Do you know that the best beaches in the world are found in the Turks and Caicos?
With so many gorgeous beaches we had to share with you our favorite beaches in Turks & Caicos to help plan your trip.
Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean sits the islands of Turks and Caicos. This archipelago is divided into two clusters (the Turks Islands and the Caicos islands) which in total consists of 40 individual islands. However, only eight of these islands are inhabited. The most populated island is Providenciales, which can be found in the Caicos Islands. Cross over the passage into the Turks Island and visit Grand Turk or Salt Cay, the only two inhabited islands in this cluster.
If this is your first time to visit Turks and Caicos be sure to take a look at our guide
During your vacation in the Turks and Caicos you will be amazed by the stunning beaches, considered the best beaches in the planet. With over 200 miles of white sand beaches, there’s something for almost every type of visitor. The Turks and Caicos Islands cater to sunbathers, snorkelers, and even kite surfers, and it’s not difficult to find your own little slice of paradise while visiting.
If you’re looking to spend a day swimming in the warm, turquoise waters, or wiggling your toes in the soft sugar sand, then you can’t go wrong with any of the beaches on the islands. However, there are some you must tick off your checklist. Here’s our list of the best beaches in the Turks and Caicos.
1. GRACE BAY BEACH
The award-winning Grace Bay sits on the northeastern coast of Providenciales and continues to be one of the most popular places in the Caicos Islands. Despite only being three miles long, crystal clear coastline and spotless white sand beaches have earned Grace Bay the title of World’s Leading Beach Destination by World Travel Awards and World’s Best Beach by Trip Advisor.
If you’re staying at a high-end hotel or luxury beachfront villa in Providenciales, chances are it’s located on the shores of Grace Bay. Beach access is only possible using one of the public entrances on Grace Bay Road or from your villa. Besides enjoying the tropical views, you can spend the day sunbathing, snorkeling, or dining at one of the many restaurants lining the bay.
Grace Bay is also the best beach for water activities. You’ll find a plethora of boat tour companies, kayak and paddleboard rental shops, sunset cruise excursions, and parasailing adventures that you can book. If you want to be in the middle of all the action of Providenciales, then Grace Bay Beach is where you’ll want to base yourself during your trip
2. LEEWARD BEACH
Leeward is the perfect beach if you are looking to enjoy a more secluded slice of paradise. Despite the fact that it’s close to Grace Bay, this seven-mile stretch of the beach remains relatively untouched by mass tourism. While there are a few villa rentals, it’s far less developed in terms of resorts and hotels.
Although you’ll find wakeboarders, tubers, and tour boats shuffling back and forth in the water, the beach itself is the perfect place to unwind and relax. You can enter Leeward through either the east or west entrances. While the beaches are open to the public, you will still need to pass through the gated security booths on your way or stay in one of our villas in Leeward beach.
3. LONG BAY BEACH
Providenciales is known for its spectacular beaches, and Long Bay Beach is no exception. It stretches for three miles along the southeastern side of the island, which is relatively more laid back than the beaches on the northern side. The waters here are protected by Caicos Banks, which means you won’t see too many choppy waves. That makes it a great destination for kayakers, paddleboarders, and sunbathers. Because of its even consistency and pure white color, many visitors also say that the sand at Long Bay Beach is the softest on the entire island!
4. GOVERNOR’S BEACH
Named after the house where the former governor lived, Governor’s beach is located between Cruise Center and Cockburn Town on the western side of Providenciales.
It’s known for its calm waters (the bay is sheltered from trade winds), clear waters, and groves of Casuarina trees.
Due to the water clarity, Governor’s Beach is a popular place for first-time snorkelers, although more experienced swimmers might not be too impressed. This side of the coast isn’t as diverse as the north, so don’t expect to see vibrant coral reefs or an abundance of marine life.
The beach can be easily accessed by car, as there is ample parking and signage from Cruise Center. However, the area can be quite congested during the high season when the cruise ships dock nearby. For this reason, we recommend coming early in the morning or after the ships set out to see in the late afternoon.
5. SAPODILLA BAY BEACH
Sapodilla Bay Beach is a breathtaking beach located in the southern coast of Providenciales.
It boasts 900-feet of sugar-white sand that is protected from the wind of Chalk Sound. The beach has one long boat pier jetting into the water, while the rest of the land is surrounded by lush, rugged cliffs. Even the waters are teeming with small marine life, like sea urchins, soft corals, and schools of reef fish.
There are quite a few holiday rental homes, which means the beach can be pretty busy during the peak of the day. If you’re driving from another town, you can park in the lot off of South Dock Road (it’s unmarked, so keep your eyes peeled for the Sapodilla Bay Hill Rock Inspiration Trail) or at the entrance of Las Brisa. Even if it’s on the smaller side of the spectrum, Sapodilla Bay is a beautiful area that offers very shallow and calm waters all year round.
6. BLUE HILLS BEACH
Blue Hills Beach is the site of the original settlements that arrived in Providenciales.
Located on the northwestern coast of the island this beach can be reached by taking a scenic drive along the iconic Blue Hills Road. This route runs parallel to the ocean, which means you’ll get to enjoy breathtaking views of the colorful homes, the sparkling waves, and groves of coconut palm trees inland.
Unlike other beaches on the island, Blue Hills Beach isn’t the best place for swimming or snorkeling. The waters have a lot of seaweed and broken coral floating around, which can make participating in water-based activities quite difficult. However, it is a great place for beachcombing, as you’ll likely find all sorts of seashells that have washed ashore.
Blue Hills Beach is also known for its gastronomy. Stop by the famous Da Conch Shack for delicious fresh seafood and strong cocktails while you enjoy panoramic views of the ocean.
7. TURTLE TAIL BEACH
Despite its name, Turtle Tail Beach is actually a group of several small beaches near the south coast of the island. The smallest beach is only 50-feet long, while the largest has several hundred feet of sandy coastline. Unfortunately, most of the Turtle Tail Beaches aren’t accessible to the public, as they are located right in front of private vacation homes. However, you are able to visit the main beach, which is approximately three miles down Venetian Road.
Once you arrive, you’ll notice how calm and shallow the waters are at Turtle Tail Beach. They’re only a few feet deep, which means you can walk into the ocean for several yards to visit the neighboring Little Five Cays (Dick Penn Cays is the closest to the main beach). This tiny archipelago of islands is incredibly pretty and rarely sees visitors due to their remoteness.
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