60 things to do in Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos islands may be smaller than their Caribbean neighbours, but there are plenty of opportunities for having fun. Whether you’re planning your first vaction, or you’re a repeat visitor, there’s always something new and exciting to discover.

If you’re looking for the very best things to do in Turks and Caicos, here’s a rundown of must-do activities to try…

Beaches and islands

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Take a trip to the beach

From the expansive main bays, to the lesser-known cays and coves, the beaches in Turks and Caicos are all equally stunning. Brilliant white sand is the norm and the sea is crystal clear, with intense turquoise hues that have to be seen to be believed. Wherever you are on the islands, a trip to the beach is a must.

Head to a child-friendly cove

With its clear calm shallows and powdery soft sands, this picturesque cove in Providenciales is an excellent place to visit with kids. Sheltered from the southeast trade winds by the small Ocean Point peninsula, the beach is very safe with no underwater currents and only a few conch shells and small rocks  in the sand.

Find the finest beach in the world

Providenciales, or ‘Provo’ as it is also known, offers a fantastic selection of beaches. Grace Bay and Leeward Bay are often voted the finest beaches in the world, yet Sapodilla Bay, Long Bay, Malcolm’s Road Beach and Bight Beach all deserve a visit. Most Turks and Caicos villas are located in Provo, at top spots along the coast.

Visit the Governor’s beach

When the cruise ships aren’t in town, Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk is one of the most idyllic and peaceful beaches on the island. The sand is lined with casuarina trees and the surrounding area is home to a host of attractions such as the old Governor’s residence and the island’s capital Cockburn Town. You can find out more about the cruise ship schedule here.

 Explore rugged bays

If you’re looking for something a little more rugged and remote then head to the North and Middle Caicos beaches. The scenic Mudjin Harbour and Bambarra Beach are the best on Middle Caicos, and the number of visitors is so low you won’t have to share them with hardly anyone. In North Caicos, Hollywood Beach, Whitby Beach and Pumpkin Bluff Beach are the best, with shallower water that makes them perfect for snorkeling.

Snorkeling and Diving

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Learn to scuba dive

Diving is one of the most popular things to do in Turks and Caicos, so it’s no surprise that most dive companies on the islands offer Padi dive courses. You can complete your basic certification at most dive centers, and you can take advanced courses too. Blue Water Divers in Grand Turk lets you do your bookwork online at home, and your water-based training on vacation.

Go diving in West Caicos

The uninhabited island of West Caicos is home to spectacular beaches and unparralled diving. On the west side you’ll find some of the best wall diving in the region, with sheers drops from about 40 feet down to the ocean floor. The north and eastern sides offer excellent diving too, and plenty of shallows for snorkelling.

Go kid-friendly snorkeling

If you’re looking for things to do in Turks and Caicos with kids, why not take the little ones snorkeling? The Coral Gardens snorkeling area, or Bight Reef as it is also known, is the easiest reef to snorkel for kids and beginners. The snorkeling trail is located just off Grace Bay and it is clearly marked with safety ropes. What’s more, the fish are quite tame as they’re used to to humans swimming around them.

Try freediving 

Freediving (diving whilst holding your breath) can be one of the most relaxing ways to discover the underwater world, and with a bit of pratise and training you can reach depths of around 50 feet  or more. It is less cumbersome than regular diving as you don’t need much equipment, and many people who practise the sport say they feel more at one with nature. Dive Provo offers freedive instruction.

Sample snuba diving

Why not explore the pristine coral reef around Turks and Caicos on a snuba diving tour? Yes it’s snuba not scuba, and unlike conventional scuba diving, you’ll be equipped with an air hose attached to your scuba mask, so you can go deeper than regular snorkeling and can see more, too. Snuba diving is suitable for children as young as 8, and is great fun for adults as well.

Snorkel like 007

Power snorkelling is a relatively new way to snorkel, where you hold a special power unit that propels you along effortlessly underwater – like you may have seen in James Bond movies! This one-of-a kind experience is an exciting way to explore the coral reef, and is offered by most water sports providers.

Dive with sharks

You can have an up-close encounter with small passive sharks, as well as turtles, stingrays and other sea life on a deep sea dive. Aqau TCI runs diving excursions for certified divers at top dive spots like Northwest Point, West Caicos, Sandbore Channel and French Cay. A 3-tank dive option is available for those who wish to head to deeper, less visited sites.

Other water sports

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Go kayaking through mangroves

One of the best ways to explore the shallow waters and winding mangrove channels around the Turks and Caicos is on a kayaking tour. Big Blue Unlimited offers a variety of guided eco tours for both novices and avid kayakers alike.

Kitesurf all year round

The consistent trade winds across the Turks and Caicos islands make them a great destination for kitesurfing all year round. Long Bay Beach on Provo is one of the best places for novices to kite as the water is clean, clear and shallow. While experienced riders should head to the extensive flatwater just off the island.

SUP board through a national reserve

Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP boarding as it is also known, is a great way to spot local wildlife around the island’s national reserves. And as you’re standing up on your board you can get a much better view of what’s going on underneath and around you. The best places to head for SUP boarding are Grace Bay, and the region’s national parks and nature reserves.

Sail into the sunset

Due to its calm turquoise seas and great year-round weather, sailing is one of the top things to do in Turks and Caicos. Sail Beluga offers private catamaran charters from Providenciales with family, romance and honeymoon packages available.

Design your own excursion

Water sports fans and nature lovers alike will love the customised excursions offered by Silly Creek Water Sports. You can design your very own private excursion with wakeboarding, waterskiing and tubing included. Once you’ve pitted your wits against the water, you can head to the surrounding beaches and cays for rock jumping, wildlife spotting and exploring.

Sail a Hobie Cat

Hobie Cats are a lesser-known type of sailboat, like small easy-to-sail, unsinkable catamarans. It’s easy to learn how to use a Hobie Cat, and most beginners can learn the basics in around an hour. Grace Bay is the main area for Hobie Cat sailing, and Long Bay also offers great conditions.

Go swimming – on horseback!

You can explore the region’s natural beauty on a horseback riding excursion, both on land and in the ocean. You’ll take a leisurely ride along the beach first, then unsaddle your horse and ride bareback into the water for an exhilarating riding experience. Provo Ponies offers a variety of group and private riding packages.

Land sports and activities

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Hire a scooter

Hiring a scooter is a great way to explore the local area and head off the beaten track. Paradise Scooter offers guided island tours around Provo, or if you prefer to head out on your own, you can hire a scooter for around $30 per day. If you’re not quite ready for the thrill of riding a scooter, you can hire an electric bike instead.

Surf on a wave simulator

A ride on the Grand Turk Flowrider is a great way to pack in some adrenaline-fuelled excitement to any afternoon. Located in the huge lagoon pool at the Grand Turk Cruise Center, this self-contained water attraction provides the perfect conditions for surfing and bodyboarding on an artificial wave. When you’re done you can do some duty-free shopping, grab a bite to eat or just relax by the pool.

Quad bike along a cliff top

If you want to head off the beaten track, a quad biking tour is a great way to explore areas that other vehicles can’t reach. Funtastic Tours operates quad bike excursions around Grand Turk, with routes around the town, as well as the surrounding beaches and clifftops.

Go on a dune buggy safari

Guided tours are one of the most popular things to do in Turks and Caicos, and off-road dune buggy rides are definitely a fun adventure option. Similar to quad bikes, you can explore some fantastic locations, although much of the tour takes place on paved roads so it’s a smoother ride.

Tee off on a top golf course

Consistently voted as one of the top 10 golf courses in the Caribbean, Provo Golf Club is home to a fantastic 18-hole championship golf course. Open to residents and visitors alike, the course offers excellent facilities including a full-service pro shop, putting areas, a flood-lit tennis court and a restaurant.

Cycle around Provo

If you want to rent a bike and cycle around the Provo, the Caicos Cyclery in Grace Bay offers great-value bike rental for all the family.

