Looking for a Turks and Caicos Family Resort? We are breaking down all there is to see and do as a family at Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos.
This Turks and Caicos Family Resort trip was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I'm so glad we made it happen.
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Turks and Caicos Island
A few months back, my family and I had the opportunity to go to Turk's and Caicos. It is an island in the Caribbean! Not only my husband and two kids, but my sister, brother-in-law, and my two nephews. I know, awesome right?
It was an absolute dream and I of course have a million and one pictures. I've been asked a ton of questions about this trip. My thought is that it might make it easier if I broke the trip down into three categories. My hope is that this will answer most of your questions as well as share our adventures. The three categories I am going to cover are:
- The Resort
- Excursions + Activities
The trip was based around the conference I was there to attend called Social Media on the Sand.
Turks and Caico FAQs
One of the most asked questions was about how difficult it was to fly there. Especially, being on the west coast and with the little ones. My kids are 4 and 6 and my nephews are 11 and 12. We had the kid age range pretty covered. Our two families took different airlines to get there from Southern California. Our flight was through JetBlue and flew through New York City. My sister's family flew Delta and flew through Atlanta.
There are not a ton of options when flying from the West Coast. You can fly the day before and stay the night. There are also red-eye flights that will get you to the East Coast In the morning. Those typically arrive a few hours before the flight down to the Caribbean.
Our kids did great with the red-eyes and slept the whole way and so there weren't any problems. If there is a large number of hours between flights, you could even get a hotel room by the airport. If you are worried about the red-eye flight, I suggest flying in a day early. The flight to Turks and Caicos is not terribly long, even coming from New York.
The only hiccup we had was with the weather. The weather was storming on the day we were arriving. The flight ended up having to divert us to the Dominican Republic for a few hours as the storm passed. Otherwise, arrival was smooth, and getting through customs and onto a hotel van was easy.
The flight home was a lot easier. We didn't have as long of a layover as we did on the way there. We left Turks and Caicos around lunchtime were home to San Diego by the night. Easy peezy!
We stayed at Beaches, the all-inclusive family resort. All-inclusive means that your room and food are included in the price. Depending on the resort, there can be extra expenses (alcohol, babysitting, excursions, etc.), but not for Beaches.
Our room, or should I say the suite was fabulous. We had a huge king bed in the room. There was a day bed with a trundle in the other room, which was great for the kids. We did not spend a whole lot of time in our rooms but they were comfortable. They came with snacks and drinks in the refrigerator that were restocked daily.
The staff was very accommodating throughout the resort and all spoke perfect English.
There are different villages within the resort and all of them were quite nice. Each village's architecture (Caribbean Village, Key West, Italian, French, etc.) reflected that part of the world. Including the pools
The pools were awesome. There is at least one pool in each village as well as a water park. Each pool has swim-up bars with both kid-friendly drinks and alcoholic drinks. They had lots of varieties and could make you pretty much anything.
Restaurants at the Resort
There were a number of different restaurants throughout the resort. Each restaurant is open at different times each day. I suggest sitting down at the beginning of your trip to map out your different options per meal.
There is only one restaurant that requires a reservation and that was the hibachi grill. Pick a night, you'd like to dine there and set your reservations. Other than that, the food was delicious everywhere we went. It felt weird not tipping, but that is all part of the all-inclusive gig.
The Beach!!! I can NOT tell you how many times I was asked about the water and the beach. Yes, my friends, this was one of the most incredible beaches I've seen in my life. The sand is white and felt like sugar on your toes. The water is the most brilliant color blue in all the world and it was warm, even in October! Of course, you would find most of the resort guest down at the beach during the magical hour. We would all watch the most magnificent sunsets. The skies turn all different colors of pinks, oranges, and purple. I only wish I could have captured the brilliance on film.
Excursions + Activities
There is definitely no shortage of things to do at the resort. There is of course the beach! Days could be spent just hanging on the sand making castles, and enjoying the crystal blue water.
There were floating rafts throughout the resort anchored to the ground which was so much fun to swim out to and float around and relax!
There are also a ton of ocean sports included in your stay at no additional fee including Kayaks, Snorkeling, Hydrobikes, Windsurfing, Paddle Boarding, Scuba-Diving, Hobie® Cats, and Glass Bottom Boats.
Activities in the Rain
I mentioned when traveling we came during a storm. We did have some pretty substantial downpours while we were there. It was still warm out and we were already in the water, so it did not bother anyone too much.
Consequentially, the rain meant no going out on the boat to snorkel. We did some snorkeling off the shore, but not snorkeling off the boat was a big bummer.
I would recommend getting your name on the list for the snorkeling boats first thing in the morning. They do fill up.
We did however have an absolute blast on the boats and water activities. The little ones were also able to join us in all the activities. We went out on the glass bottom boat as well as the Hobie® Cat.
Always fun to see the resort from the water. Through the conference, I was able to take an excursion to a natural reserve, with a group of friends, to what they call Iguana Island. It was a small little island that was about a 15-minute boat ride away from the resort. The island was flat and uninhabited by humans. It got its name Iguana Island because there are lots of these guys roaming around. If you love nature and love exploring, then I highly recommend this excursion.
Activities for the Kids
There were also a ton of activities to do throughout the resort as well for all ages. There are land sports including tennis, volleyball, croquet, basketball and much more. What we found really fun is that there are camps for kids of all ages every day. The resort had planned parties and activities for each of the age groups, toddlers, kids, tweens, and teens.
there is a train that runs through the resort for the little ones, there is an arcade and game area for the tweens. There is an Xbox Play Lounge for the whole family. Sesame Street is a sponsor of Beaches and so throughout the resort, there are a ton of activities to interact with your favorite characters. Whether it's learning to bake, science experiments, or even just seeing them around the pool. It made the kids so HAPPY having so many different opportunities to meet each of them.
There is also a really fun entertaining Sesame Street Parade with music and dancing that was really one of our favorite parades to watch. We even had a character breakfast that is still talked about at least once a week at our house even months after. SO FUN!
Our favorite part of the resort was the water park!
It isn't terribly big but packed full of fun. There is a floating river, four fun water slides, a wave pool, and a pirate ship splash pad area. It was a good mix of things to do for the whole family. All in all, the trip was amazing. How cute is my sister and her family in this picture? We stayed for 5 days and I would definitely say I wish we could have stayed longer. If you are looking for a family getaway, Turks and Caicos should definitely make your list! I'm dreaming of going back tomorrow 🙂
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