Restaurants you can’t afford to miss on the Turks and Caicos

There are many Restaurants you can't afford to miss on the Turks and Caicos

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One of the greatest pleasures of being on holiday is getting to take a break from the kitchen, and let someone else do all the hard work.

While you could always hire a private chef to cook for you in whichever of the Turks and Caicos villas you end up renting, there are so many excellent dining options throughout the islands, it would be a shame if you stayed in throughout the entirety of your visit.

With this in mind, here are a few restaurants you should check out while you are visiting the Turks and Caicos.

BUDGET:

1) Turks Kebab

Despite being a humble joint, repeat visitors to Grace Bay have taken a liking to the keep-it-simple approach that Turks Kebab has embraced since its founding.

Specializing in street Mediterranean foods such as kebab, hummus, and donairs, many grab these dishes to enjoy them in the privacy of their own private villas, or on the beach as the sun sinks into the horizon.

2) Caicos Bakery

Those looking for a cheap breakfast will be sure to find something that strikes their fancy at Caicos Bakery.

Focusing on French pastries like almond croissants, they have built a following that has led to them being ranked as the top bakery in the Turks and Caicos according to Tripadvisor.

With staff that warmly greet customers as if they were family, we have no doubt that they will retain this honour for the foreseeable future.

3) The Patty Place

Have a soft spot in your heart for Jamaican cuisine? Be sure to frequent The Patty Place during your time in Providenciales.

An inexpensive lunch spot which serves up a variety of Jamaican patties (don’t miss the beef and cheese ones) and some excellent rice and bean dishes, you won’t have to go elsewhere for dessert either, as they serve up Devon Stout ice cream in waffle cones … yum!

MID-RANGE:

4) Shay Cafe & Lounge

Those who have sworn off meat for health and/or ethical reasons will likely find themselves dining at Shay Cafe & Lounge more than a few times during their Turks and Caicos holiday.

Breakfast is a favourite meal of many return visitors, as they have repeatedly praised the quality of their french toast and breakfast sandwiches.

Those who enjoy partaking in animal products will enjoy the eggs benedict, ensuring their return to this establishment if their partner isn’t into consuming flesh.

5) The Landing

If you believe that dining on holiday is all about having unforgettable experiences for an unbeatable price, eating at The Landing will prove to be one of the best decisions you’ll make during your time in the Turks and Caicos.

With offerings ranging from pulled pork to fish burgers, the food holds up its end of the bargain, but the setting here will define your experience, with its sandy floor, starry ceiling, and its boat-shaped bar.

6) Sandbar Restaurant

Staying on Grand Turk? If you want to have a dining experience you won’t soon forget, have at least one meal at the Sandbar Restaurant.

The place of choice for sundowner beers for many snowbirds, the beverages you have here will only mark the beginning of your time here.

The grilled grouper, conch, quesadillas, and burgers will make for a down to earth experience that ensures your return to this understated place upon your return visit to the Turks and Caicos.

FINE DINING:

7) Coco Bistro

Want to be privy to one of the most exquisite dining experiences in the T&C archipelago? Get your concierge to phone well in advance to book you a table at Coco Bistro.

An open air restaurant where palm tree fronds are your ceiling, this special environment will only serve to enhance your experience here.

With delectable dishes which include shrimp satays, penne pasta, and rack of lamb, you and your partner will have a culinary experience that will raise the bar of what you previously thought was fine dining.

8) Seven

The Coco Bistro doesn’t have a monopoly on al fresco dining in the Turks and Caicos, so if you find yourself shut out of Coco’s, Seven is an excellent second option.

The cooks and wait staff here pay remarkable attention to detail, as the vast majority of dishes come out of the back cooked perfectly. In the rare instance they aren’t, everything will be done to make things right.

As for the food, the pumpkin ravioli and the mahi-mahi are highly thought of by diners, but if you can’t decide on what to have, they also have a tasting menu which will allow you to sample the best of what they have to offer.

9) Ristorante Via Veneto

If you are craving Italian food while in the Turks and Caicos, dining at Ristorante Via Veneto will help make things right in a hurry.

In order to get the pork cheeks, lasagna, and pizza for their menu made to their standards, the owners have imported most of their ingredients directly from Italy.

While this has had the effect of driving up prices, it ensures authenticity and flavour, making Ristorante Via Veneto a sure bet if you are looking for excellent Italian cuisine in Providenciales.

6 Alternative Travel Ideas for March

Niseko is one of many Alternative Travel Ideas for March that sound good to us

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Thinking of what to do this March? Travel – this is the answer. If you are wondering where to go and what to do, keep on reading and we’ll share with you some ideas that you might love. These will be the perfect opportunity to invest in new experiences and discover new things.