Walk the local dogs

Potcakes are super-cute mixed breed dogs found on most Caribbean islands. There are a number of homeless Potcake dogs at the Potcake Place rescue center, and visitors are welcome to pop in and take one for a walk along the beach. If you really get on, you can even adopt one!

Historic attractions

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Learn about the bygone salt industry

The remnants of the country’s old salt industry can be seen at the salt evaporation ponds on Grand Turk. Also known as salinas, these huge partially-restored production ponds were once used to produce sea salt – one of the largest exports from the islands in the early 1900s. For those interested in the history, there’s a free exhibit at the Salt House museum on Grand Turk.

Visit the old lighthouse

Built in 1852, the Grand Turk Lighthouse is the region’s most famous landmark. This beautiful structure is located high on a clifftop along the northern coast of Grand Turk, and accessed via a scenic coastal path with stunning views over the sea.

See where Christopher Columbus landed

No Turks and Caicos vacation would be complete without a visit to the region’s capital, Cockburn Town. This charming town is home to some fascinating historic attractions. It’s also thought to be the site where Christopher Columbus first landed on his New World voyage in 1492.

Go to prison!

For anyone interested in the history of Turks and Caicos, Her Majesy’s Prison in Grand Turk offers a fascinating look into the country’s Colonial past. Built in the 1830s to hold just 6 prisoners, the facility was expanded to a capacity of around 50 by the time of its closure in the early 1990s. It’s now one of the island’s top tourist attractions.

Visit a cotton plantation

The Wade’s Green Plantation is the best surviving cotton plantation in the Turks and Caicos, and it is open to the public for daily tours. Located in Kew, in North Caicos, it is has been described as one of the finest examples of Colonial plantation history in existence.

See an ancient shipwreck

The Turks and Caicos National Museum is an essential stop if you want to find out about the history and culture of the islands. Located in Cockburn Town, the museum is home to some fascinating exhibits from the Molasses Reef Wreck (the oldest European shipwreck excavated in the western hemisphere) as well as other cultural artefacts like old Spanish coins and ancient Lucayan Indian relics.

Tours and day trips

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Visit the world’s only conch farm

If you’re looking for unique things to do in Turks and Caicos, how about learning everything you need to know about the Caribbean Queen Conch? The Caicos Conch Farm in Provo is the only conch farm in the world, and it offers daily guided tours. You can even purchase fresh local conch to take away.

Go on a guided tram tour

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Grand Turk on a tram tour around the island. Island Trams offers a variety of guided tours that take you around Grank Turk’s top tourist attractions. You can learn about the region’s fascinating Colonial history, and stop off along the way for a spot of shopping.

Spot humpback whales

If you’re looking for things to do in Turks and Caicos during the winter months, you should definitely consider a whale watching excursion. Salt Cay and Grand Turk are the best areas to spot humpback whales, with regular sightings during migration season from around January to April. Quite a few local businesses offer whale watching tours, with snokeling and diving included.

Get a bird’s-eye view

A helicopter tour is one of the best ways to get a bird’s-eye view of the Turks and Caicos islands. You can arrange a narrated 4-person tour over Grand Turk and the nearby uninhabited cays with Mountain Air Helicopter.

Try reef fishing

The waters around Providenciales are excellent for a variety of fishing including traditional rod fishing, bottom fishing and deep-sea sport fishing. Reef fishing is a great choice for families as it’s the most likely to result in an easy catch. You can find some amazing bone fishing in the region too, usually in the flats around Provo.

Island hop

Most visitors stay on the main island of Provo, but it’s easy to arrange a boat charter or hop on a ferry to the surrounding islands. There’s the laid-back capital Grand Turk, the tropical island of North Caicos and the larger island of Middle Caicos with its gorgeous beaches and vast underground cave system. East Caicos is swampy but has great views, and South Caicos is the fishing capital.

Natural attractions

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Swim with stingrays

Gibbs Cay, or Stingray City as it is known locally, is a stunning little island where you can snorkel and swim with hoards of friendly stingrays. Many people are initially wary, however the ones at Gibbs Cay are so used to being fed and stroked by tour guides that they flock to the area and are relatively tame. Many tour companies offer day trips to Gibbs Cay with lunch and snorkeling gear included.

See more iguana than you ever thought possible

Located a short boat ride from Provo, the quaint island sanctuary of Salt Water Cay is home to the endangered Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana. You can also spot a variety of tropical birds as well as stingrays and small sharks.

Visit a national park

There is a vast system of protected national parks and nature reserves in Turks and Caicos, and you’ll find different types of local terrains across them all. The Chalk Sound National Park is a beautiful turquoise lagoon on the southwest tip of Provo, and it is said to be one of the most beautiful national parks in the country.

Explore ancient caves

The Conch Bar Caves in Middle Caicos are the largest and oldest underground caves in the entire Caribbean region. This vast cave system is fascinating to explore with its underground lagoons, and stalactites and stalagmites that jut from above and below. The caves are home to ancient Lucayan Indian artefacts, as well as bats and other wildlife.

Shopping and spas

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Enjoy some retail therapy

As a relaively small country, the Turks and Caicos doesn’t have the extensive shopping options that other larger tourist detinations offer. There are a small number of upscale shopping malls in Providenciales, as well some gift and souvenir shops. There are some shops in Grand Turk too, mainly at the Grand Turk Cruise Center and at smaller sites like the Salt House Museum and the Turks and Caicos National Museum.

Pick up some duty-free

You can do some great duty-free shopping while you’re in Turks and Caicos. The best selection of duty-free shops can be found in Grace Bay, Providenciales, at the Saltmills Plaza, the Regent Village shopping center and the Ports of Call Plaza. You’ll find great branded items like clothing, watches, jewellery, perfumes and accesories, as well as liquor, cigarettes and cigars.

Relax at a spa

If relaxing on the world’s best beaches isn’t enough, why not head to a luxury spa? There are a number of spas around Grace Bay offering a variety of treatments including body wraps, massages, manicures, and makeup artistry. A few companies also provide a mobile service, so if you’re staying in one of our Turks and Caicos villas, they can come to you.

Buy a sea-salt souvenir

Hundreds of years ago, locally harvested sea salt first put the Turks and Caicos on the map. The salt was cultivated at specially built salinas and was one of the main Caribbean exports. Today it is still harvested on the islands, although on a much smaller scale. Small bags of Turks and Caicos sea salt make great souvenirs – you can buy them at most food stores and supermarkets.

Eating and drinking

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Taste your way around Provo

Providenciales is the undisputed dining capital of the Turks and Caicos, home to a fantastic range of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. The local cuisine mostly revolves around seafood – namely conch – although there are a good selection of restaurants that serve international cuisines like Japanese, Indian, Thai and Italian. The best restaurants in Turks and Caicos are located around the Grace Bay and Turtle Cove area, although there are some hidden gems on all the islands.

Grab a burger in Grand Turk

The dining scene on Grand Turk is very different to that on Provo as the majority of tourists visit for just a few hours straight from the cruise port. Most of the places to eat are casual dining shacks and restaurants serving burgers, pizzas and seafood. As may be expected though, they tend to get quite crowded when the cruise ships stop off.

Sample fresh local fare

North and Middle Caicos don’t have a huge selection of restaurants, but there are some top choices if you fancy sampling fresh local fare. Many of the restaurants combine fresh seafood with locally grown vegetables from the Government farm in North Caicos. Most places are closed on Sunday, although several will open by reservation if you book in advance.

Sample the local rum

Bambarra rum is the islands’ signature rum brand, and it’s a must-try tipple during a Turks and Caicos vacation. You can buy it in any bar or rum shack, or you can stock up on bottles in most supermarkets and liquor stores.

Grab an ice-cold beer

The ale and lager of the Turks Head Brewery in Provo are the only beers brewed in the entire country. The brewery isn’t open to the public, but you can buy the bubbly flavourful Turks Head beer from any bar, restaurant or supermarket. We think it’s best enjoyed ice cold with a slice of lime.

