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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!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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