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The Meridian Club

Address: Pine Cay

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Phone: 866-746-3299

Website: www.meridianclub.com

Expert Review

Just 20 minutes northeast of Provo by boat, private 800-acre Pine Cay is home to the most exquisite beach in all of Turks and Caicos. The two-mile-long stretch along the islet’s northwestern shore combines perfectly textured bone-white sand with iridescent turquoise surf, with only a few low-lying houses and rarely more than a half-dozen people as far as the eye can see. Barefoot joggers will find Pine Cay’s beach irresistible, as will swimmers, sunbathers, strollers, readers, and seasoned nappers. Unless you own one of Pine Cay’s 37 houses, however, the only way to see this beach is as a guest at the island’s 13-room Meridian Club. Like almost everything on the island, the resort has remained virtually unchanged since it opened in 1973. Here, “old-time Caribbean” is the name of the game, and Saturday night buffet dinners can spawn actual conga lines. No automobiles are permitted on Pine Cay, so you’ll get around by foot, golf cart, or mountain bike. Snorkelers will be particularly charmed by a cove on the southeastern shore called the Aquarium, where there are dense schools of fish and stunning (but not stinging!) upside-down jellyfish in the spring. From the Aquarium’s shore, you can then kayak to nearby sandbars for even purer isolation. Additional activities include sailing, tennis, reef- and bonefishing, and over five miles of nature trails. All meals are included.

Tags: kayaking | snorkeling | beachfront | all-inclusive | secluded

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