7 days on the quiet island of South Caicos and 7 days on touristy Providenciales.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
The only thing I would have changed about the trip is upgrading the studio accommodation at West Bay Club to one of the many suite options which have a patio/balcony.
What tips would you give a friend?
Bring cash, including lots of smaller bills. Taxi drivers do not like to give change, even if you are including a tip. The beach staff worked really hard to make sure we had everything we needed, so we tipped the person who set us up $5 each time. When we got massages at Sailrock, there was no way to include the tip with the bill, so it was good we had cash. Tips, even if they're small, will make your experience better at any Turks and Caicos resort. As with any international travel, research your cell carrier's International Plan before you go, and make sure you turn off data-usage for all your apps. There are inexpensive sim cards you can buy while you're there to install in your phone, but it will only offer you local service and data. We got by using the hotel wifi to do all the stuff we needed to on our cell phones. We never used them away from the resort. Sign up for a WhatsApp account before you go, and of course install the app. WhatsApp is the preferred messaging system on the islands. It was used exclusively at Sailrock for communication, where there were no phones in the suites at all....Read More
Taxies seem to have a bad reputation for being wildly expensive and randomly priced on Turks and Caicos, but we didn't find that to be the case. Maybe the recent addition Conch Cab (the local version of Uber/Lyft) has made them more reliable. Just have those small bills handy.
We found the level of attention we got at Sailrock to be mildly invasive. We opted to skip dinner on two different nights, and were asked about it each time the next morning. The second time we missed dinner, they called us via WhatsApp at 9:22. I suppose this could be interpreted as just making sure we were ok, but it felt pushy.
Travel to Turks and Caicos during the Covid-19 pandemic is slightly complicated, and expensive. The up-side is that they take Covid safety very seriously, and it makes for a more relaxing vacation knowing that the travelers around you are vaccinated and have been recently tested. In the days before travel, each traveler is required to upload a series of documents including proof of vaccination, recent negative tests and proof of travel insurance. This can all seem daunting, but ultimately we felt it was worth the extra money and effort.