Gabriela Herman

These easy-to-reach islands—under two hours from Miami and around three from New York—are your ticket to sun, stat. Here’s how to do it over three days.

January 09, 2017

If you're looking for a long weekend, Turks & Caicos is a great spot for lounging on the beach, indulging in some truly vacation-worthy food, and experiencing a bit of luxury at some of the destination's best resorts. We even created an itinerary for you.

Friday

Touch down on the island of Providenciales and hightail it to the new Shore Club (doubles from $925), the first resort on Long Bay Beach. Ten minutes’ drive away is the perennially popular Grace Bay, but here on this three-mile stretch, there’s space and then some. The resort’s modern rooms have soaring ceilings and large terraces, and amenities include a sprawling spa and three cabana-lined pools. Call it a night after dinner at the Japanese-Peruvian restaurant.

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Saturday

Start the day with a horseback ride on the beach. Provo Ponies will pair you up with a horse (complete beginners are welcome) to take you for a short ride on the sand and into the sea. The guides are wonderful—a calming presence for anyone who gets skittish. In the afternoon, take a tour of the Caicos Conch Farm and research facility before dinner at Seven (entrées $25–$42), Provo’s best fine-dining restaurant. Come early for a drink and a chat with the gregarious head bartender, Nicolo, then dig in to Italianesque dishes like garden-pea risotto.


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Sunday

Finish your weekend with some quality beach time. In addition to loungers with beachside service, the Shore Club has standup paddleboards and kayaks available so you can get out on the water. And for your last meal in paradise, nothing beats Da Conch Shack (entrées $15–$50). Here, you can try conch in a fresh, citrusy salad, lightly battered and fried, or in a flavorful curry. Wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s potent rum drinks or a locally brewed Turk’s Head beer.

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