We planned a long trip to Turks & Caicos, Providenciales a few weeks after Atlas was born to celebrate his first birthday. We took Kennedy to Iceland for her first birthday and wanted to carry on the tradition with our baby boy. We knew that life with 2 kids would be much different than it was with 1 (it rocked our worlds to be honest), and we wanted to go ahead and get a trip in the books. Otherwise, time being it’s sneaky self, it would get away from us and wouldn’t happen. It’s hard to believe that a year came and went, and our sweet Atlas is now 1 year old.
Vacationing with your baby and a toddler is fun, not to be confused with easy. I was overly prepared (mentally, too!) and ready to take on anything and everything that could surprise you with 2 kids in tow. Whether that was a blowout on the airplane…it happened. I swear there is some unwritten rule amongst kids that they must save their worst stomach issues for travel. It just happens! I don’t know why…we’ve just come to accept it and be prepared for it now! haha. Or, whether the flight was delayed for hours (that’s happened, too)…I wanted to be fully prepared for whatever the world could throw at us. Our carryon bags were packed to the brim with snacks, juice, iPads, busy bags, coloring books, travel play-doh…you name it. (Side note: I’ll be sharing a whole blog post soon all about what else we packed in both carryons and our checked bags for the kids).
With all that being said, every day was a fun adventure. Watching Kennedy and Atlas play along the shore laughing and screaming in delight as the waves came up brought us so much joy. They were filled with curiosity and found even the simplest things to be extraordinary. Experiencing new places through the eyes of children is truly the best gift. It was as if we were seeing the beach for the first time. It was about 75 degrees and sunny most days with a few thunderstorms rolling in for the late afternoon. We adventured around the island in a Jeep Wrangler that we rented from Grace Bay Car Rentals and explored down all the rocky, sandy roads. It didn’t make for great car napping for kids, but we did find some awesome places to take pictures. Trying to set up a family selfie is another adventure in and of itself! We spent most days playing in the low tide of Sapodilla Bay, meeting new friends and other toddlers for our kiddos to play with (bonus!!), and enjoying tropical drinks. We’ll definitely be back!
Nick always plans the best trips for us, whether we’re together as a family or it’s just the 2 of us for a weekend getaway. He puts so much thought into every detail down to the flight time, connections, car rentals, proximity to attractions…everything. I keep telling him that he needs to be a professional tour guide!! It was an amazing, fun-filled, exhausting trip and we can’t wait for the next one. We listed a few of the things we did during our stay in Turks & Cacios and some of the things we didn’t get the chance to see (but, would’ve loved to)!
BEST FAMILY BEACHES:
FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS:
- Bugaloos Conch Crawl
- Mother’s Pizza (because they deliver, and what’s easier than that?!)
- Las Brisas: Cannot say enough amazing things about this restaurant. It’s perfect for kids, the waitstaff is incredibly friendly and warm, and they brought Atlas a piece of cake and all sang happy birthday to him! We made a few friends here and even stopped by before our flight for one last goodbye.
- Da Conch Shack: There are even adorable, toddler-sized picnic tables for your kids to sit at and enjoy their own food. It’s a win-win!
- Turkberry: Delicious yogurt and homemade donuts.
THINGS TO DO & SEE WITH YOUR FAMILY (TODDLERS + BABIES):
- The Salt Mills/Salt Mill Plaza: Shopping!
- Regent Village: More shopping!
- Sandals Beaches Resort: If you’re not staying at the resort, you can still buy a one-day family pass to visit for all you can eat and drink.
- iPhone 6: Surprisingly amazing for how small it is. The iPhone is just convenient and takes amazing panoramas! Though I do hear the iPhone 7 is even better.
- GoPro Hero 5 Black: Waterproof, adventure camera that we brought to the beaches. It’s survived many dives to the ground from on top of the car while attempting to take family self portraits…
- Fuji x100t: Small, walking around camera that fits perfectly in your diaper bag! I say no more. Okay, I do…this camera can shoot in RAW, has a fixed focal length of 35mm and this is the main camera I use on every trip now.
Stay tuned for some new posts about tips traveling with 2 little ones and what worked/didn’t work for us! Sharing all of the things we learned and what we would’ve done differently…