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The Sands Kicks-Off 25th Anniversary Year of Celebration with Resort-wide Renovations

The Sands at Grace Bay is announcing its 25th Anniversary Year of Celebration themed: Sparkling Sands, Shimmering Seas: 25 Years of The Sands, an Icon in Paradise – Now Better Than Ever! The celebration is being kicked-off with the unveiling of the resort’s extensive renovations that include a completely reimagined lobby and resort-wide refresh.

Dr. Stan Hartling, CEO of Hartling Group, expressed his enthusiasm stating, “We are delighted to inaugurate a year-long celebration marking the 25th Anniversary of The Sands at Grace Bay and extend our gratitude to our award-winning staff, as well as the champions and supporters who have been integral to our success over the past quarter-century. As we near completion of a major renovation to commemorate The Sands’ 25th Anniversary, this hidden gem and historical icon shines even brighter after 25 years of dedicated service to TCI.”

Preserving the inherent charm and elegance that defines the resort, The Sands’ renovation introduces enhancements across every facet of the guest experience, infusing modern amenities and stylish accents that captivate the senses. The newly reimagined open-air lobby welcomes guests into a contemporary ambiance, while meticulously refreshed guest suites boast updated furnishings and finishes, artfully adorned with decorative touches in cool blue tones and topped-off with crisp white linens. Beyond the chic room redesigns, the sleek new bathrooms feature oversized walk-in showers and frameless glass doors with rain-style shower heads, seamlessly blending coastal aesthetics with indoor luxury to provide an indulgent experience for guests.

Dr. Stan Hartling remarked, “This milestone celebrates the visionary inception and the pivotal role that The Sands played in the success we now witness in the Turks and Caicos Islands tourism industry.” Today, The Sands, The Palms, and The Shore Club collectively stand as a testament to the group’s stellar commitment, and the development of The Sands acting as the driving force to nearly $500,000,000 in Hartling Groups’ current value investment on the island. These properties not only redefine luxury living but also serve as significant employers, providing jobs for over 800 people in TCI.

#SandsationalSands25 Contest Kick-off
As part of the kick-off celebration for The Sands at Grace Bay’s 25th Anniversary, everyone is invited to participate in the #SandsationalSands25 contest! Past and present guests are encouraged to share their fondest memories at this iconic resort in a creative short photo story or video with a 25th-anniversary twist for a chance to win a 3-night getaway package to experience the magic of The Sands once again. Contest details can be viewed online at: https://thesandstc.com/blog/the-sands-announces-25th-anniversary-social-media-contest-sandsationalsands25/.

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The Sands at Grace Bay Voted #1 Caribbean Resort in 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards

The Sands at Grace Bay proudly announces that it has been voted the #1 Caribbean Resort in the esteemed 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards! This prestigious accolade underscores the unwavering commitment to excellence and unparalleled guest experiences that define The Sands at Grace Bay.

Expressing heartfelt gratitude to the cherished guests, loyal fans, and dedicated team members, Mona Beeson, General Manager of The Sands at Grace Bay, remarked, “Thank you to all of our beloved guests, fans, and friends for voting! We are thrilled to share this celebration with you all and with our team, who work diligently to welcome our guests with stellar service every day – this award is for all you do.”

The Sands at Grace Bay invites both returning and new guests to savor every moment at its award-winning resort, promising an unforgettable experience amid the breathtaking beauty of Turks & Caicos.

To view additional details about this award, please visit https://10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-caribbean-resort-2024.

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The Sands at Grace Bay Voted #1 Caribbean Resort in USA TODAY 10Best Awards

The Sands at Grace Bay is thrilled to announce that it has been voted #1 Caribbean Resort in the USA TODAY 10Best Top Ten Caribbean Resorts Awards as chosen by a panel of Caribbean travel experts and voted by readers as the best in the region.

