Okay, I've found the time to punch out a trip report...I'll try to keep it short (but we were there a month), so here goes.
We flew in on American on July 2nd...immigration and customs was a breeze as always. We checked all luggage and had 1 suitcase dedicated to dry food items. Remember that 50lbs/bag is the limit (my dive bag alone clicked in at 51lbs - cool).
We had a 1bed/bath condo at the Royal West Indies. This was my 3rd stay here and I believe this is the best resort for your $ on Grace Bay. The staff at RWI is great. One of the grounds keepers showed me which coconuts were the best, how to get them, how to husk them, and how to crack them open. This is what we would use to serve our pina coladas in...the kids loved that.
Our 11 year old son learned to sail the Hobie Cat. By the end of our trip he was good to go on his own. Our kids learned how to catch lizards (imagine that). They would fashion a noose on a stick which lasso the lizards with. Then walk them around like a poodle, then cut the noose and let them go.
My wife would do her massages down at Club Med. She could get an hour & 1/2 massage on the beach for $110 + tip. Ask for Julie.
The 1st week in Provo, I went scuba diving with an operator who "specializes in small groups". Well, the small group was 26 divers + 5 dive masters. After talking to another guest at RWI, he highly recommended me to use Ocean Vibes. http://oceanvibes.com . They are the only locally owned/operated dive operation on Provo. They pull right up on the beach in front of RWI to pick you up vs. taking a shuttle bus to the marina. The owner Wayne Hall said he'd never take more than 12 divers, even though his boat will handle 22. The most divers I dove with was 5 others and one time I was the only diver. The divemasters JR and Rodriquez were awesome (very professional & just fun to be around). Ocean Vibes is the dive operator for the exclusive Amanyara Resort on Malcolm's Beach. So there's a good chance you might be diving with a celebrity! In my case, Victoria Secrets was shooting their January catalog at the Amanyara. Needless to say, my wife was jeolous when I returned from that dive.
Weather was absolutely perfect the 1st three weeks of July with an occational shower every few days. The last week in July was hotter than the 1st three but ended with cool breezes and showers. That last week, Ocean Vibes moved there boat to the South Dock and we dove West Caicos that week.
I'll keep the restuarant review short cuz everyone's opinions differ. We ate pratically everywhere and if you ask me, the food is about the same at all the moderately priced
restuarants. It's just a matter of ambiance. In my opinion, Coco Bistro had the most romantic and dreamlike atmosphere of anywhere on the island....nuff said.
This trip was great and a month in paradise is never too much, even for the kids. Our daughter cried as we were checking out (me too). But 30 days, 24/7 with kids is a little too much for mom & dad. I'm already planning a mom & dad tropical getaway for March...different island though.
We will be back to Provo summer 2007, but not for a month more like 2 weeks.
We made many new friends - both Belongers and visitors. I exchanged more email address and phone numbers in July than I would do in year.
I'll try to put a few more pics on webshots. Most of the photos we took were of family and friends. I'll leave the scenery shots to the pros!