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Take Me to Turks

This was a different kind of trip for Todd and I. We are so used to moving at high speeds across various landscapes and through multiple environments… we almost didn’t know what to do with ourselves in the Turks. In fact, it’s been a long time since I personally have been to a destination where the whole idea is to not do very much but chillax.

We made our way to the Turks for one part retreat and one part vacation. As we typically do… we made it mostly work because it’s just how we like to roll around here. Our days consisted of working from laptops, scouting for photoshoot locations, personal coaching and some wellness targeting. Daily meditations on the beaches of this island were nothing short of magical and straight out of a movie.

Turks is not the destination to go to if you are looking for a ton of land-based activities. There are no ruins… not much of “towns” to explore… it took us maybe an hour to drive the whole island. This is the destination however if you are looking for complete relaxation, gorgeous landscapes, and amazing people.

The Dwelling

The Sir, myself, and our travel mates stayed at The Tuscany on Grace Bay. A series of condo properties which was perfect for what we were looking for. We were able to prep our own meals in a beautiful kitchen and still head out each night to indulge in some of the best restaurants. The property had direct access to the beach, amazing views and was situated away from all the main hotels. We found a great spot almost a mile up the beach (Pelican Point) that had a small reef right near the beach with a ton of marine life. We spent many days snorkeling there and visiting the yellow tails, turtles, and lobsters.

We opted to rent a car… but my guess is that most visitors wouldn’t need one. Since Todd and I like to explore so much, we thought it would be helpful to rent rather than cab around the island. It was helpful in getting to dinner each night or making runs to the grocery store. Once you get used to driving on the other side of the car and the other side of the road… you will be all good.

The Yums

Oh… yes, groceries. It’s definitely more economical to have a kitchen and to prepare your own meals… but I will say it still ain’t cheap. You might imagine why…. yes, everything is imported. In fact, most of the brands in their grocery store were the brands we see in America… so that was a bit of a letdown. It would be nice to buy local bread or the local variations of protein bars or even wine. Todd did manage to find premixed rum and cokes… so props Turks.

Some Insights

My advice for traveling to Turks… slow down. Throw out any plans… take it as it comes as islanders do. Plan on attending the Thursday night fish fry… but other than that, let the island take your breath away. Swim… in the ocean, not the pool. Do it every day. Soak up the salt air and sea… and fall in love with the island.

Want a  peek at the video version of this story? Come on over and take a peek! If you want to see the video of this great escape… you’ll find it at the story photo below. Otherwise, here are a few shots, which arguably more about work and less about the “destination.” Thanks for stopping by.