Turks and Caicos 2016 – Day 6

A very windy final day on Grace Bay!  The waves were crashing this morning as I set out for my beach walk.  I didn’t make it as far as I have previous days because I couldn’t find much hard-packed sand to walk on.  Breakfast this morning was at Bay Bistro, located directly on the beach at the Sibonne resort, right next door to The Sands.  I walked over and enjoyed French toast while I watched the waves roll in.  Despite the winds, the water was still a beautiful green (with some whitecaps mixed in).  After breakfast, I quickly slathered on the sunscreen and made my way to the pool.  The beach was way too windy to be comfortable.

Grace Bay Beach at Sunrise
Grace Bay Beach at Sunrise

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and so did this vacation.  My late check-out forced me out at noon.  I made one last stop at Potcake Place and then it was back to the airport.  The nice thing about a small island is that even after driving around all week, I didn’t use much gas.  Good thing, because gas was $4.70/gallon!  (As a side note, I had been influenced by what I read online in previous years to rent a right-hand drive car so I would remember to drive on the left.  This year, I rented a left-hand drive car, and it was SO much easier!  The only thing to think about is which side to drive on.)

My flights home were uneventful.  I am a big advocate of Global Entry, but the lines going through immigration in Philadelphia were so short, it didn’t do much to expedite the process today.  I hate leaving a full suitcase lying around, so I immediately unpacked when I got home.  Tomorrow will involve my favorite post-vacation activity: grocery shopping (I’m not kidding; there’s something about coming home to an empty fridge and then going shopping to fill it up).  For tonight, there is nothing like being home in your own bed after several days away! 🙂

Final View of Grace Bay
Final View of Grace Bay

 “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” ~Wendy Wonder

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Turks and Caicos 2016 – Day 5

My last full day of vacation (don’t worry… I plan to squeeze in a few hours of beach time before I leave tomorrow!) started with another long sunrise beach walk.  I decided to give Shay Cafe another try for breakfast, and I’m glad I did.  The breakfast sandwich was served on a huge, flaky croissant.  Together with the iced coffee, it managed to tide me over ‘til dinner.

Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay Beach

Then it was back to the resort for some beach and pool time.  The clouds looked pretty threatening, but it didn’t actually rain until mid-afternoon.  I seized the opportunity to go back to Potcake Place to visit with the potcake puppies.  Most were sleeping when I got there, but they woke up once they realized they had visitors.  I went back to the beach for a little while once the clouds cleared, but by then the wind was really picking up.  I headed out for an early dinner at Las Brisas.  The restaurant is part of Neptune Villas, and the deck looks right out on Chalk Sound… what a view!  It was incredibly windy, and even though it was a warm wind, I wished I had brought my sweatshirt with me.  I really wanted to have the tres leches cake for dessert (not something you can get everywhere, and it’s one of my favorites!), but they didn’t have it today.  The waiter convinced me to try the coconut rum cake instead, and it was just as delicious!

Dinner view from Las Brisas
Dinner view from Las Brisas

By the time I got back to The Sands, the wind was whipping and howling and the sky was completely overcast.  I headed out to the beach to dip my feet in the water again, and I could just make out a few people way down the beach.  Definitely not a night for a long stroll on the beach.  As much as I love to fly, I don’t do well with a lot of turbulence, so I’m hoping the winds die down before tomorrow afternoon!    

Turks and Caicos 2016 – Day 4

Another perfect, albeit hot, day at the beach. I started the day with an hour-long walk along Grace Bay. I love being up and out for sunrise even when I can’t actually see the sunrise. The beach is always so much quieter at that hour…

Pelican Beach
Pelican Beach

I had been planning today’s morning adventure for weeks. I stopped at Caicos Bakery (seriously the best baked goods on the island!) and picked up a custard-filled beignet before heading to Pelican Beach, at the far eastern end of the island. I visited Pelican Beach last year, and it is by far my favorite beach. It’s not built up at all, and there are very few people around. I think I saw maybe a dozen people the whole time I was there today. The water is an unbelievable shade of blue, and the beach is covered with conch shells. It was the perfect spot for a breakfast picnic! After breakfast, I walked to the far eastern end of Pelican Beach, where you can see across the Leeward Going Through channel over to Little Water Cay (home to the infamous rock iguanas).

Then it was back to The Sands for some beach time. The water was relatively calm today, so I took out one of the kayaks for a paddle. The kayak has a glass bottom, but alas, I didn’t see any marine life during my paddle. Since the humidity was bordering on oppressive today, I opted to head out for the afternoon.

Potcake Place is a non-profit organization that rescues potcake puppies from around the island and offers them for adoption, many going to families in the U.S. You can stop by and visit with the puppies at the shelter. It has become a frequent stop on my visits here. Today there were about 8 puppies out; most of whom were sleeping. They also took in a half dozen new puppies today. I’ll be back tomorrow to see if I can hold some of the newest arrivals! I browsed around a few of the gift/souvenir shops in “downtown” Provo and then grabbed an ice cream cone before heading back.

Grace Bay Sunset
Grace Bay Sunset

Dinner tonight was at Somewhere on the Beach, a local favorite for obvious reasons. I ate there last year and it was one of my favorite meals! I enjoyed a frozen mudslide and pulled pork quesadilla overlooking the Coral Gardens reef. After dinner, it was back to The Sands for another beach walk and beautiful sunset!