Commenting on this preeminent award, The Sands’ General Manager Mona Beeson said, “This outstanding accolade naming The Sands as the 2023 Best Caribbean Resort is the direct result of a comprehensive and collective team effort across all areas of our resort. When we heard that we had been nominated we felt honored and now that we have been voted #1 Caribbean resort we are simply overjoyed and enthusiastic to express our gratitude! To add to this fabulous news, Hemingway’s Restaurant situated oceanfront here at The Sands was named Best Restaurant in the Caribbean, garnering the #1 spot on the list of Top Caribbean Restaurants. We look forward to celebrating all the year through and will continue striving for excellence in every aspect of our guests experience. 

Thank you to each and everyone who voted. The overwhelming response from our valued past guests and Sands’ fans is ultra-heartwarming and profusely appreciated. We graciously thank you for your support. It’s the perfect time to come for a visit and be part of the celebration!”

Click to read the USA TODAY 10Best “Best of the Caribbean for 2023” that shares the top winners in all categories. The Sands at Grace Bay is honored to be in such distinguished company.



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Enter #SandsBestFan Photo & Video Contest!

Do you feel that you are the ultimate fan of The Sands? Tell us why! Share your photo and video memories gathered during your stay at The Sands at Grace Bay and tell us why you feel that you are #SandsBestFan in the caption of your post – for a chance to win a free 3-night stay in the #SandsBestFan photo and video contest.

Entering #SandsBestFan photo and video contest is as easy as 1, 2, 3. To enter you piece of social media gold, all you have to do is
1. Post your favorite photo(s) or video from your stay at The Sands at Grace Bay
2. Tag us with #thesandstc and #SandsBestFan
3. Caption your photo or video post with a couple of sentences of why you feel that you should be named #SandsBestFan

Video, or photo submissions should be posted on Instagram or Facebook using #SandsaBestFan as well as #thesandstc and will be accepted now through December 31, 2022 for a chance to win a free 3-night stay at The Sands. Photos and Videos will be evaluated based on creativity, quality, and storytelling – showcasing why you believe that you are the #SandsBestFan.

Possible Ideas for a Creative Photo:
— Take a picture swimming in our basking along our stretch of Grace Bay Beach
— Snap some shots or video enjoying one of our pools
— Grab some images paddle-boarding, kayaking, or on our Hobie Cats
— Send us a family or group photos or video having fun at the resort, beach, pools, hammocks, suites, or at Hemingway’s
— Take us on a resort tour of your suite or of your favorite spots at The Sands
— Click a pic eating delicious favorite foods or refreshing cocktails from Hemingway’s
These are just a few ideas … get creative to increase your chances of winning!

Official Rules – The Sands at Grace Bay Photo Contest

TIMING: The Sands at Grace Bay Photo begins October 18, 2022 and ends on December 31, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY: To enter this Promotion you must be 18 years of age or older. Employees of The Sands at Grace Bay, their advertising and promotion agencies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and any individual or company directly associated with the Promotion, and the immediate families of these entities (parents, children, siblings, spouse), as well as members of the respective households of these entities (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate.

ENTRY: The Sands at Grace Bay Photo Contest will take place on The Sands at Grace Bay’s page on Facebook, entries are also accepted on Instagram. To enter the Contest, “Like” The Sands at Grace Bay on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSandsTC, or tag on Instagram @thesandstc, upload your favorite photo(s) or video from The Sands at Grace Bay along with a couple of sentences about why you believe that you are #TheSandsBestFan (250 words maximum). Participants may submit as many photos as they’d like. (If you do not have a Facebook or Instagram account, please email your photos to [email protected]. All entrants will be automatically eligible for the prize.

PRIZES: One prize will be awarded after the contest period. All photos submitted up until midnight of the designated seasonal date will be eligible for that prize.

