Kenyon Toone's Profile
- Vacation Villas on two waterfronts
Kayaking adventure highlight of our stay.
Dec 02, 2009 01:29 pm
We stayed at the Harbour Club villas for a week, and would highly recommend this for travelers who wish to stay away from crowded resorts and explore the Turks and Caicos islands for themselves.
Harbour Club is set on a hill between a salt water lake and a harbour on the south side of the island, away from the major beach and hotel row which is
Grace Bay. It's the quieter side of the island and it does have some secluded beaches, but you'll need
a car to get to them. But you'd want to rent a car anyway, no matter where you stay.
If you are a scuba diver, Harbour Club is perfect as you have a walk of about 100 yards down the hill to the quiet harbour to catch the dive boat.
If you love to bonefish, this is the best as the lake is
right infront of the villas just steps away along with other areas close by.
Without a doubt the "adventure" highlight of our stay at Harbour Club was our self guided kayak trip to our own, it seemed, desert island. I used my GPS and measured it to be 2.8 miles (as the crow flies) from the marina docks at the villas. It took as just short of an hour. You don't have to be an Olympic athlete but you do need to have a degree of stamina. The result is worth it.
There is a lovely sandy beach at the right corner of the island as you approach it. Walking high onto various rock outcroppings result in stunning 360 degree views of turquoise sea and the "mainland".
The snorkeling was right at our fingertips and probably some of the best we've experienced. Besides the array of nameless colorful fish we saw lobsters embedded into coral heads, rays undulating with grace and a huge crab resembling the Alaskan King.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a few of the transplanted iguanas ...placed here in the hopes of sustaining their depleting numbers. We also enjoyed exploring the island with its understated flora. We even saw the remnants of some type of small fort like formation. Wish I knew the history behind that. In any case spend at least one day there, bring a cooler and a dry bag if you can and by all means chase you partner around the island naked! I for one, rarely travel to a destination without my fly fishing gear. For those of you who are comfortable self guiding for bonefish, let me just say that bones are here! Nice chunky ones at that. I landed 4 across the way from the villas in Flamingo Lake but my best day was spent 2 hours either side of high tide in Turtle Lake. Tailing , hefty, single bones had me enraptured for hours. I stalked, cast, changed flies, lengthened my leader, changed flies, again...had countless very good shots, even at a tailing school of about a dozen 20 feet away but didn't catch a one! Still, It was the best day of bonefishing, away from all the cares in the world, relaxed under a tropical sun, I've had for years.
Harbour Club Villas is a great place to stay at within close reach to everything, and with two of the nicest and knowledgeable hosts you could ask for.
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