Turks & Caicos Part II
So if you read our first post (Paradise = Turks & Caicos Islands) you now know our favorite beach on the island…now time to talk about the food, drinks and bartenders. Which let’s face it is most people’s favorite part about vacation. As Team Cocktail we are always on the hunt for the best bartender and best drink everywhere we go! So here are some of our favorites on Provo.
Las Brisas is situated in Neptune Village at the Chalk Sound and is a great little restaurant. The staff is super friendly, as we found all over the island, and easily accommodated our big group. Las Brisas probably has some of the best island food we have ever had. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but a few highlights were the conch fritters, creole snapper, seared ahi tuna, and grilled shrimp. Now of course we had to try out the drinks and a few specialities were the Weng Weng (highly suggest!) which is fruit punch with LOTS of liquors, the Electric Lemonade and the Blueberry Mojito. All three packed a nice punch and are worth the $9 price tag. Cheers to everyone at Last Brisas, we liked it so much we dined there 3 times.
Somewhere Beach Bar & Grill
Somewhere is an awesome beach side restaurant and bar with a great view, excellent staff and outstanding food & drinks. The menu is mexican influenced with lots of great choices including tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. The fish tacos were a hit at our table. There is a second level deck, which is great for watching the gorgeous Provo sunsets. Looking for good drinks…try the Rum Punch…but be warned they sneak up on you, as experienced by several in our group. So even though it tastes like fruit juice, there is much more to this delicious concoction.
If you are lucky enough to visit this fun bar make sure to tell the bartenders Michael & Fritz hello from Team Cocktail. Oh and a good note…ask for your drink in a plastic glass. The plastic glasses are bigger, so you’re getting more for your money!
LunAsea Bar at The Somerset Resort
We happened upon this great little hotel pool bar thanks to Twitter. We stopped by here while we were at Grace Bay and let me tell you they had a great lunch menu. The highlight had to be the cracked conch, but the catch of the day sandwich was excellent as well. The catch of the day was snapper when we were there. We sat at the bar while we were there and had a great talk with Janet. She is a great bartender, very personable, and could make some great drinks. We highly recommend trying the frozen mojito. This was the first time we had ever tried a frozen mojito and it did not disappoint! We also recommend trying the Turks Head Lager, which is very difficult to find on the island as it is very popular and was sold out in all of the grocery and liquor stores we tried. So if you get the chance to try it make sure you take advantage!
Horse Eye Jacks
While it is not the most popular bar on the island it definitely has the potential to be. It has a great bar set up and a tiki hut feel, plenty of outside seating and is right on the beach. It is also right next door to da Conch Shack which is the most popular rum bar on the island. The day we were there was pretty windy and quiet, but we’re sure this place would get packed on a nice day. A shout out to Shawn the bartender who mixed us some great rum drinks!
da Conch Shack
Locals and tourists a like will tell you to make a trip to da Conch Shack…trust us you won’t be disappointed.
It doesn’t matter if its just you or if the place is packed, they are ready to party! The bartenders are so much fun and have great personalities…JW who goes by John Wayne is the life of the party. Make sure to try Jan’s infamous Rum Punch, which they serve by the pitcher if you’re up for it! Be careful though as it did sneak up on one Team Cocktail member and bit him hard. As he said the next morning, “Tip. Make friends with the bartenders, but don’t make that good of friends.”
They play great music, love to talk with customers and serve lots and lots of rum! Now we can’t forget to mention the amazing amount of conch that’s available. First you can go down on the beach and watch them harvest the conch that will soon become your meal. Pretty interesting to see how they do it and then if you’re interested you can have one of the shells to take home with you. We suggest buying one that they have already cleaned out though because they are pretty stinky for a few days after.
Alright just face it, you’re going to be eating conch fritters all over the island…and you should! They have the only conch farm in the Caribbean, so they know what they’re doing. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu because it doesn’t get more fresh than this!
So grab a rum punch, a basket of conch fritters and make some new friends. John Wayne, Derrick, Atol, Burg, Janice and Peter will be excited to see you…and to serve you some rum! Cheers!
Travel Global, Drink Local
We are always telling you to drink local so here are the two local drinks. Turks Head Lager and Bambarra Rum. The Turks Head Lager was very hard to find in the grocery stores, which we found out later was because it is the most popular beer on the island. And for good reason!
The Bambarra is a great rum that tasted good in both the Rum & Coke’s and the Rum Punch…so pick your poison! Now get out there and try it!
We had an amazing time on Provo and although this was our first trip, it won’t be our last! Until next time! Cheers from Team Cocktail!