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If the allure of stunning white sand beaches, warm cerulean water and laidback friendly islands is beckoning you, put the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on your next destination list. Now more than ever, many of us are yearning to travel somewhere beautiful where we can recharge, enjoy time with our family and leave the daily stressors behind. Many destinations are off-limits to visitors due to the pandemic, but the TCI is welcoming U.S. visitors.

As of January 4, 2021, there are no quarantine requirements, lockdowns, or curfews. Visitors aged 10 and older only need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within five days of arrival, have medical insurance and answer an online health questionnaire. Restaurants, shops and attractions are open (some with reduced capacity and mask requirements). And unlike many tropical destinations that require several hours in the air and multiple airports, the TCI is a short two to three-hour flight from many airports along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

Turks and Caicos

Day One

The TCI beaches are the #1 attraction here, so from either residence, our DMs suggest easing into your stay by simply walking out your door, and you’ll be on a spectacular beach in moments. At either residence, you can settle into a comfortable deck chair next to an infinity pool and admire the beach sand-free— or dig your toes in the sand and take a dip in the warm, crystal-clear tropical ocean. When lunchtime rolls around, choose from several friendly, tasty beachfront restaurants such as Da Conch Shack or Omar’s Beach Hut. Both establishments have tables right on the beach, so no need to change out of your swimsuit!

Since the world’s third-largest barrier reef borders the island chain, our DMs say the TCI’s second-best attraction is its fantastic snorkeling and diving. Spend the afternoon cruising with Caicos Dream Tours and let its friendly, capable crew take you to remote beaches and snorkeling spots — or if fishing is on your agenda, you’ve come to the right spot! The TCI is a renowned bonefish and deep-sea fishing destination. If you happen to visit a few days after the full moon, another option is to book a Glow Worm Sunset Cruise with Sun Charters. Each month this spectacular phenomenon happens when bioluminescent sea worms carry out a mating ritual by swimming in circular patterns about an hour after sunset.

For dinner, our DMs suggests Seven Restaurant’s private dining experience where you can dine on or near the beach — or indulge in their private Tasting Room five-course, paired wine experience. If French/Italian cuisine sounds appealing, head to the Michelin-starred Provence by Eric.

Sea Turtle

Day Two

If you’re interested in learning to scuba dive or you’re already certified, the TCI offers exceptional diving, and our DMs recommend a private charter with Dive Provo. Another option they like is a trip with SNUBA Turks and Caicos, a shallow water diving hybrid between scuba diving and snorkeling. You don’t need a certification or wear cumbersome gear — you can swim among the spectacular sea life as you breathe through a specialized mouthpiece attached to air tanks that float on the surface.

Once your morning adventure ends, it’s time to refuel. For a tasty lunch, look no further than Cocovan’s food truck (run by the fabulous team at Coco Bistro). Sit at one of their outdoor picnic tables as you enjoy their fantastic fish, steak or falafel tacos and “Big Mac” egg rolls. After lunch, explore Provo’s remote wetlands via private kayak tours with Big Blue Collective. They also offer standup paddleboarding trips, kitesurfing and other adventures. For a more relaxed afternoon, lounge by your pool or the beach until it’s time for “sundowners” (sunset cocktails)! For dinner, let The Kissing Fish Catering Co. prepare and serve you a fabulous feast in the comfort of your residence. If you prefer to dine out, this talented group also runs Bay Bistro, a wonderful oceanfront eatery where you can dine at a private table directly on Grace Bay Beach. For late night fun, head to Casablanca Casino and try your luck at blackjack, roulette, poker or slots.

Day Three

Horseback riding is a fun adventure anywhere, and doing a private ride with Provo Ponies offers an extra perk — in addition to a scenic beach ride, their horses love to wade into the ocean! The well-trained, friendly horses carry you safely into the shallow water, allowing you both to cool your legs off a bit. You’ll have worked up an appetite on this unique adventure, so for lunch, our DMs say head to Bugaloos Conch Crawl, a lively beachfront restaurant with daily live entertainment and outdoor games. They even have tables sitting in the shallow, calm water so you can cool your feet as you eat.

After lunch, grab one more chance to admire the TCI’s underwater paradise on your own or take a guided snorkel trip at Coral Gardens, a well-marked snorkel trail just offshore from the Coral Gardens Resort. You’ll likely see gliding sea turtles, scores of tropical fish and maybe even a barracuda. Keep an eye out for Jammin’ Gelato’s ice cream cart that cruises up and down the beach serving delicious, unique flavors. If you’ve had your fill of water adventures, end your third day with a relaxing spa treatment from one of the TCI’s many luxurious spas.

No beach vacation is complete without a sunset cruise, so let Island Vibes Tours take you on a private luxury cruise and sip rum punch, champagne, beer or wine as you watch the glorious sun sink under the horizon. For dinner, our Destination Managers say Coco Bistro is a must. Dine under swaying palms and cozy lighting as you sample some of the TCI’s best local cuisine.

