I’m a simple man: I see 3 days off, I find cheap flights, I go. And this weekend, I go to Turks & Caicos.
A British Overseas territory in the Caribbean that ironically uses the American Dollar, Turks & Caicos oversees a distribution of 40 islands and cays — 12 of which are inhabited — spanning 37 miles long and is a hotspot for weekend getaways and honeymooners from mostly the USA East Coast (I swear everyone I met here is from New York).
After my overnight 10pm-8am shift in the Jacobi Pediatrics ED, I headed to JFK with my bags and caught a 10:33am JetBlue direct flight to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos’ most populated island.
I landed at 2:30pm where my AirBnB hostess, Morgan, sent over a $25 cab to pick me up.
I then settled into my digs by Turtle Cove…
…and spent the next 2 days doing literally whatever, for which this place is perfect.
This included an obligatory stroll along the main tourist hub of Grace Bay Road:
Doing some work at the most charming café at LMN 2 Go:
Morning yoga at Beach Enclave with Retreat Yoga & Wellness Studio for $25 a class:
Snorkeling at Smith’s and Bight Reefs, which is located by Turtle Bay Marina:
Paying resort security $20 USD to rent out a cabana for an entire day on the world famous Grace Bay Beach:
Shameless Baywatch-esque photo shoots while getting your tan on:
Catching those sunsets:
Lots of conch:
Get conch at Da Conch Shack:
or The Infiniti Bar:
or Hemingway at The Sands:
And finish up your last night with an all-you-can-eat dinner BBQ and buffet on the beach — by a bonfire nt less — for $60 at Seven Stars Resort & Spa:
Side note: Just bumped into my fellow Emergency Medicine colleague/doc Eddie Irizarry and a PA whom I used to work with at Weiler Hospital, George Sendhom, while waiting for my Uber at Arrivals!!!
Can’t go on a single trip without running into someone anymore!
– At time of posting in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, it was 69.8 °F – Humidity: 71% | Wind Speed: 18km/hr | Cloud Cover: sunny