JW Marriott Cancun, Mexico

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HOLA CANCUN! After my 7 day blogger retreat in Tulum, Mexico with Pangea Dreams, I decided to stay in Cancun through the weekend because…why not?! I had visited Cancun a couple times with my family when I was younger and decided that staying in Mexico a few more days was secretly the best chance I had at avoiding NYC’s 40 degree weather. (If you already couldn’t tell, I belong on a beach and will do just about anything to avoid the cold!)

If you’re not sure where to stay in Cancun, I would recommend doing some research using hotels.com, yelp and trip advisor. After looking into a couple all inclusive resorts, I personally felt they were a little too expensive with the cheapest being about $300/person per day compared to a normal resort . If you only plan to drink on the beach and hang by the pool without eating out or exploring other areas of Mexico, an all inclusive with food and beverages being included in the price may be worth it.

Remembering we had stayed at the JW Marriott Cancun once before when I was younger, I saw it was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on hotels.com and read a few reviews before deciding it was the best choice at $190/night. I travel quite a bit to the Victoria’s Secret corporate office in Columbus, Ohio for work and always stay in Marriott or Starwood hotels; therefore, I’m a loyal hotel rewards member.
One awesome perk of being a Marriott rewards member is that I was eligible to receive a $50 daily resort credit at the JW which applied to any food and beverages, amounting to a total cost savings of $200 for 4 nights! When factoring that in, it brought the cost down to $140/night. What a deal! If you’re not a Starwood or Marriott rewards member, you can join here and start earning points now. They also allow you to merge your points from both hotel chains which is a double bonus!

