Top 5 Turks and Caicos Beaches

The odds are high that you’ll be spending most of your Caribbean escape to jaw-dropping Turks and Caicos on the white, sandy beach, snorkeling underneath the turquoise sea, and paddling inside a colorful kayak. Whether you’re planning a well-deserved romantic getaway, family vacation, or honeymoon to this tropical island paradise, you’ll quickly discover that there are over a dozen pristine Turks and Caicos beaches within minutes of our luxury Caribbean villas. Elite Destination Homes has nearly a dozen Caribbean vacation villas that are equally luxurious, dreamlike, and comfortable. Spend your days soaking in your private swimming pool, snorkeling in the ocean within feet of your villa, and indulging in authentic, tropical cuisine at a nearby restaurant.

The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

To ensure that your long-overdue tropical getaway is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled five of our favorite Turks and Caicos beaches based on customer feedback and personal experience. Many of these undeniably beautiful Turks and Caicos beaches are within walking distance of our luxury Caribbean villas, so you’ll always be minutes away from a potential ocean adventure.

Taylor Bay Beach

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We’re a bit biased because many of our Turks and Caicos villas, including Villa Calypso, Villa Sol y Luna, and Villa La Percha, are a short stroll from Taylor Bay Beach, but there’s no denying the serenity of this beautiful stretch of sand and sea. This shallow, kid-friendly beach is a bit off the beaten path, so you’ll rarely witness crowds of tourists. The water is so shallow that you can walk hundreds of feet from the shore and witness schools of fish meandering through the sea.

Sapodilla Beach

This calm, public beach is much more popular than Taylor Bay, but you won’t find a better spot to jet ski, kayak, or snorkel in Turks and Caicos. Villa Valentina is just a five-minute drive from Sapodilla. If you’re hoping to people watch, meet new friends, or revel in the friendly atmosphere of Turks and Caicos, Sapodilla is a splendid option.

Grace Bay Beach

Grace Bay Beach is easily the most popular beach on the island, so expect large crowds, music, and fast-moving watercrafts. But that shouldn’t stop you from visiting what many call the “best beach in the world.” Grace Bay has everything you’re looking for and so much more: white sand, schools of fish, palm trees, refreshing breezes, incredible scuba diving, and gorgeous sunrises. Tip of the Tail is the closest villa to Grace Bay, and it might just be the most beautiful vacation home on the island.

Half Moon Bay

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What sets Half Moon Bay apart from most other Turks and Caicos beaches is the clear, turquoise waves. This undeveloped area remains a true hidden gem among travelers, especially for those looking for ample space to lay out under the sun. The waves are a bit stronger because of the beach’s north-facing locale, which is a lot of fun for those who’re hoping to kiteboard, kayak, or snorkel.

Leeward Beach

Leeward Beach is known for its golden sunsets, but this mostly-undeveloped locale is sensational during the morning and afternoon as well. Kiteboarding and birdwatching are two popular activities for vacationers (besides sunbathing, swimming, and reading).

Turks and Caicos Vacation

For a complete list of Elite Destination Homes’ Turks and Caicos properties, please visit this website. Give us a call today at 1-651-389-3843 to book a well-deserved tropical escape to the Caribbean. These five beautiful Turks and Caicos beaches will not disappoint.

Eating Healthy in Turks and Caicos

With a New Year quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your next resolution. The three most common New Year’s resolutions are eating healthier, getting into shape, and losing weight. While all three go hand-in-hand, the first step should always be eating healthier. Once your body starts receiving proper nutrients, you’ll have more energy and a desire to work out, which will eventually lead to losing weight. Eating healthy is easier said than done with a week-long vacation scheduled on the most beautiful island chain in the world: Turks and Caicos. Tropical vacations usually lead to over-indulgence of rare snacks, sugary beverages, and hearty home-cooking. That’s why Elite Destination Homes is here to help with your New Year’s resolution of eating healthier. One of the easiest ways to eat healthy in Turks and Caicos is to cook your own meals in one of our luxury Caribbean villas overlooking the stunning Atlantic Ocean.

Healthy Turks and Caicos Restaurants

The easiest way to eat well in the Caribbean is to research the best health-conscious Turks and Caicos restaurants. Nearly every restaurant in Turks and Caicos has a healthy option or two, but most cannot match the menus at these three mainstays. Not only is da Conch Shack “one of the world’s best beach restaurants,” but they also sling delicious, healthy local fare. Fish and chicken are leaner alternatives to pork and beef, and da Conch Shack specializes in freshly-caught seafood and non-GMO chicken. Their bronze seared tuna is paired perfectly with sesame cucumber slaw and rice. Locals also love da Conch’s grilled chicken breast salad with locally-grown greens topped with house-made balsamic dressing. The fresh salmon, grouper, and wahoo at the elegant Caicos Cafe Bar & Grill are also to-die-for. Meanwhile, Lupo Restaurant has four spectacular salads, grilled mahi-mahi, and organic, market-inspired soups.