CONTEST ENTRY CRITERIA: Each photo or video must meet the following content restrictions:

The photo must not contain material that violates or infringes on another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights or that constitutes copyright or trademark infringement; The photo must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous;

The photo must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; The photo must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Entry is created; and The photo must accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared in the viewfinder. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (including but not limited to removal of dust, cropping and/or adjustments to color and contrast) will be disqualified. The Sands at Grace Bay reserves the right in their sole discretion to remove, reject or disqualify any Contest Entry or portion thereof (along with the Entrant who submitted them) at any time in the event it is determined by The Sands at Grace Bay that any aspect of the Contest Entry is offensive, inappropriate, not in keeping with The Sands at Grace Bay’s image or if it is determined that the Entrant has not otherwise complied with any portion of these Official Rules.

CONTEST JUDGING AND NOTIFICATION:
Prize winners will be selected by The Sands at Grace Bay employees. Photos will be selected after the submission period ends and will be based on creativity, quality, and storytelling – showcasing why you are #TheSandsBestFan.

The winning prize photo will be posted on the Facebook and Instagram pages of The Sands at Grace Bay and the winner will be contacted via Facebook Messenger. The Photo prize winner will also be announced in the Announcements section of www.thesandstc.flywheelstaging.com once the winner has been confirmed.

CONDITIONS: By participating, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of The Sands at Grace Bay, which shall be final and binding on all matters relating to the Promotion and waive any right to claim ambiguity in regard to the Promotion mechanics and implementation, or interpretation of these Official Rules. All Contest Entries will become the exclusive property of The Sands at Grace Bay, and none will be acknowledged or returned. Any winner’s entry and acceptance of any prize constitutes permission for The Sands at Grace Bay to use said winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and address (city and state) on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without notice or further compensation. By submitting a Contest Entry, Entrant irrevocably grants The Sands at Grace Bay and its agents an unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, unconditional, gratis license and right to edit, modify, adapt, distribute, stream, post, publish, broadcast, reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publicly display, exhibit, and or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used) the Contest Entry and all elements thereof, in whole or in part, including any persons or likeness embodied therein (in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by The Sands at Grace Bay, in its sole discretion) in any way, and may use them in any and all media, now or hereafter devised, worldwide in perpetuity, without attribution, compensation, permission or notification to the Entrant, his/her parent or legal guardian, his/her successors or assigns, or any other entity, and without notice, review, or approval from Entrant or any other party. SUBMITTING AN ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES ENTRANT’S IRREVOCABLE ASSIGNMENT, CONVEYANCE AND TRANSFERENCE TO The Sands at Grace Bay OF ANY AND ALL RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST IN THE ENTRY INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL COPYRIGHTS.

No transfer, substitution or cash value equivalent for any prize is available. All taxes, if applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Promotion is subject to all applicable local laws. By submitting a Contest Entry, Winners and Entrants also agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless The Sands at Grace Bay, its advertising and promotion agencies, affiliates, subsidiaries, and their respective officers, and employees (the “Released Parties”), from and against any claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize offered, or participation in this Promotion. The Sands at Grace Bay reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any Entrant. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with the Promotion will be declared ineligible. The Sands at Grace Bay is not responsible for faulty, incorrect or mistranscribed transmissions, incorrect announcements of any kind, technical hardware or software failures of any kind including any injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in or experiencing any materials in connection with the promotion, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission that may limit a user’s ability to participate in the Promotion.

The Sands at Grace Bay reserves the right to cancel or modify the Promotion if fraud, misconduct, or technical failures destroy the integrity of the program. In the event of termination, a notice will be posted online, and Contest Entries will be judged from among all eligible Contest Entries received prior to termination. The Sands at Grace Bay reserves the right to prohibit the participation/voting of an individual if fraud or tampering is suspected or if the account holder fails to comply with any requirement of participation as stated herein or with any provision in these Official Rules.

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The Sands at Grace Bay Announces Renovations and Upgrades Seasonal Closure

During what is normally a slow time in the Caribbean islands, Hartling Group announced Monday morning that it will close The Sands at Grace Bay resort on September 1 through October 14 and will utilize this time for some additional renovations and upgrades to theThe Sands at Grace Bay 2020 popular Grace Bay Beach resort.

