Turks and Caicos beaches are often compared to beaches in Punta Cana; both destinations offer dazzling turquoise water and gorgeous white sand beaches that invite vacationers to enjoy leisurely walks, active water sports and simply the opportunity to unwind and savor the incredible view.
There are, however, a few distinct differences that make choosing a Turks and Caicos resort a good alternative to Punta Cana resorts.
Providenciales, the Turks and Caicos island where most of the country’s resorts are located, is far less developed than the Punta Cana resort community. Accordingly, vacationers seeking more elbow room at the beach and less pedestrian traffic to maneuvre through on their morning beach walk will likely prefer a Turks and Caicos beach resort on Grace Bay.
English is the official language spoken in Turks and Caicos. For convenience and ease of communications when ordering a pina colada from the comfort of your beach lounger, Turks and Caicos provides a great alternative to its Spanish speaking counterpart.
Punta Cana represents a stunning collection of beautiful Caribbean beach resorts, as do to the Turks and Caicos. For vacationers that are seeking a quieter and more intimate resort experience, Turks and Caicos provides an alternative from the predominately large properties that tend to characterize the Punta Cana resort sector.
Ease of Access
For the vacationer where every extra minute on the beach counts, flying to the Turks and Caicos from the USA provides an extra 30 minutes with your toes in the sand, compared to Punta Cana. Most Turks and Caicos resorts are located within a 15 minute drive of the international airport on Providenciales. Due to the smaller size of the resorts, check in is usually quick and the walk to your room equally as fast. The result – up to two hours of more beach time, which does mean a lot to those traveling on a short getaway.
The U.S. dollar is the official currency in Turks and Caicos. No need to need to spend time calculating currency conversions, or what to do with the spare pesos you find in your wallet when you return home.
Punta Cana resorts are certainly a great choice for many vacationers. However, for those vacationers seeking a more intimate vacation experience with the added convenience of spending time in a destination that is faster to reach and where the US dollar is the official currency, why not consider a Turks and Caicos resort.
One resort that widely appeals to couples and families is the beachfront Alexandra Resort. This four star resort located on world famous Grace Bay beach offers spacious, air conditioned suites and studios furnished with large patios or balconies, fully equipped kitchens (kitchenettes in studios), laptop size safety deposit boxes, flat screen TV’s in living rooms and bedrooms, and washers and dryers in most one and two bedroom suites.
Resort amenities include a lagoon style swimming pool, Asu on the Beach restaurant, a spa, fitness room, tennis courts and on-site marine excursions operator. Complimentary amenities include a $15/adult daily breakfast credit (per standard room occupancy), a dining shuttle to sister properties Beach House Turks and Caicos, and Blue Haven Resort and Marina, Wi-Fi property wide and non motorized water sports.
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