turks and caicos beaches // the bight

we go to the bight A LOT, and when i say a lot, i mean almost every weekend. it’s our go to next door beach. we like it because it’s a one minute drive from home, it’s easy to access and park, and it’s always almost empty. i call it luxury.

last weekend, it was particularly busy, maybe three other families spread out through the beach. but, because of the gansevoort and the beach house very near, there were a lot of people walking by the beach, and it felt nice, to see the parasailing, someone horseback riding, and a little more action than the usual.

the one thing i don’t like about this beach is, because there are no hotels in it, i don’t think anyone cleans it, so at certain times of the year, there are more algae on the sand than i would like.

ps – a post i did on the bight…too long ago!

turks and caicos beaches // leeward beach

we’ve had friends over during this week, and i feel kinda guilty because the weather is not as it should be. since sandy, the sea, beaches and sun have not been in their “usual behavior”…so we’ve been trying extra hard to find the best beach spots for a dream weekend on island.

on a windy day we made a pitch stop in almost every beach on island until we chose the best one – we realized the most easter part of emerald point was less windy and the sea was calmer.

we spent the afternoon sunbathing, collecting shells and watching the kite surfers!

ps – tomorrow we are headed to the first island street food fair – part of the caribbean food & wine festival, that started yesterday.

turks and caicos beaches // long bay

every time i leave provo, i feel somewhat nostalgic… and on the day i leave i always go for a quick visit to the beach near home. but this time, for a change, i went to long bay beach.

we don’t usually go to long bay, we seem to forget it when deciding what beach to go to.

but when we have guests coming to visit i always take them there and they love it. the beach is gorgeous, it is almost always deserted and so easy to fall in love with.

here, the water is very shallow, it is sometimes windy, and perfect for kite surfers.

i love these palm trees on the beach too, don’t you? it makes it look so dreamy!

crab fest

last weekend we adventured ourselves in going to the crab fest in middle caicos – it is the biggest island of turks and caicos, with an area of 144km2 and a population of about 450 people!

james had never visited, north or middle caicos, so we thought it would be a nice chance for him to visit a different island and see what the crab fest was about.

to get there we had to take the ferry from provo to north caicos and then the bus to bombarra beach, where the crab fest was taking place. we bought the tickets at the ferry dock in provo, just before leaving, and it also included the bus drive from north caicos to the festival.

it took forever though, the ferry and a car rental would’ve taken much shorter. also, when we had just bought the ferry tickets we saw there were loads of boat owners making a business out of it and giving rides to the venue – a much quicker option!

when we got there it was busy, but not yet packed, so it allowed us to look around all the food stands and chose without queuing. there were all sorts of local options, curried crab, rice and peas, conch fritter, jerk chicken – we went for the cracked conch and fried fish with rice and crab from daniel’s cafe stand and had our lunch on a shade under one of the trees by the beach. yumm!

there was a stage with music by lovey forbes, the winning band of the battle of the bands, and others. david bowen was there to cheer up the crowd too. and loads of crabs wondering around!

we spent the afternoon chilling in the water – there were stand up paddle boards brought by big blue, which got the kids really excited.

it was nice to see the place packed and everybody having a good time!

a good week ahead

i hope you had a great weekend – i can’t believe we’re already in july and half of the year has gone through!

we had an awesome one, trying to enjoy the island whilst we plan our vacation in portugal for september. on saturday we spent a great day at the crab fest in middle caicos – will share some pictures with you later this week. also, we had a look at a new boutique hotel that just opened in provo (beach house) it’s near home and the restaurant menus look promising, so we look forward to trying it.

we’ve been going for sunset dives on the beach lately, which remind us of how thankful we should be to live here.

have an amazing week – more posts on our trip to come soon!