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Turks and Caicos: 4 Water Sports to Try in When You’re Tired of Relaxing3 min read

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos is known as one of the best stretches of beach in the entire world. Its white sand and blue-green water is calm compared to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and it provides the perfect spot to spend hours lounging with a good book and even a cocktail. It’s what initially drew my husband and I to visit Turks and Caicos.

But I also knew the desire to sit on the beach with a book would wear off after a few days, and we’d want to have other activities lined up throughout our time.

Turks and Caicos offers more than just ridiculously beautiful beaches to relax on. It’s got plenty of other fun activities to do all over Providenciales, which we discovered as we explored the island in our tiny rental car. Here are some fun activities to take part in while you visit absolute paradise.

SUP on Grace Bay

Many resorts on Grace Bay offer free access to snorkel gear, stand-up paddle (SUP) boards, kayaks and Hobie Cats for when you tire of relaxing. It’s a great way to try something new without committing.

The bay’s calm waters make trying SUP boarding a little easier than in the Atlantic Ocean. But beware—it’s harder than it looks, and it’ll test the strength of your arms and your core.

Swim in the Shallow Water of Princess Alexandria National Park

Finding our way to this beach was a little tricky, but the solitude and calm, shallow water was well worth turning around once or twice in our tiny rental car. From Grace Bay Road, turn left onto Sandpiper Avenue, a sand and rock road, then look for a small sign for Princess Alexandria National Park parking.

This beach is absolutely stunning—and there’s a great chance you’ll be one of the only visitors. We spent our time swimming in the shallow water, looking for sea life with our video camera and relaxing in the water. Enjoy the solitude—and feel free to use the free beach chairs.

Jet Ski on Sapodilla Bay

Shallow and calm water in Sapodilla Bay means it’s a safe spot for children and adults to play and swim. But the bay is also a great place to inject some adventure into your trip. We rented jet skis right on the beach and explored the coast of Providenciales, including an abandoned pirate ship (really!), some massive multi-million dollar homes and various beaches on the coast.

Sapodilla Bay beach is about 10 miles away from Grace Bay. While you’re there, drive through Chalk Sound National Park to see turquoise water and small, rocky islands.

Snorkel (and More) on a Boat Tour

Turks and Caicos is known for its snorkeling because of the reefs surrounding the island. Most resorts and rentals offer snorkel gear that you can rent or borrow, but for the best experience (and fit), you might want to bring your own gear.

If you’re a watersport newbie like myself, one way to try snorkeling is on a half- or full-day boat cruise. These tours combine views of the island from the water, some snorkeling out on the reef, a visit to a deserted island, fresh conch ceviche and the chance to swim and play in open water.

It felt a little intimidating to jump into the middle of the ocean with gear and start snorkeling. But guides are welcoming and the group is encouraging—so there’s really nothing to do except jump off the boat and strap on your fins.

The water is so clear off the coast of TCI that you can easily see the reef 20 to 30 feet below. Snorkeling not only gives you the chance to see all sorts of sea life—you’ll also get a great low-impact workout.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 5, 2018 at 17:26

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Forget the Beach: The Top 5 European Winter Sports Destinations

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Some of us dream of a tropical getaway when the thermometer dips into the freezing zone. However, for the winter sports lovers among us, nothing beats packing up your gear and heading to the slopes for some downhill fun. Across Europe you’ll find resorts and mountains catering to your ski or snowboarding bug, but choosing the perfect destination for your winter vacation can be a challenge. Each resort has its own unique flavor and highlights. Which one is right for you?

courcheval-apres-ski_telegraphEnjoy the Apres Ski Scene: Courchevel, France
Courchevel is a ski resort in the French Alps and is part of Les Trois Vallee, the largest ski area in the world. Courchevel consists of four towns, each named for the height of their tallest peak in meters: Courchevel 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650, and Courchevel 1850. The highest resort, also known as the St. Tropez of winter sports, is the place to go to rub elbows with the rich, famous, and royal at the resorts nightclubs and apres ski venues. If you go, be forewarned that Courchevel is not a budget-friendly destination.

levi-northern-lightsSee the Northern Lights: Levi, Finland
Levi is located in Finnish Lapland and is a great spot for beginner and intermediate skiers. What it lacks in expert ski runs it more than makes up for with its location. Since it’s above the Arctic Circle, the ski season is exceptionally long, typically running from October through May. You’ll also have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights if you venture outside of the city and resort areas. Tour companies can help you find the best viewing spots via snowmobile, snowshoe, or a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

cresta-run_daily-mailRide the 80 mph Toboggan Run: St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz sits on the southern slope of the Albula Alps overlooking a picturesque lake. The resort boasts five-star luxury hotels and high-end retail shops perfect for the international jetsetter. St. Moritz is perhaps best known for the Cresta Run, a toboggan run where expert riders can approach speeds of 80 mph traveling headfirst down the track. Beginners can start slower with a training course hosted by the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club.

Bansko

Ski on a Budget: Bansko, Bulgaria
Winter sports, especially skiing, are sometimes known as a “rich man’s sport.” However, at Bansko in Bulgaria you can have all the fun and enjoy most of the same amenities you’ll find at the higher end resorts. You can find a five-day package, including hotel and ski passes, for as little as $ 300 U.S. There are hundreds of bars and restaurants called mehana, where you can sample Bulgarian cuisine and culture while you sip on a traditional fruit brandy cocktail called rakia.

avoriaz_snowboardingTake a Snowboarding Adventure: Avoriaz, France
Avoriaz was one of the first ski resorts in Europe to have a snowboarders-only section. For that reason, it’s known as the “snowboarding capital of Europe.” You won’t be disappointed by its three snowboard parks: Chapelle, which is perfect for novices; Bleue du Lac, for experts with tabletops, spines, hips and a variety of rails; and The Stash, a meandering course designed in 2008 by Jake Burton of Burton Snowboards.

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Courchevel Apres Ski, courtesy of The Telegraph
Levi Northern Lights, courtesy of Levi Tourism Board 
Cresta Run, courtesy of The Daily Mail
Bansko, courtesy of Snow-Forecast.com
Snowboarding in Avoriaz, courtesy of ActiveAzure.com 

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 21, 2016 at 20:17

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