Photo Nov 18, 4 16 22 PMIn addition to the daily $50 resort credit, the images of the gorgeous infinity edge pools and being in a prime location right in the main “hotel zone” and on the beach was enough to sell me on staying at the JW Marriott Cancun. It looks pretty in photos, but is absolutely breath taking in person!
Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff who immediately handled all of our bags and urged us not to worry about a thing. After all, we were on vacation! We checked in around 1:30pm and luckily the resort had a clean room for us already which was nice because typically rooms aren’t ready until 3pm or later. I didn’t realize November is slow season for Mexico so the resort was pretty quiet, especially for it being a Wednesday. I wasn’t mad about it!
Photo Nov 16, 6 00 30 PMWe headed up to our room to find a gorgeous ocean view with a private balcony overlooking the ‘adults only’ infinity edge pool which was located on one side of the resort. The other side of the resort has the larger, main infinity pool with two jacuzzis and smaller kids pool. Beautiful lagoons, palm trees and lounge chairs with umbrellas adorn the pool with steps down to the beach.
Photo Nov 16, 10 11 09 AMImmediately throwing on our swimsuits, we hit the beach for several hours while enjoying margaritas and fish tacos. Nothing beats listening to the waves crash on the pristine white sand and feeling the warmth of the sun, knowing it’s cold back home. I was so impressed with how gorgeous the turquoise water is in Mexico! The JW Marriott Cancun had a bunch of lounge chairs with umbrellas on the beach as well as a fabulous wait staff who took our drink and food orders. They also have private cabanas with day beds by the pool and on the beach which you can rent for the day. Talk about feeling like a princess!
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Photo Nov 19, 11 41 31 AM.jpgFor dinner, we wanted MORE tacos (Literally all we ate the entire trip!) The JW staff recommended a restaurant called La Parrilla which was located at La Isla mall, Cancun’s main outdoor mall with tons of shops and restaurants. Upon arrival, we walked by a plethora of souvenir shops filled with hand painted ceramic gifts, sombreros and other cute Mexico inspired trinkets. The mall also has a movie theater and normal shops including Zara, Express, Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret and more. The backside of the mall has a bunch of restaurants and bars to eat and hang out at on the water which was a perfect way to end the first night of our trip.
The JW Marriott was less than a 2 mile walk back from the mall so we decided to walk back, but you can easily grab a cab for $10 or less. We found the hotel snack bar and mini fridge to be quadruple price so we stopped at OXXO convenience store along the way to pick up bottled water and snacks for the week. I highly recommend doing this if you’re looking to save some extra $ during your trip!
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The next day was another beach bum and pool day. After a week of workshops and exploring Tulum, all I wanted was to sleep in and work on my tan! (Can you blame me??) We headed down to Sedona Grill which is the main restaurant at the JW Marriott Cancun. They have a regular menu to order from with entrees averaging about $12, a breakfast buffet which was $22/person and the most delicious Illy coffee and fresh pressed OJ. The whole week we opted into ordering off the menu to maximize our daily $50 resort credit. I’m also not a buffet person so I tried one of their three omelet options each morning as well as gluten free toast (something I always appreciate because every restaurant should offer gluten free options!)
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After breakfast, we spent our day lounging by the pool and beach. For dinner…MORE TACOS! The hotel staff recommended a more intimate, local spot for dinner called El Fish Fritanga which easily became our favorite restaurant during our visit. If you go to Cancun, this place is a must!
I was in the mood for Mexican seafood dishes so we ordered the bacon wrapped shrimp and shrimp tacos which were absolutely phenomenal. What more could a girl ask for?! Their homemade chips, guacamole and salsas were also delicioso!
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Photo Nov 18, 5 53 06 PMPhoto Nov 16, 9 19 32 PM copyPhoto Nov 16, 9 44 50 PMOur third day in Cancun was our adventure day! We took an early morning ferry over to Isla Mujeres, the most southern most tip of Mexico. The island is only 8 miles away from Cancun which was about a 40 minute ferry ride. The island is only 5 miles long and 400 yards wide with a population of about 13,000 people. It’s so small that the easiest way to get around the island is by golf cart or scooter.
We rented a golf a golf cart for the day and trekked it around the island, stopping at a multitude of beautiful look outs, restaurants and bars. If you’re looking to experience something more remote and authentic in Mexico, I would highly recommend a day trip here! I loved the island vibes and how friendly the people who live there are. Everyone spoke pretty good English and they were happy to have tourists visit daily.
The highlight of our day trip was watching the insane sunset on the beach. Stay tuned on my next blog post about our entire trip here in more detail! Since we spent all day on the island, we got back to the JW around 10pm and headed down to Sedona Grill for dinner. What did we have you ask? More tacos of course!
Photo Nov 17, 10 31 45 AMPhoto Nov 17, 6 18 40 PMOur last day in Cancun was another loungey beach day! I attempted to blow up a giant unicorn float from my Moonlight Gypsy Shop which took up our entire hotel bathroom. Nothing’s better than drinking coconut water out of a real coconut on a unicorn float with an infinity pool beach view! We enjoyed pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris on the beach before heading over to El Fish Fritanga for a late lunch and to watch the sunset one last time.
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After lunch, we spent a couple more hours by the hotel pool and took advantage of the jacuzzi before doing some shopping at La Isla mall and heading to a late dinner at Aqua Santa. With a menu of salads, flat breads, pasta and tacos, there are plenty of options to choose from with a view of the lagoon in a beautiful, remote location. The vibes and music of the restaurant made me feel like I was in Barcelona! Such a unique experience with incredible food. This is another must to add to your Cancun list as well as their ribeye tacos!
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I could’ve easily stayed another two nights the JW and was so sad to leave! It was nice feeling top of mind by all the staff from the moment we arrived until the moment we left for the airport. The JW is currently undergoing a renovation on some of their rooms so I can’t wait to come back and see what it looks like when it’s finished! It’s only been a week, but I’m already missing those stunning sunsets, listening to the waves crash on the beach and of course all of the amazing tacos we ate. Adios Mexico!
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Chicago Weekend Fun

Ahhh Fall weddings. Last weekend I had the pleasure of a attending a beautiful wedding in the suburbs of Chicago in a cute little town called Saint Charles.
Having been to Chicago once before, I was somewhat familiar with all that downtown has to offer but hadn’t spent more than 24 hours there and wanted to take advantage of being back. I flew in Thursday night so I could spend Friday exploring downtown and brunch Saturday morning before my hour drive to Saint Charles.
Whether you’re in Chicago for a wedding or a weekend getaway, here is a compilation of sites to see and some of the best restaurants, treats and cocktail lounges you can easily hit in 48 hours!

