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Nevin Thompson frequently writes about life in the Caribbean.

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

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

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

Smith's Reef Turks and Caicos

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

Davy Jones Pumpkin

“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,

sands hurricane turks and caicos

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

“How to plan summer vacation travel for children?” is the question parents dread the most at the start of the summer month. Planning, budgeting and providing your kids with some control over activities is the solution. To help you plan your summer vacation we have assembled the following tips. 1. Stop Buying the Cheapest Tickets

south caicos

Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, Florida, just below the Bahamas chain and to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), the Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays. Our island beaches are among the most popular and highest-ranking vacation spots in the world, all just

south caicos regatta

The Big South Regatta is a highlight of the year in this corner of the Turks and Caicos. There are classic yachts on display, music, dancing and plenty of opportunities to experience a quiet corner of the Caribbean. The “Big South” Of the eight inhabited islands of the Turks and Caicos, South Caicos – or

sands tripadvisor reviews

Wonder what our guests are saying? Here are some TripAdvisor reviews of the Sands at Grace Bay resort. “Great location” “We stayed in a one bedroom ocean view suite. Beautifully updated room with plenty of space. Lovely screened porch with comfy loungers for listening to the surf. The beach is amazing. Crystal clear water, soft

celebrity mansion turks caicos

Many celebrities, movie stars and other famous people vacation in Turks and Caicos. The sublimely beautiful combination of powdery white sand and turquoise sea is irresistible to anyone searching for a holiday in paradise, and that includes celebrities. On top of that, Turks and Caicos is still off the beaten track. It’s easy for celebrities to

Tips for Planning the Ultimate Family Vacation in the Caribbean Without Going Crazy Here are a few tips for how to plan a family vacation in the Caribbean. Tip: Find Someplace Close to the Beach When planning a Caribbean vacation, there is always a potential trade-off: save on your budget by selecting a hotel or

One of the questions we frequently get from our gets here at the Sands Resort: “Is it safe to touch coral?” Our typical answer: “Although it’s generally not safe for you to touch coral here in the waters of Turks and Caicos, it’s definitely not safe for the coral. With that in mind, we’d like

Pirates of Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays. Only eight are inhabited, which leaves a lot to explore, and a lot to the imagination. For many visitors, the islands and cays floating on the Caicos Bight conjure up images of the mythical past of the Caribbean. Sailing ships, deserted islands, buried treasure,

These three fall food festivals on Provo, just in time for Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season  Every fall the Turks and Caicos kicks off the winter travel season with a series of festivals that show off the culinary culture of this corner of the Caribbean. There are three festivals over the course