turks and caicos bucket list

james and i are excited and sad about the news – i knew that the day would come, when we would have to move…and some told me it would happen when i felt the happiest on island – and how right they were. we have a lot to do before we leave and hope to make the best out our last days in provo.

so, i made a short bucket list of things i have been postponing since day one, and want to fit in before we leave –

* go parasailing, and face the fear of heights

* eat out at coco bistro, trip advisor’s number one restaurant in provo

* dive with james, and hope i don’t get to see any sharks

* cross the ferry, and go cycling with friends through north and middle caicos

* explore the one spot on island i haven’t been to, the remote beach in west harbor

* visit our capital city, cockburn town, in the island of grand turk

* go to salt cay, for humpback whale watching

* take james on an helicopter tour of the islands

* and the hardest one…get my father to come visit!

so, provo friends, what are the things you still want to do whilst on island – spill the beans!

picture of grace bay beach, news for april fools day (but seriously, this is all on my bucket list).

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happy weekend

blisstoday is the valentines annual day cup in middle caicos, but i don’t think we will make it this year yet.

this weekend we are very excited to have my cousin visit for one day, i know, why would someone visit for just one day? well, he has just moved to work at the island “next door”, and we couldn’t be happier to have family so close. big coincidence, right?

..and we plan to spend the rest of the weekend in the water!

also, i am excited to have a few provo bloggers sharing some of their favourites on turks and caicos, coming next week.

picture of emma stone by kurt iswarienko found on pinterest.

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!

day trip to north & middle caicos

last week my dear friends simone and christian invited me to join them for a day trip to north and middle caicos. it felt kind of exciting to leave provo for a day and go island hoping!

north caicos is the only island we can go to by ferry, and through north caicos there is a causeway to get to middle caicos.

so we got the ferry at 9.30 ($20 each way) and in 30 min were arriving to north caicos. we rented a car and made our first stop for a drink at the pelican beach hotel. it feels somewhat different here, more relaxed than provo, there is more vegetation and the people we meet are so friendly and helpful. they have a govenrment farm, which we were hoping to visit and buy some local veggies, but unfortunately it was closed.

the plan was to drive to daniel’s cafe, in middle caicos, for lunch, but (un)luckily enough our car had a flat tire, so we found this great local spot for lunch – frank’s cafe, it turned out to be a great home cooked lunch with the freshest cracked conch!

we ended our day trip relaxing in mudjin harbor before heading back home to provo.