SITE SEEING

Cloud Gate
Located in the heart of downtown Chicago in Millennium Park, Cloud Gate is a giant reflective sculpture dubbed ‘The Bean’ because of it’s bean shape. This massive work of art was inspired by liquid mercury and weighs 110 tons! It’s famously one of the most photographed landmarks in downtown due to its reflection of the Chicago skyline.
In addition to the bean, there are a ton of activities and additional things to see in Millennium Park.
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Navy Pier
One of my favorite areas of downtown Chicago is Navy pier on Lake Michigan. Open year round, this 3,300 foot pier offers a lot of fun activities including a giant ferris wheel, a children’s museum, AMC movie theater, Shakespeare theater, beer garden, shopping center, indoor eating hall and more!
See more info here.
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Architecture Boat Tour
Although it was highly recommended and one of the most popular activities in Chicago, I didn’t have time for an architecture boat tour but will mostly definitely do this next time I visit! Cruise along the Chicago River for a live tour and learn about Chicago’s historic landmarks, hidden gems and how the skyscraper was invented. You can even go on a sunset dinner boat tour!
Get tickets here.

Willis Tower

Formally known as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower is 110 stories high and you can ride an elevator all the way to the top to view the Chicago skyline through glass walls and floor enclosures for MILES. I’m terrified of heights so this wasn’t on my list of things to do, however, tickets start at only $22 and it looks pretty cool.
Get tickets here.

Chicago Theater
The Chicago theater is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city so of course I had to get a photo in front of it!
View upcoming comedy and music shows at Chicago Theater here.
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The River Walk

One thing that makes downtown Chicago unbelievable beautiful is the Chicago River that feeds into Lake Michigan. It runs throughout different parts of downtown with the river walk being a pedestrian walk way lined with restaurants, bridges, fishing piers and boat docks. You can easily walk this path while you’re out sight seeing.
River WalkThe Flamingo Wall
Located at 601 N Wells street, I was blown away by this huge work of art and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a photo in front of a giant pink flamingo! I have a special place in my heart for anything pink so naturally I was convinced this wall was placed here just for me. =)
If you’re looking for more murals in Chicago, check out this Guide to Chicago murals.Flamingo WallLake Front Trail (Lake Michigan)
If you walk East of Millennium Park, you will eventually run into Lake Front Trail, a paved walking path along Lake Michigan. It was a PERFECT October day and I was stunned to see how blue the water was! Living in NYC, it was refreshing that such a peaceful and beautiful view was such a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city.Lake Michigan

Magnificent Mile
Although it’s not technically not a site to see, Magnificent Mile is the premier shopping destination in downtown Chicago full of upscale stores, beautiful hotels and cool restaurants. You will most likely run into it at some point while you’re out exploring the city but should definitely check it out!

DINING & DRINKS

If the words ‘Rose all day’ exist in your vocabulary, you HAVE to brunch at the Hampton social! Classic brunch options, a raw bar, lobster rolls and fish tacos are staples on their menu. You cant go wrong with anything you order.
After site seeing for several hours, I was craving something sweet and definitely needed an afternoon pick me up. I sadly have a gluten intolerance so Stan’s donuts was perfect because they offer gluten free and even vegan donuts! They also have the most delicious cold brew coffee which paired nicely with my GF blueberry and chocolate donuts. (DO NUT judge me for ordering 2!!) Stan’s was a sweet excuse to rest my feet before venturing out for more site seeing.
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Deep Dish Pizza at Giordano’s
Chicago is famously known as the original creator of deep dish pizza. Even among the locals, Giordano’s is the most famous pizza place in the city. I was excited to know they have gluten free thin crust pizza as well!
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Dinner at Avec or Girl & The Goat

Noted as two of the most popular restaurants in Chicago, I would suggest dining at one or both of these places.

Tiki Cocktails at Three Dots & A Dash 
This was my ultimate favorite find in downtown Chicago! I stumbled upon this place as a last minute ‘google maps’ find and it was a memorable experience to say the least. A back alleyway with a lit tiki torch is the entrance to this speakeasy tiki bar and the ambiance takes you to a tropical paradise with a menu full of mai tais and tropical cocktails. I was literally OBSESSED! Not to mention, each cocktail is served in their own unique glass.
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SHOP MY STYLE:Look #1 (Cloud Gate)
SheIn Jumpsuit $13
Moonlight Gypsy Miami Sunglasses $16
Zara Faux Suede Biker Jacket $89.90
SheIn Velvet Bow Bag $11
Steve Madden Heeled Sandals $49.95
Kendra Scott Sophia Drop Earrings $50

