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Heritage Festivals in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Maritime Festival: Part 5 in a five part series about National Heritage Month in the Turks and Caicos Islands What has a sparkling turquoise colour that has provided the backdrop to countless weddings and television programs? What possesses such power and movement that countless island artists have been inspired to paint and create songs?

Turks and Caicos Seafood Festival – October 2014 – National Heritage Month

The Seafood Festival: Part 2 in a five part series about National Heritage Month in the Turks and Caicos Islands Let’s talk rods, reels, and ripsaws. No, this is not Mrs. Grimble’s Grade 6 English Class on Alliteration. We’d like to introduce you to the Seafood Festival, a cultural celebration of the sea held on

Book a Vacation at a Grace Bay Resort

How do you balance budget friendly with superior hotel amenities? Book a vacation at a Grace Bay resort in the Turks and Caicos and expect a beach holiday to rival all others. The allure of the turquoise waters framing glowing white sand, and the promise of carefree days spent on the beach snorkeling, reading, swimming

Holiday Planning Advice for the Turks & Caicos Islands

Helpful Travel and Packing Tips Make Your Caribbean Vacation Blissfully Uncomplicated You’re thinking about booking a vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands, but how do you make that vacation truly memorable? A vacation is a lot like a do-it-yourself household project. It takes planning, preparation and the right tools to make it successful, stress-free

Explore Northwest Point National Park

Stretches of Beach, vibrant Coral Reefs and Rugged Coastline on Providenciales In this video, we take you to beautiful Northwest Point National Park. A scenic section on Providenciales, the park is comprised of two protected areas side by side: the Northwest Point Marine Natural Park, and Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve. The main points of

Middle Caicos CrabFest at Bamburra Beach on Middle Caicos Island

Annual Festival Celebrates Island Heritage with delicious Blue Land Crab “Catch ‘em, cook ‘em, eat ‘em”. Sounds like the Giant Troll’s refrain as they relish the sight of little Hobbits before them. We’re not talking Tolkien, but this event is no less epic. June 28th marks the third annual Middle Caicos CrabFest at Bamburra Beach

Celebrity Sightings in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Latest Movie Production Shows Continued Appeal of Islands An MI5 agent is on the lam. He finds himself amidst a sting operation. It’s action, adventure and allegations: it’s Turks and Caicos. Action? Allegations? Why aren’t you talking about the brilliantly white sandy beaches, tropical turquoise waters, and blush pink conch shells? Turks and Caicos still

Helicopter Tours of The Turks and Caicos Islands

Thrilling Sightseeing Excursions around Providenciales Flying high over Caribbean islands is thrilling and will give you a spectacular view. Absolutely. But one charter helicopter company in the Turks and Caicos Islands soars high above the basic flight package. Helicopter tours of the Turks and Caicos Islands, offered by TCI Helicopters, a helicopter charter company, include

Protecting the West Indian Flamingo in the Turks and Caicos

There’s Nothing Bird-Brained About Conservation Efforts on North Caicos The words pink flamingo evoke images of everything from colorful drinks to crazy lawn ornaments. This brilliantly coloured bird is an eye-catcher, no doubt about it. Its brilliant colour and long legs quickly command your attention. And when you step off the plane in the Turks

Villa del Mar Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Recognised as a Top Performing Resort as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site Villa del Mar Resort in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos has received a 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is

Mermaid Adventure Eco Tours in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

An Underwater Playground Features Mermaid Bella You’re metres below the surface of the Caribbean water. Brilliantly coloured fish swim near your face, darting and moving individually or in large schools. Swimming by you are bright blue tangs, playful parrotfish, dainty damselfish, and the occasional beautiful mermaid. No, you are not imagining this. You are able

A Virtual Vacation to the Turks & Caicos Islands

Villa del Mar’s latest brochure gives you a taste of a holiday on Grace Bay Beach An intimate condominium resort located in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, Villa del Mar offers all the allure of a Caribbean vacation with more privacy than the sprawling resorts that line Grace Bay Beach. Our new brochure, filled with pictures

Queen’s Baton Relay in Turks and Caicos

Turks & Caicos one stop in a journey through 70 nations Passing the hot sauce to spice up conch fritters is one thing. But in the Turks and Caicos Islands right now there is something being handed between people that is firing up more than peoples’ tastes. As of yesterday, April 15, 2014, The Queen’s