“Our decision to close was not an easy one, said Karen Whitt, VP of Sales & Marketing for Hartling Group, however Hartling Group operates three resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Sands at Grace Bay, The Palms and The Shore Club, and this does provide some options. It is noted that The Shore Club will remain open for business as usual, and The Palms will offer an extended “long-term stay,” option for persons wishing to visit for 14 or 30 days with limited services. More details of that promotion will be shared in another release.”

The resort is currently contacting guests with existing reservations at The Sands with options for their stay. Clients can also contact our reservations department at [email protected] or call toll-free 877-777-2637.

The Turks and Caicos Islands re-opened their borders on July 22, and visitors have been enjoying the usual low-density, high level service and amenities that the TCI has become famous for. The top priority of Hartling Group has been the health and well-being of our guests, employees, and the community. We look forward to resuming normal operations and welcoming visitors back to The Sands at Grace Bay on October 15th.

The sands at Grace Bay Hobie CatThe Sands at Grace Bay is situated on the world-renowned 12-mile crescent of powdery white sand known as Grace Bay Beach. The Sands at Grace Bay continue to gain acclaim showcased by the many awards and positive guest reviews that our resort and dedicated employees continue receiving, including “Best Family Resort” in The Caribbean Journal Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2019; Booking.com “Guest Review Award;” and Family Vacation Critic once again named The Sands as a “2019 Family Favorite Hotel.” The resort is proud to carry the acclaim as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence property for the eighth year. Plus U.S. News & World Report has named The Sands as one of the 2019 “Best Hotels in the Turks and Caicos”– a commendation the resort has received since 2015.

This 114-room resort offers accommodations in junior suites and 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet, all of which combine comfort-focused amenities and spectacular natural surroundings. Suites also come with fully equipped kitchens appointed with stainless appliances, dining and living room areas, private balconies, washer/dryers and more. The Sands at Grace Bay is the home of Hemingway’s Restaurant and Bar – a legendary beach-side venue and local favorite. Spa treatments by Spa Tropique are also available by appointment.

For additional information or to book, visit www.thesandstc.flywheelstaging.com – or call toll-free from the U.S. (877) 777-2637 or from Canada (800) 567-5327. Travel agents receive ten percent commissions for bookings made at The Sands at Grace Bay.

 

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An update from Hemingway’s on the Beach

We wanted to communicate that Hemingway’s on the Beach will be closing tonight at 8pm. The restaurant and bar will reopen as soon as the airport reopens.

The Sands at Grace Bay remains open for business.

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Turks and Caicos Islands Launches Go Green Initiative

TCI Goes Green CampaignThe Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board has officially launched its nationwide Go Green initiative with emphasis on the ban on single use plastic bags. By law, the import ban on single use plastic bags came into effect from January 1, 2019, and a ban on the use of single use plastic bags by retailers will come into effect on May 1, 2019.

Our destination has welcomed visitors from all over the world to experience its beauty, however, plastic pollution is a serious threat. Collectively and individually, we have a profound effect on our environment, thus, a profound responsibility.

Plastic pollution is a global crisis, however, here in Turks & Caicos, we must do our part to reduce our dependency on single use plastics. We invite everyone to become involved and support this initiative aimed at sustainable development goals and good environmental practices.

We at The Sands at Grace Bay are very pleased to support this effort and encourage all to begin making lifestyle changes to protect our environment and preserve our Beautiful by Nature islands for future generations. Every day, we have the chance to make our planet a cleaner and greener place.

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How to Avoid Constant Screen Time on Summer Vacation

Mom and Dad are taking a break, too.

Summer vacation is just around the corner. For children it typically means freedom from the day-to-day routine of school. However, for parents the words “summer vacation” tend to conjure up a dilemma: how to make sure devices and screens don’t fill every waking minute of every day for two months.

