Article and Photography by Kat Aviles
Ever since I was a little girl, my family and I have traveled to the Caribbean on whatever break from school we could get. We mostly visited the Cayman Islands when I was little, but unfortunately, I don’t really remember all of my experiences with regards to where we visited, but the photos sure look great!
My first remembrance of the Caribbean was when we went to Canouan Island in The Grenadines. This was one of my most memorable experiences and sparked my love and desire for the ocean. If you enjoy swimming in endless water, as do I, this magical island has warm water, which makes you feel like you are in a giant bath tub. Although I was only 7 or 8 years old, the memory of the water temperature has forever stayed in my mind, and has created a longing to return one day. While there, we snorkeled out to a large coral reef with a professional diver who hand fed the fish right in front of us, which caused thousands of fish to surround us as if we were in an aquarium! We even got to swim with many wild turtles. If that wasn’t fun enough, my brother and I were able to go back into the kitchen at lunchtime, and learn how to make pizza from scratch with a professional chef, and then spend the afternoon in a two-story kid’s camp. It was an amazing travel experience for kids!
Over the last 10 years, my family has traveled to Puerto Rico, St. Barth’s, Antigua, and the Turks and Caicos. My favorite was the most recent trip where we traveled to the Turks and Caicos with another close family. Experiencing the wonderful weather and most amazing sandy beaches with clean, warm water reminded me of the Canouan experience. We spent a lot of time in the water snorkeling and swimming with the beautiful sea life and coral. You’re sure to love the villas and activities at Grace Bay Resort in Providenciales (or Provo for short), which is located right on the edge of this amazing blue water, yet near the center of town, with easy walking distance to great dining and shopping.
One of the most exciting parts of our trip was traveling by boat to one of the private islands to explore the prestigious Parrot Cay Resort with its secluded endless beaches and luxury villas. Although we did not get to stay on the island, we were able to get the overall experience of the resort’s peace and privacy, even though hundreds of people were actually there! The resort was designed in a manner where the meandering dirt roads made you feel like you were all alone, yet tucked into the bushes were these amazing homes and suites. In fact, my mother was super excited when we were able to tour Christy Brinkley’s house! It was simple beach elegance, and oh so relaxing.
Later, we got to go boating and fishing, then zip over to Iguana Island to see the famous Rock Iguanas – that was cool! The Turks & Caicos is a destination worth visiting again and again.
You can read more of my globe-trotting adventures by clicking here!