guest post: curated by kelly {turks and caicos}

Looking at other blogger’s travel photos is one of my favorite things to do. And the more I read about their adventures, the longer my wanderlust list seems to get. I can guarantee your travel list will become a little longer after you read about my sponsor’s wonderful honeymoon dream vacation in Turks and Caicos!

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Hello there, Postcards from Rachel readers! I’m Kelly from Curated by Kelly and my blog is all about my favorite things. That means you’ll see a lot of variety from stories about our adoption and family, jewelry from my shop, parties, books I’ve read and more. I also love to do giveaways on my blog and on Facebook.

To keep with Rachel’s theme, I’m going to share about our honeymoon to the Turks and Caicos. When choosing a honeymoon destination we went back and forth between skiing and the beach since we were getting married in January. I’m secretly happy that the beach won out. This was my husband’s first trip out of the country and it was a great one.

Unfortunately a major arctic cold front swept in to town on our wedding day giving us 13 degree temperatures. It also swept down through Florida into the Caribbean, so the highs on our trip were in the low 70s, which is cold on the beach.

We stayed at the Regent Grand and it was one of the most gorgeous hotels I’ve ever seen. This is the spa area.

Turks and Caicos Regent Grand spa
Even though most things on the island are imported in, the restaurants we tried were fabulous. We started off with lunch at Lemon, a place with African and West Indian influences. The hummus was superb.
Turks and Caicos lunch Lemon
After that we went to the Conch Farm which had recently been damaged by Hurricane Ike. At the time it was the only conch farm in the world and as you can probably guess, it’s also a big food staple on the island.

We ate dinner at our hotel’s restaurant one night and it was al fresco. We quickly realized that dinner at 7 p.m. was early because no one was there. People came out for dinner around 8 or 9 each night. Another great restaurant we tried was Grace’s Cottage. It’s almost like the Turks and Caicos was built just for honeymooners because every place we dined was romantic.

Turks and Caicos romantic dinner
Our favorite part of the trip was a tour we took with one other couple and a guide. We went by speed boat because the islands are not connected very well. We went snorkeling in some of the clearest water I have ever seen.
Turks and Caicos clear water
We got to look around some of the celebrity hideaways. We also took a tour of Wade’s Green Plantation on North Caicos. Can you imagine building these walls by hand? For 3,000 acres?
Turks and Caicos wadegreen
After that we went in to one of the little villages to Susan’s house. Susan is a local who cooked a lunch of chicken, coleslaw and rice with pidgeon peas. And they made a point to tell us that the chicken was fresh from her yard. Talk about eating local!
Turks and Caicos susan lunch
Then we went to a large pond that was filled with flamingos who were eating shrimp. What a sight! My husband and companions quickly fell asleep when we piled in to the car to get to our next destination. So our driver pulled over and picked some orchids for me and they smelled like chocolate. Soon we were at the Conch Bar Caves. We got a little nervous as our guide told us that one of the caves was named “the butcher room.” A local basket maker and keep of the caves told us all of the history behind them.
Turks and Caicos conchbar
But the coolest stop was yet to come: Mujidin Harbor. For those who only think celebrity, this is where Ben and Jen got married. We spent about an hour exploring the area. We even found a pair of praying hands on one cliff and a staircase to a hidden beach.
Turks and Caicos mujidin
My wedding gift to Robert was hiring a professional photographer to take us around the island and get photos. What follows are adventures to places on the island that tourists don’t generally know about or go. If you ever go on a vacation to somewhere unique, I suggest finding a photographer because they will know the most beautiful places on the island.
Turks and Caicos market
Turks and Caicos pier
Turks and Caicos beach photo
And that was our honeymoon. Where did you go?

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Now that I’ve seen Kelly’s beautiful photos from Turks and Caicos, I think I’m ready for a tropical vacation!
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03481775343584575260 Casey Martin

    looks gorgeous!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07281689617194191990 Helene

    what an awesome place for a honeymoon! I have never been but I would love to go!!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p017c36c1bc2c970b Cattail Down

    These pictures look great though and you look like a happy couple! Nice guest post!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08035672927539325139 Renata Barbosa

    The Turks and Caicos look fabulous! I gather you and your husband are quite the travelers. My husband and I are going to San Francisco next month. Have you been? Do you have any suggestions?

    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01390627453974953641 CeCe

    Looks amazing!!! So beautiful. That water is to die for. It’s on my list but there are so many places I don’t know if I could get to them all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00914359562722869121 Sarah at Midwest Pillowtalk

    oh i LOVE those last photos! so beautiful! we did something similar in cozumel when we were there on a cruise vacation! ive heard amazing things about T&C, totally want to visit some day!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04277601670467662931 Natalie Best

    Oooooooooooooooooooo! This is exciting me for my upcoming wedding in the Keys soon! Yipppppppppeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14585681189196096870 Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    I want to go there, it is beautiful!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes