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Holiday Happenings in Turks and Caicos

As most of North America endures a deep freeze from November thru February, Turks and Caicos remains idealistic with sunny skies and temperatures between 80-85 degrees. These summery conditions make Coral Gardens a great place to spend Christmas and/or New Years.  Grace Bay loves the holidays and hosts a variety of fun events for you and your family.  Allow us to explain:

 

December 17th: The Christmas in Blue Hills event kicks off the holiday season featuring maypole dancing, storytelling, performances by local musicians while the colors and creativity of the Turks and Caicos islands are on display.

 

 

December 26th: While known as Boxing Day around the world, Providenciales hosts the Maskanoo Parade and Street Fair.  In its 4thyear Maskanoo is a celebration that is inspired by the rituals African slaves brought to the Caribbean during the 1700’s and 1800’s. You will see brilliantly colored costumes, glittering masks, festive music and local delicacies.  Following the parade is a street fair held between Saltmills Plaza and the Regent Grand shopping area.  Browse the works of local artists while bands entertain on the main stage.

 

December 28th: The fun continues with the post-Christmas Beach Party event in Grace Bay. The day and evening sunset will be filled with authentic foods, kayak races and live music all set on the most beautiful beach in the world.  This is a fun event for the whole family and a great time to get to know the locals.

 

December 31st: Throughout the year Turks and Caicos reflects the conservative influences from the British kingdom, but on New Year’s Eve the entire island lets their hair down to celebrate the passing year.  Nearly every restaurant and resort will host a festive dinner, DJ dancing and flowing cocktails.  Around 11pm Grace Bay beach will be ablaze with numerous bonfires where revelers gather to watch the fireworks displays.  Ricky’s Flamingo Café hosts the largest NYE celebration which is geared for the 20’s and 30’s crowd.  While Coral Gardens and Somewhere Café host a very family-friendly party where children, parents and grandparents dance the night away to a local DJ.

 

We hope this overview of the holidays in Turks and Caicos has inspired you to visit us at Coral Gardens during this festive season.  The holiday season kicks off our busiest time of the year, so make your travel plans now and maybe you’ll see Santa Claus on the beach at Grace Bay.

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Hurricane Maria Update

Wow, the Turks and Caicos Islands likely just experienced the worst two weeks of weather in their 500-year history with Hurricanes Irma (category 5) and Maria (category 4).  Given the devastation caused by these historic storms elsewhere, our Coral Gardens fared quite well with minimal damage (unearthed palm trees and a few small broken windows).  Within 5 days of Irma’s departure, most of the Grace Bay area had restored electricity and just in time for Maria’s arrival.  At the time of this writing, the power is again being reconnected to get life back to normal.  Our nearby IGA supermarket, PLS airport, seaport, banks and restaurants have reopened.  We are grateful to report the staff and families at Coral Gardens are all safe and secure.  It is frightening moments like this when mankind comes together to survive, as evidenced by all the owners at Coral Gardens who offered their condominiums to our staff and their families to ensure their safety and survival through the storms.   The feeling of “togetherness” is challenging to convey in words but its presence is obvious in Provo as friends, neighbors and strangers are lending assistance wherever necessary.

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