Too much screen time has indeed been linked to sensory overload, lack of sleep, diminished ability to recognize emotions and even genuine addiction. On top of that, by keeping themselves glued to their screens, your kids may be missing out on many of the summer pastimes that have marked childhood since time began, from going to the beach, exploring the neighborhood with their friends to simply dealing with being bored.

In limiting screen time for kids, you are working to create a healthy “play diet” that balances many types of play. You can keep screen time as part of this play diet, while also ensuring your kids get in some social, physical, unstructured, and creative play.

But how to achieve this balance?

Here are some tips for limiting screen time while helping your kids enjoy a fun and memorable summer. And remember: success comes when parents enforce the family rules while demonstrating by by example.

Tips for Limiting Screen Time in Summer

Kids these days use their devices for everything: research for school projects, texting with friends, letting us know they’re safe when they’re out, as well as for gaming and consuming media. Yet kids need to spend time outdoors or reading books, or simply just thinking.

However, it can be difficult to set and then reliably and consistently enforcing rules. As with most everything else in life, developing a game plan can help pave the way for success.

summer screen time with kids

Tip 1: Be Realistic

“Forbidden fruit is the tastiest,” says Lucy Jo Palladino, a clinical psychologist and author of Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers. Completely banning screen time may simply double the desire of your kids to get online.

Instead, be realistic: devices are a part of everyday life for kids. Accept that fact, and create a flexible plan that manages screen time.

Tip 2: Start With an Endpoint

Negotiate the length and amount of screentime with your kids ahead of time. Either set firm time limits, or limit screentime to the duration of a specific program. That way, one show won’t flow into the other, and you can avoid commercials.

Because most games don’t have built-in endings (and are, in fact, designed to make kids play as long as possible), set a timer or some other cue that says “time to stop.”

Tip 3: Help Kids Balance Their Day

Kids need guidance from you on a daily plan that includes a little bit of time for everything. Kids whose parents make an effort to limit media use spend less time with media than their peers do, according to a study. As parents, it can be easy to nag kids to try to get them to do things, but this will not necessarily work with limiting screen time.

Instead, it’s best to work on a concrete plan that structures activities throughout the day. This gives kids a sense of predictability, and also lets them know what your expectations are. They can also more easily refrain from turning to devices when bored by focusing on some other activity.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ worksheets to create a family media plan that can help you and your kids balance their day.

Tip 4: Walk the Talk 

If you want to make sure your kids reduce screen time this summer, it’s important to model behavior. It’s tempting for adults to keep reaching for your phone to check email, texts, Facebook, or the news. But your kids will be the first to call you out for not “walking the talk.” Plus, they’ll pick up habits from you.

Model the media behavior, and enjoy your summer, too!

Why Not Take a Family Vacation in Turks and Caicos?

If you want to make sure your kids have plenty of things to do besides stare at a screen, why not plan a family vacation in Turks and Caicos? Check out our blog post 5 Fun Activities In Turks and Caicos to get some ideas about what to do while you’re here.

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Our North and Middle Caicos Adventure

‘– by Mona Beeson, General Manager of The Sands at Grace Bay
A continuation of the Adventures of “Hartling Girls Empowered” ~ the exploration and sights of the Turks and Caicos Islands with GM, Mona Beeson and my special young teen friend from last year.

This year as with previous years, I had the wonderful opportunity to join in mentoring girls from the island at the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre Summer Camp Program that took place at The Palms Resort called “Hartling Girls Empowered” – and, as an extension, to share a trip to North and Middle Caicos with a couple of these amazing girls – sisters in fact – along with Karen Whitt, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for The Hartling Group.

As you may remember in my post about last year’s trip, we are so enthusiastic about being able to share this experience that teaches these young ladies about their country’s heritage, history, and destinations facts firsthand. So we set our plans to paper and plotted out our course to explore an ambitious 10 sites in North and Middle Caicos, rounding out our day at famous Bambarra Beach for a swim and picnic lunch.