Best Health Food Stores

Health-conscious tourists can save money by cooking their own meals in one of Elite Destination Homes’ luxury Caribbean villas. Creating a home-cooked meal with fresh, local Caribbean ingredients can also be romantic, educational, and loads of fun. Graceway Supermarkets has three grocery stores within minutes of our Caribbean villa rentals. Both Graceway Gourmet in Grace Bay and IGA on Leeward Highway have an abundance of organic foods, fresh produce, and knowledgeable staff.

Healthy Recipes and Local Specialties

Return to one of our Caribbean vacation rentals with your organic grocery haul and start whipping up a home-cooked meal for your loved ones. For healthy recipes combined with local specialties visit EatingWell, where you’ll discover a Caribbean couscous salad, jerk chicken breast, spicy jerk shrimp, and tropical chicken salad wraps. Here in Turks and Caicos, we’re known for our mahi-mahi, tuna, rock lobster, and conch, often paired with local maize, sweet potatoes, grits, and beans.

Luxury Caribbean Villas

luxury caribbean villas 1The newly-renovated Villa Calypso has a premium chef’s kitchen steps from a lavish oceanfront pool. Villa Turquesa, our prized four-bedroom paradise, rests on the shores of Sapodilla Bay. This gorgeous estate is a unique blend of luxury and laidback island allure. Visit our extensive website to view all of our luxurious oceanfront Turks and Caicos properties. When you’re not enjoying a healthy dinner or cooking an authentic Caribbean meal, go for a swim in the warm, teal Atlantic and relax poolside in the most beautiful locale in the world.

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!

National Parks In the US You’ll Want to Visit

There are so many national parks to visit in the US, and when you vacation with Elite Destination Homes you’ll be in for a treat! Our United States locations are close to many national parks that feature beautiful panoramas and fantastic options for hiking. As we’re wrapping up National Parks Week, there is still time to spend at one of our excellent destination vacation rentals! Here are four fabulous parks you’ll want to visit when spending time at our luxury vacation homes.
 

Yellowstone National Park

Primarily located in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park is home to the very first national park in America. This park remains one of the most popular locations that people enjoy visiting. From the otherworldly like hot springs to the mudpots, beautiful waterfalls and geysers. You’ll love spending a day or two just exploring all that there is to see!

When you visit Yellowstone don’t forget to check out our stunning Garnet Lodge, in Jackson Hole, where you’ll be close to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.
 

The Great Smoky Mountains

The Smokies are a sight to see in the morning, capturing their nickname due to the rolling fog when dawn breaks, you’ll want to capture the beauty of these mountains through a lens. With a wide range of flora and fauna, you’ll be able to see the bustling wildflowers and wildlife that make up the wonders of this National Park.

Forge Lake Lodge is where you’ll want to kick your feet up at the end of the day. With stunning Forest Lake views, rustic charm and ultimate luxury experience, you’ll enjoy every moment spent at this beautiful destination vacation.
 

Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park

Declared a National Park in 1928, Bryce Canyon is home to a jaw-dropping vertical view of caved Paunsaugunt Plateau. Lace up your shoes and hike your way through this natural wonder. You’ll be able to wind through the lovely canyons as you take your time strolling along. We suggest you catch the sunrise or sunset as the colors meld into the canyon, creating a peaceful moment in time.

On the Southwestern corner of Utah rests, Zion National Park, a gorgeous spot that spans several geographic regions. With plenty of activities, the highlight has to be the stunning canyon carved by the Virgin River. There are hiking options for different skill levels as well as swimming in the river.

If you’re ready to experience the canyons for yourself, take a look at our Bryce Canyon Estate!
 

Destination Vacation

When planning your trip to a National Park, you’ll find lots activities the whole family is sure to enjoy, but the most significant part is where you’ll sleep at night. Let your destination vacation take you to some magical lands when you book a rental with us at, Elite Destination Homes. With four convenient locations to get you near one of these lovely National Parks, you’ll enjoy creating memories and find things to do both on our properties and off-site at one of the parks. Get ready to make the most of our your ultimate getaway when you opt to journey through America’s National Parks.

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!

 

Whale Watching: Best Spots in Mexico!