Take a Yoga Retreat

You might also want to consider having a yoga retreat if you want to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. There are so many health benefits to practising yoga, so this would be a good opportunity to destress and detoxify. Most of these retreats are hosted in places where you can connect with nature, far from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. This is a good idea if you want to have a holistic vacation, which will cleanse your body, mind, and soul.

Go Wine Tasting in Umbria

Although this is not as popular as other cities in Italy, it is worth a visit, especially if you love wines. There are many wineries and vineyards offering tasting sessions, most of which are paired with delectable menu. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to experience authentic Italian cuisine. Staying in a villa is the perfect way to enjoy your holiday in Umbria for a relaxing and sophisticated experience.

Go on a Ski Trip

If you like snow and physical activities, a ski trip should be planned. There are many places that are excellent, such as Niseko, the French Alps and Whistler. Consider your skill level to pick which destination is right for you. Stay in luxury chalets where you can have an excellent view of the ski site. You can even try heli-skiing if you dare to be different.

Do a Volunteer Project

This is a good idea if you want to do a good deed while also having a vacation. There are many counties where you can enjoy a plethora of volunteer activities, such as teaching English, coaching for sports programmes, building schools, or marine conservation. There are so many reasons why you should volunteer abroad, and you will surely feel personally fulfilled once the volunteer program has ended.

Take a Cruise

If you want to have a relaxing vacation in March, take a cruise. There are plenty of options for you, ranging from a single destination that lasts for a few days to a multi-destination cruise that runs for several weeks. Choose a cruise liner that has lavish facilities to make your trip worthwhile. A cruise is an excellent opportunity to have a break from the daily grind and to see different places even in a short time.

Go Backpacking

If budget is an issue, a backpacking trip will prove to be a good idea. Especially in Asia, there are many countries that can be explored without breaking the bank. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Philippines, and Myanmar are just some of the favourites. From cheap hostels to mouth-watering street foods, you will be able to travel while spending less than what you would normally do. Of course, proper planning is necessary to be able to save a lot for your trip.

5 Alternative Trips for Your 2017 Calendar

Kilimanjaro should be included as one of the Alternative Trips for Your 2017 Calendar

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If you are bored with your usual routine it only makes sense to schedule something a little bit different for your vacation. Instead of waiting in line with hundreds of other people to get into the art gallery or museum why not head out where less people are venturing? Here are 5 alternative trips for 2017.

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

If you are looking for an adventure in an exotic country, you can head to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Make sure you spend at least 3 months trekking your local hills and mountains to make sure you are in peak shape. You can find all inclusive packages that include accommodations, meals, guides, cooks and porters. There are seven different routes to choose from and you must climb the mountain with a licensed guide. Here are some pictures to give you an insight into what climbing Kilimanjaro is like.

Narrow boating in the UK

There is nothing like getting back to nature so try narrow boating in the UK. A narrow boat is used to travel along the canals and it is less than seven feet wide. They can be up to 70 feet long so you can enjoy your trip with lots of people or just a few. There are 3000 miles of canals to try in the UK and tons of different rental companies that offer different adventures. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and watch the serenity of nature. You can stop the boat at small towns and see the sights, grab some groceries, stroll through a park, or grab a burger and a pint at a pub.

Trekking in the Andes

A vacation spent trekking in the Andes is great way to rejuvenate. The Andes are a mountain range in South America and they are located in five different countries: Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Peru has the most famous trails and you can visit Machu Picchu which is one of The New 7 Wonders of the World. If you are looking for paths that fewer people have travelled you can find guides and packages to try out the other four countries.

Spiritual Trip to Tibet

If you are fed up with your capitalistic existence it is the perfect time to embark on a spiritual trip to Tibet where you can explore beautiful natural surroundings and visit spiritual sites. Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and this Buddhist monastery often has Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims praying in front of it. Be sure to watch the Monk Debates at Sera Monastery. You can watch this every day except Sundays. Drepung Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery and you should try to visit it during the Shoton Festival. Tashilunpo Monastery is a fabulous example of Tibetan architecture. Be sure to stop and visit Lake Yamdrok, the stunning turquoise water will inspire you to make changes in your life. No trip to Tibet is complete without a view of Mt. Everest the tallest mountain in the world.

Relax on a Norwegian Cruise

Take a Norwegian cruise to see the Northern Lights. Cruising through Norway is a fabulous experience where you will see Viking ruins, fjords, and the fabulous northern lights that light up the sky in an amazing array of colours. Make sure you dress warmly with lots of layers so you don’t get cold.