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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.

Preview some of the top ski destinations you’ll enjoy as an Equity Estates investor and get inspired to shred some powder or indulge in après-ski.

Without Further Ado, Our Five Favorite Ski Destinations:

5) Chamonix: The best place to sample some of the finest skiing in the Alps, Chamonix gives you five ski resorts nearby.  Enjoy French cuisine and wine apres ski as you spend your nights in a beautiful Chalet.

4) Lake Tahoe: Ranked the top ski mountain for families, Northstar offers great skiing for the entire family and incredible views of Lake Tahoe. The ski- in/ski-out four bedroom residence has wonderful amenity access to the nearby Ritz Carlton and Tahoe Mountain Club.  Or feel free to take in the views from your own hot tub out back.

3) Aspen/Snowmass: Voted one of the top ten ski resorts in the world with terrain for any level of skier, Snowmass is easy to get to with 200+ flights a week to the Aspen airport.  And, of course, Ajax Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk are just minutes away from your beautiful residence.  You’ll stay in the best located ski-in ski-out residence in the new base village with sweeping mountain views and be right next to ski school.

2) Park City/Deer Valley: Ski the legendary Wasatch Powder, just 45 minutes door to door from the airport with two Equity Estates residences to pick from: downtown Park City and Deer Valley. Enjoy après-ski by bellying up to the dozens of watering holes just steps away from your home off of Main Street. Or take in the the Sundance Film Festival and skip the skiing. Get bored quickly? There nine ski resorts to pick from within an hour’s drive.

1) Telluride: Sitting high in the San Juan mountains, this historic mountain town is off the beaten path, but worth the journey. Stare eye to eye with fourteen thousand foot peaks from your living room–just steps from skiing where the lift lines are non-existent. Enjoy amenity access to the Peaks Resort and Spa and try your hand at some of the best heli-skiing in the lower 48 with Telluride Helitrax.

While our mountain destinations are certainly well equipped to host your winter adventures, they’re also ideal for action-packed vacations during the summer and fall months. Browse our summer and fall mountain destination spotlights below and consider taking advantage of upcoming availability.

Park City & Deer Valley

Outdoor Activities

Hiking: Enjoy a challenging 1.5 mile hike up to the entrance of Timpanogos Caves. It’ll be worth it to see the rugged beauty of the caves, including underground pools and limestone rock formations. Or, head 30-minutes from downtown Park City and begin to feel like you’re in another world at Uinta National Forest. The rolling mountains of Park City turn into a massive forest land complete with evergreens, crystal blue lakes and rivers packed full of trout.

Watersports on Jordanelle Reservoir: What says summer like water sports? Just 5 minutes outside of Park City, Jordanelle Reservoir features wonderful camping, fishing, wake boarding, water skiing, canoeing, jet skiing and boating.

Alpine Slide at Park City Mountain Resort: Park City boasts one of the longest alpine slides in the world. With more than 3,000 feet of winding and gliding tracks, this luge-like slide that runs down the face of the mountain is sure to provide thrills for the whole family. Open mid-May through mid-October.

Events

Hiking: Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers, and epicurean insiders for one of the culinary world’s most spectacular events. June 16-18.

Fourth of July: Snowmass shows its patriotic colors with a free holiday extravaganza to entertain the whole family. Weekend events include live music on Fanny Hill, food, games, movies and more. Nearby Aspen hosts their own celebration as well.

JAS (Jazz Aspen Snowmass) Labor Day Experience: Acts this year in Snowmass Town Park include Keith Urban, The Revivalists, The Roots, Maroon 5, Lake Street Drive, Daryl Hall & John Oates, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateli & The Night Sweats, and more. Sept. 1-3 Snowmass Village Summer Concert Series: Free concerts happening weekly from June
through August.

Snowmass

Outdoor Activities

Fly Fishing: For the avid angler, few things can beat fishing in Colorado. With dozens of scenic trout-filled rivers, streams and lakes in the area, Aspen and Snowmass lie at the epicenter of some of Colorado’s best fishing spots. Rent gear and try your hand or opt for a charter with an expert guide.

River Rafting: This region’s scenic and plentiful rivers are some of its best-kept secrets. Whether you’re seeking a day trip with class IV rapids on the or a gentle float on the Roaring Fork, local outfitters can help plan your adventure. The scenery along these pristine waterways promises to be breathtakingly beautiful.

Hiking and Biking: Surrounded by the 2.3 million acres of the White River National Forest, the hiking and biking options in and around Snowmass are truly endless. From Snowmass Village itself, hikers can head out to explore over 77 miles of hiking trails ranging from short morning jaunts to multi-day backpack trips.

Note: Trails around Snowmass Village are closed until June 21 to protect critical elk calving habitat.

Events

Food and Wine Classic in Aspen: Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers, and epicurean insiders for one of the culinary world’s most spectacular events. June 16-18.

Fourth of July: Snowmass shows its patriotic colors with a free holiday extravaganza to entertain the whole family. Weekend events include live music on Fanny Hill, food, games, movies and more. Nearby Aspen hosts their own celebration as well.

JAS (Jazz Aspen Snowmass) Labor Day Experience: Acts this year in Snowmass Town Park include Keith Urban, The Revivalists, The Roots, Maroon 5, Lake Street Drive, Daryl Hall & John Oates, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateli & The Night Sweats, and more. Sept. 1-3 Snowmass Village Summer Concert Series: Free concerts happening weekly from June through August.

Telluride

Outdoor Activities

Hiking: Hiking is by far the most popular activity in Telluride’s summer season, and there’s enough to terrain to explore a new trail every weekend. Surrounded by an abundance of scenic nature trails as well as plenty of less-traveled paths, you can choose from a quick afternoon jaunt, to summitting a 14,000-foot peak, to a multi-day cross-country excursion.

Climbing: Year-round mountaineering, trekking, and climbing schools provide backcountry and technical skills for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. Try the Ajak Peak climb for panoramic views of Telluride.

Fly Fishing: With some of the finest trout streams in the Rocky Mountains, Telluride is an angler’s paradise. To make the most of your outing, we recommend learning the waterways and surrounding terrain with the help of a local guide.

River Rafting: Several rivers provide incredible rafting opportunities in Telluride during the summer months. One of the most popular trips launches just thirty minutes downstream from Telluride at Specie Creek and runs 9 miles to the Beaver Creek River Access. This section features class II-III whitewater, ideal for beginning and intermediate rafters, families and groups of mixed abilities.

Events

Mountain Film Festival: Held every Memorial Day weekend, the Telluride Mountain Film Festival is a documentary festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. May 26-29.

Telluride Wine Fest: Featuring everything from street parties and intimate tastings, this event-packed weekend oers something for everyone. June 22-26.

Telluride Jazz Festival: This year’s lineup includes Mavis Staples, Macy Gray, Bootsy Collins & World-Wide Funk Drive, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Miles Mosley and the West Coast Get Down, and many more. August 4-6.

Telluride Blue & Brews Festival: This year’s lineup includes Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, TajMo, Anders Osborne, Benjamin Booker, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Magpie Salute and many more. September 15-17.

Safe Travels!