Turks & Caicos Islands

Sunday is Beach Day! Our Favorite Caribbean Beaches

Best Caribbean Beaches

Sunday is beach day!  Pull on your suit, grab your sunscreen, and join us in strolling along our favorite Caribbean beaches!  Click an image for more information: All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send inquiries via the Contact page.  

Our Best of the Caribbean

Best Caribbean

After traveling around the Caribbean for a few years, we are regularly asked about what is the best resort, best beach, best restaurant, etc.  We have a long way to go in our travels through the islands, but these places have impressed us over the years.  Enjoy this list of “our best” of the Caribbean, from the best rum punch,…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Caribbean Punch, Providenciales, TCI

Bay Bistro’s Caribbean Punch is a bit different than most rum punches we’ve enjoyed in the Caribbean.  In addition to fruit juices, in this case, orange and pineapple juices, the Caribbean Punch at Bay Bistro, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, has vodka and peach schnapps.  The result is light and refreshing, and a bit less sweet. If you prefer rum…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Rum Punch, Salt Mills Cafe, Turks & Caicos Islands

This colorful rum punch comes to us courtesy of the Salt Mills Cafe and Diner, located in the Salt Mills Plaza, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands.  I couldn’t help but take a few sips before taking a this photo!  Decorated in bright primary colors, the diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers vegetarian and gluten free dishes. For more…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Rum Punch, Hemingway’s, Turks & Caicos Islands

Our favorite rum punch on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, can be found at Hemingway’s, located in The Sands, a resort right on Grace Bay Beach.  You can see a nice float of Myer’s Dark Rum along the top.  Cheers! All words and images ©2006-2017 Wendy G. Gunderson. Any use without written permission is prohibited. For licensing information, please send…Read More

Spirits of the Caribbean: Jan’s Infamous Rum Punch, Turks & Caicos Islands

When you arrive at Da Conch Shack, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, you are immediately drawn to the fresh conch, pulled from the sea before your eyes.  But don’t overlook the offerings of Da Conch Shack’s Rum Bar, including Jan’s Infamous Rum Punch.  You know it’s good when you can see that nice float of dark rum on top. For…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Fritters

On Taste of the Caribbean today, we have one of our favorite beach eats, conch fritters.  A batter is made into which conch, peppers, onions, and seasonings are mixed, and then spoonfuls of the batter are dropped into the deep fryer.  Served with a dipping sauce, it’s the perfect partner to a cold Turks Head or other island brew. These…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Salad

Taste of the Caribbean is in the mood for a festival today, so we take you to the Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, held each November in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.  There are a variety of events at the festival, but the best is the “Conch-etition,” where area chefs compete for the best of the fest in conch…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Peas and Rice

It’s a classic found throughout the Caribbean.  Peas and rice accompany many of our favorite meals on our travels through the islands.  This gorgeous plate of food was found at Hole in the Wall, on Airport Road, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands.  It was recommended by our rental car agent (rental car guys and taxi drivers are some of the…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Oxtail Stew

Our daughter has always been a pretty adventurous orderer, surprising restauranteurs with her selections.  When she was 7-years-old and we traveled to Mexico, she ordered squid and octopus.  We began traveling to the Caribbean when she was 9, and she was the first to order some of the local fare, including oxtails.  The rich stew of braised oxtails paired with…Read More

Taste of the Caribbean: Conch Salad, Turks & Caicos Islands

It’s time to launch our new series featuring our favorite dishes from the Caribbean islands.  Today’s feature is Conch Salad from the Turks & Caicos Islands.  This particular conch salad comes from Da Conch Shack, located in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.  At Da Conch Shack, you can watch as they pull the conch from the sea, extract it…Read More

“Q” is for Queen Conch

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The queen conch, the “strombus gigas,” is found in the warm waters of the Atlantic and the Caribbean from Florida to Brazil. Their shells are readily identifiable, with a bright colored pink lip.  The conch, which grows to adulthood with its shell, uses its strong muscle to propel itself.  Conch meat has a mild, sweet flavor, and resembles a scallop in…Read More

Top Ten Things To Do in the Caribbean

Time to daydream a bit.  When work gets a bit dull, it’s easy to glide over to Facebook or Twitter, and think about what you would rather be doing right now.  If you really had to narrow it down to a list, and put them in order of priority, what makes your top ten?  Here’s our list: #10  Cocktails and…Read More

Images! in up! Magazine!

If you happen to be flying out of Canada, and happen to be flying West Jet Airlines this month, check our our images, included in features on the Queen Conch and Anguilla.  You will see our image of a conch salad from Da Conch Shack, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, and our image of SandBar, Meads Bay, Anguilla.  If you…Read More

Just One Day: Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

“Just One Day” takes us to Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands.  The Turks & Caicos Islands include 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited.  Grand Turk is the center of government for the islands, but the islands are probably best known for the island of Providenciales, home to what is often regarded as one of the…Read More

Handmade Baskets: Middle Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands

  When people think of the Turks & Caicos Islands, they often think of Providenciales, the tourism center of the islands, famous for the gorgeous stretch of powdery sand which is Grace Bay Beach.  The Turks & Caicos Islands are actually 40 islands and cays, 8 of which are inhabited.  Among the inhabited islands is Middle Caicos, known for the…Read More

Conch Knocking

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Courtesy of Da Conch Shack, on Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands, is this beautifully prepared conch salad, pulled fresh from the ocean.  Once the conch shell hits the work table, they knock a hole in the top of the shell, to expose the tendon which holds the conch inside.  In one swift motion with his knife, the tendon…Read More

Favorite Beach Bars: Da Conch Shack, Providenciales

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It has been said that food always tastes better with your feet in the sand.  That’s true, and it tastes even better if you can have a rum punch in your hand while you watch them pull your meal from the sea.  At Da Conch Shack in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, you can experience…Read More

“Been to Barbados”

Have you “been to Barbados?” I am reading “And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails ” by Wayne Curtis, a book suggested by Carlton Grooms of “Coastlines and Tan Lines.”  I just came across a passage where the author recounts that Benjamin Franklin, the publisher of the “Pennsylvania Gazette,” printed up 228 different words…Read More

The Beginning

The beginning of My Irie Time This was the very first image posted on My Irie Time when I began this blog in 2011.  I first started sharing images online in 2007, when a friend convinced me to join Flickr and come along on monthly photowalks with our local Cream City photographers group. We found ourselves traveling to the Caribbean…Read More