Look #2: (Navy Pier)
Moonlight Gypsy Embroidered Flower Boho Sweater $48
Zara Pink Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans $39.90
Moonlight Gypsy Miami Sunglasses $16
Moonlight Gypsy Velvet Quilted Shoulder Bag $50
SheIn Flat Boots $60
Kendra Scott Sophia Drop Earrings $50

 

Jane’s Carousel

One of my favorite things about living in NYC is that I’m constantly running across new places to check out and explore. New restaurants, new sweet treats, new brunch spots, new cocktail bars and rooftop lounges…the list goes on and on! I’ve lived in NYC for 8 years but even though there’s new stuff popping up each day, there’s still a bucket list of historical places or sites I try to see on the regular.
FullSizeRender (80)Jane’s carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park has been one of those places for me and I finally went to check it out last weekend!
Jane’s carousel was built in 1922 but has since then been restored and opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2011. Tickets are only $2 a person and the ride includes a beautiful scenic view of New York City. YES, of course I rode it and YES I resorted to my inner 6 year old when I jumped on my chosen horse!
Janes Carousel NYCWhether you’re a tourist or a long time New Yorker, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a must see! There are tons of great restaurants and shopping within walking distance to the carousel. My personal favorites inclue the original Grimaldi’s Pizza (for some reason it just tastes SO MUCH BETTER here than any other location!), Gran Electrica for Mexican & River Cafe which has a gorgeous waterfront view.
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bridge 2I also had the pleasure of getting my hair and makeup done at Jeffery Stein Salon on the Upper East Side before heading to Brooklyn! The salon is gorgeous and the staff was super friendly upon arrival. Not only were they experts at nailing the look I was going for, but I’m am in LOVE with these braids and curls which were perfect for my Bohemian style look. Highly recommend!
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Summer Popsicle Recipes

Hi lovelies, I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
As you know from my instagram, today is National Prosecco Day. {And I am pretttyyy excited about it!}

Last week I went to a really unique rooftop bar in NYC called Loopy Doopy which is on top of the Conrad Hotel and their menu of prosecco and rose “poptails” is exactly what inspired me to write this blog post so you can make your own! I’ve seen a couple of yummy popsicle recipes on Pinterest lately that I’ve been DYING to try because all I’ve craving this Summer is ice cream, popsicles and refreshing cocktails.
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Below are a couple recipes I’ll be trying before Summer is over and I hope you enjoy them too! Please enjoy responsibly and only with booze if you are of age. 😉 These can also be made without alcohol by substituting water.
First things first…You can purchase popsicles molds from these retailers below!
Target: SHOP POPSICLE MOLDS
Bed Bath & Beyond: SHOP POPSICLE MOLDS
Walmert: SHOP POPSICLE MOLDS

Strawberry Rose Lemonade Popsicles

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INGREDIENTS (6 Popsicles)
1. 1 cup of Rose (I recommend The Pinot Project or Whispering Angel)
2. 1 cup of fresh strawberries
3. 2/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
4. 1/4 cup of sugar (I like to sub coconut sugar or stevia)

HOW TO MAKE IT:
1. In a medium size bowl, mix the rose, lemon juice & sugar until dissolved.
2. Pour evenly into popsicle molds and add chopped strawberries.
3. Insert popsicle sticks.
4. Freeze until solid (about 6 hours) and enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS (10 Popsicles)
1. 6 tablespoons of Light Rum (This is hardly any booze..so in my recipe I would probably double the amount!! Also, I LOVE a hint of coconut so would use Malibu rum without the mint on this one for myself.)
2. 6 ounces of blueberries
3. 30-40 mint leaves
4. 1/2 cup of water
5. 3/4 cup of fresh lime juice
6. I/2 cup of sugarHOW TO MAKE IT:
1. In a saucepan, mix the sugar, water & mint together & heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved & remove from heat.
2. Once cooled, strain out mint leaves and pour into medium bowl.
3. Add lime juice & rum.
4. Pour evenly into popsicle molds.
5. Add 1-2 mint leaves & 12 blueberries to each mold.
6. Insert popsicle sticks.
7. Freeze until solid (about 6 hours) and enjoy!

