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November 06, 2013

Travelling with teenagers on a Caribbean vacation has both rewards and challenges.


Gone are the days when you spend most of your vacation rescuing your children from another face plant in the sand or getting them to nap in a strange crib. No more panicking about a favourite blankie left behind in an airport or packing a week’s supply of diapers, wipes and other child care implements.


Your teenage children allow you time to sleep in and relax on a beach chaise with a good book.


Or at least they will when they are not peppering you with the all familiar “I’m bored” and “What is there to do here?” refrains.


Fortunately, you can relax on a Turks and Caicos vacation when you travel with your teenage children because they will be too busy having fun and staying active.


The first place for them to keep busy is at the Alexandra Resort on Grace Bay Beach.  Here they can try out every water sport imaginable, and enjoy doing it on crystal clear, calm waters.  From kiteboarding to stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing, they will be sure to have a blast.


If your kids like to move a bit faster on the water, there are excursion companies offering wakeboarding, wakeskating, water skiing, banana boat rides, tubing, parasailing and even jet boat tours.  They’ll likely find these sports much more thrilling than some of the most adventurous theme park rides!


Under water there is also plenty to explore with snorkeling and diving.  Teenagers that want to enjoy exploring the amazing sea life in Turks and Caicos who are not yet dive certified can also try snuba.  Snuba is a shallow water diving system that bridges the gap between snorkeling and diving. Getting your PADI certification on your holiday is also very simple and only requires about 3 days. Your teenager can prepare for the theory test online at home and then just focus on the fun stuff when on holiday.


Away from the water, your teenage children can also stay active by going horseback riding, biking or playing golf and tennis.  Older teens can also rent dune buggies and do some off road exploring on the island.  Even kids like indulging in retail therapy and they will enjoy exploring some of the souvenir shops at the local markets or in Regent Village and Salt Mills Plaza. On the rare rainy days that occur in Turks and Caicos, the Digicel movie theatre is a popular spot for teenagers to catch a flick.


When it’s time to enjoy some family activities together, consider hopping a ferry to North or South Caicos and spend the day exploring other parts of Turks and Caicos.  You can even fly to Grand Turk for the day and visit the Cruise Ship terminal (open when ships are in port), and see the local donkeys roaming the island at will. The national museum is located on Grand Turk and you can also see where salt panning used to occur.


Nightlife in Turks and Caicos tends to be quiet, which is usually a relief for parents travelling with teenage children on a Caribbean vacation!  There are no arcades or youth discos, so your kids can count on spending family evening meal times together and then getting a good night’s rest so they have the energy for another busy day of fun in the sun.


One of the most family friendly resorts in the Turks and Caicos Islands is the all suites Alexandra Resort.  Located directly on Grace Bay Beach, this four star resort offers spacious suites with full kitchen facilities that invite families to feel right at home on their Caribbean vacation.  An intimate spa for mom, great golf package deals for dad, and a Caicos Dream Tours excursions desk, large swimming pool, as well as an amazing beach, will keep teenagers happy on their family vacation at the Alexandra Resort.

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