Thompson Cove

Not One, But Two Fantastic Homes

Best of all, you have two fantastic Equity Estates’ residences to choose from — a luxurious four-bedroom penthouse condo and a fabulous six-bedroom private villa. The expansive 4,500-square-foot penthouse overlooks Grace Bay Beach, which frequently lands on “Word’s Best Beaches” lists. Fifteen minutes away sits Thompson Cove, a divine 7,500-square-foot beachfront home boasting six equivalent master suites with private terraces, a splendid infinity pool and vast amounts of living space. We interviewed our Destination Managers, who, along with our Local Hosts, are ready to help you plan a much-needed, fantastic getaway to the TCI’s primary island, Providenciales (aka Provo). To help you get started, here are their suggestions on how to spend three perfect days in this idyllic island paradise.

Equity Estates can help make your visit to the TCI a delightfully unparalleled experience. If you’re already an investor, your Personal Travel Concierge is ready to assist you with arranging a memorable vacation here.

If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or tap this link to schedule a call.

The magnificence of our mountain and ski destinations in the summertime is not to be overlooked. “Travelers are looking to escape the heat and commotion of the city and opt outside,” our Equity Estates Destination Manager tells us. “In warmer months, Big Sky, Montana positively revolves around endless opportunities to revel in the great outdoors.”

We pride ourselves on anticipating the needs of our investor families and ensuring that the trips they take to our homes are both seamless and restful. Check out this ideal three-day itinerary for families who are making their way to the beautiful Rocky Mountains this summer.

Day One: Yellowstone National Park

The Equity Estates residence in Big Sky is about an hour and a half’s drive from west Yellowstone and one of the Montana gates. With three hours to and from and ample miles to explore within the park, allowing a full day for this trip is highly recommended. We can book a private tour company for your group to be chauffeured around the wilderness in a Mercedes Sprinter. Your drivers are expert tour guides and will explain the scenery, wildlife and the park’s incredible history in great detail.

Halfway through the day, tuck into a picnic basket lunch at a picturesque stop within the park. Yellowstone spans 3,500 square miles and the Gallatin Range is seemingly infinite. “If you’re traveling with children, this hallmark day trip is one that they’ll remember forever,” the DM shares. “They’ll see Old Faithful, alpine rivers, hot springs and elk, bears, wolves, bison and more. It’s a trip the kids will talk about for months and years to come – true memory-making.”

On the way home, make a stop at the world-famous Riverhouse BBQ. The restaurant bills itself as the “Best BBQ Under the Big Sky” and their Texas-style specialties are so irresistible that travelers even pick up takeout to bring onboard during their flights home. Order a family-style takeout meal of baby back ribs and brisket to share back in the comfort of your residence.

Day Two: Fly-Fishing

If you have ever watched A River Runs Through It and longingly admired the dramatic backdrop in each scene, Big Sky is your destination and fly fishing is the order of the day. A half-day morning trip is recommended for beginners or, if you’re an avid fisherman, a full day with an early morning start is suggested.

Wades and walks in the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers are booked by half- and full-day increments. Gear, beverages and lunch (if booking a full day) are all included in your excursion. Equity Estates is partnered with the most experienced fly-fishing staff and guides in the region. Even if you’re a novice, these friendly guides will ensure you soak up every moment of your experience in the water, hopefully with a catch like a Montana blue-ribbon trout to show for your efforts.

Equity Estates’ Residence in Big Sky features vaulted ceilings and spectacular views

Day Three: Outdoors at Home Base

Our residence is located on Lone Mountain just off of the White Otter Ski Trail. It’s on-mountain and, in the winter months, ski-in, ski-out. In that same vein, your convenient location means that single-track mountain biking and an abundance of hiking trails are available just outside the door. To meander the shops and outdoor patio dining, the mountain village below is a 20-minute walk away.

“I love to research the activities that families are interested in to make their vacation great. Recently a family wanted to enjoy some swimmable lakes in Big Sky and I mapped those out for them. Big Sky is very much down-to-earth, the opposite of pretentious. Families love it here for that very reason.”

Adrenaline junkies can make reservations to zipline or try their hand at archery. Families can take in the scenery at 11,166 feet above sea level – Montana’s highest scenic overlook – by taking a ski chair and an expedition vehicle to this world-famous spot. Just a short drive away, tee times can be arranged at Big Sky Golf Course, an 18-hole par 72 course designed by none other than Arnold Palmer.

At the end of a long day, spread out in the comfort of the residence’s 4,000 square feet or soak in the private hot tub. “Most families will want to linger close to the expansive view from the great room. It might be my favorite feature of the home. It’s a gorgeous view of the Gallatin Valley down toward the mountain village.”

With groceries conveniently delivered before your arrival, your family can play all day and grill steaks at home for dinner. If you prefer, a private chef can also be arranged. Take advantage of the large outdoor dining area to dine under the stars and truly make yourself at home.