While Turks is known for its sugary-white sand beaches and perfect turquoise water, it’s also the foodie haven of the Caribbean (a close tie with the French-influenced St. Barth’s). Here are my must-eats out of the islands 70+ restaurant choices (and be prepared for some conch, the island’s most popular shellfish):
Da Conch Shack & Rhum Bar
How many other bars have made it into the book 1000 Places to See Before You Die? For the ultimate in fresh seafood (fried lobster, shrimp, and grouper) and any kind of conch you can imagine (conch salad, cracked conch, conch fritters, conch chowder, conch stew, and more), this is the place to be. Plus, the views are unparalleled:
A friendly little spot at the Sands Resort, it’s convenient from any resort on Grace Bay. Just stroll down the beach and check out the fresh sandwiches and seafood!
The Gansevoort’s restaurant is all-class during the week and all-party late at night. Every night of the week, it’s an upscale dining experience with impeccable service and wonderful food. However, on Fridays after dinner, it turns into a full-out dance club so notable that it draws the attention of locals and guests at surrounding properties.
Noted as the top fine-dining experience in Turks and Caico’s, Grace Bay Club’s premiere restaurant is one of the island’s most luxurious. The only fine-dining oceanfront experience in Providenciales, Anacaona boasts superb hand-prepared meals while highlighting the natural beauty of Grace Bay Beach. Be sure to top off your experience with a nightcap at the Infiniti Bar. Known as the longest bar in the Caribbean, it stretches 90 feet and, from certain views, looks as though it’s running straight into the ocean.
The Veranda’s upscale dining experience is an open-air and situated on the second floor of their main restaurant, offering premium views and the perfect sea breeze. The best part of the dining for guests at the Veranda? It’s included in the up-front price. However, off-property guests are welcome to experience the fresh seafood and pastas – and some of the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.
Elegant and not associated with a resort, the restaurant works extra hard to draw in patrons not already on-property. This means the most fantastic service and quality of food you can imagine. The setting, complete with lit-up palm trees growing straight from the tiled dining room floor, is picturesque and well worth every penny you’ll spend.