We had a wonderful stay at the Trade Winds in room #131 (3rd floor, ocean view). It was a very quiet stay; I couldn't believe it when we were told the hotel was fully booked. Our stay was very serene and relaxing.
Condo Interior: AC was great and very quick to cool things down, bed was comfy, kitchen had enough of what we needed to cook on a daily basis, TV w/ cable in bedroom and living room, balcony with table/chairs and ocean view, even a few niceties like candles, books and dish soap. We brought our own frozen and dry food, actually enough to last for the week and it really saved us a lot of money as we only went out a few times. For frozen we brought steaks, bacon, pork roast, hamburger, dogs, veggies, loaf of bread and kept it frozen with frozen water bottles. We also brought cheese, instant tators, rice mixes, ice-tea, lemonade, coffee, granola bars, pancake mix, EVOO, mayo,mustard, chocolate and some spices. Saving so much on food we were able to dive more, which was our priority! We also enjoy cooking together so everything worked out perfectly.
Condo Exterior: The ground keeping was simple, but tasteful. There was a lot of fauna that is indigenous to the area. The pool was almost always empty and refreshing. There were umbrellas and chairs all around. There was a hose/shower by the pool for rinsing after the beach. There was a grill near the pool area and it was great to cook and eat outside at the picnic table. The beach was a very short walk (a few minutes) and Trade Winds had chairs there (bring the umbrella provided in the room for more shade). No elevator, but this didn’t really bother us.
Condo Staff: I can't say enough great things about Michael. He was a wonderful host and was able to provide us with not only a few items that we needed, but with some great advice and conversation. He was great for all of my pre-travel questions and very responsive. Thanks Mike!
Getting Around: It was great not renting a car, Caicos Adventures (CA) picked us up every morning that we were diving and then dropped us off in the afternoon, Matt from CA even dropped us at the super market and picked us up after his last drop-off, more than once. The Islanders make extra money providing informal car services. When we needed transportation, we just went outside and didn't need to wait long for someone to toot their horn, probably not the best idea for families, but it worked great for us. We just made sure to only get in cars with one driver and felt pretty safe between the two of us. Just agree to a price and off you go! It was also nice to take a break from driving and not need to navigate driving on the other side of the road. We only needed to use the informal taxis once for the airport and another day when we wanted to go to Coral Gardens to snorkel.
Diving: We went diving with Caicos Adventures (CA). After reading a lot of reviews, they seemed to be the best (even if they were a bit pricier). I believe Trade Winds has a deal with Dive Provo, which also got good reviews. CA would pick us up each morning in a bus and take us to the dock. The staff signs you in and assigns you a cup for the day. It was a nice, eco touch. They set up your gear, if you like, and then you just relax on the boat until you get to the first site. Between dives, sandwiches are provided for lunch (there is even packets of mustard/mayo). The boat was very comfortable, even when a bit crowded. It was great leaving the gear on the boat overnight and having it rinsed, dried and set up for the next day. No need to lug it back and forth every day. You could dive with your divemaster or buddy dive, whichever your preference. We mainly went to W. Caicos, but never to the same site. On every dive we saw at least one grey reef shark (4-7 feet), most dives we saw turtles, we also saw scorpion fish, tons of lion fish (pretty, but sad since they are so invasive) and we even saw a pod of dolphins when we were topside...they raced the boat.
Other Activities: The snorkeling is really limited. We did see a few sting rays in front of the hotel, but in front of Coral Gardens hotel was the only real spot for snorkeling. There is another reef a bit further, but we stuck with Coral Gardens. We walked back from Coral Gardens along the beach and stopped in a restaurant for a snack/drink before arriving back at Trade Winds. The condo is in walking distance to shops, restaurants and a super market with a good selection (as expected everything is at least double, if not triple the US price). We went on a pirate cruise with Captain Bill as well. It was very scripted, but nice to take a break from diving and have a few drinks (about $100pp and only offered on Wednesdays). There was unlimited beer, rum punch, lemonade, 151 and sodas/water. We were able to see some pirate carvings, pirate cove, snorkel at a few stops and have a nice lunch with bbq chicken and hotdogs (tube steaks).
All in all, a very relaxing vacation! Please email with any questions :)
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- The Inn at Grace Bay is situated in prestigious Grace Bay, Providenciales (or Provo), on a spectacular twelve mile white sand beach. Featuring 12 freshly renovated, self-catering condominiums,The Inn at Grace Bay offers an affordable Caribbean holiday with plenty of relaxation and personalized service. Get the luxury you deserve at a price you can afford and book your next Caribbean vacation at The Inn at Grace Bay - Turks and Caicos best kept secret! Please note that the management photos are the most up to date photos - there are photos on the TA page which pre date renovations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trade Winds Condotel Hotel Providenciales
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