Tequila Sunrise Popsicles
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INGREDIENTS (16 Popsicles)1. 3/4 cup of tequila (I like Patron best!)
2. 1/4 cup of grenadine
3. 2 cups of pineapple juice
4. 1 lb. pineapple, peeled & pureed

HOW TO MAKE IT:1. In medium  size bowl, combine & stir pineapple juice, pureed pineapple & tequila.
2. Fill popsicle molds 3/4 of the way full.
3. Add 1 teaspoon of grenadine to each mold.
4. Freeze until solid (about 6 hours) and enjoy!

 

Raspberry Peach Bellini Popsicles

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INGREDIENTS (16 Popsicles)
1. 1 & 1/3 cup of Prosecco or Champagne (I recommend La Marca Prosecco)
2. 1 16 ounce bag of frozen peaches
3. 1 cup of frozen raspberries
4. 6 tablespoons of sugar

HOW TO MAKE IT:
1. Puree raspberries, half of the prosecco & half of the sugar in a blender until smooth
2. Fill popsicle molds 3/4 of the way full
3. Puree peaches, the remainder of the prosecco & sugar in a blender until smooth
4. Fill the remainder of the popscile molds
5. Insert popscile sticks
6. Freeze until solid (about 6 hours) and enjoy!

Exploring Soho, Boho Style!

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Manhattan is hands down the most amazing city in the United States. I’ve lived here for 8 years after graduating from college {not counting my 14 month beach getaway to Santa Monica last year. I had to break up with East coast winters for a little bit!}

Despite my undying love (literally) of beachy SoCal cities, I have grown to really appreciate living in New York. It’s definitely not an easy place to live. I moved here when I turned 21 and absolutely fell in LOVE. I had never been to New York in my life but had nailed a Summer internship at Chanel’s corporate office and I would have been CRAZY to turn the opportunity down. Since then I have built my resume at companies like Jimmy Choo, Bergdorf Goodman, Victorias Secret, Macys & JustFab.
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Sitting shot_outfit 2The best thing about NYC? The fact that it’s the fashion capital of the world!!

My second favorite thing about New York is the fact that every neighborhood has a different character, a different personality and a different vibe. You could be walking down a deserted cobblestone street, turn the corner, and find the most remarkable stores or unique coffee shops and cafes.

Soho is one of my top favorite neighborhoods in the city and my absolute favorite for shopping! There are so many cute boutiques that line Broadway as well as high end luxury retailers, up and coming brands and pop up shops. Every time I’m there, I can’t help but automatically feel cool living in NYC. (If you live here, you know what I mean!)

With that said, here are some of the highest rated places to stay, best coffee shops, best sweet treats and the best cafes to grab brunch or dinner in Soho!*I have linked each place to websites where you can find more info on each place!

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Soho Grand Hotel ($$)*
Arlo Soho ($$)
SIXTY Soho ($$)
The James Hotel ($$$)
Nomo Soho ($$$)
Trump Soho ($$$)
Crosby Street Hotel ($$$$)
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Best Brunch
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Laduree (French + outdoor patio)
Jacks wife Frieda (Mediterranean) *Pictured
By Chloe (Vegan)
Pietro Nolita (Italian)
The Butchers Daughter (Vegetarian & Vegan)
Pera Soho (Mediterranean + outdoor Patio)
Hundred Acres (American)
Aurora Soho (Italian)

Best Coffee Shops
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Everyman Espresso (Coffee & Espresso)
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Gasoline Alley (Coffee & Espresso)
La Colombe (Coffee, Espresso & Tea)
Cha Cha Matcha (Coffee, Tea & Soft Serve)
Joe & the Juice (Coffe & Fresh Pressed Juices)
Juice Press (Fresh Pressed Juices & Smoothies)

Best Soho Sweet Treats
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Dominique Ansel Bakery (The original cronut + donuts)
Eileens Special Cheesecake (cheesecake)
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Brigadeiro Bakery (Brigadeiros & Cakes)
Jars by Dani (Mason jar desserts)
Kith Treats (ice cream with unique cereal mix ins)
Georgetown cupcake (cupcakes)

Best Cocktail Bars
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The Ship (Speakeasy)
The Jimmy at the James Hotel (Rooftop bar)*
The Mulberry Project (Craft Cocktails)
Houston Hall (Beer)
Pegu (Craft Cocktails)
The Handy Liquor Bar (Piano Bar)

Best Dinner Spots
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Balthazar (French) *Pictured
Blue Ribbon (Sushi)
La Esquina (Mexican)
Ed’s Lobster Bar (Seafood)
Charlie Bird (Italian)
Lombardi’s (Pizza)
Boqueria Soho (Tapas)

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All photos of locations are from respective establishments websites. Please note this list is curated by me and is solely based off of my own personal opinions and research.

