If the same old routines at home are wearing you out, Christmas in the islands might be just what you need in order to lift your spirits. Christmas in Turks & Caicos is a delight for all of your senses. By getting away from home and taking a relaxing vacation at our hotel, The Regent Grand, you can leave the stress and chaos behind. At our hotel, you can enjoy the spectacular views, relaxing swimming pools, comfortable beds and convenient room service. Close to our hotel, there are many fun and engaging activities to appeal to your sense of beauty, adventure and style. When you are ready to celebrate Christmas in Turks & Caicos, keep these great attractions and activities in mind.
Join the Annual Maskanoo Celebrations
Maskanoo is an annual street festival, and it takes place each year on December 26. It is a part of the Boxing Day celebration, and it features a parade of costumed locals, along with musicians who march along or play along the sidelines. Great food is also an important part of the Maskanoo festivities when celebrating Christmas in the islands. Food trucks are popular along the parade route, and you could try some of the seasonal fresh lobster that is caught off the coast of the Caicos. Some tasty options include lobster curry, fish tacos, lobster macaroni and cheese and seafood stir-fries. The celebrations take place around the Saltmills Plaza and Regent Grand shopping area, and people of all ages are welcome. The festivities last late into the night, so be sure to enjoy sleeping in at our hotel the next day.
Attend the Post-Christmas Beach Party
On the weekend following Christmas, the annual post-Christmas beach party is a must-see event. Local bands, native foods, kayak racing, handmade crafts and model sailboat races will keep you busy all day long. In the evenings, fireworks are shot off from multiple locations on Grace Bay Beach. Many of the restaurants offer dining specials. People get dressed up in colorful and fanciful costumes for this party, or you could simply purchase a shirt, fun hat or bright woven scarf from one of the many vendors. The post-Christmas party also involves plenty of music, which includes blues, jazz, reggae and more. When you celebrate Christmas in Turks & Caicos, plan on the celebrations extending for several days, up to and including New Year's day.
Revel at the Junkanoo Parade
The Junkanoo parade takes place each year on New Year's Eve. It is located in downtown Provo, and it begins at midnight. This traditional parade involves wearing masks and costumes. The costumes and music celebrate a day off from slavery for the early residents of the islands. The size and scope of the parade, along with its revelry, adult beverages and food make it the Turks and Caicos equivalent to Mardi Gras. The celebration is one of the oldest events on the islands, and it dates back to the 16th century.
If you are looking for some action, visit the Provo Golf Club and try its 18 holes of beautifully landscaped grounds. Flocks of flamingos dot the course, which is well-groomed. Your day on the greens can be capped off with a relaxing drink or meal in the clubhouse, which sports a variety of festive holiday decorations. Special Christmas and holiday deals are offered, but you may need to reserve your tee time well in advance.
Enjoy the Lights on the Grace Bay Strip
One of the most visually stunning aspects of Christmas in Turks & Caicos is the holiday lights display on Grace Bay Strip. You might see a lighted Santa Claus climbing up a palm tree, or an entire sleigh on the beach. Wreaths are bejeweled with light emitting diodes, and palm trees are decorated with the colorful lights, too. Bring a blanket, stretch out on the sand and take in the lights and how they reflect on the water.
Visit the Turks & Caicos National Museum
The Turks & Caicos National Museum offers exhibits about the islands' history, culture, food, geography and more. There are expansive displays about the lives of former slaves and shipwrecks. The premises is decorated for the holidays with an understated elegance. It goes in-depth about the Molasses Reef Wreck and the slave ship Trouvadore. The two-floor museum also gets into the holidays. In the gift shop, you could select a souvenir Christmas ornament to take home and hang on your tree in remembrance of your vacation. The museum is located in a historic facility in Cockburn town on Grand Turk Island. The museum's hours vary based on cruise ship schedules, so be sure to check the website before your visit. Tickets are $7, and tours are available.
Explore the Cheshire Hall Plantation
Explore the Cheshire Hall Plantation during your holidays in Turks & Caicos. The plantation provides visitors with a 30-minute tour of the limestone and masonry buildings that were built in the 1700s and 1800s. The plantation explores the history of slavery on the islands. Cotton trees still stand on the grounds, which are located next to St. Monica's Anglican Church. The plantation tours also examine how the holidays used to be celebrated during the early days of the towns on the islands.
Gather Together at Old Year’s Night
If you extend your vacation past Christmas, consider joining the locals in their long-standing tradition for bringing good luck in the upcoming new year. This event features an extended night service in the island's many churches. Each person sings and rings out old year. Just after midnight, everyone comes together to ring in New Year with bells, church gatherings and community greeting. Of course, plenty of food and live music is offered at Old Year's Night.
