Aqua House, Unit 1, is an ideal get-away for families, dive groups, honeymooners, lovers, friends, and people who are just plain tired out. Grand Turk is uniquely special in that it can be quiet or raucous, settled or busy, and it will offer you a lot to do or nothing to do. It's completely your choice! Aqua House is located directly on the beach just steps from the ocean's edge where there is sandy-bottom swimming or, only a few feet away, spectacular shallow reef snorkeling and diving. There are so few people on the beach--frequently nobody!--that it seems to be yours alone. In addition to the magnificent beach, Aqua House also boasts all the amenities of home. It has two air-conditioned bedrooms and two bathrooms on the lower level. Each bedroom has private access to its own bathroom. A private, covered deck on which you can read, or nap, or look at the sea is attached to the master bedroom through French doors. The upper level comprises a completely appointed kitchen including a washer and dryer, a large dining area, and a spacious living area connected to a private, covered balcony through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. From this high vantage point, you can enjoy overlooking the beach and the sea while dining, libating, or merely relaxing and enjoying your amazing lot in life. When the horizon is clear, you WILL see the Green Flash!!
A mere 20 minute flight from the relative hustle-bustle of Providenciales (Provo to us) lies the ultra laid-back island of Grand Turk--our home sweet paradise. This very small island--not quite 9 square miles--is surrounded by soft, white sand beaches set in an unbelievably breathtakingly beautiful turquoise-blue sea. In front of Aqua House--and clearly visible from all the east-side windows--is a salina (salt pond) that is populated by myriad varieties of seabirds. There are land birds as well--ospreys, warblers, hummingbirds, etc.--making Grand Turk a Mecca for birders and photographers. Approximately 200 yards off the Grand Turk shoreline, lies the third largest barrier reef in the world which guarantees spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling year round. The three local dive shops operate small boats and take groups of eight or fewer diving and/or snorkeling, and only one boat is permitted on each dive site buoy. So, like the uncrowded beach, the ocean is similarly uncrowded--by people, that is. It's FULL of marine life! The dive shops also offer excursions to nearby islands to play with the rays, picnic, snorkel, and swim. Furthermore, fishing on the island or from small fishing boats is available as is horseback riding. Aqua House provides six bicycles for island transportation and/or touring.
Our ultimate gift to you, our dear guests, is the absolute disappearance of all the tension and the stress you brought with you. You will NOT be taking any of that home along with your beach and sea treasures!
I became a SCUBA diver in 1993; thereafter, I began to travel to glorious diving sites worldwide. My first trip to Grand Turk was in 1997, and I have been returning every year since then and staying longer each time. In fact, I live in three countries--the Turks and Caicos, England, and the USA--the country of my birth. This is why I have a friend/manager for Aqua House--I can't do it myself at present. However, since I love the laid-back life and the people who live in Grand Turk so very much, I hope to become a legal resident of the Turks and Caicos and live in Grand Turk myself.
In 2001, I toured Aqua House as a prospective buyer. The three units were being refurbished with soaring white ceilings over magnificent hardwood floors imported from Guyana, and enormous windows overlooking the ocean in the back and a salt pond full of birds in the front. To put it mildly, I was besotted with a building! I managed to buy two of the three condominiums and love them even more now. When the airplane taking me to Grand Turk lands at the airport, all the built-up stress and tension dissolves away almost instantly. I drop my bags at Aqua House and walk to Duke Street where most of the bars and restaurants and dive shops are. I reconnect with my local buddies for a couple of months of heaven on earth. I walk on the beach, dive, snorkel, collect beachy treasures that I make into jewelry or mirror frames, and read voraciously. I dance to the Caribbean music of the local live bands and even sip a brew or two. I watch whales and play with dolphins. When it's time to go, I'm never ready to leave. Coming to Grand Turk is like stepping back a few decades in time, and it suits me. It's truly a place where, 'Don't worry, be happy' seems to be the law of the land. When YOU come to Grand Turk, be prepared to experience the most relaxing, stress-free vacation you have ever had!
Aqua House is larger than the other beach-front rentals on Grand Turk. When I bought Aqua House, I was thinking of how comfortable my family and I would be if several of them came to visit at the same time. The bedrooms are large enough to add a roll-away bed or two, and each bedroom has its own full bathroom. The spacious kitchen is fully equipped to prepare meals of any size. There are a dishwasher and a clothes washer and dryer in the kitchen. Four or five people can live very comfortably together in this condo. The privacy of the upper-level covered balcony and the lower-level covered deck allows additional room for eating, reading, napping, dreaming.............
Aqua House is located in a quiet residential area. It faces the ocean in the back, a salina in the front, and a small park on one side. A very short walk--less than 10 minutes via the beach or the road--takes you to Duke Street where most of the bars and restaurants and dive shops are located. You will enjoy the solitude of 'your' beach. You can walk a couple of miles and not see another person. But, on Cruise Ship days, if you crave more activity, you may go to the Cruise Ship Centre and join in with their festivities, eat in their restaurants, and shop in their shops including a duty-free store.
Your level of activity can range from doing absolutely nothing to filling your days with water sports, whale and dolphin watching, island excursions to feed sting rays and eat fresh conch, sightseeing on foot, bicycle, or rented scooter, shopping, fishing, bird watching, riding horses, beach combing, reading, eating and drinking, and/or making new friends.
Grand Turk is one island in the Turks and Caicos archipelago that has maintained its historical significance. The National Museum on Grand Turk is the place to go for in-depth information about the original Taino Indians, the development of the salt trade, the War of 1812, and John Glenn's nose cone landing. The evolution of the salt trade was aided by Bermudians who left behind buildings of significant Bermudian architecture, the salinas, and the free-roaming donkeys you will see while you are here. Flint rock and knapped flints from 1812 wash up on the beach every day--200 years after the war. John Glenn's space landing occurred here because there was a US Naval Base near the open sea on Grand Turk. The base is now the site of the Community College. A replica of John Glenn's nose cone is displayed on John Glenn Drive at the entrance to the airport. You will see signs all over Grand Turk identifying this island as Columbus's First Landing. Maybe--maybe not!