My Trip to Turks and Caicos

originally on ylanisalcedo.com

My family is from Dominican Republic. If you’ve ever been there, or at least seen pictures, you know that the water is beautiful everywhere you go. The scenery is serene and the weather is perfect most of the months. Imagine that and then duplicate it by so much more. That’s what Turks and Caicos is.

My trip to Turks and Caicos was a dream. The water was the bluest blue I’ve ever seen. Some parts were even clear; so clear that looking down seemed like you weren’t even in water. Like the picture above. Many parts were shallow and practically wave-less — characteristics that made it so comfortable to be in. The island in itself is relaxing. It’ll leave you on a high for days on end. And a high like that is a high that doesn’t wear off easily once you leave.

And that’s when reality kicked in — when I left. No more having the view of the ocean as my backyard. No more sun bathing by the pool. No more perfect water to be in. No more Turks and Caicos!

When this was planned about a year ago, I didn’t think it would come by so quick. But like most things, months flew by and before I knew it I was on the plane to this beautiful island in the Caribbean. This trip was put together by one of my friend’s mother. As she does so often she put together a perfect trip. Along with my friend and myself there were 13 women on this 6-day getaway. She booked us a villa to stay in, a boat day with a visit to Iguana Island + snorkeling, a day of massages at the villa and dinner at great restaurants.

Because Turks and Caicos is a Caribbean island many might think that there’s a nightlife scene. Or that you’ll find a bunch of things to do every single day. That’s not the case. It’s nothing that I would complain about either. It’s a place where you go to relax and really indulge in the art of slow living. Go to the beach. Eat great food. Do some excursions. Sun bathe by a pool or the beach. And wake up to beautiful views.

Us from America need more of this than I could put into words. And this island surpasses in doing that for anyone who lives a fast paced life as many Americans do.

Our day out on the boat ride was one of my favorite days. The day was perfect and the water was nice and smooth. The crew was great. AND we had rum punch, desserts and fruits waiting for us as soon as we got on. Our first stop was at the Iguana Island also known as Little Water Cay. There you’ll find dozens of iguanas. Fun Fact: Iguanas are classified as endangered. Luckily after years of extensive conservation, they’ve been able to grow the population in this area.

Shortly after we did our exploring and iguana lovin’, we hopped back onto the boat and went to a different area to do some snorkeling. There we were able to see part of an abandoned boat and fishes like the ones you can see in my YouTube video. After the snorkeling we rode a little further out. There we hung out in the water for the rest of the time. This boat ride was awesome and recommended to do while in Turks and Caicos.

Although the boat ride was one of my favorite days, food was my favorite part of every night. A few nights we stayed in for dinner. On other nights where we didn’t, we visited these 4 great restaurants: Mango Reef Restaurant, Kalooki’s, Salt Bar & Grill and Bay Bistro.

In Turks and Caicos the shellfish conch is recommended as one of the dishes you must try. And I agree, you must. Oh and anything with jerk seasoning of course. I’ll be sharing what I had on the menu at these 4 great restaurants.

Mango Reef Restaurant

This was on the specials menu. I was between this and the Parmesan & Lemon Crusted Mahi-Mahi Fillet. After the longest debate in my head, this Mahi-Mahi fillet’s coconut breading lured me in. I had to pick it. Its side of vegetables, rice, and capsicum sauce was the perfect combination.

Kalooki’s

You can’t go wrong with chicken! The Blackened Chicken is topped with a mango and kiwi salsa. I’m usually not the type to like savory and sweet flavors together but this dish tasted perfect. Its side salad, spaghetti beet on top with a vinaigrette dressing was a refreshing touch. Not too much, not too little — just right.

Salt Bar & Grill

Gah, I love salmon + avocado + bread + conch. This salmon avocado toast was something I wish I could’ve ate over and over again. And I’m truly inspired to make this at home. Look how pretty it is! The bread was crunchy and soft, the salmon on top of a delicious mayo spread and avocado on top of that for the win. The side dish of conch was necessary because Turks and Caicos, duh.

Bay Bistro

I never get lamb but when I saw it on the menu, my eyes kept darting back to it. It looks like a lot but trust me it wasn’t. This was sooooo tasty. Soooooo good. Sooooo tender. Can you tell I loved it? The accompaniment of potatoes and vegetables was great. Since it was the last night of the trip — I just had to go out with the best.

If you ever get the chance to take a trip to Turks and Caicos, take it. I’m glad I took mine.

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