Hidden Gems of Turks and Caicos

Escape to the world’s top island getaway with a week-long stay in one of our luxury Caribbean villas. Elite Destination Homes has nine breathtaking oceanfront villas in stunning Provo, each more beautiful than the last. Seek out these hidden gems when you’re not soaking in an oceanview pool, relaxing in an outdoor chaise lounge with a cocktail in hand, or taking a dip in the Tiffany Blue waters of the Atlantic. Avoid any possibility of running into large tourist crowds with lunch at da Conch Shack, an outdoor adventure with Froggie’s Ultimate Adventures, a kayak ride on Chalk Sound, and cocktails at Las Brisas Restaurant.

Da Conch Shack & Rum Bar

It’s nearly impossible to upstage da Conch Shack’s dramatic Atlantic Ocean vistas, fresh-caught seafood, and Caribbean charm. Eat lunch in the white sand under a tall palm tree overlooking the turquoise ocean on their outdoor patio. Order a cocktail mixed with Bambarra 8-Year-Old Rum, blended in Turks and Caicos, with your cracked conch or fish tacos. Patrons can pick, polish, and take home a beautiful conch shell for no extra charge.

Froggie’s Ultimate Adventures

After lunch at da Conch, head west to Froggie’s Ultimate Adventures for a once-in-a-lifetime ATVing trip through Provo’s premier hidden trails and undeveloped areas. Your group will cruise through the Blue Hills up Ocean View Drive to Northwest Point and Malcolm Beach with a stop at Pelican Point. Remember to wear your swimsuit and to bring plenty of water.

Kayak on Chalk Sound

After a fresh home-cooked meal in your lavish villa, take a short stroll to Las Brisas for a kayak rental on Chalk Sound. Easily Turks and Caicos’ top hidden gem, Chalk Sound is a mystifyingly picturesque body of water far away from crowded beaches and tourist traps. Rent a kayak from Las Brisas at an inexpensive hourly rate and paddle your way around breathtaking islands and cays. After an hour on the water, head back up to Las Brisas for wine and tapas at dusk.

Luxury Caribbean Villas

Elite Destination Homes has nine luxury Caribbean villas that are as comfortable as they are impressive and include five-star concierge service. Tip of the Tail, an expansive and modern oceanfront villa, is a secluded slice of paradise with a private beach, lavish pool, on-site staff, and prime ocean access. Villa Calypso is a marvelous recently-renovated island-style property with ideal ocean access, private pool, and an oversized screened porch that’s perfect for a morning coffee and a glass of champagne at dusk. Villa Osprey, La Percha, Valentina, and Turquesa have quintessential Caribbean pool areas with stunning ocean sunrise and sunset vistas. Villa Roi Soleil offers indescribably beautiful views from its vantage point on the Turtle Tail and a covetous private beach filled with watercraft and delightful lounging options. Choose Elite Destination Homes as your next Turks and Caicos getaway headquarters!

3 Essential Items for your Beach Vacation to the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a magical place, with lush palms and vibrate flowers, where the ocean breeze and waves dance along the shoreline, this stunning beauty ultimately makes for an unforgettable getaway, and when you stay at one of our luxury Caribbean villas, you’ll find more than just the gorgeous views and lovely abodes. Packing for your vacation can seem tough at times, you never know what you might need when you head to the Caribbean, but here at Elite Destination Homes, we’ve got you covered, with our three essential items to pack for your beach vacation of a lifetime.
 

The Right Clothing

Everyone has to pack when traveling and it’s important to know how to pack for the places you’re staying. In the Caribbean, the temperatures are tropical and with most of the days being humid, having the right fabrics is crucial. Fabrics like rayon and synthetics don’t allow clothing to breathe, which can increase sweat and keep you warm. Breathable fabrics like cotton and linen are ideal for the Caribbean. As many items with these fabrics are lightweight and tend to wick moisture, you’ll be able to enjoy the entire day in what you’re wearing, plus clothing like this packs up small which means you’ll have more room in your luggage for other things.

 

Clothing can include:

  • Swimsuit
  • Beach cover-ups
  • Dresses: Sundress, Maxi Dress, Mini Dress
  • Rompers
  • Tops: Blouses, T-Shirts
  • Outerwear: Light Sweater, Lightweight Jacket
  • Bottoms: Jeans, pants, shorts, skirts
  • Undergarments
  • Shoes: Walking Shoes, Sandals, Heels/Wedges
  • Plastic Bag for wet clothing

The Essential Accessories

Accessories are must-haves at the beach, and there are so many to choose from when it comes to what you should have with you during your beach vacation. We recommend some reading material which can be useful on long plane rides or when you’re lounging poolside at one of our luxury Caribbean villas. A water bottle is also a must, so you don’t get dehydrated while you’re under the hot sun! If you want to float away in your pool, with style, purchase a fun floatation device, they are easy to fold and pack in a suitcase, and the fun shapes allow for sweet Instagram photos. Finally, you won’t want to forget your sunglasses and a hat! These items help protect your scalp and your eyes from the harsh sun rays.

