Hurricane Maria Update

Wow, the Turks and Caicos Islands likely just experienced the worst two weeks of weather in their 500-year history with Hurricanes Irma (category 5) and Maria (category 4).  Given the devastation caused by these historic storms elsewhere, our Coral Gardens fared quite well with minimal damage (unearthed palm trees and a few small broken windows).  Within 5 days of Irma’s departure, most of the Grace Bay area had restored electricity and just in time for Maria’s arrival.  At the time of this writing, the power is again being reconnected to get life back to normal.  Our nearby IGA supermarket, PLS airport, seaport, banks and restaurants have reopened.  We are grateful to report the staff and families at Coral Gardens are all safe and secure.  It is frightening moments like this when mankind comes together to survive, as evidenced by all the owners at Coral Gardens who offered their condominiums to our staff and their families to ensure their safety and survival through the storms.   The feeling of “togetherness” is challenging to convey in words but its presence is obvious in Provo as friends, neighbors and strangers are lending assistance wherever necessary.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the 1,700 inhabitants of Barbuda where Irma’s extreme winds devastated the former British Commonwealth.  Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico has left millions in the dark with flooding rivers.  It would seem the shape and location of Grace Bay, helped us avoid a similar fate.  We wish those drastically affected by the hurricanes a quick recovery as relief and support arrives from around the world.

Locals are reporting the lush green vegetation of the palm trees and flowers have been stripped away by the storms leaving an unfamiliar brown hue to the area.  However as quickly as Mother Nature’s fury steals the beauty of Turks and Caicos, the island’s resiliency is on display with the palm fronds already reappearing and flowers blooming.  Maybe this is nature’s way of reminding us how lucky we are to experience the turquoise blue water framed by the vibrant green trees and colorful flowers.  Whatever the reason for the events of the past two weeks, it does give us all reason to pause and realize that our existence is fragile and should not be taken for granted.

Coral Gardens General Manager, Matthew Williams, reports the resort will remain closed until October 15th and overthe next 3 weeks our staff will be diligently at work to return Coral Gardens to normal if not better with newly planted trees, manicured shrubs, freshly delivered beach furniture and a renewed Somewhere Café.  The overarching theme of the recent trying events is resilience.  We have been tested by the worst weather in Caribbean history and we are already looking toward the future.  If you have a pending reservation at Coral Gardens or are considering a visit, now is the time to support the people and businesses of Turks and Caicos.  The staff at Coral Gardens looks forward to your arrival and thanks you for your support of our time together in paradise.

Taken the day after Hurricane Maria’s departure.   Credit: Darell Bradley

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  1. Gus& Dana Jacob
    Gus& Dana Jacob says:

    So happy to hear that our favorite place in the world is recovering and will host happy visitors in the near future
    Gus & Dana Jacob
    Kansas City

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Great island, great condo
5 of 5
Don’t waste your time looking at other places, this condo provides a comfortable and luxurious place to stay with a great view of Grace Bay – one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. Enjoy the protected Coral Gardens reef right where you stay.
Daniel V.Colleyville, Texas
Wonderful trip
5 of 5
Fantastic time in Turks and Caicos ..we were 2 couples for a week at this wonderful condo with a million dollar view . Waking up and having breakfast with that wonderful view was the best. Having the beach right outside your back door was wonderful. Best location . Most relaxing trip ever! Everyone at Coral Gardens made our stay great. We had everything we needed in the condo.  Thanks for a great stay. Looking forward to visiting again.
JodiDublin, Ohio
Wonderful! Beautiful! Relaxing! Fun!
5 of 5
My husband and I have traveled to many Caribbean Islands and definitely have ranked Turks and Caicos as our favorite!!! Our room at Coral Gardens was very nice and had beautiful views! The condo was also very spacious and was equipped with everything we needed. The whole entire staff was incredible and so eager to make our vacation so relaxing and fun! We had the most fun just spending time every day on the beach snorkeling, swimming and meeting so many nice people from all over the world! Somewhere Café which is right on the property was awesome! The service, food and staff was wonderful!!!
LuAnn A.Seguin, Texas
Excellent location, amazing beach and beautiful property
5 of 5
We have been to Turks & Caicos 3 times and have loved it each time. it’s our favorite place to visit. Coral Gardens was a great location and a beautiful property. We had a very nice condo and all the services and amenities you could ever need. The staff at Coral Gardens was wonderful to us and went out of their way to make sure all our needs were met with grace.
Debbie B.Miami, Florida
Lovely Spacious Condo in a Idyllic Grace Bay Location
5 of 5
The Coral Gardens has the good fortune to be located directly on the best snorkeling reef in Grace Bay, and that central location on Grace Bay is just the beginning. Grace Bay is world renowned for it’s beauty for many good reasons. The warm, crystalline blue waters, the calm surf, the pristine white sands make Grace Bay a “must do” experience. In order to enjoy your stay the accommodations need to be comfortable and relaxing. This Coral Gardens condo has that in spades. The entire facility and beach area was immaculately maintained. The spacious condo was very tastefully decorated, well furnished, and equipped with every necessary item for vacation. The floor plan allowed this one bedroom to live much larger than you would expect.
Ron C.Newberg, Oregon
Perfect Location! Amazing beach!
5 of 5
The property was perfect! The view from room was amazing, overlooking the ocean. Everyone that worked at Corel Gardens was extremely nice and helpful! The location was great. We walked everywhere! Somewhere Cafe was convenient and the food and drinks were really good. The beach was fantastic!! The ocean was gorgeous. We loved having the reef right there. We went snorkeling each day and saw some amazing sea creatures. We will definitely recommend this place! And hope to be back!
Marcie H.Nashville, Tennessee

Property Info

5 Penns Road
Providenciales
Turks and Caicos Islands TKCA 1ZZ

(800) 787-9115

info@coralgardensongracebay.com

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