A few weeks ago, Jason, Noam and I headed out of the country for the second time - back to the Caribbean to Turks and Caicos - for my cousin's wedding.
(I didn't blog about it, but last month, Jason, Noam and I headed out of the country for the first time as a family of three to Dominican Republic on a somewhat last-minute getaway. We figured it'd be a dry-run for our trip to Turks and Caicos and crossed our fingers that it'd be enjoyable for all of us. It was a little nerve-wracking, but it turned out to be an awesome vacation!)
But back to Turks. I was still a little nervous going to the Caribbean with a 9 month old, but I'd learned some things from our first trip and we had family to help on this trip, so I hoped it'd go well.
And it did! We flew out of EWR direct to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (the flight was just around 4 hours, which was so manageable (and actually super pleasant!) with Noam), and we stayed at Beaches Turks and Caicos, which is an all-inclusive, extremely family-friendly resort in Providenciales (or Provo, as the locals call it). We stayed in the Key West Village of the resort (the other areas are the Italian Village, Caribbean Village and French Village, which all are awesome for different reasons). But we loved that the Key West Village was smaller (so it was less crowded), the newest part (so it looked and felt updated) and was super fresh and breezy.
I cannot recommend Beaches enough! Almost every guest at the resort was a part of a family and there were a ton of young children and babies there, which eased my baby-traveling worries and made it a relaxed, family-oriented environment. And because it was all-inclusive, we were able to spend a lot more time enjoying our meals and a lot less time worrying about where to eat or if we had enough cash on us to tip.
Throughout the few days while we were there, we spent time by one of the many pools (our favorite was one of the small pools in the Key West Village because it was quiet and easy to find shade for Noam), visited the ocean for a quick dip (sans Noam because sand and babies scare me) and had a few photo shoots with Noam on the grass (because grass is so new and interesting and strange to him still and we needed to capture that). We also, of course, attended the wedding festivities - a beautiful dinner the night before and the ceremony and reception all on the beach. For more snapshots from our trip, you can check out #travelingnoam on Instagram.
My only regret is that we didn't travel for a longer amount of time. But with how short and easy of a flight it was and how family-friendly the resort is, I'm hoping to make Turks and Caicos part of our yearly travel plans. I'm especially excited to convince other family members to come back and stay in one of the amazing oceanfront villas.
Stay tuned for my next post, in which I'll dive into my tips and must-haves for traveling with a baby!