I was invited to attend Beaches Social Media on the Sand which is an invitation-only social media conference hosted by Beaches Turks and Caicos all-inclusive family resort. I rounded up my family which included my hubby, daughter’s, and my mom whom is 74 years old and we took the vacation of a lifetime to one the best family resorts in Turk and Caicos.
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I was a little hesitant about staying at Beaches all-inclusive family resort because in my mind all of y’all bad kids will be jumping all over my head, screaming, throwing temper tantrums and I do not consider that a vacation.
The minute we arrived at Beaches Turks & Caicos, all of my preconceived notions of an all-inclusive resort and traveling with teens were gone!
No wristband policy! No kids splashing water everywhere! No parents ignoring their bad kids!
Lawd Ham Mercy.
Choose your destination wisely
If you want to relax on the beach but your teens want to hang out at the pool or arcade, maybe this is the year for you to consider Beaches one of the best family resorts in Turks and Caicos.
How to get to Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from having a family vacation with the kiddos or allow this weather to give you the winter blues. Take a quick trip to Beaches All-Inclusive Family Resort In Turks and Caicos everyone in the family will have a little something for them.
This time of year it’s even easier to travel to Turks and Caicos with additional flights coming from a wide range of gateways.
All US citizens visiting the Caribbean must be in possession of a valid US passport so if you don’t have a passport click here for instructions on how to apply for a US Passport.
American Airlines has two daily flights from Miami and one a day from Dallas on Saturdays.
Delta offers Thursday, Friday and Saturday service from Atlanta, as well as Saturday only flights from Boston and New York.
Air Canada has direct flights from Toronto every day, except Tuesday and Thursday; and from Montreal on Sundays.
JetBlue has daily flights from New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Saturday service from Boston.
United Airline offers service from Newark, NY every day except Tuesdays.
Westjet has service from Toronto on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and a flight from Montreal on Fridays.
British Airways provides service to London via Antigua on Sundays and Thursdays
The Turks and Caicos Islands currently have 2 full-service international airports on Providenciales and Grand Turk, and all other inhabited islands have domestic airports, some with limited international entry facilities.
Airport Transfers To Beaches Resort
One of the best things about staying at all inclusive is just that it’s all-inclusive. Airport transfers are included in a stay at Beaches Turks & Caicos. The airport (Providenciales) is about a 10 to 15-minute drive to the resort.
When making your flight reservations, I suggest departing as early as possible which means you will arrive in Turks and Caicos around 2 pm. There are two departing flights; one is the 9 am flight means a 6:30 am a shuttle to the airport from Beaches Resorts or the later flight which departs around 2 pm and you will need a shuttle transfer to the airport at 12:30.
This will gives you plenty of time to get the kiddos and family breakfast and allow the family to enjoy the resort one last time before leaving paradise.
Family Friendly Guide To Turks and Caicos with Teens
The Turks and Caicos, especially the island of Providenciales, has an expensive reputation—and for good reason. Much of the food in the Turks and Caicos is directly imported from the US and specifically Florida, so many brands and items are American products but everything is extremely overpriced.
But if you’ve got your eye set on the stunning beaches of Provo you can either rent a condo on the beach which I Do Not suggest or stay at Beaches all-inclusive family resort.
Renting A Condo On The Beach
We flew into Turks and Caicos on a Tuesday and decided to rent a condo for one night to understand the price difference between staying at an all-inclusive resort vs paying for everything ourselves.
After googling beach homes in Turks and Caicos I came across Oasis at Grace Bay on Trip Advisor.
I booked us a 2 bedroom/2 Bath beachfront villa for approximately $250.00 per night. They let us check in early which was great, the rooms were lovely and cool, and a great respite from the midday sun.
The pool area was really pretty, surrounded by beautiful palms and bougainvilleas. We had plenty of space to relax but make sure you bring bug spray because the mosquitos were relentless!
There is no restaurant at the hotel but there is a bar by the pool which also had music playing in the afternoon. There is no shortage of other restaurants within walking distance, but just know that a lot of the restaurants in town are very expensive.
When I say expensive you need to be prepared to take out a payday loan to buy groceries when you return home!
We all grabbed a bike and took the short ride to Danny Buoys Grill for both lunch and dinner. The food was amazing but here is the difference between staying in a Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resort and renting a beach house.
My husband and daughters had burgers which were $37.00 each! I had an order of hot wings which were $47.00 and my mom ordered fish n chips which were $42.00 and that is not including fries, desserts, sodas, and the cocktails my hubby and I consumed. We spent well over $500 on food for one night which is crazy!
Pick the Right Resort: Beaches Is One of the Best Family Resorts in Turk and Caicos.
All resorts are not created equal. Sandals Resorts are designed for couples looking for a romantic getaway while Beaches Turks and Caicos are definitely designed with families in mind. This all-inclusive resort is truly all inclusive making it a great spot for families with kiddos and multi-generational getaways.
