8 Tips For Turks and Caicos With Toddlers
You’ve heard about the turquoise waters and the powdery sand of Turks and Caicos. They really are the reasons you go, and if you are traveling with a toddler what more do you need? Here are eight practical tips for planning a beach vacation to Providenciales with little kids.
1) Consider Turks & Caicos all-inclusives
If your family is into big resorts with enormous pools, shops, non-stop activities, character breakfasts and tons of other families, head to Beaches. For my family the large number of kids and noise and activities was overwhelming.
We prefer the more relaxing pace at the Veranda. It also offers a Kids Club, a small separate family pool, kids menus and round trip transfers.
Tip: If you want a taste of Beaches, but not a whole week of it, Call the sales department there and ask for seats at one of the Sesame Street character breakfasts. If there’s availability you can get some quality Elmo and Zoe time for your kiddos for $12-16 a person and then return to your hotel to relax.
2) Consider a DIY vacation
If all-inclusives are not your scene, you can find several smaller beachfront hotels in Turks & Caicos with spacious rooms for families and even kitchens. Check out The Tuscany, The Regent Grand, and Ocean Club Resorts. (Read about Turks and Caicos with kids, and with tweens!)
3) Get Passports
Turks & Caicos might be close to Florida but it’s international. Get baby and everyone else in the family a passport! Request that passport at least 2-3 months ahead of when you’ll need it to avoid rush fees and stress.
If you plan to drive yourself around, keep in mind that most cars are left-handed drive cars imported from the United States, but traffic drives on the left as in the UK. Avis and local Grace Bay Rentals are the most popular rental options on TCI.
If you need a car seat, request it well in advance, be specific about what you need (rear-facing, booster, etc.), and confirm before departing. If you are a parent who really worries about having an appropriate seat, bring your own.
5) Adapt Your Pace
Once you arrive, you’re on Island time. Put your food and special requests in to the concierge, front desk and room service a good hour before you’ll need them. Then chill out.
6) Other Beaches
Grace Bay is known as one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of beach. Most properties are on or near the bay. It can be a busy beach, and windy, too. Head to southern Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay for calm, clear, shallow, child-friendly waters. Just be prepared for little shade.
7) The Supermarket
You can find most supermarket basics at the Gracebay IGA on the Leeward Highway. But items will be more expensive than you’re used to and they might not have familiar brands. I packed basics like Pedialite, pain reliever, first-aid ointment, bug repellant, deflated beach toys, band-aids, and our favorite snacks and was glad I did.
8) Peek Under the Sea
TCI has a treasure trove of tropical sealife including coral formations, exotic fish, stingrays, turtles, and even whales. Most resorts offer snorket gear and/or day trips to snorkel spots. If you’re kids are still too small for that, try a glass bottom submarine tour.
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