Happy New Year, my lovely readers. I hope this year brings you everything your hearts desire. I'm planning on making 2011 a year of even more exciting adventures which I'll continue to share with you. So, it's only appropriate for the first blog entry of the year to be a travel one. I'm finally over the jet lag and here's my top ten list (in random order) from a recent trip to Providenciales in beautiful Turks and Caicos.
10. Take advantage of this world-class diving and snorkeling destination, which is home to the third largest coral reef system in the world.
9. Soak up the sun on the twelve-mile stretch of Grace Bay Beach, rated one of the best beaches in the world by Conde Nast, with its powdery soft sand and pristine, turquoise waters.
8. Indulge in some conch fritters and rum punch at da Conch Shack. The shack is located right on the beach and you can see the conch meat being removed from the shells before you eat it. The shells are then cleaned and available for purchase to take home as a souvenir of this not-to-be missed experience.
7. Sip on frozen mojitos at the swanky Gansevoort Hotel and enjoy the same New York experience but island style.
6. Sample the Caribbean flavors at many of the local restaurants. Some of my favorites in Provo included: Bagatelle Bistro, Coyaba, Hemingway's, Coco Bistro, Lemon, Opus, Magnolia, Pizza Pizza and Yoshi's.
5. Watch a one-night-stand take place between glow worms as they light up the waters each month, three to six nights after the full moon. The female swims in circles releasing a luminescent egg mass. The male then emits short light pulses of his own, releasing gametes into the water to fertilize her eggs, at which time the male then dies and sinks to the bottom of the sea. Sigh!
4. Sail the islands and spot Provo's most famous resident, Jojo the Dolphin, as you discover deserted beaches, inlets and coves along the way.
3. Take an excursion to Iguana Island which is home to 2,000 rare, endangered rock iguanas.
2. Join the likes of Bruce Willis and Donna Karan and indulge in an Asian-inspired treatment at the COMO Shambhala spa located in the 1,000-acre private-island hideaway of Parrot Cay.
1. Pack a picnic and take the ferry from Provo to North and Middle Caicos to see the largest above-water cave formation in the entire Caribbean. You can use flashlights to look for bats in the limestone rock caves.
Check the New York Times travel guide for more on this Caribbean paradise.