My husband and I just returned from an awesome trip to Turks and Caicos and Grand Turk. We stayed the first few days on the Island of Providenciales, which was awesome too, but we really enjoyed the quiet, laid back pace of Grand Turk. We really enjoyed the Crabtree Apartments and the privacy they offered. We were in Unit 1, which is a corner unit. We were the only ones there which was definitely nice, but if the other units were occupied, I don't think it would matter. The apartments are right on the beach with French doors that open up onto the outdoor living room and the beach with the bluest waters I’ve ever seen. The outdoor living room was a great place to read and enjoy the beach, while staying out of the sun. The apartment was very well equipped with a fully stocked kitchen, Caribbean themed cd’s and wonderful linens and beach towels. The home provides wonderful cross ventilation and with the ceiling fans, we never needed to turn on the air conditioning, which was wonderful for listening to the crashing waves and enjoying the sea air. We made breakfast and lunch home most days and ate out in the evenings. The groceries on Grand Turk are limited and I wish I had followed the advice of other reviewers and brought more supplies from home or Provo. The grocery stores on Provo are nice, with most supplies you will need. You certainly won’t starve on Grand Turk, but you will need to get creative. Dutchy from White Man’s Taxi will tour you around the island and take you to the grocery store where you can get water and supplies you need. There were also some groceries to get us started when we arrived such as eggs, bread, coffee and milk, what a great touch. I wished we had brought a raft of something to float on in the water which is calm like a swimming pool.
The town is only a short walk along the beach or a 5 minute bike ride (bikes were provided). We brought a mask and snorkel with us and snorkeled right off of the beach at Crabtree. We rode the bikes to the stores every few days to get more water. It wasn’t a big deal to use bottled water, which we used for coffee, ice cubes, drinking and brushing our teeth. We went to the Sandbar almost every day to chat with the locals and other visitors and drink Richard’s fantastic Rum Punch. We also went to the BBQ at the Osprey Beach Hotel, not to be missed. The island of Grand Turk took quite a hit from Hurricane Ike, which is evident throughout the island, but they are rebuilding and the locals are very happy to have tourists back on the island. There is a cruise ship center on the island, where large cruise ships come and dock every few days. We ventured down there one afternoon and we’re overwhelmed by the place, but luckily, we were able to retreat back to Crabtree. In regards to activities, we rented a golf cart from Nathan Smith (Maria told us where to find him) and toured the island and went out to the lighthouse. We went snorkeling with Oasis Divers one afternoon out to the wall and to Governors Beach. The highlight of the trip was an afternoon with Smitty of Grand Turk Divers where we went to Gibbs Caye for an afternoon of snorkeling and swimming with Sting Rays, followed by a beach bbq and Rum Punch. We hope to go back to Grand Turk someday and if we do, we will definitely stay at Crabtree Apartments.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 Quaint - 2 bedroom, 1 bath, apartment units, in a single story building, nestled on a sandy beach overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Each unit has gorgeous views from almost every room and a comfortable covered veranda where you can listen to the gentle lapping of the sea and view the beautiful sunsets. Come enjoy our wonderful swimming and snorkeling beach, the best of both worlds. Walking distance to town and restaurants Google us on the web - Crabtree Apartments Grand Turk. We have been renting on Grand Turk for 13 years and have received high praise from all our guests! Find our contact information right here on TripAdvisor - Search "Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos" and then click on the "Vacation Rental" Tab. You may have to click on "View all 12 rentals" just above the pictures. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Crabtree Apartments Grand Turk/Cockburn Town, Turks And Caicos