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The car was packed with our cooler, picnic basket, beach bags (filled with towels, sun screens, and insect repellent – all a must) and, of course, a very necessary road trip snack bag! We were ready for our adventure with an early 7:30 AM pick-up for Karen and the two girls, soon we were on our way to Heavin’ Down Rock in Leeward and Walkin Marina’s Caribbean Cruisin fast ferry to North Caicos. Easy and convenient, all in one place we also arranged our North Caicos rental car there too with Caribbean Cruisin. Now, it was all about just sharing in a great experience!

On the fast ferry from Walkin Marina, we passed picturesque mangrove-clad inlets as our vessel splashed against the colorful turquoise waters, passing Little Water Cay, Half Moon Bay, Water Cay, Pine Cay, Fort George, Dellis Cay, and the famous private Island of Parrot Cay. All of these glorious islands and cays looked so inviting and beautiful from the water.

Once we arrived in North Caicos, we loaded-up the rental SUV and set out to the first stop on our map, Wade’s Green Plantation.

While that day it was closed, we set out on a 3-mile hike around it to explore the nature paths and took a rest on the area’s convenient benches. Quick tip for anyone looking to visit on a Sunday – you should call in advance to arrange a special tour. All-in-all the hike was delightful and insightful as we saw many indigenous plants and birds, and splendid scenery. Naturally we took photos of our adventure — a must for our memory books!

With our map out, we were on our way to Hollywood Beach via Pumpkin Bluff Pond. Having the SUV made for a fun off-the-road trek. Then we got back onto the main road to get to Hollywood Beach.

We met several potcakes once we arrived at Hollywood Beach, friendly dogs with wagging tails that headed right into the ocean for a dip. This beach and its four-legged visitors were fun to see. After a short walk, back on the road we went. We had to keep our schedule in order to end up at Bambarra Beach for lunch while also making it back in time for the last ferry to Provo…

The next stop on our adventure was Flamingo Pond. Up on a small hill, we proceeded to the lookout stage – any Flamingos out there?

This time we saw them only painted on the wall, but that didn’t stop us from taking some more selfies, and talking about the live pink flamingos we saw on the lookout stage during our last trip and in Grand Turk. Next it was time to hit the snack bag … and head on to the Causeway to Middle Caicos.

We passed through the little villages of Major Hill, and Bottle Creek on Kings Road enjoying the lush greenery and flowering trees. Once the Causeway came up, sparkling waters like glittering diamonds were all around. What a sight to behold, the colors of the water changed again. Simply amazing!

On Middle Caicos we turned left into the old Blue Horizon (now Dragon’s Cay Resort) to Mudjin Harbour. If you have never been here, this spot needs to be on your “life’s list” of places to see and experience. Imagine breathtaking bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with some of the most stunning azure waters – it’s a definite must see!

Circle of Hope Prayer handsWe took in the views of not only the amazing bluffs, but also the two caves that are sure to stir the explorer in you at any age. The first pathway leads to a large cliff cave overlooking the Harbour. Another path leads to the sculpted bronze “Circle of Hope” prayer hands, dedicated to Dale Marie Witt. Picture time? Yes again! The higher level view – again amazing – will take your breath away (from both the hike up and the view).

Continuing on the pathway, we approached and saw mysterious stairs leading down to an underground cave.

It’s a place you are sure to think pirates must have hidden once upon a time. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t, but the cave walls won’t tell…

 

This is a wondrous cave – though last year’s storm took out some of the honed stalactite tips, it is still magnificent to see.

With its mesmerizing nature and beauty, it is certainly well worth the drive for peace, serenity… and for some delicious conch fritters at Dragon Cay’s Bar & Grill. Oh, and they make a delicious frozen lemonade too…

A special request from Karen for the girls – definitely refreshing! The view from the top deck is spectacular. Friendly staff, good menu, and a killer view to boot.

Now that we had hour respite, we were on our way to the Indian Cave. It’s been a while since it’s been weeded, though we’ve seen the road workers making their way down.

