We started our family vacation to Turks and Caicos on Saturday, August 18th.  We arrived in the afternoon and were greeted with a nice tasty rum drink.  

We stayed at the West Bay Club.  The room was great and has a full kitchen.  

We immediately went onto the beach and soaked in the hot sun and the soft sand.  Laura and her dad took a short ride on the sailboat.

This is the sunset off of the porch.  

The vacation essentially comprised of us basking and lounging in the sun and eating out.  We went to a restaurant called Mango Reef.  Most of the restaurants are situated next to the beach.  

I had a curried lobster dish which was just delicious.  

This was an egret who visited us almost every day.

On Sunday, we rented a car and drove around the island.  We ended up looking at this rental place on the other side of the island.  It was vacant so we looked around.  It was gorgeous.

Besides trespassing, we also went to the local grocery store.  Things were REALLY expensive.  1 lb of coffee for $20.  Standard items were 1 1/2 to 2 times what they cost at home.  This is apparently the norm since almost everything is imported.

More beach and sun.  We all got very dark.

On Tuesday, we ate at the Bay Bistro.  Another great restaurant.

We watched the sun set as we ate dinner.

On Wednesday, there were small signs of Hurricane Isaac.  There was a short shower and wind but then it cleared.  

We ate at the Upstairs Restaurant and had some fried Conch and oxtail for dinner.   It was yummy.  Then we sat around for a few hours listening to live music.  

Thursday showed more clouds coming.  I knew that booking during hurricane season was risky.  

Laura and her dad went parasailing!  

Afterwards, we walked on the beach and got hit with showers.  It was awesome walking in the rain on the beach.

We went to Mango Reef again for dinner and then came back for our final night.

Our last sunset from our room. 

On Friday, we took a quick dip in the ocean before heading to the airport.  All in all, it was a great relaxing vacation.  Nothing exciting but we got a chance to really relax and chill out.  The weather overall was fantastic.  Hot and humid but tolerable.  The mosquitoes were out of control though and Laura and I made it a nightly ritual to kill mosquitoes in our room.  We probably killed at least 10 mosquitoes every night!

We also made it out before Hurricane Isaac through so we were lucky.

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