Entertainment and nightlife

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Party at a conch festival

The Turks and Caicos Conch Festival is a celebration of…you guessed it…the conch! The conch is the country’s reigning delicacy, and one of its largest exports. The festival is a family-friendly event with live calypso music, great entertainment and local food and drink – a must-do on any Turks and Caicos vacation list.

Hang out at a fish fry

The nightlife in the Turks and Caicos can’t compete with the revelry of, say, Barbados, but this laid-back island still offers plenty of entertainment. The beach shacks along Blue Hills Beach in Provo are a great place to hang out, as is the Thursday night fish fry in Bight Park. 

Have a flutter at the casino

It was once illegal on the islands, but the casino action has picked up in the Turks and Caicos in recent years. The Casablanca Casino in Provo offers roulette, blackjack and baccarat and is open from lunchtime to 5am.

Kick back at a beachside bar

There are some terrific beachside bars and lounges in Providenciales, so you can kick-back with a cocktail and watch the sun go down. The newest and best can be found along the beachfront at Grace Bay and many have DJ nights, dancing and happy hours.

Drink beer and watch the game

You can watch sports on a big-screen TV, listen to music and dine on local island fare at the Club Sodax sports bar in Provvo. There’s a great Irish pub in Provo too, featuring beer on tap, darts and pool tables… it’s called Danny Buoy’s.

Romance

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Get married on the beach

If you’re thinking of getting married in Turks and Caicos, there are endless ways to tie the knot. You can have a service barefoot on the beach, or get hitched on a sailboat – or in one of our luxury Turks and Caicos villas. If you fancy the boat option, Sail Provo can organise a wedding on one of its larger catamarans for up to 100 people. Alternatively, the Top Villas concierge team can help you arrange the wedding of your dreams in one of our Turks and Caicos vacation homes.

Set sail to a deserted cay

If you want to get away from it all, you can rent a boat and set sail to the tiny Leeward Cays between Provo and North Caicos. There’s Parrot Cay and Fort George Cay, where abandoned cannons off the northwest shore make for great snorkeling. Dellis Cay is home to an abandoned resort, and Little Water Cay is a nature reserve for Turks and Caicos rock iguana.

Dine on a tiny island

The tiny island of Salt Cay is home to just 3 restaurants, but the food is great and the atmosphere is cosy and romantic. The restaurants all offer good food at decent prices, especially considering that much of it has to be imported from the larger islands. You’ll find a heavy seafood influence on the menus, as well as the more common meat and vegetable dishes. It’s a good idea to book in advance to let them know you’re coming, and it’s likely it will be just the two of you there.

Have a Turks and Caicos honeymoon

The Turks and Caicos islands may be relatively small in size, but they offer an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for couples to enjoy together. The country boasts plenty of things to do while retaining an intimate charm unlike many other mainstream honeymoon destinations. You can read our Turks and Caicos honeymoon guide here.

If you’re thinking of booking a Turks and Caicos vacation and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact us today. Additionally, our dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great-value car hire. You can see all of our Turks and Caicos villas here.

 

A Turks and Caicos honeymoon guide

If your idea of wedded bliss is jetting off to an idyllic island paradise, then a Turks and Caicos honeymoon should fit the bill. These lesser-known Caribbean isles offer bags of unspoilt beauty, and more fun activities to tick off your bucket list than you probably realize.

Why Turks and Caicos?

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Intimate charm

Although small in size, the Turks and Caicos islands offer an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for couples to enjoy together. Less busy yet more upscale than many of its Caribbean counterparts, the region boasts plenty to do while retaining an intimate charm unlike more mainstream honeymoon destinations.

World-class beaches

This British Overseas Territory actually consists of more than 40 tropical islands, but only 8 of them are inhabited. Providenciales, or ‘Provo’ as it is known locally, is by far the most developed island, and where most visitors stay. You’ll find Grace Bay here – a 12-mile stretch of beach voted as one of the best in the world – as well as a handful of modern conveniences like restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, and a golf course.

Great diving

Along with beaches, the top Turks and Caicos attraction is diving. The entire archipelago sits on a submarine plateau which extends a short distance from the shoreline then plunges 6,000 ft to the ocean floor. You can explore the the shallow reef in around 40 ft of water or take a boat to the plateau precipice for some fantastic wall dives.

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An abundance of sealife

The region’s other major marine feature is the Columbus Passage, a 22-mile-wide channel that separates the Turks islands from the Caicos islands. This area is a popular highway for migrating turtles, rays, dolphins and humpback whales, so it makes for some exciting boat tours.

Island highlights

If you can tear yourself away from the beaches and sea, the islands have plenty of other attractions. You’ll find the world’s only conch farm on Provo, pink flamingoes on North Caicos, and a massive underground cave system on Middle Caicos. There’s Grand Turk too, the regions’s historic capital, home to old colonial-style buildings, a museum, and the only cruise port in the island chain.

Best time for a honeymoon in Turks & Caicos

Turks and Caicos is at its best in the winter and early spring, when the climate is sunny and dry, with highs reaching the mid 80s. In the summer and fall, daytime temperatures creep up even higher, but these months coincide with hurricane season which runs from June to November. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, a constant trade wind keeps the climate at a comfortable level.

The Turks and Caicos has warm sea too. The water temperature in the summer is in the low 80s, and in winter about the mid 70s. Hoping to go whale watching? You can spot migrating humpback whales around Grand Turk and Salt Cay from late January to early April.

Know before you go

Language: English
Currency: US dollar
Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Health requirements: No vaccinations are required
Getting around: Taxis or car hire (drive on the left)
Tipping: Add 15% at restaurants

Getting there

Most visitors fly into Providenciales. From there it’s an easy commuter flight to the other islands. Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is a modern facility and the only one within the islands served by scheduled international carriers, predominantly from North America, Europe and other Caribbean islands.

From London

If you’re travelling to the Turks and Caicos from London, you can fly daily with British Airways or American Airlines to Miami, then change for the short 90-minute flight from Miami to Providenciales.

From the United States

You can get direct flights from the United States to Turks and Caicos with the larger airlines like American Airlines, United, Delta and Jetblue. You can fly direct from New York City in around 4 hours, and LA is around 13 hours away. From Miami the flight time is just 90 minutes.

Romantic things to do

Set sail on a private island getaway

If you’re thinking of things to do during a Turks and Caicos honeymoon, what could be more romantic than chartering a private boat and sailing to a deserted island for the day? Once you’re there you can frolic on pristine beaches, spot pink flamingoes (or maybe even whales), and snorkel hand-in-hand in warm, turquoise waters. Once you’ve worked up a hunger, you can hop back on the boat for a romantic picnic lunch. Boat Rental Turks and Caicos rents boats by the hour at reasonable rates.

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Take a full moon paddle tour

You can take your newlywed on a kayaking tour into the wilderness of the region’s remote cays, mangroves and tidal creeks. Big Blue Unlimited offers a range of guided eco tours, suitable for novices as well as more avid kayakers. The full moon paddle tour is a great option for couples looking to spend a romantic evening together.

Visit a spa

What better way to kick off married life than with a bit of pampering in a peace-filled luxury spa? The Teona Spa in Provo offers a range of great spa experiences, with 10% off all treatments for new customers. You can opt for a 2-hour couple’s massage that includes a relaxing clay wrap and a 90-minute hot-stone massage.

Get a history lesson

Cockburn Town is the low-key capital of Grand Turk. It’s also home to a fascinating historic section where you can see the architectural remnants of the island’s Colonial past. You can take a tour of Duke and Front streets, where you’ll see vintage buildings behind picket fences, entwined with crimson bougainvillea. While you’re in town you can visit the region’s national museum, as well as other historic sites like the Grand Turk Lighthouse, Her Majesty’s Prison, and the island’s abandoned salt salinas.

