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Honeymoon Diary: Cari & Jason Relax in the Turks & Caicos Islands

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After our New York City nuptials (see the story here in the Real Weddings issue), Jason and I took a much needed eight-day vacation to Turks and Caicos. The fast flight (less than three hours from New York) and amazing beaches made it an easy decision.

After doing some research we settled on The Veranda, an all-inclusive property that is managed by Grace Bay Resorts. Our room, or should I say beachfront villa, was absolutely fabulous and was equipped with our own personal plunge pool, a sprawling terrace, and relaxing sunroom. The resort had everything we needed: A spa and beautiful spot on Grace Bay beach to relax, an amazingly attentive staff who kept a variety of food and drinks coming all day and night, and a mix of water sports and activity recommendations to keep us busy. Take a look at our album below, and get more honeymoon ideas here.

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The view of the amazing beach from our balcony

1 The view of the amazing beach from our balcony

The first few days were all about relaxing on the beach. How could we resist!

2 The first few days were all about relaxing on the beach. How could we resist!

The front of our villa

3 The front of our villa

The spa was zen-like.

4 The spa was zen-like.

Bikes were readily available for guests to use to tour the island.

5 Bikes were readily available for guests to use to tour the island.

We pedaled over to the nearby shopping area called The Saltmills to pick up some souvenirs.

6 We pedaled over to the nearby shopping area called The Saltmills to pick up some souvenirs.

One morning we headed to the south side of the island where we rented jet skis.

7 One morning we headed to the south side of the island where we rented jet skis.

On the way back to the hotel we stopped at the Conch Shack, a favorite of both locals and tourists that serves up the island’s signature dish in just about every way!

8 On the way back to the hotel we stopped at the Conch Shack, a favorite of both locals and tourists that serves up the island’s signature dish in just about every way!

One a calm evening we enjoyed a romantic dinner in the sand.

9 One a calm evening we enjoyed a romantic dinner in the sand.

The next day we took a boat ride where we dove for conch at the bottom of the ocean.

10 The next day we took a boat ride where we dove for conch at the bottom of the ocean.

The crew surprised us by throwing a tube on the back of the boat for us to ride back on.

11 The crew surprised us by throwing a tube on the back of the boat for us to ride back on.

Another shot of the stunning water during a stroll along Grace Bay

12 Another shot of the stunning water during a stroll along Grace Bay

Each sunset was breathtaking.

13 Each sunset was breathtaking.

Was your honeymoon awesome too? Email your top 10 photos (or a link to an online album), and some tidbits about your trip to realhoneymoons@marthastewart.com. We'd love to blog about it here, or put it in the mag.

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