I recently went on a trip to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands for a friend's 40th birthday festivities. And by "recently" I mean, four weeks ago! This post is a little tardy.
Anyway, it was a fantastic trip. T and C is gorgeous. The most beautiful blue water I've ever seen. The softest, whitest sand. Gorgeous sunsets. The cutest puppies (yes, puppies; or "potcakes" as they call them in the islands). Here's my time with the potcakes (I was in pure heaven):
We swam and snorkeled and paddle boarded and shopped. We had homemade pina coladas and fresh conch right from the ocean. We saw dolphins, rays, barracuda and even a shark.
Moral of the story: visit the Turks and Caicos Islands; you won't be sorry.
Before getting to TCI, I had read about Coco Bistro and knew it was one of the best places in Providenciales to eat. We heard the same again from our cab driver Ali on our ride from the airport; but in the same breath heard it was impossible to get a reservation. Grrr. But since it just happened to be right across the street from our condo we definitely had to try. And it was a success! We got in! Dems the perks you get when you visit during hurricane season I guess.
Coco Bistro doesn't look like much from the driveway. It's down a dirt road in Grace Bay and looks like so:
Nice color but sort of "meh," right? But once you get inside, you are transported to a tropical freakin' paradise. You are literally dining among the palm trees. I love palm trees!. It is actually quite romantic, if you're into that sort of thing:
The menu prices at Coco Bistro are typical for TCI (i.e. expensive). Because it's a British island, like Bermuda, everything is a little pricier than the U.S. But since we were a friendly group we decided to order a bunch of appetizers and a few desserts and just share everything. Doing that was very reasonable and we were all still pretty full. And we got to try a whole bunch of different stuff, which to me is key, especially when on vacation. We tried so much I can't even remember it all.
Top on my list was their Coco Bistro Style Ahi Tuna Sashimi:
Also loved the Mushroom and Arugula Tart (left), the Lobster and Avocado Spring Rolls and the House Made Corn Tortilla with Peking Style Shredded Duck and Duck Bacon (right):
I'm pretty sure we had more, but the above kept me relatively enthralled. And for dessert, Coco Bistro's "Famous" Coconut Pie:
OK, OK -- in full disclosure: we also had Warm Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding (left) and Fried Banana Fritters (with Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream):
(Photos from tripadvisor.com)
Here's another tip: get the rum punch. Everywhere. It's delish!
Two thumbs up for Coco Bistro and for Turks and Caicos.