Watch the sunset

Turks and Caicos is a fantastic place to watch the sunset, and what better way to watch it than with your significant other by your side? There are a number of great ways to catch the sunset on a Turks and Caicos honeymoon. You can take a romantic sunset cruise, or watch with a cocktail in hand from a beach bar by the sea. For something a little different why not book a sunset horse ride at Grace Bay, one of the world’s finest beaches?

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Where to stay

If you’re looking for top-notch accommodation for your Turks and Caicos honeymoon, the luxury Turks and Caicos villas offered by Top Villas are an excellent choice. Ideal for romance and relaxation, rentals are located in top spots overlooking the ocean, and come equipped with luxury amenities throughout.

You can rent this newly renovated 2-bedroom villa at Sapodilla Bay Beach for very reasonable rates.

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This elegant 3-bedroom villa near Grace Bay is surrounded by the soothing hues of the ocean.

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If you’re thinking of booking a Turks and Caicos honeymoon and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact us today. Additionally, our dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great-value car hire.

 

Grocery shopping in Orlando

If you’re wondering where to head for grocery shopping in Orlando, don’t worry – there are plenty of great stores and supermarkets near Orlando’s best resorts. And if you don’t fancy shopping you’re in luck, as there are some handy grocery delivery services, too. 

This simple guide will help you find the best way to stock up on groceries for your vacation.

Supermarkets in Orlando

Many of the big resorts have stores on site, selling basic items such as milk, bread and tea, but if you want to stock up on other groceries, there are much larger supermarkets nearby.

Most resorts are located around the Interstate 4 and US Highway 192 where you will find a number of Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walmart supermarkets, as well as several smaller shops.

There are also a number of fast-food restaurants, as well as liquor stores and ATM machines. If you head further along Highway 192 you’ll find the W Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway with even more grocery stores, plus a string of well-known restaurant chains like Burger King, Wendy’s, TGI Fridays and an Outback Steakhouse.

Our top picks for stocking up in Orlando

  • Winn-Dixie
    Address: 11957 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, Fl 32836
    Phone: (407) 465-8600
    Hours: Monday–Sunday, 6am–12am
    Special features: ATM, drug store, deli, bakery, seafood, fresh meats
  • Publix
    Address: 14928 East Orange Lake Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747
    Phone: (407) 239-4989
    Hours: Monday–Sunday, 7am–11pm
    Special features: economically priced groceries, plus beer and wine
  • Walmart Supercenter
    3250 Vineland Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
    Phone: (407) 397-1125
    Hours: Monday–Sunday, 10am–10pm
    Special features: This store has a great selection of Disney souvenirs
  • Super Target
    Address:4795 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34746
    Phone: (407) 594-0029
    Hours: Monday–Saturday, 8am–11pm; Sunday 8am–10pm
    Special features: Drug store, Starbucks, low-priced grocery shopping in Orlando

Grocery delivery services in Orlando

If supermarket shopping isn’t your thing, you may prefer to use a grocery delivery service. Not only does it save time, it’s also a great way to avoid splurging on non-essentials at the supermarket checkout. The best grocery delivery services offer a wide selection of products, as well as fast delivery and low fees.

Grocery shopping in Orlando

Our top picks

  • Orlando Grocery Express
    Orlando Grocery Express is an online grocery delivery service that will deliver your shopping straight to your vacation home. Just visit the website, shop for all the items on your grocery list, then choose a delivery date and time – your fresh groceries will then be delivered to your door. Orlando Grocery Express delivers 7 days a week, and charges a small fee of $14, with free delivery on orders over $200.
  • Garden Grocer
    Garden Grocer works the same as Orlando Grocery Express – just visit the website, select items and place them in an online cart. Items cost a little more than in a typical supermarket, but there are regular special offers as well as further discounted rates if you place your order in advance. Delivery is $14 on orders under $200 and just $2 thereafter. A minimum order amount of $40 applies.
  • We Go Shop
    We Go Shop works in a slightly different way. You select the store you want your groceries from, then just provide your shopping list. An agent will visit the store, do your shopping for you, and then deliver to your vacation home. The service doesn’t mark-up the items so you get your shopping at the cost you would normally pay, although there is a shopping service fee. There is no minimum order value either.
  • Welcome Packs
    If you want groceries on arrival at your vacation home, you can choose from a number of different welcome packs. There’s a basic pack filled with tea and coffee, fruit, pastries, soap and detergent. There’s also a wine and beer pack, and a premium welcome pack filled with a more extensive selection of goods. Welcome packs can ordered through the Top Villas concierge service, and can be tailored to you individual requirements.

Food markets

If you prefer to buy seasonal goods at the peak of freshness, then Orlando’s food markets are an excellent bet. Not only can you get great deals on the freshest goods around, you may even get to meet the people who grow or prepare the food.

Grocery shopping Orlando

Our top picks

  • Whole Foods Market
    This eco-minded grocery store sells a wide range of fresh local produce, as well as delicious chef-created foods, baked goods and a wide range of natural and organic grocery items. It offers an online delivery service too so you can get your groceries delivered to your vacation home.
  • Market on South
    Located in Orlando’s Milk District, this bohemian artisan market is home to a grocery store, a restaurant and a bakery. There’s a vegan kitchen there too, serving an array of full plant-based dining and drink options.
  • Lucky’s Market
    Open 7 days a week, Lucky’s Market sells high quality fresh local produce, plus delicious craft sandwiches and homemade pizzas.
  • Orlando Farmer’s Market
    Taking place every Sunday in Lake Eola Park, the Orlando Farmers’ Market is more than just your average farmers’ market. You’ll find a massive selection of seasonal fresh produce, as well as other goods like plants, artwork, handicrafts, jewelry and pottery. There are regular live music events, as well as a beer and wine garden.

If you’re thinking of booking an Orlando vacation and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact the Top Villas travel team today. Additionally, our dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

 

A guide to the best beaches in Barbados

Boasting around 70 miles of pearly-white sands, Barbados is every beach lover’s dream.

The picture-perfect Caribbean island is home to some of the best beaches in the world, with an array of laid-back options that are as diverse as the island itself.

The renowned Platinum Coast beaches on the west coast are the place to be seen on the island, lined with glitzy resorts, world-class restaurants and top golfing spots. Beaches here boast talcum-fine sand and the calm Caribbean Sea makes them perfect for sunbathing, swimming, water sports and people spotting.

You might be spoilt for choice with where to lay down your towel for the day, so we’ve compiled this guide to the best beaches in Barbados to help you.

A guide to the best beaches in Barbados

 

Sandy Lane Beach, St James

Known as one of the best beaches in the world, Sandy Lane is seriously impressive and offers some of the best areas for swimming on the whole island. Expect to spot a superstar or two as you walk along the pristine sand, which is lapped by the gentle Caribbean Sea.

Hawksbill turtles nest in the Sandy Lane area between July and October. Non-residents can use the Sandy Lane beach restaurant and there are lots of cafes, restaurants and bars in Holetown, just 10 minutes’ walk up the coast. Many luxury beachfront villas can be found in the St James area.

See all villas in Sandy Lane

 

Rockley Beach, Christ Church

Beaches on the south and east coasts are ideal for surfers, with plenty of world-class waves to catch. Rockley, situated in the parish of Christ Church, is one of the longest and widest stretches of beach on the south coast of Barbados.

The Garrison Savannah racetrack and the Barbados Museum lie just west of Accra Beach, and the Rockley Golf Course is located to the north.

Nestled in a stunning bay with powder-white sands and calm azure seas framed by casuarina trees, Rockley Beach (sometimes known as Accra) is popular with locals and tourists alike. Water sports equipment, sun loungers and souvenirs can be purchased from colourful kiosks that line just one end of the bay, ensuring holidaymakers aren’t bothered by beach vendors. Perhaps the best thing about this place is that Bridgetown is just a 10-minute drive away.

See all villas near Rockley Beach

 

Miami Beach, Oistins

Miami Beach in Oistins, Barbados

Located on the south coast of Barbados in the parish of Christ Church, this wide expanse of beach is well worth a visit during your luxury villa break. On the west side of the bay you’ll find calm water that’s ideal for swimming; on the eastern side you can expect occasional sea swells, which makes it perfect for water sports.

