Kevin and I recently went on our first beach vacation of the year to Turks and Caicos. I was really looking forward to relaxing during this extra busy time of the year. We stayed at the Gansevoort Hotel, and it was really nice. Although I didn’t want to spend much time in our room, I really liked the layout. My favorite part about the room was the balcony overlooking the beach. We also had a large bathroom with a his and her sink and a large shower with a glass window looking out into the bedroom where you were able to see through to the ocean.
The hotel had everything we needed so we didn’t even need to leave. The beach had white, soft sand, the water was clear and warm, there were plenty of places to layout either on a chair on the beach or by the pool. Additionally, the hotel offered a complimentary breakfast every morning, they have a casual outside restaurant to order lunch, and a nicer restaurant for dinner. Of course nothing was cheap, but the convenience was nice.
Our vaca consisted of a lot of lounging around and swimming. I had my fair share of frozen drinks (trip drink of choice–Miami Vices during the day and a glass of Pinot Noir at night) and I devoured a new novel. On Saturday, after half a day of laying out, Kevin and I went to a scuba diving shop, Dive Provo, for a quick pool lesson on the basics of scuba diving. Bright and early the next morning, we went back to the scuba diving shop to board a van which took us to a docked boat with all of our equipment. We traveled about 45 minutes west along the coast of Turks and Caicos to our first dive spot.
After our first dive of about 45 minutes, we got back on the boat and relaxed for about an hour (mandatory requirements), and then did another dive at a different locationfor another 45 minutes. It was so much fun. I didn’t panic underwater or have any problems with my ears which is what I was most worried about. The hardest thing about scuba diving for me is only blowing air in and out of my mouth; I kept getting water in my mask because every time I exhaled I would accidentally blow out a little through my nose. No biggie though, I will learn. In fact, Kevin and I enjoyed scuba diving so much that we now want to get certified and go to Australia or somewhere else. While we had a great day scuba diving, I will admit that I was surprised that the sea life was not as good as it was when I went snorkeling almost a year ago on Grand Caymen. I guess that just means that I have to go somewhere else.