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October 12, 2013

Thanksgiving is a special time for families to pause and give thanks for the good things in life.  It’s a great holiday to enjoy festive gatherings with friends and family, fabulous food, and also to indulge in a bit of retail therapy too.


However, if you are seeking an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the holiday, consider celebrating a Thanksgiving where the pace of life is a bit slower.


A Caribbean Thanksgiving vacation will let you escape to a destination where you can truly relax with your friends and family, and let someone else prepare the meal – and do the dishes! Instead of navigating your way through crowded shopping malls, you can browse at a leisurely pace in island boutiques (and if you still want to take advantage of Black Friday specials, a quick on-line shopping spree from the comfort of your sun lounger will allow you to do just that!)


One of the best places to enjoy a Caribbean Thanksgiving vacation is in Turks and Caicos Islands.  A short 90 minute flight from Miami or a three hour flight from New York City will deliver you to a place that is home to one of the best beaches in the world, and a place void of shopping malls, fast food franchises and even traffic lights.


Providenciales is the island where most Turks and Caicos resorts and the international airport are located.  It is also a fast emerging culinary leader in the Caribbean.  Numerous restaurants offer fabulous Thanksgiving dinners, complete with the traditional trimmings you normally enjoy at home.


When it’s time to burn off some of your Thanksgiving dinner calories, you won’t be disappointed with the options available.  You can choose from walking the entire length of Grace Bay Beach (a 12 mile walk should get rid of the pumpkin pie effects) or you can snorkel, dive, kiteboard, stand-up paddleboard, windsurf, golf, play tennis…you choose!


A fun Turks and Caicos Thanksgiving tradition is attending the world’s only conch festival.  The Turks & Caicos Conch Festival  will be held in the Blue Hills community on November 30, 2013.  Try some conch, dance with the ripsaw band and participate in the conch blowing contest. It’s a great way to experience local culture and sample some island food.


The weather is usually in the range of a balmy 80 degrees in November, and with hurricane season over, it’s a perfect time to visit Turks and Caicos.  High season rates don’t come into effect until late December, so Turks and Caicos resort deals are always appealing at this time of year.


One Turks and Caicos resort that offers excellent prices is the Alexandra Resort.  The all-suite beachfront resort features spacious studios, one and two bedroom suites, and an amazing four bedroom beachfront penthouse – perfect for family gatherings.  Suites offer full kitchen facilities (kitchenettes in studios) so you still have the option of preparing your own Thanksgiving meal if you wish.


You can enjoy an affordable Caribbean Thanksgiving at the Alexandra Resort, as all regular rates are discounted by 35% if you book directly with the resort.  For more information on this special visit

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