Local vendors offer beach chairs, umbrellas and sports equipment for hire as well as drinks and fast food. There are also lots of picnic benches where you can sit and enjoy some shade or refreshment. Miami Beach is located right next door to Oistin’s Fishing Village where you’re sure to spot plenty of fishing boats. Stick around for the famous Friday night fish fry!

See all Christ Church villas

 

Ju Ju’s, St James

This hidden gem on the west coast of Barbados isn’t easy to find but once you arrive, you’ll know it was worth the effort. Located about 2.5km north of Holetown, Ju Ju’s Beach offers sun, sand, surf, snacks, sports and shade.

Known as one of the island’s quieter beaches, Ju Ju’s is ideal for lazy days or a social sundowner with a rum or two at the infamous Ju Ju’s Beach Bar.  Expect to find plenty of water sports action, nesting turtles and beach vendors, who rent out everything from sunloungers and umbrellas to kayaks, jet skis and more. The beach bar serves delicious food and plentiful drinks at reasonable prices – a rarity anywhere along the Platinum Coast.

See all St. James villas

 

Mullins Beach, St. Peter

Mullins Beach, St Peter

Located in the Parish of St Peter, Mullins beach is one of the most popular beaches on the West Coast of Barbados.

With its multiple sea activities such as jet skis, banana boats, giant rubber rings and glass-bottomed boats it is the ideal location for families with children.

Located on the beach is a charming, family friendly beach bar. You’ll also find the popular Mullins restaurant, which offers a relaxing atmosphere and some seriously delicious food. If you don’t fancy leaving the comfort of your beach chair you may prefer to make the most of the waiter service on offer.

See all St Peter villas

 

Maycocks Bay, St. Lucy

Located on the northwest coast in the Parish of St. Lucy, Maycocks Bay offers big waves, making it the ideal place for surfing. This is where the Caribbean sea starts to mix with the Atlantic Ocean, and there are some spectacular cliff top views.

Make time for a walk around the old ruins of Maycocks Fort, which are rumoured to be home to buried treasure!

 

Holetown Beach, St. James

Holetown beach in Barbados

With 8 miles of golden sand, Holetown Beach is always buzzing with activity.

It’s safe for children to swim in the calm sea here and there are areas marked out by buoys – there’s also a lifeguard on duty every day.

If you’re feeling thirsty or hungry there are two beach bars/restaurants at Holetown Beach, Zaccios and Surfside. Try and visit these in the late afternoon to benefit from ‘happy hour’ prices.

See all Barbados villas

 

Crane Beach, St. Philip

Crane Beach in Barbados

Located on the southeast coast of Barbados, this exceptionally beautiful beach is rated as one of the best in the world. Expect to find miles of pink-tinged sands, plus breath-taking views that are backed by coconut trees, soaring cliffs and rich tropical rainforest.

Crane Beach was originally a harbor, with its name derived from a large cliff-top crane once used for loading and unloading ships. The pink sands are exquisite and the powerful waves in the area make Crane Beach perfect for boogie boarding and other water sports. It’s regularly rated as one of the 10 best beaches in the world.

See all Barbados villas

 

Top Villas – A week with The Michalaks

When Youtube’s cutest family decided to stay in a Top Villas vacation home we got pretty excited! Here’s the lowdown on their stay, including a 5-day video diary filmed in and around one of our newest Orlando villas.

Who are The Michalaks?

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Image courtesy of The Michalaks / Facebook

You may have heard of Youtube vloggers the Shaytards and the Saccone-Jolys, but there is one family hailed as the cutest in the vlogging game, and that is The Michalaks.

Known for their beautifully-edited Youtube videos, London-based couple Hannah and Stefan Michalak spend their time travelling with their super-cute son Grayson, making mini movies of their unique experiences as they go.

The average vlogger probably leaves the house with just one handheld camera, but The Michalaks never leave with less than 8! They also pack multiple lenses – and even a drone – to capture amazing aerial shots.

The Michalaks’ unique and creative videos have won them an army of fans, including more than 250,000 followers on Youtube alone.

Where did they stay?

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During their recent Orlando vacation The Michalaks chose to stay in one of our brand-new villas in Orlando.

Take a look around the villa

 

Located in the exclusive Encore Resort at Reunion, the luxury 5-bedroom property offers spacious open-plan living and dining areas, as well as a private swimming pool with a hot tub, a gorgeous sun terrace and luxury fixtures and furnishings throughout.

Encore Resort at Reunion

The resort is just minutes from Disney World, and offers a range of exciting amenities including a water park, sports courts, a fitness center, restaurants, bars and free transfers to the local theme parks.

The Michalaks decided to stay for 5 nights, but vacation homes at Encore are also available for short stays of just 3 nights or more.

See all Encore Resort villas

 

See the video

Win a stay and live like The Michalaks!

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You can win a stay at a vacation home just like the one The Michalaks stayed in by entering our free prize draw.

Enter our free prize draw

 

If you’re thinking of booking an Orlando vacation and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact us today. Additionally, our dedicated concierge team can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

Ideas for the February half-term holidays

It’s not too late to book a half-term family holiday, whether you want to chill on the beach in Thailand, go skiing in the French Alps or rent a villa near Disney World in Orlando. 

If you need a little inspiration before you book, here’s a rundown of ideas for the February half-term holidays…

Koh Samui, Thailand

What’s the weather like in Koh Samui in February?

If you’re heading to Koh Samui in February you’re guaranteed lots of sunshine and hardly any rain. In fact, Koh Samui sees less rainfall in February than in any other month of the year. Daily temperatures can reach up to 86F.

Flight times from London to Koh Samui

You can fly from London to Koh Samui (via Bangkok) in around 13 hours.

Thailand is a good place to visit for February half term

Things to do

Think white sandy beaches, boutique spas and idyllic islands. You can sample traditional Thai cuisine and see the world from a new perspective on an elephant trek. Little ones will love the Coco Splash Water Park, as well as zip-lining over Samui’s rich rainforest. Other kid-friendly attractions include football golf, where you steer a football around a golf course – using your feet, of course – as well as go-karting, kayaking, crazy golf, kids’ playgrounds and beaches galore.

Where to stay in Koh Samui in February

This luxury Koh Samui vacation home is still available for the February half-term holidays.

Koh Samui villa

Offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a private swimming pool, this pretty villa is located in the Bangrak area, close to the beach, and within easy reach of the popular Fisherman’s Village area.

See all Koh Samui villas

 

Orlando

What’s the weather like in Orlando in February?

The weather in Orlando during February half-term holiday is perfect for little ones. Daytime temperatures begin to creep upwards as spring arrives, and you can expect it to reach a comfortable 73F during the day – warm enough to enjoy Orlando’s water parks. It’s also a good time to visit the theme parks as they aren’t as crowded as in the peak summer months (see our handy crowd calendar for more information). February is a great time for golf too, as you won’t have to endure the stifling heat experienced later in the year.

Flight times from London to Orlando

The average flight time from London to Orlando is around 9 hours.

Places to visit for February half term

Things to do in Orlando during February half term

There’s so much to do in Orlando you’ll find it tricky deciding where to start!

If you’re visiting Orlando for the February half-term holiday, you’ll be in time for the Mardi Gras festival at Universal Studios and the Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Disney World. Kids will love the never-ending theme parks, as well as other highlights like Aquatica and Gatorland. There’s also an array of fantastic shopping and entertainment districts too, like i-Drive 360, Universal Citywalk and Disney Springs.

If you need any more inspiration, there are themed dinners, wacky museums, indoor play zones and animal parks. There’s indoor skydiving too, so your little ones can actually fly – we’re not kidding.

If you stay in one of our luxury villas in Orlando, you’ll have some of Florida’s best golf courses on your doorstep, plus fantastic resort amenities like water parks, swimming pools, restaurants, sports facilities and kiddie play zones.

