Over the last year we have had the opportunity to visit the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort 3 times. The first time was for a wedding, the second was just after the new year, and the third was over Halloween. Even after 3 visits, we feel like we have just barely scratched the surface on all of the wonderful things this island and resort have to offer.
Resort Vibe: Perfect for families, laid back, but lots to do, big resort but feels empty when it's filled to capacity
Here are a few pictures from our latest visit:
Frequently Asked Questions about Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort
Where is Turks & Caicos located?
The Islands of Turks & Caicos are located 90 miles north of the Dominican Republic and is a short 2 hour and 5 minute flight from Miami.
Where is The Beaches Resort located on Turks & Caicos Islands?
The Beaches resort is located on Grace Bay, Providenciales Island.
How far is the Beaches Resort on Turks and Caicos from the airport?
The resort is a short 20 minute shuttle ride from Providenciales (PLS) airport.
Do you need a passport to go to Turks and Caicos resorts?
Yes! A valid passport is required for entry and exit. A tourist visa is not required for stays under 90 days.
How big is the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort?
Beaches Turks and Caicos is the largest resort on the island at 45,000 square feet. It has 5 unique villages, 20 restaurants, 12 miles of beach, a full waterpark with a lazy river and a surf simulator, and is located in a prime location in Grace Bay. Despite its size, you can walk from one side to the other side of the resort in about 10 minutes.
What kind of activities are there for kids?
The fun is endless for kids. From the waterpark, to boogie boarding, to the beach, to kids club, and more. Our kids cannot wait to go back.
This last trip we had a 2 year old, 8 year old, and 11 year old. The older kids are comfortable going to the Xbox Play Lounge on their own and will hit up the kids club area to play games and then grab some ice-cream from Bobby D's on their way back to the room. The 2 year old had a great time playing at the splash pad at the water park and with sand toys at the beach.
Insiders Tip: If you walk father down on the beach to where they are building a new area to the resort, there are big trees that provide a lot of shade. This is a great spot to spend the day and not be cooked by the sun. There is also a pizza place close by and Arizona's has a great buffet for lunch to grab food & drinks to go.
Along with the items mentioned above there are organized kids activities, parades, Sesame Street character interactions, a kids train, and if the parents need a break, there is free daycare with certified staff and if you'd like to go out in the evening, they do offer babysitting services for an extra fee.
Is the food any good?
Yes, to a point where I have to be careful not to overeat.
Online reviews about the resort food are not great, what are your recommendations for a good experience?
While we don't know any of the people who wrote about the food being terrible at Beaches Turks and Caicos, I CAN share where we love to eat and have had an exceptional experience.
Breakfast: Our favorite sit down breakfast is at Sky. This restaurant is very popular, so it is best to get there right when it opens. We like to get the Eggs Benedict and sub out the salmon for ham.
Our favorite buffet breakfast is Reflections, the made to order breakfast burritos are excellent. You can also get made to order omelet's here.
Lunch: Arizona's is a great "on-the-go" lunch if you are in a hurry or hungry right away. For a sit down lunch we recommend The Cricketers Pub, they have a great fish and chips.
Dinner: Everyone will always say Kimonos, but I would argue that Soy Sushi Bar and Arizona's Southwestern are way better.
Adult Only Dinner Restaurants: Sky, Sapodillas Caribbean, and Le Petit Chateau are adult only.
For Dessert - We highly recommend going to Bobby Dee's for an ice-cream Sunday.
For Coffee - We love to swing into Café de Paris to grab a specialty coffee. They do have seasonal favorites, so be sure to checkout what is on the menu.
To check out all of the different restaurants click here.
Resort Activities: What's free and included?
Outside of the waterpark, gym, and organized activities, you can rent snorkeling gear for free 2 hours at a time.
Insider Tip: Grab a life jacket, some snorkeling gear and walk down the beach to the coral gardens. It's about a 0.4 mile (700m) walk. If you hit the season right, you can see a lot of sea turtles swimming in and out of a roped off area. You can't go into the area, but you can snorkel around it. It's pretty incredible.
There are also a lot of free water sports you can rent. Beaches includes a full range of water sports like: kayaks, windsurfing, hydro bikes, Hobie cats, and paddle boards.
Land sports include things like Beach Volleyball, Basketball, lawn chess, croquet, day *& night tennis, billiards, table tennis and a fully equipped fitness center.
What kind of rooms does Beaches Turks & Caicos have?
There are over 51 different types of room categories offered at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort. When it comes down to trying to figure out what room will work best for you it honestly depends on how many guests are in your party and budget. To see a full list of rooms click here.
Are there any specials on Rooms at Beaches Turks & Caicos?
Specials come and go. To see the most up-to-date information on Beaches Turks & Caicos Specials and discounts, CLICK HERE.
Are there any adult only pools?
Yes there are! There is even an adult only hot tub that overlooks the ocean. This spot is also commonly used for wedding receptions, but it's a great little spot to hangout kid free.
They say "no tipping" but is that really the policy?
The bar staff, bellhops, serving staff, room service, and housekeeping staff are not allowed to accept tips.
Your airport driver is only contracted by the resort and is not considered to be an employee of Beaches, they can be tipped.
If you have a room category that has a butler you will also need to tip your butler. Butlers work in teams and it is recommended to tip them separately. Tipping recommendations are anywhere from $50 - $100 per day/ butler shift.
Also, if you decide to visit the Redlane spa, these services are not included with your stay and it is customary to tip here too.
Any other little bits of advice?
Yes! Here are our top insider tips for the Beaches Turks & Caicos resort.
When you first get to the resort, take the time to walk around and get to know where things are located.
If you don't find a spot at one pool, then walk down the path to another pool. There are a lot of pools at Beaches Turks and Caicos. Which means there are plenty of great spots with open chairs that are pool side.
Plan ahead and don't wait till you are hungry "right now". Pizza's and Bobby Dee's can take 30-45 minutes during peak times. If you are hungry right now, Arizona's or Reflections are great options.
Look at the menu's or try a different restaurant everyday.
Go to the Dive shop and ask about signing up for the glass bottom boat and if you are Scuba Certified, you can dive for free at any Sandals or Beaches resort.
There are local shops just outside the gate near the water park. There is a guard shack there and they can help assist you on directions. They also allow local craft stores to bring in goodies to sell on resort a few nights a week.