I hope you all are ready for an overload of crystal clear beach photos and baby chunk! I’m finally rallying all of my favorite photos and details from our trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos. Not only was the most family-friendly all-inclusive resort we’ve ever been to, but easily one of the most beautiful beaches, too!
This is our second year of getting together with Brittni, Lexy, and Kelly for a big family group trip (see last year’s here), and I have to say, an all-inclusive is SUCH a great option for big groups. This was our first Beaches experience, and I will never again underestimate the power of having over 20 restaurants to choose from to eat where they already fully expect chaos from kids and you don’t have to split a check. Haha!
Flying Into Turks & Caicos
One great thing about Turks & Caicos is that several airports on the East coast have short nonstop flights in and out daily. Coming from Houston we almost always make a stop in Florida when we’re visiting the Caribbean, and Providenciales is an easy, hour0long plane ride from Fort Lauderdale.
Southwest Airlines now flies there often, so we were able to score a 3-for-1 ticket deal thanks to Jared having the companion pass and the fact that Gwen still flies free under two years old. That said, we’ll definitely be buying her her own seat from here on out after that trek! Let’s just say her 15-month old energy did not want to be contained on our laps for that long.
The resort is only a 20-minute drive the airport and they offer private shuttles to and from the airport that are waiting for you when you arrive. We’re still mourning the fact that Gwen has outgrown her Doona car seat + stroller combo, but you can request a car seat in advance so you don’t have to bring them with you!
Where to Stay in Turks & Caicos | A Family Friendly All-Inclusive Resort
The Beaches is property is impressively large, so prepare to get your steps in! They have four different categories of rooms based on style — French Riviera, Key West, Italian, and the Caribbean Villages.
They each have something unique to offer and all have pools and restaurants sprinkled throughout, so you really can’t go wrong. We stayed in the Key West Village which is the most recent addition to the resort and offer some INSANELY cool villa options, like this private pool, oceanfront villa that’s on my forever bucket list!
Things to Do In Turks & Caicos
You can easily be as busy or as relaxed as you want to be on this trip. I’ve broken down some of the most popular activities for both adults, kids, and the group, but we definitely spent an ample amount of lounging time in the room.
Activities for Kids
- Pirates Island Waterpark does not disappoint! They have a lazy river (perfect for hanging with the babies) that overlooks the splash pad and waterslides for the older kids
- Sesame Street Parade in the evenings
- A craft station near the Caribbean village where you can paint pottery and other activities during an afternoon rain shower
- There’s a teen and tweens club along with an Xbox lounge for the older kids
- Kids Day Camp is great for the kiddos that aren’t quite old enough to be on there own but that still want to explore with new friends
- Character meet and greets were a fun activity for our little group!
- The resort train stops by a few of the lobbies throughout the day
- While there are a ton of pools scattered throughout, we personally loved the French Riviera pool with the beach entry the most!
- Check the resort schedule for your stay for the live entertainment schedule for the kids
Activities for Adults
- While there are plenty of land excursions at the hotel, Island Routes offers a ton of higher level excursions away from the resort. The guys did the ATV trip and had a great time exploring other beaches!
- Mommas will love Red Lane Spa treatments, but they also have soaking pools that are open 24/7!
- There are several bars and lounges throughout the resort, but Sky rooftop bar is a must! It’s 18 and up at night, but kid friendly for breakfast if you want a brunch with a view.
- They offer Scuba classes along with non-motorized sea activities along the beach with access points all along the resort.
Tips For Staying at Beaches Turks & Caicos
- If you’re needing to get to one side of the resort to the other quickly (or the kiddos are tired of walking), you can go to any of the lobbies and request a golf cart pickup to your next destination within the resort.
- Keep an eye on the printed activity chart for the week to get an idea of fun events like Sesame street character meet and greets, Bingo, karaoke for the adults, etc
- Each lobby has its own coffee station, so if you don’t want to make the trek to Cafe de Paris to get your morning latte, there’s a much closer option.
- You can rent a stroller, request a crib in your room, and a slew of other baby and toddler-friendly amenities to making your packing lighter.
- Most rooms have their own washer and dryer so that you can keep the messes AND the packing to a minimum.
- Water shoes for the kids is a good idea, we bought these for Gwen!
- They’ve covered ALL of the basics with childcare options. They have childcare for kids under 3, a day camp for the older kids, and even private nannies and childcare for a closer-to-home option. Only the private nanny option is an additional fee, the rest are included in your all-inclusive stay already! Like I said this family friendly all-inclusive resort is not messing around!
- The resort is “gratuities included”, but you’ll still want to bring some cash in small bills for tipping the airport transfer, excursions, or other incidentals.
- They have a store where you can buy diapers, swim gear, sunblock, etc. If you’re needing baby formula or another specialty item, there’s also a large grocery store about 8 minutes down the road that you can get a taxi to.
- Be sure to check out the new soft serve ice cream and mac and cheese food trucks near the waterpark, too!
- The candy shop, Celebrations, has plenty of other little necessities behind the counter! We actually needed Pedialyte several times thanks to remnants of the flu and they came to the rescue!
- As mommas, we’re pretty used to bringing big bags for lugging around pool gear, but a small tote or purse for quick outings or adult dinners is a good idea, too! I brought this one, and Gwen just so happens to love carrying it even more haha.
A huge thank you to Beaches Resorts for hosting our growing crew, it was more than we could’ve hoped for! As for the rest of the group, you can see their recaps here — Brittni, Lexy, and Kelly — for more photos and a different perspective of the kids day camp and other resort extras that G didn’t get a chance to try out while we were there!
If you’ve been on any must-visit group vacation destinations, I’d love to hear your recommendations!
Thankful for a photographer hubby and his drone skills, but shoutout to photos 1 and 6 that were snapped by Jeff Mindell!