Where to stay in Orlando during February half term

This expansive Orlando villa is available at discounted rates for February half-term.

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It offers 7 bedrooms, a cinema, a game room and a large private swimming pool – there’s also a Harry Potter-themed bedroom that little ones will love. The beautiful home is located in the exclusive Reunion Resort community, just 5.5 miles from Disney World.

See all Orlando villas

 

Chamonix, France

What’s the weather like in Chamonix in February?

If you’re heading to Chamonix in February, you can expect lots of snow and some seriously good conditions for skiing and snowboarding.

Flight times from London

You can fly from London to Geneva, Switzerland in 1 hour, 30 minutes. From Geneva, you can drive to Chamonix in around an hour.

Holiday ideas for February half-term

Things to do

Chamonix is one of the highest and most famous ski resorts in France. It’s also home to Mont Blanc, the highest mountain range in Europe. It boasts stunning surroundings and a whole host of family-friendly attractions that make it perfect for the February half-term holidays.

The half-term week is pretty busy on the slopes, but you shouldn’t let that put you off. You can avoid the waiting times by pre-ordering your lift passes. You can also book skiing lessons so you won’t have to queue for the lifts. Dining in-chalet is a great way to avoid the busy restaurants, or you could even take a packed lunch out onto the slopes.

It’s not all about just skiing either. Chamonix is a great place for non-ski activities like husky dog rides, hiking and snowshoeing. You can chill out at a spa, or visit the surrounding towns with their great shops and buzzing après ski.

Where to stay

This luxury chalet in Chamonix offers breathtaking views of the Chamonix Valley and the Mont Blanc mountain range.

Chamonix villas

There are 6 bedrooms, as well as first-class facilities including a movie theater, a game room, a sauna, a gym and a hot tub.

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Turks and Caicos

What’s the weather like in February?

Like much of the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos islands have become a year-round holiday destination. The high season runs from around mid-December to mid-April, so if you visit for the February half-term holiday, you’re guaranteed great weather. Average daytime temperatures will be around 80-84F, with a constant trade wind that keeps the climate feeling comfortable.

Flight times from London to Turks and Caicos

Around 10 hours.

February half-term holidays in Turks and Caicos

Things to do in Turks and Caicos in February

There’s the main tourist centre of Providenciales, as well as the quieter islands of Middle and North Caicos, and the historic capital island of Grand Turk. Each area offers its own unique character and charm, but all offer plenty of things to do.

Providenciales, or Provo as it is known locally, is the best known of the islands with a wide range of hotels, restaurants and attractions. In Grand Turk you’ll get a glimpse into Caribbean history, with the area’s Bermudian architecture and traditional laid-back vibe. You’ll find some of the best diving there, too.

Middle and North Caicos are great if you’re looking to find the best of the local environment. There are secluded bays to explore, as well as lush green woodlands and the biggest cave network in the Caribbean.

South Caicos is the centre for fishing, with lobster and conch exported from the islands. You’ll find the historic Cockburn Harbour here too, as well as secluded beaches with gorgeous views over the turquoise sea.

Most of the islands are only around 10–25 minutes by air from Provo, and most of them can be reached by boat.

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos

This elegant oceanfront villa in Providenciales is ideal for a family holiday in Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos villas

There are 3 en-suite bedrooms, as well as spacious indoor/outdoor living areas and a large infinity pool. The property is conveniently located close to Leeward Marina, and just a short drive from the famous Grace Bay Beach area.

See all Turks and Caicos villas

 

Miami

What’s the weather like in February?

Hailed as a place where the sun shines all year round, Miami is a top choice for the February half-term holidays. Similar to Orlando, temperatures in Miami are starting to heat up for the spring, so you can expect daily temperatures of around 76F.

Flight time from London

Flights from London to Miami International take around 9 hours.

half-term holidays in Miami

Things to do

If you’re visiting Miami for February half term, there are endless kid-friendly things to experience. There are sunny palm-fringed beaches where little ones can splash around and build sandcastles. There’s also the colourful art deco architecture, which is sure to wow visitors of all ages.

For day trips head to South Beach, a great place for swimming and water sports, as well as roller skating along the famous boardwalk. Or head to Miami Zoo, the only zoo in the US located in a subtropical climate. Another great place is Jungle Island, where you can spot exotic birds and a variety of wild animals.

It’s not just the kids that will love Miami, either. For golfers, it’s paradise. The city is also home to world-class spas, great shops and an excellent range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Where to stay in Miami

Set in a peaceful gated community in Palm Beach, this huge 5-bedroom villa is the perfect place for a family getaway.

Miami for February half-term holiday

Fringed by immaculately manicured gardens and right by the waterfront, it features a swimming pool and a hot tub, plus a movie theater and a private boat dock.

See all Miami villas

 

If you’re booking a trip for the February half-term holidays, you can call the Top Villas travel team for any help or advice you need. Additionally, the concierge service can arrange any added holiday extras such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

 

 

What to wear at Disney World

Deciding what to wear at Disney World may sound like an easy task, but that’s one of the most common misconceptions among Disney first-timers.  Sure, you’ll want to look great for your vacation photos, but you’ll also want to be dressed for the lines, the rides and the weather. 

So how do you look good, while keeping it practical? Here are a few suggestions…

What to wear at Disney World

1. Keep the weather in mind

When you’re considering what pack for a trip to Disney World, the weather is an important factor to bear in mind. The temperatures in Orlando fluctuate throughout the year, so the clothes you pick for February should be quite different from those you pick July.

What to wear at Disney World in the summer

Orlando’s weather during the summer is very hot and humid, so you’ll want to wear something light and airy to keep you cool. Daytime temperatures average a sauna-like 92F, so it’s best to wear natural fabrics like cotton or linen, or sports apparel that’s designed to wick away sweat and keep you dry. Despite the heat, the parks are still usually nice and comfortable as many of the lines are air-conditioned or have cooler fans.

Orlando tends to be quite rainy in the summer months, so be sure to pack a light rain mac or a small umbrella – you can buy ponchos at the park, but these tend to be more expensive than elsewhere. Don’t worry too much about the rain though, as showers are usually light, and most park-goers consider them a welcome respite from the heat.

What to wear at Disney

What to wear when it cools down

While Orlando is sunny all year round, the winter and spring months bring cooler, more comfortable temperatures. The best clothes for Disney during these months are comfortable lightweight items with a light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings.

This guide has more advice on planning for Florida’s weather.

2. Add a splash of color

Light and bright colors look right at home in Disney World, and they will also help to keep you cool. That thing we’ve all heard about darker colors absorbing the sun is absolutely true, so sticking to lighter colors will keep you cooler on sunny days. Bright colors come in handy for families with young kids too – they make it easier to spot little ones who accidentally wander off.

3. Wear comfortable shoes

When it comes to the best shoes to wear at Disney World, the key priority is comfort. There are 4 sprawling theme parks to walk around and the waiting times for rides are often long, which means that even if you’re not walking, you can end up standing in line for long periods of time.

THE BEST SHOES TO WEAR AT DISNEY WORLD

The best shoes to wear at Disney World are lightweight walking shoes like sandals, pumps or sneakers that sit securely on your feet. Try to avoid wearing heels, or shoes with hard wedges and heavy platforms as they’ll end up hurting your feet. Also avoid brand-new shoes that haven’t been worn before, as they may end up rubbing your feet. Wearing flip flops at Disney World is a big no-no – get on a ride with them and they’ll be flying off your feet as fast as you can say ‘roller coaster’.

4. Take a hands-free bag

You may want to look stylish at Disney World, but a theme park is no place for a heavy handbag. A practical choice is a small crossbody bag, or a lightweight tote or backpack with a zip, as you don’t want anything falling out when you’re whizzing around on rides.

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Suitcases, coolers and backpacks (with or without wheels) are all allowed in the park, as long as they are no larger than 24” long x 52” wide x 18” high. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are also allowed, so you can pack refreshments along with your personal items.