Bonefishing Charters and Excursions in the Turks & Caicos Islands

The Elusive Bonefish is a Challenge for Even Experienced Anglers What is bonefishing, or bonefish for that matter? Bonefish are medium sized game fish found in shallow tropical waters. These fish are known for their elusiveness and fight, and bonefishing is an increasingly popular challenge to sportsfisherman of all abilities. And these anglers would go

The Sydney Morning Herald Rates Grace Bay Beach #2 Among World’s Best Beaches

Beautiful Photo Features Villa del Mar’s Beachfront Along Grace Bay Beach The Sydney Morning Herald Traveller listed the top beaches in the world, and out of 26 beaches, Grace Bay Beach was recognized in number 2 place. What an honor! Interestingly, the photograph selected by the publisher features the segment of 12-mile Grace Bay Beach

Fine Dining in Providenciales

Choices Abound, but Three Restaurants Stand Out With Diners Many people go on a vacation to escape from the stress of life. They can’t stand the heat and they get out of the kitchen. But for three chefs on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the heat is just fine and they love staying

Activities in the Turks & Caicos Islands

How will you spend your vacation in the Turks & Caicos Islands? From snorkeling in clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life, jet skiing along the picturesque shoreline, walking along a stretch of Grace Bay Beach, or swimming with the playful dolphins who venture close to shore, there are numerous activities to enjoy while on

Shopping Plazas in the Turks and Caicos Offer Something for Everyone

Art, Specialty Food, and Luxury Goods Shopping….Tax Free! Okay it’s time to do some shopping. Maybe you want to escape that mid-day sun or just get that perfect little something for that special someone back home. On Providenciales, however, shopping isn’t about covering the vast distance of a mall or comparing items between competing chain

Planning a Wedding in the Turks and Caicos Islands?

Villa del Mar, Grace Bay, is an Intimate Destination for a Caribbean Beach Wedding Say “I do” on the beautiful shores of world-renowned Grace Bay Beach, a jewel in the string of islands, islets and cays in the Turks and Caicos archipelago. A short flight from many accessible US and Canadian hubs including Miami, New

Brush off the Snow…and Slap On the Sunscreen

Welcome to Villa Del Mar If this long winter has got you down, we have just the remedy for you! Trade in the frigid winds for an icy rum punch, the frozen lakes for the body-soothing waves of the intoxicatingly warm ocean, and those heavy socks and boots for the toasty, talcum-powder sand of Grace

Cheers! Wish you were here with us…

Join us for Captain Bill’s famous Rum Punch at the weekly reception at Villa del Mar On Friday evenings just as the sun is skimming the horizon, guests and long time friends of Villa del Mar gather in the presence of the Captain to sip on one of the best rum cocktails available in the

Will you be spending some time on the beaches in the Turks and Caicos?

Beachcombing is a great way to enjoy the marine diversity and beauty around Providenciales “He sells seashells by the seashore.” “The shells that Stanford sells are art shells I’m sure.” Born on Providenciales, Stanford Handfield grew up surrounded by the startling beautiful waters of the Caribbean which is home to the conch and other remarkable

Home-style Cooking on Providenciales

Local Eatery Offers More than Delicious Food on Grace Bay His mom’s Peas Soup & Dough has long been a local favorite. His ability to play saxophone is known around the islands and well beyond. But it’s the combination of the great food and his music talent that makes Janardo Laporte’s Fresh Catch Local Bites

Visiting the Caribbean at Christmas Time?

Christmas and New Years Events in the Turks & Caicos Islands Brighten Up Any Caribbean Vacation Visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands with its spectacular beaches and glorious weather is always wonderful. And getting the chance to celebrate Christmastime in these friendly islands is warm in so many ways. But it is the post-Christmas period

Is It Possible to Experience a Little Parisienne Culture in Provo? Mais oui!