Beaches Turks & Caicos touts itself as ‘luxury included’ with no tipping, no bill-signing, and my favorite no wristbands because those wristbands are so annoying!
Beaches Resort is the best family resort in Turks and Caicos because of the quality of service from the cocktails, to the premium alcohol, delicious food and the high standard of hospitality. I was amazed at how the staff knew my family name and went out of their way to make us feel special.
The Rooms at Beaches Turks and Caicos
The most difficult decision you will have to make in planning your family vacation to Beaches Resort is deciding which room to book. You can choose from a one bedroom suite to a four bedroom suite depending on your needs.
The 758-room resort is a destination in itself, with several different villages — Caribbean, French, Key West and Italian — each village is designed to reflect the style of its region.
Once you decide how many bedrooms you need then you need to decide which level of luxury your family will need to make your vacation seamless.
There are three levels of service:
Rates are based on the size of your room, the view, and the level of service. If you are looking to save money, choose one of the smaller room since even in the luxury level rooms you will have access to the same all-inclusive amenities of the resort.
Upgrade to concierge level and your room will be stocked with an open bar, beverages and it will be refreshed daily.
The Butler service takes luxury to the next level! You will be assigned your own personal butler who will work to grant any requests you have from the moment you check you in your room till the time you depart.
Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to have your own personal Genie? Ice cream at 2 am? Need help with excursions? Need a bath drawn? Your every need will be met!
Boom, Just like that.
We stayed in the French Village which has a European vibe, sidewalks with bistros, cafes and beautiful gardens, inspired by those in Versailles. One massive pool with zero-entry, a swim-up bar, and hot tub are the main focal point of the village. The room options are better suited to large families with one-, two- and three-bedroom suites accommodating up to 14 people available.
Give your teens a little space.
The French Village is also the most budget-friendly. My mom and two daughters stayed in the Standard room which has two double beds and a single sleep chair and my hubby and I stayed in the adjoining room which had one king bed along with one twin daybed with a trundle.
Many rooms in the French Village don’t have actual patios or balconies, but French balconettes which can be opened and you can see views of the pool, gardens or ocean but you cannot walk out onto them.
Fun Activities For Tweens and Teens at Beaches Turks and Caicos
Teens are notorious for being bored and disengaged during family vacations, but Beaches has worked hard to make sure there’s something for every kid, no matter what their preferences.
Older kids will really be able to take advantage of and enjoy all the activities and amenities offered. Your child should not only be entertained for your whole vacation but hopefully, discover some new things they love.
When the kids grow up it’s hard to keep them entertained when every member of your family has a different need. Beaches Turks and Caicos caters to all ages so here’s my guide to Beaches Turks and Caicos for Teens.
How Parents Should Relax at Beaches Resort in Turks and Caicos:
- Drop the kids off at Kids Camp
- Go to the Spa
- Grab a cocktail
- Go on a date
Pool and Water Fun
There are 10 swimming pools -three with swim-up bars – and four whirlpool hot tubs, including one stand-alone, adults-only hot tub with ocean views.
- Caribbean Village pool
- Cascade’s, Iguana’s
- Camp Sesame
- Pirate’s Island Waterpark (kiddos under 4)
- Riviera Pool
- French Village Pool
- Key West Village Pools (Adult Only Pool)
- Italian Village Pool
The Pirate’s Island Waterpark, a 45,000-square-foot aquatic playground with water slides, two kiddie pools, a 650-foot lazy river and Body Glove Waves surf simulator for simulated surf experiences, are absolutely amazing. The little ones under 4 can play in a beached pirate ship with water cannons, cranks, and sprays, along with a zero-entry pool.
On the beach, families can canoe, kayak, snorkel, windsurf, dive, sail and hydro-bike at no extra charge because you guess it Beaches Resort is all inclusive which means water activities are free as well.
Liquid Teen Nightclub
My daughter’s enjoyed endless pizza, ice cream, sodas and they were completely stoked to have their own “nightclub” where they met other kids their age and sang karaoke. Other activities included supervised water sports, pool games, tennis clinics, dancing, and talent shows.
Scratch DJ Academy
My girls took vinyl spinning lessons at Scratch DJ Academy, and they also learned how to mix and scratch songs. Each session lasts approximately one hour 60.
Where to eat at Beaches Turks and Caicos
There are 21 restaurants at Beaches Turks & Caicos so even the pickiest eater in your family will have an array of culinary choices from barefoot eating beachside, to gourmet themed-choices, to adult-only romantic dining. Try to eat at all 21 restaurants!
My mom turned 74 and at the BBQ Beach Party which is held on Friday nights, she decided to let her hair down and danced to the live music, ate BBQ’s and select dishes from all over the Caribbean.
It’s all-inclusive so why not right? We didn’t get to all 21 but below are a few of the highlights.
