Thursday, October 30, 2014

Providenciales Part 3: Chalk Sound

If you're ever in Turks & Caicos, you've really got to visit Chalk Sound. It's a little cumbersome to visit because despite the fact that it's a national park, there is no official entrance. You've basically just got to drive around the residential area and pull into empty lots (most of which are for sale) and creep around to get some good views.

Luckily, it's not crowded and the residents aren't bothered by visitors (as long as the visitors aren't on their private property) so it's actually quite nice.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Providenciales Part 2: Bight Reef

Last time we were in Provo (which was also the first time we were in Provo), my sister and I were obsessed with the snorkeling at Bight Reef. Because it was the dry season, the water was crystal clear and the visibility was incredible.

This time around, we were visiting during the wet season, though I'm wondering if I should put quotations around the word "wet" because it only rained once during our trip. Anyway, the water levels in general were much higher and the waves were a little more violent so visibility wasn't great and it was much more difficult to swim against the currents.
Despite the less-than-ideal snorkeling conditions, we managed to swim out here two separate times and I snapped a few photos with my underwater camera to share.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Providenciales Part 1: The Sands

Hello! Yes, I am back from holiday. It was a week of paradise; perfect weather with plenty of sexy sunshine and a completely relaxing itinerary make for the ideal getaway. I'm totally bummed to be back but I'm pretty excited to plan my next adventure. I'm thinking about three trips right now: one nature-filled trip (where my dog can come too), a trip to Italy (Positano is a must-see on my list), and a late summer trip to Greece (Mykonos and Santorini are on my bucket list). Don't worry, if anything comes to fruition, I'll share it right here. In the mean time, I'll be sharing bits and pieces of my trip to TCI.
Up until just a few years ago, I hadn't been the biggest fan of tropical getaways. I'd always been more inclined to visit busy cities (particularly European ones) because I felt like you'd get the most bang for your buck. And besides, I live near the ocean, a beach is a beach, right? But now that I'm older, I appreciate the "lay on the beach all day like some lazy S.O.B." style trips where you're laying on flour-soft white sand whilst staring at crystal clear waters. A beach is not always a beach. The Jersey shore hardly compares to the perfection of the Caribbean.

This might've been the best tropical getaway yet (I say that every time I come back from a trip though so there might not be much merit to that statement). You might know that I'd visited Provo back in 2012. So, because I'd done it before, this time around I felt absolutely no pressure at all. I knew the island so driving around wasn't a pressure-filled anxiety attack with my sister and me yelling at each other to look at the map. I'd seen all there is to see so I didn't feel like I was "wasting" time by sitting and relaxing at the beach all day. And because it was the off-season, it was much less crowded (not that it gets v. crowded there in general) so it was extra relaxing.
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