Turks And Caicos: Day 4

June 22, 2013

On the last day of our anniversary trip, the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board wanted to show us some of their favorite beaches, including a quick stop on Iguana Island, as well as a snorkeling adventure for conch shells.  We would be spending half a day on a 48-foot, first-class catamaran that we were assured was operated by the friendliest and most talented crew in the country.

As luck would have it, just as we were setting sail, the resident dolphin JoJo swam by to wish us a safe journey.  JoJo is an Atlantic Bottlenose that has been living and playing in the shallow waters of the Turks and Caicos since 1980.

The first stop of the day was to Iguana Island off of Little Water Cay.  This is the only place in the entire world where you can see the endangered rock iguana in its natural habitat.

As soon as we arrived, iguanas were on the beach to greet us.  We took a short tour on a raised wooden walkway to see the beautiful creatures in their surroundings.  Our guide even called some of the iguanas by name and they came running over to us.  I have never seen iguanas so colorful and docile before, thus I was completely mesmerized by them.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The next stop was to a secret reef.  Once anchored, we had the opportunity to snorkel in pristine, turquoise waters and see first-hand one of the Caribbean’s most incredible assortments of tropical fish, although our real mission was to find conch shells, which would then be used for our lunch.

While the captain of the boat worked on making us passengers fresh conch salad, we were given time to wander around Fort George Cay, otherwise known as the world’s most beautiful beach.  Just to prove my bold claim, I did not in any way shape or form edit the following photos.  The water is truly that magnificent!

On the way back, we enjoyed the delicious conch salad and talked about how the next time we visit the Turks and Caicos we will definitely spend more time exploring what lies beneath the water there.  As soon as we returned to our gorgeous villa at The Somerset on Grace Bay we finally popped open the bottle of champagne that had been waiting for us from day one and toasted to an unforgettable second anniversary.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

We were told by quite a few people that we simply could not leave the Turks and Caicos without visiting the infamous da Conch Shack, so we saved it for our last meal.  While we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there and the live music, we still thought Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl was better.  Nevertheless, it deserves a visit while on Providenciales.

Where oh where will we be celebrating our third anniversary?  Anyone dare to take a guess?

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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60 thoughts on “Turks And Caicos: Day 4

  1. Terra

    Okay, I feel like I just took a trip to the Turks and Caicos with you:-) I just pinned each day on my Traveling pin board, and tweeted each day:-) The pics are seriously beyond beautiful! Sweet little JoJo would have been the best part of the trip for me. Dolphins are my all time favorite creature, and I believe I will be a dolphin in my next life:-) The ocean is where I go when I meditate, everything about ocean make me happy. I can tell I would adore Turks and Caicos, everything about your trip looked memorable, breathtaking, and delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      Awwww what a lovely and amazing comment, thank you so much!!! You would have loved JoJo! He was too sweet and cute! I hope with all of my heart that you and your hubby can make it to the T&C one day soon.

  2. Spencer

    I hear so many good reports about the Turks & Caicos and these photos certainly convey it in a good light. It looks like a little piece of paradise. Would love to go there one day.

  3. mi-an dela cruz

    andi, your pictures are absolutely stunning!!!!! i’ve always wanted to go there and your photos just made me even more want to go there!!! your 3rd yr anniv…hmmmm…fiji??

  4. Meghan Johnson

    How I love seeing the world through your eyes (and camera lens), Andi. Especially when they give me a glimpse of places like this. Happy second anniversary, dear! Cheers to many, many more… in many beautiful places.

  5. Melanie Fontaine

    I’m sure your next anniversary will be celebrated at an equally beautiful place! Maybe somewhere in the Pacific? I’m sure there are tons of amazing island nations there! 🙂

  6. Phil

    Wow, what a tropical island paradise! I live in Cairns and strangely enough was looking through photos of the islands around here when I saw your link in twitter……….now I have another place on the bucket list so thanks for sharing! Great blog and stunning photos!!

  7. carmen

    Hello! I also love your pictures!! Do you mind sharing some tips? What camera do have? and for underwater?

    thank you =)

  8. Kaleena's Kaleidoscope

    Holy wow, those pictures are gorgeous! Looks like such a fun trip! My parents got married last year in the Virgin Islands and the beach where they had the wedding had water that blue, it was mind blowingly beautiful. This is making me want to get to a tropical beach ASAP! Congrats on your anniversary! 🙂

  9. Emily in Chile

    I love iguanas! We have so many pictures of them from our honeymoon in Aruba, and they were on an island off Trinidad, Cuba too. I think I have to go see these rock iguanas someday, especially if they’re so tame!

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