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Whale watching in Mexico has become a top-rated event that takes place from November to April when California Gray Whales migrate South to warmer waters of the Pacific. You’ll find that when traveling to Mexico this time of the year you’re going to want to spot some of these majestic animals. When you reserve one of our fabulous luxury villas Los Cabos is known for, you’ll be in for a treat especially when it comes to catching a glimpse of these ocean creatures.

Luxury Villas Los Cabos

Some of the best views of potential whale sightings are from the windows of our very own luxury villas located in Los Cabos. As many of our rentals in Mexico allow beach access or views of the ocean, you’re going to want to book one for your stay so you can hang out in your private oasis while keeping your eyes peeled on the water for these ocean beauties.

Beach View

If you’re planning a day at the beach, opt to go to one of the South West beaches near Cabo San Lucas. The direction of these beaches facing South-West tends to have more sightings of whales than if you’re on the South-East side due to the proximity to the Pacific coast rather than the Gulf of California as many whales do not venture to that side of Baja California.

On the Ocean

If you’re wanting to dive into finding some whales while on vacation this spring, check out a charter boat? Charter boats or expedition rides will ensure you see some of these mighty beasts. Plus, you’ll get to experience the stunning panorama of the ocean. Here are three excellent charters to get you started on boat tours.

 

Whale Watch Cabo

Marina Boulevard s/n, Tesoro Los Cabos Resort, Lote 10, Local E-16 Plaza de la Danza, Centro, Marina, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

https://whalewatchcabo.com/

 

Cabo Expeditions

Blvd. Marina s/n, Plaza de la Danza Local 6, Centro, Marina, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

https://www.caboexpeditions.com.mx/

 

Cabo Whale Trek

Boulevard Paseo de La Marina Local A-20, Tesoro Hotel, Centro, 23450 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

https://cabowhaletrek.com/

Don’t Forget These Items

You won’t want to head out on a whale watching expedition without some necessary gear to help you spot the whales. Binoculars and a camera are items that will come in handy, especially if you’re near a beach or one of our luxury villas Los Cabos has to offer. Your binoculars will help you see whales that are farther away, and a camera with a great telescopic option can let you capture the moment even at great distances.

 

No matter if you catch a glimpse of these beautiful ocean mammals or you thoroughly enjoy your trip to Mexico, there is so much to do here. From the dining experiences to the luxury villas Los Cabos is known for, you’ll find just what you’re searching for when you book the ultimate getaway to Elite Destination Homes.

3 Things to do in Paris in the Wintertime

When thinking about a trip to Paris, France many people imagine the soft breeze of the spring and warm summer air, but one of the hidden gems of Pairs is that vacationing during the wintertime is unbelievable. Not only will you experience a stunning winter wonderland, but you’ll also get to experience the city without as many visitors. Plus, there are still plenty of fun things to do when you book an elite Paris getaway. Here are our top three favorite things to do in Paris when it’s cold outside!

Ice Skating on the Terrace

Paris and winter activities like ice skating go hand and hand, and there are lots of locations to skate. One of the most notable areas is the first-floor terrace of the Eiffel Tower. Featured with lovely winter decor, you can skate here until February 18, 2018. Don’t forget to check out The Cacao Corner where you’ll be able to warm up with tasty beverages such as hot chocolate.

Lots of Chocolate!

With Valentine’s Day coming up and the month of love, Paris makes for an unbelievably sweet getaway for two, especially when you stop at a cute cafe, pastry shop, or chocolatier. Sipping hot chocolate on the Eiffel Tower won’t compare to the decadently sweet and creamy warm treat of hot chocolate by Cafe de la Paix. Located right next to the fantastic Opera Garnier you’ll feel as if you stepped into another world with the decor featuring a mid-1800’s style. If you’re looking for something even more opulent, head to Angelina’s where your frothy hot chocolate will be served in pitchers and don’t forget to try their winter pastry collection which pairs perfectly with a warm beverage.

The Big Wheel

There is still plenty of time to see The Big Wheel in Paris, and with the stunning winter views, you’re sure to be in for a treat! Going on now, until May 5, 2018, you can hop aboard a gondola on one of the world’s most massive, movable Ferris wheels. Located at Place de la Concorde, this fantastic and sky-high option is only available during the winter season. So, you’ll want to go for a ride before it goes away, until next year!

No matter what you opt to do during your winter wonderland stay in Paris, France, Elite Destination Homes will make sure you get the most out of your vacation at one of our European rentals. Whether it’s skating on the Eiffel tower, searching for the best hot chocolate and treats, or you marvel at the view, your elite Paris destination vacation is waiting!