empowered” ~ the exploration and sights of the Turks and Caicos Islands with GM, Mona Beeson and my special young teen friend from last year. This year as with previous years, I had the wonderful

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We are pleased to report that U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, has named The Sands at Grace Bay as one of the 2018 “Best Hotels in the Turks and Caicos” — an acclaim the resort has received since 2015. U.S. News & World Report is a digital

We would like to thank our past guests for your reviews that have made The Sands a 2018 Hotels.com™ “Loved by Guests” award winner are based on verified guest reviews. Knowing that reviews are becoming even more influential than the official star ratings, Hotels.com looked at more than 25 million Hotels.com guest reviews on the

Fantastic Photos of Turks and Caicos

Summer vacation season is almost here! Many of us look forward to spending time in the summer with our families. In Turks and Caicos, the warm sun, white sand and impossibly turquoise ocean make for a perfect holiday. To get you in the mood, here are some photos of our favorite parts. There’s nothing like

Spaious Suites at The Sands at Grace Bay

We are thrilled to share that The Sands at Grace Bay located along the 2018 TripAdvisor World’s Best Beach in Turks and Caicos continues gaining awards and acclaim — On the heels of our multi-million dollar renovation and thanks to our hardworking staff who serve our guests with unparalleled hospitality! Our resort is proud to

To mark the start of spring, and to escape from the lingering chill of winter, many of us take some time off in March and April to enjoy spring break. In Turks and Caicos that means warm sun, white sand and impossibly turquoise ocean. Here on Providenciales, you can get up to any number of

Spring Break is a perfect time to enjoy clear blue skies and crystal-clear waters of Providenciales. Our island in the Caribbean is a family-friendly paradise promising a variety of beach holiday adventures. Here are just a few ideas: Go Snorkeling at Coral Gardens Also known as Bight Reef, the Coral Gardens snorkeling area is just

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Travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor®, today announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for Beaches. Drum-roll please…Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos won the top honor as the best beach in the world this year, reclaiming its crown from 2016. According to TripAdvisor, the company has awarded 355 beaches overall, including the

Grand Turk 2017

  If you’re looking for a perfect Caribbean beach getaway, the Turks and Caicos offers some spectacular options. Here are just some beautiful, secluded beaches to explore. Chalk Sound (Providenciales) Locals refer to the beaches surrounding Chalk Sound as “the children’s beaches” – including Sapodilla Bay Beach, which offers shallow, calm and crystal clear water

Turks and Caicos News | January 2018

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Each month the Sands on Grace Bay resort presents hot topics and news about the Turks and Caicos. This month: where can you spend the day on the beach with a Potcake puppy? Where is the Greatest Beach on Earth (According to the Experts)? Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands, as anyone

10 Ways to Start Off the New Year Right

10 Ways to Start the New Year Right

It can be depressing to contemplate, but 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. On January 1st we all want to start off the New Year with a clean slate, and typically resolve to eat less, exercise more and lose weight, but a month later you’re back, stuck in a rut. New Year’s resolutions fail

Christmas in the Caribbean is celebrated in a variety of unique and interesting ways. There are special foods and celebrations, each tied to local traditions. Puerto Rico You’ll hear American carols, “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano and traditional posada songs. Jamaica Jamaicans celebrate by going to church, exchanging gifts with their families, and gathering for

Conch Festival 2017 Coming Soon

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The idea for the conch festival started simply as a way to bring more visitors to the Blue Hills, a settlement of the Turks and Caicos Islands just a few miles away from the popular Grace Bay Beach. Wanting to bring the feeling of a carnival to the area of Blue Hills, the organizers of

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“Is Halloween celebrated in the Caribbean?” is one of the questions our concierge gets asked a lot at this time of year. The answer? “It’s complicated.” Halloween itself is generally not observed in Caribbean culture, which can be quite religious. More than 90 per cent of people in the Turks and Caicos identify as Christian,

The rush is on and our teams are working hard to finalize all the refresh projects and last-minute details in anticipation of your arrival. The resort is looking spectacular, and we are so excited to welcome you to our shores and to our award-winning resort. Although the last few weeks were a bit challenging, there

The Sands at Grace Bay is pleased to announce that it will be welcoming guests post Hurricanes Irma and Maria with its re-opening set for this Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Likewise, Hemingway’s Bar & Restaurant at The Sands will be re-opening on the same date. Located on Providenciales, the resort’s entire staff has been busy

We Are Ready! On Location from the Beautiful by Nature Turks and Caicos Islands! We are very pleased to share that through this unprecedented hurricane season, The Hartling Group Resorts; The Sands at Grace Bay, The Palms Turks and Caicos and The Shore Club Long Bay Beach sustained no major structural damages and the properties

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On September 7, Hurricane Irma passed by the island of Providenciales. It was a very intense storm that brought with it intense winds and rainfall, as well as a storm surge. Luckily, the Sands resort and beautiful Grace Bay Beach emerged relatively unscathed, and we’re on track to opening for the season as scheduled. While

Soon the lazy days of summer will be behind us. A distant memory of sunny days, picnics at the park, camping by the lake and the memorable sounds of the local ice cream truck circling the neighbourhood. For those of us living in colder climates prone to brisk, wintery conditions, the end of summer is

As GM of The Sands at Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos resident, and part of Team Hartling, I was thrilled to participate in the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre Summer Camp Program that took place at The Palms Resort called “Hartling Girls Empowered” day. It was a special experience to mentor teenage girls from the