By the time I got home from Beaches Turks and Caicos I was regretting not doing more research before our trip. Now don’t get me wrong, we had an amazing trip. But just imagine how much more amazing it would have been if I had been armed with more information. I do not normally call myself out for being ill-prepared, but this is not a cheap vacation and I want you to get as much as possible out of your own visit here. With that in mind, here are the specific things I wish I had known before we arrived.
Pick out which part of the resort you want to stay in.
Before you book your room you need to know which part of the resort is best for your family. There are four different sections to choose from at Beaches Turk and Caicos and when you are booking you have the chance to pick out the best location for you.
- French Riviera: French Riviera is the furthest from the beach, but close to the kid’s club, teen club, and water park. From our room, it was just a few steps to the water park. This section of the resort is quiet and also the cheapest.
- Key West: Key West is the most expensive area and is much quieter than the other three areas.
- Italian Village: From what I observed, this is the heart of the resort and has the most going on at any given time. This is where we would stay next time.
- Caribbean: Beach views over here and way nicer rooms.
Utilize Pre Check-In
You can check-in before you arrive to save time. I really wish I had known this. When we checked in there was a man in there throwing an adult size fit over something minor. He went on and on and on. I watched as the staff member calmly helped him, but it took a long time. That guy cost us half an hour.
Know-How the Teen and Tween Club Work
Sadly, we didn’t figure the teen and tween programs until the last day and it would have made a massive difference to have known this from the beginning. I knew there was a kid’s club and I knew there was some type of tween program, but neither were explained to me. I did have to sign Jonah up for the tween program and show his passport to prove his age. I assumed this was so he could go into the tween/teen building, but apparently, there was more. I should have asked for some information signing him up. There is a bulletin board right outside the tween/teen hangout building with a schedule of activities.
Speaking of teens, find out what my teenage daughter thought of the resort visit!
Know Where to Eat
All the food here is pretty good, but I definitely have a few places you must eat at for certain meals. Keep in mind, I didn’t even come close to eating at all 21 restaurants, since I didn’t even know there were 21 restaurants. I just found out that they have an Indian restaurant and two buffets I missed.
- Neptunes: Best breakfast at the resort is found at Neptunes.
- Soy: Sushi at Soy is one of the best places for dinner at Beaches.
- Sky Restaurant: Open for breakfast for anyone and for dinner for those 16 and older. If you have an evening without kids or your kids are older have dinner here.
- Kimonos: This is a Japanese steakhouse and a must during your visit. They do require reservations in advance to dine here.
- Bobby Dee’s: This is where you can get cotton candy
- Bella Napoli: The pizza is excellent, but it takes forever! Be sure to have something to do while you wait or get it to go.
- Jerk Shack: So, so good. You must eat lunch here.
No Kid Restaurants
A big issue for me was the no kids allowed restaurants like Sapodilla’s. I’m a single mom traveling with my kids, which meant that there were some restaurants I couldn’t eat at unless I went by myself. I personally am not into dining alone while on a family vacation.
Restaurants close early
Almost all the restaurants close by 9:30 P.M. so you need to make sure you plan accordingly. The last thing you want to happen is missing dinner.
No Room Service
Most all-inclusive resorts offer room service, but this is not the case at Beaches. They do replenish drinks in the mini-fridge every day and when you check-in you can select a bottle of wine to be brought to your room.
Ask for a resort tour
When you arrive, ask for a tour. I was in a hurry to make a water activity when I checked in, so I didn’t get any kind of tour, nor did I ask for a tour. I think if I had not been in a hurry, they would have given me way more information.
Sign up in advance for included water activities.
It can be difficult to get signed up for the water activities. You have to sign up in person. They take sign-ups for the next day starting each morning at 7 AM. This means you need to get up early and head down to the scuba area and sign up for the glass bottom boat and snorkeling the day before you want to go. I never managed to get us signed up for the glass bottom boat, but I stood nearby to see if we could get a spot if someone was a no show and we managed to get one.
Walk up water activities
There are other activities that do not require advance registration, including kayaks, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, Hobie cats, and water bikes. You do not need to know how to use the Hobie cat, a worker will take you out and back.
Good snorkeling nearby
If you do not get on a snorkel tour you can still check out a snorkel set and life jackets. Head to the end of the beach past the Jerk Shack where you will find really good snorkeling.
Water trampoline not included
Out in front of the resort is a water trampoline. Myself and my friend let our boys swim out there to play on it. They played for a while until a boat pulled up and told them they had to pay $80 to use it. Because of the location, I assumed this was part of Beaches, but it is not.
Snuba also not included
Snuba is a super cool experience and we all love it, but here it isn’t free. I cannot remember how much it costs, I just recall it was going to be around $300 for the three of us to do. Needless to say, we skipped it this trip.
There’s a nurse on -site
I had no idea there was a nurse on-site. I threw my back out the day after we arrived and there was not a whole lot I could do about it. Had I known there was a nurse, I would have headed there immediately.
Ask for a golf cart to take you somewhere
The resort is massive, much bigger than Beaches Negril. There were times when I didn’t want to walk all the way across the resort. If you go to the lobby of the section you are staying in they will call a golf cart over to take you where you want to be.
Apparently, they offer tennis clinics for adults and teens. Had I known this Eden and I would have done this at least once.
Bring a Floatie
Okay, I should have known better than to not show up with my own floatie. I always bring one, but this time I did not.
Have you been to Beaches Turks and Caicos with your family? If you have I would love to hear any tips and suggestions you have in the comments below. I often feel like word-a-mouth is so much better than what you can figure out on your own on a resort’s website.