Vacationing at the Turks and Caicos islands allows you to relax and enjoy being pampered. While staying at The Regent Grand, we enjoy helping you to experience some of the best of what the islands have to offer. One of the most spectacular parts of the island way of life is enjoying the lobster season Turks & Caicos. The lobster season Turks & Caicos begins each year on August 1 and lasts through March 31 the following year. That means that you get to enjoy freshly caught lobster for seven straight months! There are many ways to enjoy Turks & Caicos lobster, so be sure to try one or more of these many options while staying at our The Regent Grand hotel.
When you want something light to eat, try the lobster bruschetta offered up at Kalooki's Restaurant. Made Italian-style, this appetizer features freshly chopped tomatoes, onion, herbs and garlic along with grilled lobster. Their lobster macaroni and cheese can be enjoyed as an appetizer or as an entree. This creamy pasta dish features al dente elbow macaroni, three cheeses and succulent lobster freshly caught off the coast of Caicos. You could also try a freshly grilled pizza featuring lobster as the primary topping or one of several toppings.
Grilled Lobster in Bight Park
When you want to get out and enjoy a relaxed evening, hang out with the locals and listen to great bands, consider the Thursday night fish fry in Bight Park. This weekly event takes place next to the Bight Park, which is a child-friendly and family-friendly outdoor space. If your entire family is accompanying you to Turks & Caicos, then this is an ideal option for dining together. The weekly event began in January 2014, and it is organized by the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board. It is the leading outdoor entertainment and Turks & Caicos lobster option held in a casual atmosphere. Some of the menu options include lobster macaroni and cheese, grilled lobster and lobster sandwiches. The prices are affordable, and there is no need to hurry up or get dressed up for this relaxed option for dining on Turks & Caicos.
Caribbean-themed Lobster Dishes
Mr. Grouper's Restaurant on Lower Bight Road is located a short distance away from the busy tourist areas on Grace Bay Road. When you are looking for something off of the beaten path, this is a go-to place. Mr. Grouper's Restaurant specializes in Caribbean-themed dishes, and you can find many lobster entrees on their menu. Some good options to try include buttered pan-seared lobster tail, pasta lobster and grilled lobster with vegetables. If you are looking for something hot and spicy, try the jerk-style lobster or the Cajun lobster fresh off of the grill. The restaurant also has a full bar, and there are many tropical-themed adult beverages to choose from.
Lobster Sandwiches and Wraps
When you have a hearty appetite from a day of swimming, surfing or exploring the islands, try one of the quick and filling lobster sandwiches or wraps offered by Cocovan. Their menu changes on a weekly basis, and there is always something new to try, especially during lobster season Turks & Caicos. One of their specialties includes the lobster po'boy sandwich. Served on a delectable hoagie bun, it features freshly caught and grilled lobster and the toppings of your choice. If you would prefer your lobster in a wrap, they have those, too. Try one with grilled peppers and onions with a side of red or black beans and rice. Cocovan is a food truck that operates out of a 1974 Airstream camper, and you can pull up a chair and enjoy your meal under the soft breeze of the palm trees.
Dining on Turks & Caicos should include a taste of lobster tacos. If you have never tried them before, you are in for a gastronomic delight. Lobster tacos served at Coco Bistro could be enjoyed as a light lunch or a starter for your dinner. The lobster tacos feature freshly grilled lobster seasoned with chili, cayenne and onion. The lobster filling is topped with fresh guacamole, pineapple-tomato salsa and fresh sour cream. They pair well with lemonade, sweet tea or an adult beverage. This is a cozy, romantic restaurant that is ideal for couples traveling together or for singles who are looking to enjoy the island's nightlife. On most nights, live bands play, and you can stay at Coco Bistro late into the night, enjoying the food, conversation and music. This restaurant is located just a short distance away from our hotel on Grace Bay Road.
If you are looking for something unusual, stop by Chinson's Grill Shack and try their Cantonese-themed seafood. Try their lobster in oyster sauce, which offers a sweet and tangy taste with a hint of spice. It can be served over noodles or rice. Another great option is their lobster Cantonese, which is prepared in chili peppers and served with a garlic sauce. It pairs well with steamed white or brown rice. If you like Asian Indian flavors, try the lobster curry. The freshly grilled lobster is stir-fried in a coconut curry sauce that delicately balances sweet and spicy flavors. Their lobster and mushroom stir-fry is another wise choice. It includes Chinese mushrooms and steamed lobster stir-fried together in a garlic sauce with chili peppers, scallions and capers. When something less spicy is in order, try their lobster in butter sauce with sweet bell peppers and garlic. This casual dining option is located on Leeward Highway, just minutes away from the popular Smith's Reef attraction.