If you don’t fancy carrying a bag around with you all day, you can rent lockers at Disney World on a daily basis.

5. Keep jewellery simple

When deciding what to wear at Disney World, be mindful of being thrown around on rides. Large or dangly pieces of jewellery could get broken, watches could get splashed and expensive items could get lost. If you must wear jewellery keep it simple, and don’t wear anything you’d be too upset about losing.

6. Pack sun protection

When in the Sunshine State, it’s wise to carry sunscreen, sunglasses and maybe even a cap or sun hat. One bad case of sunburn could spoil your whole vacation – not to mention the longer-term implications like sun damage.

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7. Don’t wear anything you’ll worry about

You’ll want to look good for your vacation photos, but don’t compromise your fun by wearing anything you’ll worry about. Your favorite white jeans  or expensive sneakers may look great when you get dressed, but they won’t look the same after a day at a theme park. Keep in mind that you’ll get dirty clambering on and off rides – there are water rides too, so there’s a good chance you’ll get wet.

Steer clear of wearing anything you’ll worry about staining while you’re on the rides, or wandering around eating and drinking.

8. What not to wear at Disney

You may be wondering what to wear at Disney World, but there are a few things you can’t wear too. The theme parks are a casual, family-orientated environment, and they ask that you use your discretion and common sense when dressing for a visit.

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As part of the Disney Dress Code, guests are asked to wear proper attire including shoes and shirts at all times. Attire that is not appropriate for the parks includes (but is not limited to):

  • Costumes and masks worn by guests age 14 or over
  • Clothing with obscene language or graphics
  • Excessively torn clothing
  • Clothing not appropriate for a family environment

We recommend that you review the Disney World park rules before your visit to avoid any delays or disruptions. These are updated regularly so check back before you pack.

Cute outfits for Disney World

If you’re looking for cute oufits for Disney World, we recommend checking out J’s Everyday Fashion style blog.

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Image courtesy of Jeanette Johnson

Run by Orlando-based fashion enthusiast Jeanette Johnson, the website is packed full of everyday fashion advice, including outfit ideas for every season, a ‘how to style’ section, and a handy shopping guide to help you find affordable outfits for every occasion.

If you’re booking an Orlando vacation and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact the Top Villas travel team today. Additionally, the Top Villas concierge service can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

 

A guide to the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando

The National Football League will celebrate its brightest stars during the 2017 Pro Bowl, with a whole week of exciting activities coming to Orlando at the end of January.

If you’re wondering exactly what’s going on and where, you’ll find everything you need to know in this handy guide…

2017 Pro Bowl

So what is the NFL 2017 Pro Bowl?

The 2017 Pro Bowl is the National Football League’s most famous all-star game.

It’s moving from its longtime base in Honolulu, to the recently reconstructed Camping World Stadium in Orlando for the next 3 seasons. With this move, the game will feature a traditional format with an NFC versus AFC conference matchup scheduled for 8pm on Sunday 29th January 2017.

The NFL’s most popular stars will be in the spotlight at the 2017 Pro Bowl game, with a total of 88 players – 44 from the NFC and 44 from the AFC – having been determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches.

The game will be accompanied by the one-of-a-kind Pro Bowl Week, with family-orientated events taking place at Disney World and its ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

See the team rosters

 

Where can I get tickets?

At the time of writing there were still plenty of tickets available for the game, with prices starting at $89 each. You can buy tickets here.

If you’d rather catch the game at home, it will be televised nationally by the ESPN channel, and broadcast by Westwood One radio.

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The 2016 NFL Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Where is Camping World Stadium?

The Camping World Stadium is located at One Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805.

Located west of Downtown Orlando and just north of SR 408, the Camping World Stadium is easily accessible from multiple directions.

Tell me more about Pro Bowl Week!

For the first time, the NFL will host unprecedented activities during a unique Pro Bowl Week.

Football fans of all ages can revel in a week of legendary football fun, with a host of exciting events kicking off on January 25th at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.

You can catch all your favourite players on the Pro Bowl’s official practice ground, take a 5K run with your family through Disney World, or join the Pro Bowl Parade down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

There are also a number of youth events and player appearances, as well as a one-of-a-kind Pro Bowl Skills Showdown where you can watch Pro Bowlers competing in dodgeball competitions, power relays, precision passing battles and epic skills showcases.

See the Pro Bowl Week events

 

2017 Pro Bowl Orlando

Mayor Buddy Dyer, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, NFL reps and coaches and athletes from Edgewater High School pose for photos with Mickey Mouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Where can I stay for the Pro Bowl?

Hiring a vacation home is a great way to get top accommodation near the Camping World Stadium at great rates. Best of all there are a number of late space deals with up to 30% off Orlando villas during Pro Bowl Week!

If you can’t decide where to stay, there are some fantastic resorts in Orlando, where you’ll find vacation homes of all shapes and sizes, all within easy reach of all the Pro Bowl action.

Recommended vacation homes

Some of our biggest and best rentals near the Camping World Stadium are located at the exclusive Reunion Resort, home to world-class amenities. We also offer a great range of rentals at the exciting Encore Resort at Reunion, where you can enjoy short stays of just 3 nights or more. These resorts are around 20 minutes by car from the stadium, and just a few minutes to Disney World and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

If you want to watch the game from the comfort of home, our Top Villas vacation homes come equipped with a range of excellent amenities including state-of-the-art entertainment systems, huge HDTVs, multiple indoor and outdoor living areas, private pools, game rooms and plenty of space for families and friends.

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Reunion Resort 6000

How do I get to the game?

A Pro Bowl shuttle service will be provided by the Camping World Stadium for the 2017 Pro Bowl in Orlando.

This free event transportation will run to and from the stadium from selected downtown locations throughout the day from 3pm until around 2 hours after the game. Parking in the surface lots and garages downtown usually costs $10–20.

Alternatively, taxi pick-up and drop-off areas will be off-site on Church Street, within easy walking distance of the venue.

Many pre and post-game celebrations in the downtown area are within easy reach when using the Camping World Stadium’s transportation options.

If you’re thinking of travelling to Orlando for the 2017 Pro Bowl and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact the Top Villas travel team today. Additionally, the Top Villas concierge service can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

 

A guide to Spring Break in Orlando

If you’re thinking of spending Spring Break in Orlando, you’re in luck: the weather’s great and there are endless events and activities to get you in the springtime mood. 

In fact, there’s so much going on in the theme park capital that you may not know where to start. So, whether you’re planning a family vacation or a getaway with friends, let our guide to Spring Break in Orlando show you the way.

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Spring break is a great time for a vacation

What exactly is Spring Break?

Most people have heard of Spring Break, but with so many different holidays around the world, there may be some who are wondering what it actually means. Spring Break is the time in early spring when students at schools, colleges and universities get a vacation. It’s called Spring Break in Orlando and the rest of the US, but it usually takes place at the same time as the Easter holidays in the UK.

When is Spring Break 2017?

Tucked between winter and the hot summer months, spring break for most US and Canadian students falls sometime between late February and early April. The exact dates vary from state to state, however many schools schedule their spring breaks to coincide with Easter. Spring Break in Orlando usually occurs mid March and lasts for around 2 weeks.

Why visit Orlando for Spring Break?

Visiting Orlando during Spring Break is guaranteed to get you in the springtime mood.

spring break orlando

Disney World is great fun during Spring Break

The temperatures in March are considerably higher than those in February, often reaching a blissful 78℉. There’s so much to do, too, with everything from world-famous theme parks to fantastic shopping malls, golf courses and nightlife. If bathing in the spring sunshine is your thing, some of Florida’s best beaches are within easy reach. Plus there are a whole host of other highlights nearby, like Busch Gardens and the Kennedy Space Center.

Will it be really busy?

