Arrived today for our first time to T&C. Immigration and customs was painless and together took about 20 minutes. We were met by a rep from Grace Bay Car Rentals and took possession of our right sided steering Toyota. Took about 10 minutes to complete the paperwork. Not sure why I had to pay the $4 to get out of the lot but it is what it is.
This was the first time I have driven intentionally on the right side of the road. I will second those that state that their windshields are really, really clean. Every time I signal I turn on the wipers on by mistake :). I was really focused on driving and made it to the Sands unscathed by 2:00 pm. The room was not yet ready (2 bedroom) so we went to Hemmingways for lunch. Hemmingways was quite good and reasonably priced with lunch entrees about $13 each. After lunch we moved into our garden view room unit.
The grounds at the Sands are quite nice and the unit was a little dated but very clean. A few floor tiles are cracked and the furnituure is showing its age. Very functional but it looks like a 3 star unit on the inside albeit very clean. We brought some snacks, cans of tuna fish, etc. and we called for a can opener as one was missing from the room and one was quickly delivered. Kudos to the staff for this and for a speedy check in.
One in our group forgot to pack a bathing suit so we drove down to the Salt Mills shopping center to buy one. I don't remember the name of the store but they were $45 in the first shop and $20 :) in the second. We then went to the IGA Gourmet for a few items. Back to the Sands to check out the pool and beach.
This evening we ate at Mngo Reef and it was very, very good. Dinner for four adults was $180 including tax and tip. We didn't drink but we had 2 appetizers for the table and 4 entrees.
Tomorrow will be a beach day here at the Sands and we plan a snorkeling excursion on Friday and I am diving on Saturday. The weather is quite warm and humid with a gentle breeze this afternoon which picked up this evening. It was overcast this afternoon and I guess it will be really, really hot if the clouds clear in the morning.
Happy to answer any questions.Edited: 21 June 2012, 02:32