This top floor home perches on the clear canals of the Turks and Caicos. Enjoy cooling breezes in the warm tropical sunshine! Features two bedrooms plus loft, open plan kitchen and living room with wraparound deck. Includes 2 double kayaks.
Dockside is a true getaway, on a quiet canal tributary, accessed via cul-de-sac.
The main space is the open plan kitchen, living and dining room, all opening up to the large wrap-around deck. Enjoy breakfast or sundowners overlooking the canal from the deck. Two bedrooms with queen beds are accessed off the hall, sharing a bathroom with shower. A loft above the kitchen has 360' windows and an extra queen bed, the perfect spot to tuck into your favorite book.
The canal is one of Turks and Caicos best kept secrets, and you are free to explore with your double kayak, included. Mostly used for kayaking, exercise swimming, very few boats. The water is clear, and you'll see fish, large turtles, jellyfish and other sea animals. Our canal only accesses a few homes, but around the corner you can join the main canal, through which you can travel to the ocean beaches.
Guests have private entrances to the full top floor and loft, with canal access from the shared dock. There's a large wraparound deck that's just for you. The lower level is rented year round to a nurse at the hospital.
The crossbreeze minimizes the need for aircon , but when needed, we have the quiet inverter drive A/C to keep things just right.
Interaction with Guests
We'll meet you and go over our booklet of suggested adventures and restaurants; from diving tours to the best secluded beaches. We'll review appliances, kayak, maps to ensure you're settled. If we're off-island, our neighbours up the canal will meet you instead.
We also provide a local cell phone preloaded with our contact for ease of use.
We're located on the quiet canals in the middle of the island, in a residential area away from the resorts. When you want to check out 'the scene', we're 5-10 minutes to Grace bay. The beaches here are all public - i.e. no wristbands, you can enjoy the full beach uninterrupted. Enjoy a drink or dinner at the resorts (anyone can use their restaurants, bars), yet get the peace and quiet of a lazy day reading away from the crowds. Approx 30 minutes kayak to the ocean, there's a small beach where the canals meet the ocean.
Snorkels, masks and flippers are provided, and we're just a few minutes from two shore snorkeling sites. Closest to us is Smiths Reef, which is quieter as its away from the resorts. A lovely way to spend a few hours on the beach, then head to 'Somewhere' for a drink or lunch.
Marina is 5 minutes away, and this is where many of the dive boats, glass-sided submarine and boat tours depart. Contact us for tour suggestions!
*WHAT TO DO*
We have a book of suggestions, restaurants and map/groceries etc that we will review on arrival. Please don't hesitate to ask for suggestions in the meantime.
A car rental is strongly recommended to best enjoy your vacation. While its not geographically far to walk to the beach, it's not a pleasant walk (hot, dusty, no sidewalks). The island is not that large - about 25 kms long so distances are not great. There is no rush hour so you will not be spending much time stuck in traffic. We have some car rental suggestions in our 'welcome' guide, there are some 'island special' companies that you may want to consider.
Other Things to Note
Turks imposes a tourist tax of 11% on rentals. THIS IS INCLUDED in the price for simplicity. i.e. base rate of
$220 + $25 tax = ~$245/night
$265 + $30 tax = ~$295/night.
The TOTAL is what is shown on the nightly price.
SO: the amount you see includes the mandatory tax, which other resorts charge separately.
The base rate includes two people. Additional people are welcome up to six total (there are two queen and a king bed), for an additional $25/day each.
We do not charge additional for AC or water as some do.
This is a non smoking house.
The hosts made us feel welcome with a nice Turks and house guide with recommendations and itinerary prior to the arrival. Though traveling, our hosts ensured their neighbors Wendy and Mike were available on check in and things went smoothly. We had access to kayaks, beach towels, and what we needed in terms of accessories. Turks and Caicos is a wonderful place and the Dockside Villa is a great option in lieu of a traditional resort.
We stayed at the Canal-front home in Providenciales in March of 2015. It was really amazing. Bruce was a great host. He met us and showed us all around and had a welcome drink ready for us. The place was very clean and I think it was the best stocked rental place we have stayed. The kitchen had everything we needed and more...spices, ziplock bags, etc. There was a cooler for beach picnics, beach umbrella, all the extras. The beds and sheets were very comfortable and there were plenty of towels, including beach towels. There was good, reliable wifi too. It was a great location - away from it all albeit not on the beach, the canal was a good alternative. We thoroughly enjoyed out stay.
This listing is such a great deal. Very spacious, tons of sunlight, and a lovely breeze that cools the entire house. Bruce is prompt, thorough, and friendly. He gave us a rundown of pretty much the entire island along with his favorite spot. Highly recommend taking the kayaks and snorkeling gear out for a spin; Smith's Reef is our favorite. Central location is great for getting to both sides of the island, and the airport is a short 5 minute drive away. The other resorts / hotels may be located in the heart of Grace Bay, but as the island is so small, this house is the perfect getaway.