Enjoy meals with Southwestern flair serving traditional favorites like Ceviche, Tortilla Soup, and Enchiladas, long with Mahi Mahi Gratin with Tequila, Grilled Ribeye Steak, and BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Not to be left out, the kids also have a plenty of delicious options including BBQ Buffalo Wings, Chicken Tacos and Quesadillas.
If dining outside is your pleasure, a patio table is a great bet. The dress code for this restaurant is casual.
Lunch: 12 to 4 p.m.; Dinner: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Barefoot by the Sea
Barefoot is one of the few restaurants where you can actually show up…barefoot, digging your toes into the sand while enjoying yummy seafood. The food here is just as enticing as the blue Caribbean waters offering distinctive seafood dishes such as Lobster Bisque with Sourdough Croutons, Herb-Crusted Mahi Mahi, and Coconut-Fried Tiger Shrimp are just a few of the tantalizing options that grace Barefoot’s palatable menu.
Breakfast: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Lunch: 12:30 to 2:30 p.mx.; Dinner: 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Bella Napoli Pizzeria
Nothing says comfort food better than a warm slice of brick-oven pizza made fresh with mozzarella, homemade tomato sauce, and tasty toppings. Bella Napoli hits the spot any time of day or night with oven-baked bread and choice toppings including, Gorgonzola, pear, Brie, prosciutto, sausage, artichokes, seafood, and even ripe banana and dark chocolate toppings for the savory dessert pizza.-fired ovens make wonderful pizzas.
My personal favorite is the conk pizza and I should be ashamed to tell you I ate 3 whole pizzas at one time but this is a no diet and no judgment zone!
The dress code for this restaurant is casual, and it’s open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located within the Jolly Roger ship on Pirate’s Island. Bobby Dee’s was my mom’s favorite restaurant even though the restaurant is for the kiddos. The décor of this enchanting place is made to look like a pirate ship but also has the bubbly décor of a 1950s American diner with brightly colored tables and chairs, and checkered flooring. The onion rings are amazing!
It’s open from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. (yes, 6 a.m. — the restaurant aims to provide kid-friendly food around the clock).
Bar (non-alcoholic): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Knives banging on the stove, shrimp flying through the air, and lots off-tune singing will surely make the kids smile inside this Teppanyaki-style eatery but it was a little much for my mom. Take the noise into consideration when dining here with your elderly parents.
Kimonos Restaurant is so popular that it’s the only onsite restaurant that requires reservations; book as soon as you get to the resort! The dress code for this dinner-only restaurant is resort casual.
Le Petit Chateau
Le Petit Chateau is encircled by tropical foliage and understated beauty. A popular meeting place to enjoy the Parisian-inspired cuisine, elegant décor, and excellent wines from around the world.
Le Petit Chateau is a favorite stop after an eventful day frolicking along the white sand beach and splashing in the refreshing Caribbean Sea. Modeled after the fascinating manor houses of the 19th century where nobles gathered and dined, this must–visit, the adult-only restaurant delivers in every aspect.
(It states adult only but my girls are 12 and they were allowed to dine there).
Unlimited Sodas For the Teens and Unlimited Cocktails for Me!
I can’t imagine having to pay for soda after soda or buying cocktails from the swim up bar for me and the hubs. The savings you have from the free sodas and cocktails alone is enough to stay at Beaches all-inclusive resort Turks and Caicos.
kids/parents + unlimited sodas/cocktails = happy family. Both Madison and Camille loved being able to just grab a soda at their convenience because the sun in Turks and Caicos is nothing to play with and you need to stay hydrated.
My hubby and I laid out drinking cocktail after cocktail while my mom watched over the girls but I do want to mention that the drinking age is 18 in Turks and Caicos so if you are bringing an 18-year-old you might want to have another talk about drinking before you get here.
There are bars everywhere you look and we never had to wait for service. Plus the drinks are refilled twice a day in your room too!.
What’s Not Included At Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos
While the resort is all-inclusive, there are a few things that come at an additional price:
- Special character interactions
- Craft Shed
- Hair Braiding
There’s so much included you certainly won’t feel deprived if you skip all those extras, but parents may feel compelled to say yes to their children if they see the ads for these things and want in.
Additional Things To Know About Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos has at least 60 different nationalities represented in their population, but the official language is English. The most common secondary languages spoken on the island are Spanish, French and Italian, but it is highly unusual to meet a local that does not speak English.
Even though the island of Turks and Caicos is a British Territory their official currency is the United States Dollar. I would still suggest using your credit cards while traveling to collect points for future travel. Just make sure your credit card doesn’t charge any foreign transaction fees. A credit card simply offers you more protection.
Turks & Caicos Tourism planning website – Link
Turks & Caicos Tourism Board – Link
Passports and Grub (Travel Guide) – Link
Trip Advisor (Travel Guide & Reviews) Link
Overall Beaches Turks and Caicos is a great place for all of the family especially kids, and all ages are catered for.
The family friendliness and the beautiful location were the main reasons for choosing beaches, but there are so many other reasons which you don’t see until you are there.
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