Before I start I just want to send a huge thanks to all the folks on TA. This is my second vacation experience since discovering TA and all the wonderful, helpful tips created another unforgettable experience.
I'll try not to do each day's itinerary but hit more on the points that (hopefully) some may find helpful as they plan their first trip.
We stayed at The Sands from 9/23-9/30 and it was the perfect spot for my husband and I -- casual yet nice. Everyone was so pleasant and we love Hemmingway's. I did a review for Sands if anyone is considering it for their stay.
-- Beaches: I am a beach person at heart and have been fortunate to visit some special beach destinations. Until visiting Provo, I thought Curacao had the nicest water I had ever seen. HOWEVER, my first sighting of Grace Bay shot that assumption down. The water is so clear and calm with so many shades of Turquoise!! On my list was a lunch date with Las Brisas and I couldn't stop staring at that electric color. I am only sorry that my pictures didn't reflect the true color I experienced. We also hit Taylor Bay and found it fairly easily thanks to many directions from everyone on TA and some ppl we met while at Sands. Taylor Bay and Chalk Sound are reason enough to get a rental car. We also went to Long Bay Beach and again, loved it. We had it basically all too ourselves and it was my first time actually seeing Conch shells that weren't in a gift shop.
-- People: We found everyone around the island to be friendly. Some servers at restaurants just may not have been as chatty as we are used to but again, always friendly.
-- Meals: I surprised my hubby with this trip and we didn't budget very well so we tried to limit our meals out. However, lunch at Las Brisas was a must and was wonderful. I think this may have been our "cheapest" meal as well. The nachos were delish!! As per TA tip... they had ice tea with free refills. We also had our "special" dinner at Coco Bistro and again, perfection from start to finish. Other stops..Danny Buoy's, dinner ON BEACH/AT SUNSET at Mango Reef, drink at Sharkbite, sunset dinner at Flamingo Cafe (only a few ppl there -- loved it!) and several meals at Hemmingway's. Oh....and don't miss the Fish Fry!
-- Potcake Place: I knew about all the stray dogs ahead of time but it still broke my heart to see them all. I found two buds at the Fish Fry and one pup on the beach one day that played with me under my umbrella while my husband snorkeled at Bight Reef. So...had to make a visit to Potcake place where they do amazing things to find these pups forever home. WHEN I return I hope I can help by being a courier.
-- Snorkeling -- I still haven't mastered this so with my trusty raft (again, purchased before the trip after TA tip so I'd have it for Taylor Bay) I would float and pop under water with my mask to view the sights. We didn't take an excursion this visit but saw many wonders while at Bight and Smith's reefs.
I know I left out so much but let me just close by saying that although my husband thought I was a bit too planned on this trip, I felt I needed to check off as many must-sees as I could. I think our next visit will be more "play it by ear" since we can just hit our fav places while exploring things/places we didn't get to first time around. We loved the quiet of September but I must get back asap so I'm hoping June/July will still be fairly quiet while coming sooner than a fall trip. I am already checking daily for flight deals, etc.
Weather was perfect for me...sunny every day (except our last day with still no rain) with maybe a shower in a.m. or overnight. Hot -- which I love.
Yes Provo..I get you and I so miss you. Until we meet again......back to work :(