Caicos Bakery Brings you a Delightful Assortment of Fresh French-inspired Baking There’s nothing like the feeling of the hot Caribbean sun on your cheeks. There’s nothing like the view of brilliant turquoise waters out your window. And there’s nothing like the sweet taste of a French pastry on your tongue. Hold it. Did you just

Adopt a Potcake from the TCSPCA in the Turks and Caicos

Spay, Neuter and Adoption Program Supported by Dedicated Volunteers Some time ago a wandering mother cat and her kittens became permanent welcome “guests” at the Villa del Mar Resort in the Turks & Caicos Islands thanks to the kindness of the resort management, in particular Alan Lawley and his wife Pam. It’s the kind of

Sailing Excursions around the Turks and Caicos Islands

Explore the Islands with Sail Beluga Sailing Charters She was designed by a master. She was built to race. And for 28 years now she has been carrying passengers all around the Turks and Caicos Islands. She is “Beluga”, a 37 foot catamaran, built by her captain Tim Ainley. Tim operates “Sail Beluga”, a private

Snorkeling and Diving in the Turks and Caicos – at the same time!

Explore Caribbean marine life through SNUBA For many people, the idea of being underwater is terrifying. Even the opportunity to see unusual marine life up close is not enough to push past that fear. And the idea of being fully immersed in this marine world with scuba gear is just beyond the training and comfort

Favorite Places to Kayak in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Chalk Sound: Pristine and Fragile Ecosystem on Providenciales The color of the water will leave you speechless. You ask people to describe the beauty and they struggle for words. But when they do find the words, the questions often asked are: “Why is the color so blue?” or “Why is Chalk Sound so exquisite?” However,

History excursions in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Providenciales

Cheshire Hall Plantation: The Spirit of Resilience and Survival How does it come about that a place of slavery can be regarded in a constructive and practical manner? How do the people of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands find the positives at a local site where people were enslaved? The site is Cheshire

Turks and Caicos Beach Resort Receives Superb Reviews

Villa del Mar Receives 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence One positive guest comment is great. But many positive reviews from all over the world is truly amazing! In fact, for the Villa del Mar Resort on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the overwhelming number of glowing reviews paved the way to the prestigious

Turks and Caicos Annual Conch Festival

Villa del Mar Proud Sponsor of Upcoming 10th Annual Culinary and Culture Fest Come November, it’s time once again to celebrate all things “Conch” (pronounced conk) in the Caicos! The collection of Caribbean cuisine and culture will “conch”-quer your taste buds! It’s time for the 10th Annual Turks and Caicos Conch Festival. And this year

Turks and Caicos Beach Service Like None Other

Villa del Mar Delights With An Exceptional Beach Service Experience It’s a hot day at the beach, you’re melting and you’d give anything for something cool and refreshing. Where do you go? Who can you turn to? You, my friend, are thinking about beach service. Spending time at this beach is a highlight in any

The Lizards of Little Water Cay, Turks & Caicos

Visitors Experience A Unique Walk Through “Iguana Island” The word iguana prompts images that range from Gordon Gecko to Godzilla. But the chance to see a real iguana in its own habitat is rare to those who come from more northern climates. The Turks and Caicos comprise a multitude of “cays”, small low elevation islands

Turks and Caicos Islands Queen Conch

World’s Only Conch Farm Treasures This Important Mollusk For most people, the word conch evokes either an image of a large white shell on a Caribbean beach or a deep hollow sound trumpeting the air. In the Turks and Caicos Islands conch is the national symbol and the heart of the economy. It represents a

The Flavorful History of the Turks & Caicos Islands

Manager’s Reception at Villa del Mar Pours a Tasty History Lesson Tendra Musgrove, General Manager, and Alan Lawley, Director of Development and Operations at Villa Del Mar work hard to create a home-away-from-home experience for visitors to their family-friendly resort in Providenciales. And it would seem that they have been successful as guests so often

Villa del Mar’s Hospitality Is “The Cat’s Meow”

A Delightful Turks & Caicos Holiday Destination For Families Sometimes the smallest gesture of kindness can lead to unexpected happiness. Sometimes just reaching out can change life forever. Such is the story of resident cat Mama who lives at the Villa Del Mar Resort on Providenciales, one of the many islands which form the Turks

Bring your family to the world’s best beach!

Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice™ 2012 Winner Family – Top 25 Hotels for Families in the Caribbean In four short words: We love hosting families! Families staying with us always start the day off with our complimentary poolside deluxe continental breakfast from 7:30-10 am which includes cereals, juices, coffee & tea, assorted breads, and healthy fresh fruit.

Great Review from a Christmas guest

We love reading the great reviews people post about their experience with us on the very popular Tripadvisor.com – here’s one from our guests that stayed with us and helped to celebrate the holiday season here in the islands. “We stayed here from Dec 25, 2010 – Jan 5, 2011 and we will be going