As you know, I was on vacation last week.
We went to Turks and Caicos, and we stayed on Grace Bay…
But to get there: You don’t have to quarantine in TC when you go, but you must be approved by the government. This starts with a PCR test done within five days of departure- We left on a Tuesday meaning our PCR would need to be processed over a weekend…and most labs don’t process over a weekend. So our vacation experience began with searching for lab that could process the results. Ok- two labs…because in the intervening days, my Husband and Daughter were in Florida visiting my mother in law.
Then you need travel insurance.
Then you need to upload all info onto a sight, fill out application and wait to be approved.
We were lucky- we got our approval on Sunday- two days before take off. We met people who didn’t get approved till 11 hours before their flight…
We also had to have an antigen test before we left the airport in TCI…
the trip was totally worth it all.
Beaches: beautiful. People take care of the beaches. There was no garbage littering them. Just sand and shells and a little bit of seaweed. And the sand was gorgeous…fine grained….
The water was soooo clear! Now, I’d heard from people who visited before that the water used to be even clearer, but after the last hurricane 25 yards of beach was eroded. But the water was still pretty spectacular.
We took a snorkel trip to the reef. Caicos is the third largest reef system (after Australia and Belize). It was lovely! We had the absolute best Captain though. The crew on these types of trips make all the difference. We also got to see a dolphin which was very cool!
Had an awesome massage.
Had delicious fruity beverages.
Had the best shrimp fried rice and conch fritters ever!!!
Rented a hobie cat which was amazing.
Saw a stupidly expensive bracelet at the airport that I’m trying to find a knock off of.
Read a bunch of beach books.
Eavesdropped on some interesting conversations.
There’s a dog shelter…Potcake…that allows you to take a puppy out for a walk on the beach. So you know that we did that….Our pup was named Hero and he was just adorable. The shelter has a 100% adoption rate (we saw three dogs that got adopted) so if you are looking to donate to an animal charity, consider this place.
On the whole, it’s amazing what six days without responsibility can do for a family and individual well being. We all learned to like one another again. It’s been a tough year. It’s OK to take care of yourself…to do something that is totally relaxing. Our mental health is important…