Spring Break in Orlando can be one of the busiest times of the year, but don’t let that put you off – it’s also one of the best. The good news for Spring Break 2017 is that it doesn’t coincide with Easter, so the parks and attractions won’t attract the same Easter crowds as they have in previous years.

golf in orlando

There are endless golf courses in Orlando

Even better news is that there are plenty of quiet periods in spring, so if you plan your trip carefully, you can avoid the crowds altogether. Our Disney World crowd calendar will help you work out the best time to visit, with tips for beating the crowds if you’re booking during peak times.

Where to take the kids

theme parks

By the time Spring Break arrives, Orlando’s theme parks are looking great. March sees the start of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which takes place at Disney World through late May. It’s also the season for the Atlanta Braves spring training, a popular event at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Universal’s Mardi Gras is another event that welcomes the spring in style, running on select nights from early February through mid April. New for spring 2017 is the Seven Seas food festival at Seaworld, a food, drink and music extravaganza taking place from Feb 11 through May 13.

A Snow White topiary at Epcot

A Snow White topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

WATER PARKS

The weather is starting to heat up and there’s no better time to take to Orlando’s water parks than during the spring season. Check out Disney’s themed Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, which are great for the entire family (although Blizzard Beach beach has more slides with height restrictions).

There’s also Aquatica by Seaworld, with wildlife woven into every aspect of the park. Lego fanatics will love the Legoland water park, which continues the same brick-building theme as its namesake. There’s also a new water park, Volcano Bay, set to be unveiled at Universal Orlando in late spring 2017.

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Take in the entertainment districts

Kids and adults alike will love Orlando’s entertainment hotspots. Universal Citywalk is packed with shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment like mini golf, a cinema complex and an array of music and show venues. There’s Disney Springs too, with its top entertainment spots like the La Nouba tent, the AMC cinema complex and the indoor Disneyquest park. Another don’t-miss entertainment district is I Drive 360, home to the iconic Orlando Eye wheel as well as a Madame Tussaud’s, a Sealife Aquarium and a gaming arcade.

Try something different

If you want something a little different from the theme parks, there are plenty of unusual things to do in Orlando, like the wacky Wonderworks attraction and Ripley’s Odditorium. You don’t have to spend a fortune either, as there are so many cheap and free things to do in Orlando, like manatee spotting, hitting the beach, or visiting the many parks and museums in Downtown Orlando.

What about the adults?

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Couples can enjoy Spring Break too

If you’re looking for more adult-orientated activities during Spring Break then prepare yourself for an endless list of activities to choose from. You can play golf ’til you drop at Orlando’s world-class golf courses. Or, you can indulge in some serious retail therapy at the many shopping malls in Orlando. You can also visit one of the city’s many boutique spas. Or you can sample Orlando’s multitude of restaurants, bars and night spots.

If you’re looking for things for couples to do in Orlando, there are hot air balloon rides, couples’ cooking classes and cocktail tours – the list really could go on. Whether you’re visiting for a week or two, or just spending a weekend in Orlando, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your trip.

Where should I stay?

villas in orlando

Reunion Resort 6000

Hire a vACATION HOME

Hiring a vacation home is the best way to get fantastic accommodation and amenities at great rates. In fact, a villa offers more space, privacy and luxury than a cramped hotel room, and it works out better value for money, especially if you’re spreading the cost among a group travelling together.

Reunion Resort

The exclusive Reunion Resort is a top choice for families and couples alike, with more amenities than any other resort in Orlando. There’s a water park, plus 3 signature-designed championship golf courses, tennis courts, a boutique spa and an array of community pools, biking trails, restaurants and bars. Best of all, it’s just a few minutes from Disney World.

Things to do near Reunion Resort

The Reunion Resort water park

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The Encore Club

The Encore Club is a great pick, whether you’re visiting for a few nights or staying for a long family vacation. Not only are there fantastic amenities like a water park, tennis courts, restaurants and a gym, but there’s also a complimentary shuttle service to and from the theme parks.

The water park at the Encore Club

The water park at the Encore Club

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Other top Orlando resorts

There are so many fantastic resorts in Orlando that it can be tricky trying to narrow it down to the best one. But whether you want to stay in a top resort near Disney World, or in a quieter community away from it all, you’re sure to find something to suit.

Championsgate pool

Championsgate pool

 

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If you’re thinking of spending Spring Break in Orlando and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact the Top Villas travel team today. Additionally, the Top Villas concierge service can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.

 

 

Short breaks for the holidays

If you’re looking for a short stay in Orlando for the holidays, check out our last-minute availability for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. 

These fantastic homes are all still available for a fleeting trip, so if something takes your fancy then contact our travel team today. You can call them toll-free from the USA on 1-866-341-8086. If you’re in the UK, dial 0800 43 34567.

Reunion Resort 261

5 bedrooms ◊ sleeps 10

Last-minute availability for Christmas

Welcome the new year in style at this luxury vacation home, located just a stone’s throw from Disney World. Spanning 2,477 sq ft, this impressive property features a private pool and a hot tub, as well as multiple indoor/outdoor living and dining areas. What’s more, it’s located in Reunion Resort – one of the best resorts in Orlando.

Available from Dec 29–Jan 2

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Reunion Resort 701

5 bedrooms ◊ sleeps 10

Reunion Resort 701

This contemporary vacation home comes complete with a whole host of luxury features. There are large open-plan living and dining areas, along with a playstation and an arcade game for the kids. There’s designer decor throughout. Outside you’ll find a private swimming pool with a bubbling hot tub, a summer kitchen and spectacular views over the adjacent golf course.

Available from Dec 30–Jan 1

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Reunion Resort 536

3 bedrooms ◊ sleeps 6

Reunion Resort 536

Perfect for couples or smaller groups, this charming condo offers lovely living areas and spectacular views over an immaculately-manicured golf course. There’s a large open-plan living and dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen and a private balcony that’s equipped with alfresco dining facilities. Guests can make the most of the large communal swimming pool or Reunion’s other excellent amenities.

Available from Dec 31–Jan 4

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Windsor Hills 142

5 bedrooms ◊ sleeps 10

Windsor Hills Resort 142

Ideal for large families and groups of friends, this 2-story vacation home has it all. There’s a large open-plan living and dining area, as well as a themed kids’ bedroom and a game room with a pool table. Guests can relax in the large private pool and hot tub, dine alfresco, or make the most of the sunshine on the patio’s luxury loungers.

Available from Dec 31–Jan 2

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Windsor Hills 298

4 bedrooms ◊ sleeps 8

Windsor Hills Resort 298

Situated in Windsor Hills Resort and just 2 miles from Disney World, this bright and airy home is perfect for a family vacation. It boasts a large swimming pool with a spillover hot tub, plus multiple indoor and outdoor living areas. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained, including themed bedrooms and a game room with a pool table.

Available from Dec 31–Jan 3

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Reunion Resort

Property Bedrooms Sleeps Available How to book
8500 11 30 Dec 21–23 Call now
398 7 12 Dec 21–23 Call now
463 7 21 Dec 19–22 Call now
455 7 16 Dec 24–26 Call now
463 7 21 Dec 19–22 Call now
412 6 12 Dec 27–30 Call now
86 6 13 Dec 27–Jan 30 Call now
385 5 10 Dec 26–Jan 23 Call now
392 5 10 Dec 31–Jan 2 Call now
465 5 12 Dec 26–29 Call now
365 3 6 Dec 21–25 Call now
391 5 10 Dec 23–28 Call now
596 3 6 Dec 21–27 Call now
592 8 16 Dec 23–30 Call now

Other resorts

Property Bedrooms Sleeps Available How to book
Championsgate 63 8 16 Dec 19–23 Call now
Windsor Hills 171 3 6 Dec 24–26 Call now
Windsor Hills 219 5 12 Dec 24–26 Call now
Solterra Resort 12 5 10 Dec 29–Jan 2 Call now
Windsor Hills 510 5 10 Dec 19–27 Call now

For more information or to book any these homes, contact the travel team today. You can call toll-free from the USA on 1-866-341-8086 and free from the UK on 0800 43 34567Additionally, the Top Villas concierge service can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.