My wife, son (age 7) and I will be headed to Provo for the first time at the end of August. I like to plan, so I thought I'd share my plans and see whether any of the experts here might be able to make some suggestions:
We're staying at Villa del Mar for easy access to beach, Graceway Gourmet, restaurants, Grace Bay Car Rental, etc.
We arrive Saturday afternoon and plan to just settle in and check out the area, maybe stop by Graceway Gourmet for some wine since we won't be able to get alcohol on Sunday. Check out the beach, find the local restaurants, etc.
Sunday is a beach day for us. Just enjoy being in this beautiful place. I'm thinking of heading over to the "Sunday Jerk Fiesta" for dinner at Pelican Bay restaurant (http://www.pelicanbaytci.com/special1.html) -- which I think is within walking distance? Is this worth it?
Monday will be a snorkel day. I'd love to do a full day trip at Island Snorkeling Adventures (islandsnorkelingadventures.com/…FDFC), but I have a feeling that will be outside our price range. Another option might be the 6-hour snorkel/kayak adventure at Big Blue Unlimited (www.bigblueunlimited.com/snorkeling.shtml) -- which is also pretty pricey. Does anybody have some advice on how to keep this reasonable? Any clearly better bets than one of these two? I'm looking for more snorkeling and a little less partying with a company that has small group excursions and will pick us up from Villa del Mar.
Tuesday: Probably another Grace Bay beach day. Rest, relax, enjoy. Arrange for a rental car for Thursday-Friday. Maybe try Sailing Paradise for dinner, as they will pick us up and take us home on their shuttle bus (gives us a little idea of what's happening over in that direction, too ... including driving past Da Conch Shack, according to some TripAdvisor folks, so we'll know where we're going when we get a car).
Wednesday: Thinking of the Ocean Outback tour, combines a little snorkeling (for me), some pirate activities (for the kiddo), a serene beach (for the wife) and will pick us up at Villa del Mar (I think.) http://www.oceanoutback.com/Home_Page_2.html. Leaves from Sapodilla Bay, so we'll get a look at that side of the island and maybe have some idea of how to get to Chalk Sound.
Thursday: Get our rental car. Drive to Coral Gardens for some Bight Reef snorkeling. Over to Da Conch Shack for lunch. **What should we do in the afternoon now that we have a car?** Likely going for the Thursday Night Fish Fry at Children's Park for dinner.
Friday: Lazy morning on the beach (time is running out!). Rental car drive over to Las Brisas for lunch and check out/kayak Chalk Sound. Take a look at Taylor Bay (having already seen Sapodilla if we do the Outback Adventure). Back home and I'm enticed by the Friday night beach party and pig roast at Pelican Bay restaurant (again - is this worth it? It looks fun, but that's easy to do).
Saturday: Enjoy one last morning on the beach, then back to the airport and home.
Side plans: We're planning on bringing certain snacks with us on the plane (chips, crackers, pretzels, bread) to allow for some easy lunches. We'll also bring some snorkel equipment. Villa del Mar has washer/dryers in the room, so we're staying light on the luggage. Villa del Mar also includes basic breakfast, so I hope that's pretty tasty.
Am I missing anything? Am I way off base?
This place looks and sounds like a dream come true. Hope it turns out that way.