Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Turks and Covid-19

I needed a break. I needed the sun and relaxation, so when we decided last minute to book Turks and Caicos, I was ecstatic. Traveling during Covid can produce a plethora of emotions, some of them being: fear, joy, and judgement. Fear because you are putting yourself and others at risk of catching the virus and joy because dammit, you finally get to go somewhere that isn't your backyard. Judgement because you feel that someone is going to place a judgement on you for traveling and increasing the nationwide risk. But at the end of the day, to each his own and as long as you are safe and taking necessary precautions everything seems to turn out okay. I recently had the privilege to travel to Turks and Caicos to escape from the daily plunders of life during a pandemic and let me tell you, it was great. 

The first plane ride from Newark to Miami was stress-inducing and not enjoyable. There was a loud woman who wouldn't let the others take a nap during the 8am flight and everyone was packed like sardines. Fast forward to a mimosa in the American Express Centurion Lounge and things were looking up again. The flight to Providenciales was sublime. Practically everyone had their own row, the sun was shining, and everyone had a feeling of happiness about them. Touch down and the airport was showing off their enhanced safety measures with social distancing markings and hand sanitizer galore. I felt safer there than in a grocery store back home. Luggage and humans packed into the van and off we were to Beaches, yearning to get into the pool with a rum-based drink in our hands. 

Let me tell you, there is nothing wrong with an all-inclusive resort. I, for one, love knowing that everything is taken care of without a worry on my part. Some people need that adventure and love to guess where their next meal is coming from, but I only want to guess which restaurant I will be attending that night. Of course this is only with certain vacations, normally I am all ready for adventure and early mornings but once in a while, a resort vacation with no worries is just what the doctor orders. 


Beaches is just that resort for relaxation with great amenities. We were kindly upgraded to a beachfront room with bunk beds and it was perfectly close to everything. The resort is well situated with each area having enough resources to fully enjoy. We pool hopped from one of the Caribbean villa pools to the bustling and open Italian village pool in the main area. The ocean was sublime and we even grabbed a pair of readily available snorkels to swim further out. 


I haven't been scuba diving in three years so I was happy to see that the resort had scuba diving included for all travelers. They had morning and afternoon dives and the dive masters were extremely nice and knowledgeable. 

Now, the food. I have not been this impressed at a resort's food and my belly was full and satiated most days. There was a day or where we missed lunch because of dives, but there were many smaller fast food places for pizza and burgers so that was always good. The variety was great and the a la carte breakfasts were a breath of fresh air from the sometimes overwhelming breakfast buffets. I never felt like I wasted food or put too much on my plate which tends to happen to me at buffets. 

Overall, I had a marvelous time. This could have been one of those vacations where I needed a back-up trip for recovery, but the last day of pure relaxation was just what I needed to recharge my spirit to come back to the real world. Of course, there were some worries on the overbooked flight back from Charlotte, but nothing a few days of quarantine couldn't fix. I would go to Beaches for an upgraded all-inclusive that has a bit of everything for everyone. I thank my parents for taking us with them and for the opportunity to travel during this trying time for the world. 




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