As it turns out, we drove right past the Indian Cave, so we’ve decided to head on to Bambarra Beach – and catch it on our way back. On the way over we stopped by the airstrip to take pictures and then quickly got back on our way.

Signs pointed the way to Bambarra Beach. Were pleased to see the new leveled road and soon saw the brightly colored Tiki huts in bright lime green, yellow, and turquoise as well as gorgeous light green waters just beyond a small cay in our view.

You may be surprised to see some folks you know like we did in this lesser traversed area.

We saw our friends from Provo visiting not only at Mudjin Harbour, but also at Bambarra Beach as well. It’s always nice to see a friend you know with a welcome smile.

The long awaited time had come to get into the water! If you have not yet gotten to Bambarra Beach, it’s great to know that the water is not deep – you have to wade a long way out before it gets a just a little bit deeper which makes it perfect. Many times I wanted to go out all the way to the cay…This time, I was determined to make it happen so off we went! Mind you, it does take a little time to wade through the water and get to that point, but we made it! Adventuring all along the way, we found smooth sand dollars and picture-perfect little shells as mementos of our day trip. We made it to the beach of that little cay, left our mark by piling up some stones, and then headed back – our picnic was waiting to be savored.

With lunch bags set out and the cooler setup, we had a lovely picnic lunch of assorted sandwiches, Caesar chicken salad, fresh fruits, snacks, and dessert. Well worth the wait for a tasty lunch. After a bit of a rest, it was time to back into the SUV and head towards North Caicos and the ferry.

We had just enough time to circle back to Indian Cave.

Making our way through Middle Caicos, Karen and the girls spotted the little sign “Indian Cave,” of course we pulled over! Car parked, we put on plenty of insect repellent to ward off bugs ~ all the ready for cave exploring. With little rain these past few weeks, it made it comfortable inside this cave.

The pathway was a little overgrown but we know soon enough that will be cleared away.

We spotted some interesting sights on the pathway leading to the cave…

Rosary pea or crab’s eyes plant , cotton plants, banana spiders, interesting seed pods such as these called Nickernuts , and more.

 

 

 

Then, once we got inside the cave, all of the magnificent green colors and long hanging tree roots from the ceiling to the floor welcomed us.

You can feel the cooler temperatures and see the high vaulted ceilings, and understand why this was a safe refuge for the Taino Indians.

The girls of course we’re all taking pictures and selfies for our memory books. I got a picture of Karen peering through those awesome vines. Fun! But now it’s time to get back into the car and head to North Caicos so we can make the ferry on time!

Passing through the causeway at Middle Caicos we stopped again to take some more beautiful pictures of the shimmery green water, then quickly got back in the car as we waved hello to some more friends from Provo passing us. They were visiting family on the Island. A honk-honk, friendly wave and a hello and we were on our way!

We made it back to the North Caicos dock with 18 minutes to spare. It was just enough to load up onto the ferry. What an adventurous day we all had! We boarded the ferry and within minutes we were well on our way to Provo. On the ferry ride back to Provo we shared more time talking with friends, listening to upbeat TI music, while our minds were saving memories and reminiscing about our day – already we were starting to dream about what our next trip should be. Hmmm, we think it’s going to be Salt Cay.

Until then…see you next time!

 

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The Sands Receives Hotels.com “Loved By Guests” Award

We would like to thank our past guests for your reviews that have made The Sands a 2018 Hotels.com™ “Loved by Guests” award winner are based on verified guest reviews.

Knowing that reviews are becoming even more influential than the official star ratings, Hotels.com looked at more than 25 million Hotels.com guest reviews on the website to pick the winners.
We are very proud to continuously receive such prestigious awards,” said Mona Beeson, GM of The Sands at Grace Bay. “The Sands truly is better than ever! Having our resort receive such praise demonstrates how much our commitment to excellence, the high level of service provided by our staff, and the affordable luxury we offer on Grace Bay Beach is appreciated and recognized by our guests.”