Turks & Caicos: Providenciales

If you’ve already explored the Bahamas, Jamaica and Puerto Rico and are looking for somewhere different to explore in the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos is perfect for your next Spring Break, Summer or holiday vacation! I would highly recommend it for both couples and families because there are a multitude of activities for adults and kiddos. It’s also a great place for a romantic getaway or just  to unplug from the outside world!
Located just 550 miles off the coast of Miami, Turks & Caicos is a British Territory and consists of 40 islands, 8 of which are inhabited. The most popular island in Turks & Caicos where we visited for 9 days is the island of Providenciales, voted the #1 island in the world on Trip Advisor in 2015!
WHAT TO BRING
Check out MoonlightGypsyShop.com for all of your beach essentials before you go. Our beach shop is the perfect place to find handmade beach bags and beach jewelry with a Bohemian vibe. Don’t forget your sunscreen + sunnies!
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WHERE TO STAY
Known for it’s gorgeous turquoise waters and pristine beaches, Turks & Caicos is famous for Grace Bay, the main beach area where you can find a plethora of resorts, restaurants and shops. If you’re looking to stay where the action is, Grace Bay is definitely the place for you! Voted the #1 beach in the world in 2016, you can work on your tan, casually snorkel right off the beach, eat at restaurants overlooking the beach and find plenty of activities to do in the bay.
Grace Bay Turks & Caicos
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If you’re looking to live like a local in a more secluded area of the island with no tourists, I would suggest suggest booking a private house or villa on Airbnb or RVBO on the opposite side of the island.
We stayed in a secluded beautiful home with an infinity edge pool and private beach on for the first half of the week of our vacation.
Check out this view!
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For the second half of the week, we stayed at La Vista Azul which is walkable to Turtle Cove, a cute and casual area filled with great restaurants and water views. La Vista Azul was cozy and comfortable. I would highly recommend staying here and would definitely go back!
La Vista Azul Turks & Caicos   La Vista Azul Turks & Caicos
For more resort and hotel information on the island, check out hotels.com to input the dates of your trip, read reviews and check availability.
You can also click here to read reviews on top rated places to stay.
ACTIVITIES
There are a number of outdoor activities for both adults and children in Turks & Caicos.
We decided to spend one afternoon reef fishing with Grand Slam Fishing Charters which turned out to be more fun than I expected.
The staff on the boat made it super easy and helped us bait our fishing lines which was nice, especially because I didnt want to be the one touching slimy fish guts. I had never been fishing before, but caught 3 fish including this grouper! They gave us some great tips and also would take the fish off the hook for you (after you take all necessary insta worthy photos and selfies of course!)
To book a fishing trip with Grand Slam Fishing Charters, click here.
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Fishing was a lot of fun, but the ultimate highlight of our trip was  Snuba diving in in Coral Gardens around Bight Reef.
Jodi is well known on the island for her Snuba expertise and was an absolutely amazing instructor. I only had previous experience with snorkeling so was a bit intimidated at first with having to learn how to breath from an air tank, but if my 65 year old mom could do it, you can too! It was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life!
Unlike a typical snorkel experience, you can get up close and personal with some really cool wildlife. We saw huge green turtles, lobster, eel, a giant sting ray and tons of gorgeous tropical fish. Jodi even picked up a sea spider and shrimp under water to show us which was REALLY cool. I highly recommend this activity as a must on your trip!
To schedule snuba with Jodi, click here.
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 After an afternoon of activities in Grace Bay, cool off with a tropical cocktail at Ozmosis Bar, a beachside bar at The Palms resort. You can enjoy a full bar, daiquiris or the island’s famous Rum Punch, my personal favorite!
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One of the best local activities to do in Provinciales is the Thursday night Fish Fry. Unfortunately our Thursday night got rained out so we weren’t able to attend but it is highly recommended and frequented by the locals. From 5:30 to 9:30 in Bights Park, you can enjoy local food vendors, entertainment and cultural activities. This is also a great activity for kids and all ages.
For a full list of top rated activities in Provo, check here.
WHERE TO EAT
Breakfast & Brunch
If you’re looking for a great brunch spot, I would highly recommend Bay Bistro at the Sibonne Beach Hotel. You can enjoy delicious banana coconut pancakes or lobster Benedict while overlooking the ocean from a causal shaded patio. The food was fantastic and they have an awesome $16 brunch deal that includes a menu entree + a Bloody Mary, screwdriver or mimosa. 😉

