guest post ~ lila

lila is, in real life, my dear mum, i have previously shared a few things about her stay (here and here), and i can’t think of someone who enjoyed herself as much in provo. in every corner of the island she could see the beauty of it, the beaches, the well taken care gardens, the variety of sea shells. today she is sharing a little of her point of view with you –

what do you think makes turks and caicos (providenciales) so special?

I was in Provo for two weeks, and I think it was Paradise: the weather is good , the beaches are immense with not many people, or no one, the water is  transparent, in different colours of green, turquoise and blue, it is fresh, not cold or warm, the sand is thin and white. Besides, it is a quiet island, with no traffic, with restaurants to go by the sea, never crowded, the food is varied, and so many other things to do.
what were your favorite things to do whilst on island?
Snorkeling, specially in Coral Garden. Walking on the beach while listening to music on my ipod.  Driving around the island and discovering different beautiful beaches, the Bight, Emerald Point, Long Bay, Pelican beach…we counted ten, each nicer than the other. Going to Iguana island with the kayak. Seeing the world  underwater, on a trip with the Undersea Explorer semi sub boat. Having a drink at Grace Bay Club, at the sunset. Dinning at Amanyara (expensive). Going to Conch Shack and try some fried  conch. Having lunch at Somewhere,  a very nice  restaurant at Coral Garden’s. And, above all, the great surprise Joana and James organized, two days at Parrot Cay. That was fabulous!

would you recommend to a friend?

Of course, but not less than ten days. So that they have time to go to those wonderful beaches, and to do many of the different programs we wanted to do, also parasailing, body board, horse riding, etc. It´s worth it!!!!!!!

parrot cay

parrot cay was the first thing that came to my mind the very first time i heard about turks and caicos – actually, it was everything i knew about turks and caicos. you might remember me mentioning before, HERE and HERE, but last weekend i finally got the chance to see it for myself.

since my mum and sister were visiting we made a little trip off island and stayed there for a couple of days. from the very first moment, when we were greeted at the pier, whilst waiting for the boat to take us, throughout the whole stay, we felt really far away and soooo pampered!

we relaxed at the beach, went for long walks, took pictures of the amazing sand banks with the low tide, found sand dollars for the first time, and cycled around exploring the beautiful island.

we stayed next to an old pirate house, where supposedly the pirates used to live. can you believe the island was initially called pirate cay, but was changed to parrot cay so as not to frighten visitors? cute pirate house, hum?

we had cocktails by the pool and since james was craving asian, we had dinner at lotus, their asian restaurant – my favorite was a delicious starter they had with tofu and coconut milk with fried plantain!

parrot cay is as breathtaking as i had imagined it and i can’t wait to go back for another weekend!

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sand dollars

there are three things that i absolutely love about turks and caicos (besides all these) – star fish, remember how they tickled in my hands when i held them? – turtles, james sees them all the time on his dive outings and i get crazy jealous – and sand dollars.

i have been looking for sand dollars for more than a year now and had only found them in souvenir shops. obviously,  i’ve been looking in the wrong places, because everyone seems to see them all the time…

but last weekend, james and i were going for a walk and he found three in a row!

they are funny creatures, so, so pretty and difficult to imagine how they function. they are related to starfish and sea urchins – i did find a video with a sand dollar moving across the sand, you must watch it  HERE.

parrot cay

i stumbled upon kris koeller’s blog and was perplexed looking at the beautiful pictures he took during his stay at parrot cay. check out more about his stay here.

parrot cay is a privately owned island just a quick boat ride away from providenciales. it is part of como hotels and resorts, featurng a high end beach resort and a few private houses. it is definitely on my to do list!