With one of the Caribbean’s most unforgettable white-sand beaches, an average yearly temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and waters teeming sea turtles, dolphins and fish, Turks & Caicos need to be at the top of families’ lists for spring break destinations. It’s also a quick three-hour flight from most spots on the East Coast — and two properties on the island have it all.
The Shore Club opened in January 2017 and is the only resort on Long Beach Bay; last year, they debuted four six-bedroom villas perfect for one large family or two smaller ones to spread out. Each villa has a full kitchen, private plunge pool, butler service and access to amenities including complimentary water sports, four pools, complimentary bikes and water sports equipment, two bars and three restaurants featuring Peruvian/Japanese fusion, Caribbean dishes and elevated local cuisine.
Its kids’ club, The Jungle Jam, located on a narrow, tree-lined trail, has a quirky treehouse-inspired vibe and a bevy of activities for curious kids. The Youth Nature Awareness Program lets kids go on a bird watching expedition and take part in science experiments. During the Beach Adventure or Eco Trail of the Critter Safari, they identify various indigenous reptiles, birds, butterflies, hermit crabs and snakes. Sand sculpting lessons on the beach lets them perfect their perfect sand castle or animal sculpture, while Oven to Tummy is a chance to create theme-based snacks and meals to share with family and friends.
What’s more, the resort has a complimentary shuttle to and from sister property The Palms on Grace Bay Beach, one of the Caribbean’s longest and most beautiful beaches. With a 25,000-square-foot spa, serpentine infinity pool with swim-up bar, dining options ranging from casual, family-friendly 72o West to elevated land and sea favorites at Parallel23 and access to nearby shops and nightlife, The Palms offers the best of Turks & Caicos. Seventy-two suites are outfitted with one, two or three bedrooms with full living areas, kitchens, laundry facilities and terraces. Amenities include free lessons in paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and snorkeling as well as instructions on sailing with the Hobie Cats Waves. The Conch Kritters Club has half- and full-day activities with a clubhouse, beach toys and floats.
All of this translates to double the fun and double the sun on one of the prettiest islands!
While most travelers know Lake George to be a bustling lakeside beach town in the summer, it’s actually a true stunner in the fall and winter also. With warm-weather seekers and summer crowds heading home, Lake George stays open for business well into the fall and offers even better deals for traveling families looking for a budget — without having to compromise.
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