Beaches Turks and Caicos is a spectacular family Caribbean resort. Like all Beaches Resorts, it is an ultra all-inclusive in a posh yet unpretentious setting that is the perfect family vacation spot. It’s also a fantastic getaway for couples or groups of friends. Even if you have been researching this resort or have stayed there in the past, I bet there are some secrets you may still not know. Here are 22 things to know about Beaches Turks and Caicos.
I have visited Beaches Turks and Caicos twice when I was attending the Social Media on the Sand conferences. Even after two visits, I was stunned at what I didn’t see the first time around.
If you have plans to visit Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos or on some other Caribbean islands, be sure to check the status right away. Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria left a path of destruction and devastation throughout the Caribbean and some resorts, including Beaches Turks and Caicos, are taking several months to make repairs and get the resort up and running. Read more about getting refunds and other post hurricane travel information.
Beaches Turks and Caicos is one place where you can go over and over again and still find something new. To save you some time and energy, I made a list of 22 things you probably didn’t know about Beaches Resorts on the tiny British-ruled island of Turks and Caicos…but you should!
22 Things to Know about Beaches Turks and Caicos
1. All water sports are free.
All water sports, even snorkeling, wind surfing, and water tricycles (yes, that’s a thing) are included at this all-inclusive family Caribbean resort. The equipment needed for these water sports is included too, as well as any instruction that is needed. Look for other complimentary extras like hospitality boat cruises that are offered at different times during the week. (And yes, they are included too!)
2. Kids camp is for babies, too.
Think that you have to hurry and potty-train your two-year old so he/she can go to the Kids Camp? Not so! There is a special villa designed for kids from newborn to 4 years old. They even have their own fenced-in pool and play area in the back! Older kids are taken care of too with their own age-specific camps. The kids won’t want to leave and you can actually relax on your vacation. This is a family Caribbean resort for families of all ages!
3. Takeout is real.
The food at Beaches Turks and Caicos is amazing. However if you can’t finish your dinner or you just want to eat in your room (or on the beach), just ask for a takeout box. I did this for breakfast nearly every day and ate at the beach or in my room. I even got dessert to go and enjoyed it in my bed late that night. Heavenly!
4. You can walk from bar to bar with a drink.
No need to worry about open container laws at Beaches Turks and Caicos, or about “stealing” the stemware! If you didn’t finish your glass of wine with dinner, just take the glass with you! And just so you know, no one is counting how many drinks you have or how many times you enjoy the buffet. They don’t care!
5. Trying the “Dirty Banana” is a must.
Honestly, I’m not even sure what’s in this drink. Rum and…well other things I guess. All I know is that it goes down smooth and sweet and the bartenders know to keep them coming! This may be a family Caribbean resort but adults can definitely have some fun of our own.
6. Don’t miss the Junkanoo parade.
This is not just something for the kids. Make sure you go and get into the Caribbean spirit. There’s dancing, music, and a fire-eater who does things you just can’t believe.
7. You can volunteer on your trip.
The Sandals Foundation offers opportunities for guests to visit local schools during their trip to read to students. They also allow guests to bring much-needed school supplies to donate to the Turks and Caicos schools. Make your vacation mean something more than just a fun week away.
8. It’s totally safe to leave the resort.
Turks and Caicos is one of the safest Caribbean islands. Beaches Turks and Caicos asks you to sign out at the guard shack for security reasons but there is a whole beautiful island to explore. So get out there and do it!
9. Upgrades to “Concierge Level” are worth it!
Concierge level suites have en-suite fully-stocked bars and refrigerators, along with a separate room that comes with a trundle bed. This is a fabulous room type for families. They also offer a dedicated concierge who can get you reservations at Kimonos or onto the complimentary afternoon cruise. The extra space was delightful, and would have been even more so had we brought kids. And having access to cold daily Diet Cokes in my room was lovely!
10. There are pools for every personality.
Beaches Turks and Caicos has six pools in all. There are active pools with dancing, music, games and tons of activities throughout the day. Both families and couples can be seen enjoying them. The resort also has “quiet” pools which are designed more for adults. However, all are welcome everywhere.
11. Opt for a “Butler Suite” for the ultimate splurge.
Let’s just say that Butler Suites have everything. They are the poshest, most luxurious experiences at this ultra-luxury family Caribbean resort. Want breakfast in bed? No problem. Ice cream delivered to your room at 10am? Why not? The butlers who attend these suites will make your every desire come to pass.
12. You can have a great time with or without your kids.
I’ve been to this resort twice without my kids and enjoyed every second. My husband and I missed our little ones but we were able to reconnect and do the things adults do when kids aren’t around…like sleep.
13. There are extras you can buy (but you don’t need to).
While almost everything you could imagine is included at this all-inclusive, there are still a few things you can add on like excursion tours, special bottles of wine, and spa services. But you don’t need them to enjoy yourself. You can have a fantastic time without adding anything. And, while we’re talking comfort, sometimes we need to think about what would happen if one of us were to get sick while thousands of miles away from home. TravelingMom loves the convenience of Medjet, an emergency evacuation membership and their key difference is that they will send you to your hospital of CHOICE and others send you to the nearest hospital. Great for peace of mind!
14. Only one restaurant needs reservations.
I highly recommend making reservations for Kimonos, the Japanese steak house that comes with a side of humor and impressive singing. Make reservations early, perhaps even before arriving as the restaurant fills up fast!
15. Not all restaurants are open every day or at every meal.
Make sure you check operating hours of your favorites to plot out a dining strategy. The Jerk Shack is only open for lunch but that should definitely be on your list.
16. You can scream for ice cream late into the night.
Or early into the morning, as the case may be. The little known fact is that the ice cream parlor is open 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. It is a great place for a late night fix.
17. There are adult-only areas at this family Caribbean resort.
Like at all Beaches Resorts, there are areas where it doesn’t make sense to have kids. The spa is one of those areas. If you are thinking you will see little three-year-olds pop up during your facial, no worries! There is also adults-only bars and hang out areas as well.
18. People can smoke anywhere outside.
I found many Europeans still smoke quite heavily, but most are considerate enough to not blow smoke in your face. However, restaurants and other indoor facilities at Beaches Resorts are smoke-free.
19. There are rooms big enough for any family.
Big families can rejoice. Beaches Turks and Caicos thought of you too! There are suites and villas that can fit 8 people or more! You will pay for the extra space but it’s great to have that option for those of us with large families or who will be traveling with extended family.
20. There’s no need for fancy clothes.
Leave the stilettos at home and pack an extra pair of flip flops at Beaches Resorts. I wished I had several swimsuit covers or clothes to throw over a suit. I didn’t need all the dresses and chic “resort wear” I brought with me. One thing though is that men should have one pair of long pants and a collared shirt as some restaurants do require that at night.
21. Daily tennis clinics are included!
Top tennis instruction everyday? Yes! And exercise classes are included as well at Beaches Resorts. In my two stays at Beaches Turks and Caicos I tried tennis clinics, zumba, water aerobics, Caribbean dancing, and boot camp. They were all great! And I felt a little better about how much I was indulging on the fantastic food and drinks!
22. Airport transfers are included.
Regular taxi rates are $17 per person each way so for a family that is quite a saving! The resort is a pretty quick ride from the Turks and Caicos airport. Do remember to tip your driver though. This will be the ONLY tip you’ll have to do during your stay!
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