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If you’re staying near Turtle Cove, Green Bean Island Bistro is the perfect place to grab your morning joe and a casual bite. Their breakfast bagel sandwiches really hit the spot! We put in a to go order before heading over to the secluded beach area where Smith’s Reef is located. This is another great area to snorkel if you dont make it to Coral Gardens to check out Bights Reef or want to snorkel somewhere less crowded. Certain areas are rocky getting in the water though so make sure you bring water shoes or flippers.

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Lunch & Small Bites
One of my favorite lunch spots in Turks & Caicos was Bugalos Conch Crawl which is well known for their conch dishes. You can eat outside under the shade of palm trees with a fabulous view of the beach and listen to their live music while enjoying a frozen tropical cocktails. I would absolutely recommend their conch fritters here because they are known for having the best on the island!
Check out this gorgeous view!
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Shark Bite was also a favorite of mine for lunch. Located in Turtle Cove Marina, this spot has some great bar bites and fish sandwiches. Their crab cakes were AMAZING! You can casually dine outside on the patio and enjoy this great view of the marina while watching the boats go by.
Shark Bite Turtle Cove Marina View Turks & Caicos
 Dinner
Coco Bistro is the islands most popular restaurant for dinner, but you’ll need to make a reservation about a month or two in advance. Unfortunately, we booked too late but we were able to walk next door to Cocovan which is the restaurant’s new outdoor food truck. They offer yummy lobster dishes and tacos as well as a full bar. If you dont make the cut fora reservation at Coco Bistro or want just something more causal with outdoor seating, check this place out!
Coco Bistro Turks & Caicos   Cocovan Turks & Caicos
Photos from Pintrest.com & Twitter.com
If you love fresh sushi, Yoshi Sushi is the top rated sushi restaurant on the island. This was definitely one of my favorite meals on our trip. We tried some great lobster dishes including the Tempura Lobster & Lobster Fried Rice but my ultimate favorite was the volcano roll. It was honestly one of the BEST sushi dishes I’ve ever had and I LOVE my sushi! (I’m still dreaming of it by the way…)
Yoshi Sushi Turks & Caicos
Photo from TripAdvisor.com
Specializing in French cuisine, we enjoyed Le Bouchon Du Village so much that we ate there twice for dinner! Their romantic outdoor ambiance sets the mood for a pleasant evening. We started with a selection of cheese and meats to pair with our wine and enjoyed their Mediterranean salad which was one of the best Ive ever had. Their menu had so many fresh seafood dishes, it was hard to choose! Their sea scallops are a must and if you’re a meat lover, their steak is absolutely delicious.
Le Bouchon Turks & Caicos   Le Bouchon Scallops Turks & Caicos
Photos from Pintrest.com & TripAdvisor.com
WHERE TO RELAX
Voted the #3 best spa in Turks & Caicos on Trip Advisor, we spent one morning at The Palms Spa. Upon arrival, the staff were extremely attentive and gave us a tour of the locker room and meditation pool where you can relax and enjoy a variety of warm tea before and after your services. Talk about heaven on earth! My stone massage was hands down, the BEST stone massage I’ve ever had! I will definitely be back on my next vacay here.
To view the spa services offered at the Palms, click here.
The Palms Spa Turks & Caicos   The Palms Spa Turks & Caicos   The Palms Spa Turks & Caicos
To check out other top ranted spas on the island, click here.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
If you need more info about visiting Turks & Caicos islands, I would definitely read reviews on Trip Advisor and I have included some other fantastic resources below.
I hope this blog post was helpful and that you enjoy your trip to Turks & Caicos!
Happy Travels!
Turtle Cove Marina Turks & Caicos   MoonlightGypsyShop.com Boho Bracelets Beach Jewelry