We recently took a family trip to Turks and Caicos, and I loved it so much that I wanted to share about our time there! While we have been to several other islands in the Caribbean, we have never been to Turks and Caicos before, and it’s definitely one of my favorites now. We stayed at a resort right on Grace Bay Beach, which is the most gorgeous beach I have ever stayed on (think white, powdery sand and crystal clear waters in the prettiest shade of turquoise). Grace Bay Beach has been rated #1 beach in the world before, and I can definitely see why! Below I’ll share with you where we stayed, what we did (mainly hanging on the beach!) and restaurants we ate at. This vacation was perfect, toddler-friendly, and I cannot wait to go back one day!
Where We Stayed
The resort we stayed at is called Seven Stars Resort and Spa (click here to visit their website). I truly do not have one negative thing to say about this resort, and I am very picky when it comes to this! We even met several other people that are return guests because they love it so much. After we arrived and were greeted with a Rum Punch (and a virgin one for our toddler!), we were given a tour of the grounds and shown to our room. We booked an Ocean Front Junior Sweet and it was a perfect size for our family of 3. The little kitchenette came in handy for making snacks, drinks, and some lunches so we didn’t have to buy lunch everyday, and Summit slept down the little front hallway to have his own area.
While I loved everything about this resort from their gorgeous rooms and landscaping, amenities, amazing staff, and attention to details (free sunscreen and swim diapers down by the pool/beach!), I did have a few favorite things: the adults-only pool and pool deck with their own server (I escaped here everyday during Summit’s nap), the location (easy to walk to local coffee shops/town and other restaurants), and the beach (we walked along the beach by other hotels that did not have as nearly as much beach as ours). All in all, I would stay here again in a heartbeat and 10/10 recommend.
For breakfast and lunch, we kept it simple and ate at the resort most days and for dinners we tried out these restaurants:
We walked along the beach to get here and sat in the lounge area with a gorgeous sunset view. This restaurant is right near the beach/water and had an amazing singer that night which Summit loved. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere/vibe was perfect.
A nice, upscale restaurant and the only time we had to take a taxi to get to from our resort. The food was delicious. I got the Chicken with coconut rice and jerk-spiced local chili sauce and peanut satay and Andrew got a seafood platter!
This is the more upscale restaurant on our resort, so we definitely wanted to try it! We decided to eat inside here (since we always ate outside there where breakfast was served) which turned out to be nice to get out of the heat and because everyone else ate outside so Summit got to run around. Our favorite part about eating here was the cocktails. One of the bartenders is the number one mixologist on the island (second in the entire Caribbean), so we told him what we liked and he made us our own specialty drinks!
This is the more casual restaurant at the resort located right on the beach. Nothing overly special, but the food was good and the views are pretty!
We were able to walk here from our hotel which was nice! This is a super cool restaurant in the largest Palm grove on the island. Andrew said this was his favorite seafood he had, and I got the NY Striploin which did not disappoint! Right next to Coco Bistro is COCOVAN, a very casual walk-up restaurant served out of a 1974 Airstream. We decided to check it out after Coco Bistro for a drink and a churro for desert (it was delicious!).
What We Did
Everyday, our routine was pretty much the same: we woke up, ate breakfast at our resort, and then went to the beach or pool! During Summit’s afternoon naps, we relaxed at the adults-only pool deck (we FaceTimed Andrew’s phone with our iPad in the room as the baby monitor during this time and we were still very close to our room so I felt comfortable doing this). Other than staying at the resort, walking into town for coffee, and taking a 2-mile walk one day to a lunch spot on the beach, we did one excursion, a half-day sail and snorkel catamaran ride through Ocean Vibes.
We were picked up at 9am by the Catamaran right next to our resort and spent the next 4 hours on the water with a snorkeling stop and a stop at an island to enjoy the beach and see iguanas. They served lunch on the way back and by the time we returned to the resort, Summit was ready for nap and we headed to the pool deck!