The welcoming documents also have a day-by-day itinerary with tons of ideas (quite useful for first-time visitors!). Would recommend renting a jeep if possible, some of the roads are still a little rough. Having a local cellphone is great when making reservations or checking if a place is open.
The nurse downstairs is nice and not an issue. If anything, it was comforting to have a medical professional so close by!
Overall, excellent place to stay. Oh, and try to wake up early and make use of all the SUNSHINE!
Dockside was an idyllic option for our group of 4, a great home base for our Turks & Caicos adventures. Sun filled every corner of the house. And with a beautiful open plan layout, there was lots of space to prep our own meals and lounge about, playing board games and reading. It's not the most luxurious option and the amenities/appliances are more dated, but we appreciated the homegrown atmosphere — like visiting a family friend's house. And we loved taking out the kayaks! The house is easy to get to from the airport (though you'll need to rely on the guide that Bruce and Tess provide, as Oxford Close doesn't really show up on (website hidden) Maps). It's also convenient to get to Grace Bay and its various attractions, but we highly recommend renting a car to do so. Bruce was a great host, taking time to tell us his recommendations and offering us welcome margaritas. We loved our time here!
The house and canal are as beautiful as portrayed in the pictures and reviews. This island home gives you the opportunity to be as relaxed and excluded or as active and "touristy" as you want. The hosts are warmly welcoming and enthusiastically knowledgeable about their island and it's features. Everything is within a 15 minute drive from the home...and you simply MUST rent a car. The roads are rougher than most of us are used to...and you drive on the left, so be careful. We happily recommend this vacation destination to everyone, and would love to return, some day.
Dockside is a great place to stay for a couple or couples looking to avoid the resort scene. Clean, convenient, and safe. Overall, our experience was very enjoyable, Bruce and Barb were exceptionally friendly and welcoming. We stayed 5 days, and only rented a car for one of them, which worked for us. Informal jitney cabs ($4-6 /ride) were readily available a short walk from the house, but for a day of island exploration the car was necessary.
This place is definitely on the DIY side. We saved money cooking for ourselves and using their lovely kayak and snorkeling gear (allow about an hour to actually reach the beach via kayak) and hitching cab rides. All this was good for us, but folks seeking a bit more luxury may want to look elsewhere. Canal views were beautiful, a great setting for outdoor dining, but many barking dogs and some planes overhead disturbed a bit of the peacefulness. When you arrive, if you don't rent a car, tell your taxi driver the house is "behind glass shack"--no one had any idea where Oxford Close was. The house is mostly equipped, but don't expect full furnishings: we were missing some basics, toothpaste, detergent, can opener, saran wrap. Wifi and hot water experienced short periods of malfunctioning, but Bruce was very responsive and helped resolve both. Again, the cleanliness and comfort of Dockside more than made up for these minor issues, but it's worth saying.
Overall, a great place to stay for young people on a budget. Caicos Wheels rents to 18+ drivers, but we're sure there are cheaper options for those older than 24. Splurge at Coyaba for dinner, beware of high prices at resort restaurants. Lounge chairs at Grace Bay beachfront spots can be accessed by offering the attendant a few bucks--a nice way to enjoy the resort beaches for a day or two. Bruce was a wonderful host with many words of wisdom, so have a meal with him if possible. He was accessible for any issues or advice the whole time we were there, which was great. Bruce's stonemason and handyman Alex was also a pleasure to meet. A beautiful island and very friendly people we hope to return to one day.
What an absolutely perfect stay!
Our experience was pretty much what Airbnb is all about in my opinion. Unique places to stay, meeting people that you might not ordinarily meet, etc.
Communication with Tess was almost immediate and very detailed. We were greeted by Tess's dad (Bruce) who pretty much adopted us during our stay. This made our trip even more unique and enjoyable. So much so that we invited him for dinner with us and we enjoyed every minute of his company - Hopefully he accepts our invitation to come visit with us.
Overall, absolutely recommended.
We're a young family with two toddlers keeping us on our toes! We've lived in Canada, South Africa, France, England and California, and traveled extensively. However, when we visited the Turks and Caicos islands, it quickly became our favorite vacation getaway.
We're typically busy at home with todo lists, jobs, swimming lessons... the usual. And when we arrived in the Turks we discovered time truly away, to relax and rediscover each other. There are so many things to do, but none clamoring for your attention. Fishing off the dock, kayaking with turtles, just reading a book! Lovely.
My parents, Barb and Bruce mostly live on island and will often be the ones greeting you. They used to run a B&B so know what to do! Bruce is loving his retirement projects, and is even busier than before, whilst Barb is busy looking after the kittens and puppies at the SPCA. I can't promise you won't fall in love with a "potcake" puppy while you're here ... We hope you stay with us. Please be in touch if you have questions about the Turks.