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Ten Reasons to Choose Turks & Caicos for Your Next Caribbean Vacation

Ten Reasons to Choose Turks & Caicos for Your Next Caribbean Vacation

If you’re considering jetting off to the Caribbean for a once in a lifetime holiday in the sun, you really are spoiled for choice.

From Barbados to the Bahamas and Trinidad to Tobago, there’s a host of gorgeous islands for you to explore and chill out on. However, one which sometimes gets overlooked is Turks & Caicos, a British Overseas Territory chain of 40 islands in the Lucayan Archipelago.

We’re going to take a look at ten reasons why you should consider these beautiful islands for your next Caribbean vacation.

1. The resorts

Your accommodation can make or break a holiday, but thankfully the Turks & Caicos has got a range of fantastic four and five-star resorts for you to stay at, from the big all-inclusive options to smaller boutique hotels.

The resorts themselves have very relaxed atmospheres and you can even find adult-only options if you want peace and quiet out of your holiday!

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On the other hand, the resorts are all staffed by extremely knowledgeable locals who would be happy to help you sort out activities if you want a slightly more adventurous break.

2. The beaches

Turks & Caicos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is even home to the world’s best beach, the Grace Bay.

With its white sand and turquoise water brimming with wildlife, the beaches in Turks & Caicos are truly second to none, and they’re perfect whether you want to simply lie and take in some rays or want to explore the coastline, snorkeling or scuba diving.

3. Lots to see and do

If you don’t want to spend your days lazing on a beach, the islands have so much more to offer!

Whether it’s snorkeling at Bight Reef, golf at Provo Golf Club, or visiting the Turks & Caicos Conch Farm, you’re always sure to find something to do on the islands!

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For a comprehensive list of things to do, check out this list of 78 things to do.

4. A rich mixture of heritage

While the Turks & Caicos Islands are now a British territory, it has been inhabited by Indian, French and Spanish settlers, giving it a real multicultural feel which is reflected in its architecture.

5. Home to a range of wildlife

The islands are home to an eclectic mix of marine and birdlife which you can spot on various excursions.

In fact, the Grand Turk Lighthouse is actually one of the best places in the world to see the famous humpback whales!

6. Delicious food and drink

The islands are also home to a range of places to eat and drink, serving up some genuine Caribbean grub as well as various gourmet restaurants.

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For example, the Da Conch Shack serves up local specialties such as jerk chicken and rum and has been named one of the world’s best beach bars by CNN.

7. The weather

Of course, just like any other Caribbean island, the weather in the Turks & Caicos is incredible, with sunshine all year round and warm temperatures even throughout winter.

For an idea of the average temperatures and weather in Turks & Caicos head to their official tourism website.

8. Safety

The Turks & Caicos Islands actually have one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean and are well known as a safe tourist destination.

The locals are all very friendly and welcoming and often go out of their way to make you feel safe and at home.

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9. English is the first language

Because it’s an overseas territory, English is the first language of the residents of Turks & Caicos.

While some locals speak the Creole language, you’ll have no trouble communicating with the majority of people, whereas in many Caribbean islands the first languages are French or Dutch.

10. Transportation

Because the islands are so small, you can get around them really easily, and one of the best ways for this is to rent a car.

You can easily navigate the whole coast of Provo (the main island) in a day, and what’s more, they drive on the left side of the road too!

Featured photo credit: askbeach.com/ via askbeach.com

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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