Mar 13, 2019 04:57PM
Given the recent polar vortex stealing your will to live, we thought it best to fill this final page with some snapshots of paradise. One of the 40 low-lying coral islands that make up the godly string of Aquaman archipelagos in the Turks and Caicos, our focus is on Providenciales (or “Provo”) the heavenly island with one of the best beaches in the world (Grace Bay) and the softest sand you’re likely to find this side of Willy Wonka’s overlooked “powdered sugar beach.”
Behold: A quick once-over for why to go, where to go when you get there, and exactly how much fresh conch caught and carved out of the sea one can consume before turning into a shell-based ocean life form themselves. (The answer doesn’t exist, by the way; the stuff has a litany of uses befitting a Bubbaesque rattling off all the ways shrimp can be prepared.) Let’s begin:
1. Get There: You’d be surprised the deals on Kayak and other flash flight sites. Caveat: once you’re there, everything is expensive. Think $40 for a 12 pack of Dos Equis.
2. Find lodging: We stayed at the luxurious Villa Camilla (VILLA-CAMILLA.COM), a private rental that looks like it was designed at the height of the Miami Vice color palate craze (with a splendid dash of local Haitian art and rooms leading to the pool) with architectural touches of the Fibonacci Sequence kind, sleeps up to 13 people across two different houses sitting on 6 acres of lush, protected ecological reserve fauna. Bonus: 300 feet of private dune paths lead right to the number one-rated Grace Bay Beach and all the sunsets that suggests. See: Powdered sugar, sand.
3. Get out on the island: Maybe it’s a jaunt to Turks Kebab for one of the best gyro sandwiches ever or Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl (BUGALOOSTCI.COM) surrounded by stunning views of the aquamarine shimmering south coast, right on one of the island’s original three settlements. Or maybe just scoot over to the local fisheries and pick up some fresh spiny-tail lobster for the grill before nude night swimming and Bluetooth beats (#casualhedonism).
4. Find a boat: We found JT, a local captain of the Southern Cross charter yacht (and AirBNB on the water), who gave us a blazing sunset cruise just before we left. Don’t sleep on the snorkeling, though.
5. Embrace the breezy luxe sheen of the island: You’ll often find yourself rum punch in hand beachside, upending glass after glass while shoulder to shoulder with a guy who looks like Tom Hanks just before being rescued in Castaway, only to find he’s a billionaire who’s been living the good island life for the last 20 years. And Keith Richards. He’s around too, if you can spot him amongst the other weathered, wildly content faces.
6. Remember to go home: There’s a good chance you won’t want to.
- Sensi Staff
- Sensi Staff