PLS AirportThe airport is really small. You aren't allowed to take pictures of anything not even the outside or use your cellphone. It was recommended to have luggage checked at least 2 hrs. The delta counter was not that bad but security check was horrible as they only had one line. The boarding and deplaning is all outside you don't get to ride a bus like what I experienced at the Punta Cana portrait. Depending on where your plane is you might have a long walk to the plane. There was limited seating and outlets. One sandwich shop and one souvenir place. They did have a VIP lounge, if i fly again through PLS i may check out the prices of the lounge to have some space as it was very crowded in main area.
AccommodationsIf you aren't going rent a car try to stay in a resort the middle of the Island. You can also try Airbnb and save $40 off your first stay with my referral code. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="374"] Gansevoort Turks And Caicos[/caption] Ocean Resort Club Review I stayed at Ocean Club Resort, which allows for access to both their resorts. Ocean club East (OCE) and Ocean Club West (OCW). I paid for island view which means a view of the parking lot and trees. I initially stayed on top floor of building I, which is right behind the club house. There was no bellman to take bags, I was assigned a room and entered only to find they were still cleaning. I had to go back to the lobby to wait 30 mins for room to be cleaned. All rooms have screened in porch which is great to avoid mosquito. I liked the room which included mini kitchen. However I left for dinner and came back to ants crawling all over kitchen area. I was moved to another room in the meantime til they figured it out. I was literally ready to go home at this point after traveling since 8 am that morning. The next morning, the manager came in and apologized but later moved me to a better room and better view, partial view of beach. Resort is very basic since it’s not all inclusive. Includes 2 small pools. The beach chairs are nice but this part of grace bay had a lot of shells and rocks in the ocean compared to other parts. I love the internet that is included in each room. Room cleaning only included making bed and giving new bathroom towels, for that reason I didn’t ask for room cleaning rest of trip. You must have gate access code to get in OCE if parking a car. Parking was very limited but since it was off season it was not a problem.
FoodI purchased a lot of my favorite snacks before coming which I was glad I did because the grocery store is expensive. I did go to the store to get water and juice; the chips were around $7.00. Orange juice $6.00. There is a 12% tax on most items including restaurants. If you aren't staying in an all inclusive resort check out these restaurants. Tiki Hut Turtle Cove Inn Hotel I went to chicken and ribs night on Wednesday. The open restaurant offers view of Turtle Cove Marina. Food came out quick and was very delicious. Also they offered $5 rum punch on Wednesday. Caicos Bakery Grace Bay, TKCA 1ZZ A cute rench bakeryGreat pastries for breakfast, I stocked up on them for two days of breakfast. They are made fresh each day. Crackpot Kitchen Gracebay | The Shops at Ports of Call, TKCA 1ZZ, An upscale restaurant, great service, limited menu. They have live music on Saturday and a special menu. I had conch fritters for the first time and they were great. This is an upscale restaurant. Mr. Grouper 73 Princess Road | Next to the Tourist Board MY FAVORITE of the Trip: I had the coconut crusted grouper, plantains, and mac and cheese it was awesome. Great service. It was a little hard to find at first. Bay Bistro Grace Bay, TKCA 1ZZ, Providenciales Located in Sibonne Hotel. Great view and breakfast was decent. This part of grace bay bistro was nice. Service slow. Danny Buoys 153 Grace Bay Road, Providenciales An Irish sports bar that offers Karaoke. Service was good, I went on a Thursday night and it was a night with a lot of locals. I returned on a Sat night as most other restaurants closed early. They have a late night menu and I had a chicken quesadilla that was REALLY good. It's simple bar food.
ShoppingThere was not much shopping available unless looking for souvenirs. I did most of my shopping at the airport (rum cakes, souvenirs) due to most stores were not open on Sunday.
Tourist AttractionsGrace Bay Beach -Beautiful, peaceful, white sandy beach. The part near the park next to Sibonne Hotel was the cleanest in terms of the water not being so rocky. Chalk Sound -A 20 minute drive from main resorts, it was a beautiful area that attract a lot of tourists. Kind of strange considering its surrounded by a residential neighborhood, so there is not a place to really park and get out. I did find a spot at Doctors Lane and Chalk Sound drive behind the main road. Be careful. My next trip I will explore north and middle Caicos.
This is now my favorite Caribbean destination once I got past the sticker shock of costs. Now that I know it’s a short 2 hr flight from Atlanta, I will be back again soon. Have you considered Turks and Caicos? Why or why not?Comment below!