 

Accessories:

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hair-ties
  • Book/magazine
  • Floating device
  • Water-bottle

The Items for Your Toiletries

Your third must have for the ultimate Caribbean getaway is sunscreen! SPF is excellent for those days you’re going to spend outside, even thirty minutes under the sun can cause damage, primarily if you’re not used to the heat. We also suggest you bring aloe vera for those days you spent too much time in the sun! You may also want to consider an insect repellent or a medicated ointment in case you get bit during your stay.

 

Toiletry Examples:

  • Facial toiletries: wipes, makeup removing wipes, face wash, moisturizer, eye cream
  • SPF Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera for sunburn
  • Insect Repellent
  • Medicated ointment
  • Tooth Paste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Feminine care products
  • Tweezers, nail clippers
  • Safety Pins
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Lotion

Bonus: What You Need in Your Carry-On

When flying on a more extended trip, you’ll want to have a small carry-on bag with you and what you pack in that, is equally as important as your checked luggage! You’ll want to be prepared for delays, or in case your checked bag doesn’t make it right at your landing time. In your carry-on, you’ll want to have at least a 1-2 day/nights worth of clothing, accessories, and toiletries to help reduce stress levels in case of a luggage mishap.

 

Carry-on Examples:

  • Any necessary medications/allergy medicine
  • Pair of pajamas
  • 1-2 days of clothes
  • Extra undergarments
  • Toiletries in your approved liquids bag.
  • Water
  • A few granola bars, a bag of nuts and another snack, just in case.

 

No matter what you choose to bring with during your amazing Caribbean getaway, you’re going to want to be comfortable! View the extensive range of rentals and beautiful, luxury Caribbean villas at Elite Destination Homes, then when you use our checklists and guides, we can help you reduce stress from packing and bring back enjoyment and excitement towards your vacation!

 

Release the Kraken!

By Mark Hoiland | Turks & Cacios

If you’ve ever tried to go hunting for lobsters, you’ll quickly find that it isn’t as easy as reaching down and scooping them up. On my last trip to the Turks and Caicos, I was out snorkeling in the water behind our villa, and had discovered that there were tail lobsters hanging out after low tide. A number of years prior, on a trip to the Bahamas, I had learned from a local gentleman that the only way to catch lobsters was to hook them. If you aren’t careful, they will quickly bury themselves into whatever rock they were hanging out on, deep into a hole that may not be the smartest to stick your hand into.

I decided that I would quickly run into the house and make a hook from a coat hanger, some tape and a stick. When I got back, my hook (quickly made and poorly constructed) promptly fell apart in my effort to hook the lobsters. During all the commotion, I managed to disturb an octopus that had been lolling about near the lobster’s rock. Curious, I hooked the octopus and brought him in to take a better look. After examining the octopus, and releasing him back into the water, I swam away in pursuit of more lobsters when I felt something akin to a kidney punch slam into my side.

The octopus had returned! Octopuses are fairly aggressive by nature, and I had clearly managed to offend this one that was repeatedly ramming its head into my side. To avoid getting hit again, I reached out and grabbed the octopus at which point he promptly wrapped himself around my hand. Since I couldn’t dislodge him, I stood up (the water that I had been snorkeling in was only about waist deep) to better attempt to pry him off. At that point, my wife, who was standing around the corner, made her way over to see why I had been splashing around and making such a fuss. When she discovered the octopus on my arm, she quickly called our six other friends down to the dock.

Given the situation, I was more then inclined to fry the whole thing up for supper, but kinder hearts prevailed and the octopus (after inking me several times) was finally set free. Although he had lost a couple of tentacles, once he was back in the water he still made a show of indignantly zooming away from me in three fell swoops. At that point, since I had neither lobster nor octopus for my dinner, I went back inside to reinforce my hook. When I returned with the Cadillac edition of lobster hooks, my lobsters (probably scared by the octopus) had unfortunately, vanished.

My New Favorite

By Mark Stevens | Turks and Caicos

In my first career I was blessed with the opportunity to travel all over the world and work with people from very different cultures. There simply aren’t words to describe how different the Monday event in Italy was to the Wednesday event in Tokyo. I have since left the life of a “Road Warrior” to the next generation of folks that measure their successes with mileage and yet my passion for travel has never been stronger.

These days I prefer places with a very different pace. The Turks and Caicos has become a fast favorite of mine. There is nothing like the calm blue waters off Taylor Bay. I am convinced that there are few beaches in the world that rival the powder white sand, the calm shoulder-deep water and most importantly the lack of people in this protected cove. One could literally take a nap in the 80-degree shallows and not hear another person for hours – perfection!

The island is also home to one of my favorite restaurant experiences in the world – Coco Bistro. The restaurant features really tasty and fresh Caribbean inspired food. It is served outdoors under the stars and a backlit canopy of palms. The atmosphere fosters infectious conversations that seem to spill out from the boundaries of any given table. Before you know it all of the diners have joined in what can best be described as a spontaneous party.

The Turks is simply put one of the great places on earth. Get lost on the beach or caught up in the action at a favorite spot. It’s your trip – you decide.

Okay, now I am hungry, lonely and cold here in St. Paul…

I think it is time for another trip!