BeachesHere are some of the best beaches in Turks and Caicos
Photo by Tobias Lindman on Flickr.
The Turks and Caicos are known for some of the best beaches in the world. We will detail several of those beaches below. Grace Bay is the most popular of all the beaches, but you cannot go wrong with any of these.
Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay Beach is located on the island of Providenciales (Provo) and is the most famous and most popular beach in Turks and Caicos. Grace Bay Beach has been named one of the top beaches in the world by many sources including CNN, Trip Advisor People’s Choice, and the World Travel Awards. Those high praises are for good reason.
Grace Bay Beach stretches for 12 miles along the northern Shores of Provo. This stretch of beach is one of the longest public beaches in the world. The combination of sugary white sands and iridescent turquoise waters make Grace Bay the highlight of any trip to Turks and Caicos.
The beach is protected by the world’s third largest coral reef. This serves as a wonderful place to snorkel as well as protection for the beach area. The coral reef helps keep the water clear and free from rocks, seaweed, and other debris that might make their way to the soft sand bottom under the water.
Grace Bay Beach is fairly uncrowded. The resorts, hotels, and villas that line the beach are spread apart so that no section of the beach gets too crowded. The calm and tranquility make Grace Bay an ideal spot for travelers looking for that perfect beach weekend.
One other cool thing about Grace Bay Beach is the lack of motorized boat noise. Jet skis are not allowed so you will not be hearing and seeing those all day. A couple of times a day you may have the boat tours dropping people off or picking people up on the beach area. But for the most part, the Coastal Patrol does a good job of keep the boat noise away from the beach areas.
Here is a good video of Grace Bay Beach and some of the things to do in the area:
Malcolm’s Road Beach
Malcolm’s Road Beach is located on the northwest shores of Provo. This beautiful beach is near the Amanyara resort. If you are not staying at Amanyara, you will need to travel by jeep or other SUV to reach Malcolm’s Road Beach. The beach itself sits at the end of a long, windy, and bumpy dirt road.
For those that make the journey, the beach is well worth the effort. The beach is very secluded so you may feel like you have the beach area to yourself. There is also some great snorkeling available just off the beach area. You can see a cool video of snorkeling at Malcolm’s Beach here:
Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach is located on the eastern side of Provo. There are no resorts or restaurants in the area so the beach is very private and secluded. The beach is a growing destination for kite-boarders which are fun to watch gliding across the turquoise ocean water.
If you are looking for another great Provo beach that is away from everything else on the island, Long Bay Beach is the perfect spot to get away to.
Chalk Sound is located on the southwestern end of Provo and is not really a beach, but a national park. The views of Chalk Sound are so unique they are impossible to put into words. In simple terms, there are miles of turquoise water covering an inland lagoon. The views are not to be missed.
Great views and photos of Chalk Sound can be had from a little road called Picturesque Lane. It is one of the most beautiful views on the island and is a truly unforgettable experience.
Taylor Bay and Sopadilla Bay
Both Taylor Bay and Sopadilla Bay are located within Chalk Sound National Park. Both beach areas are very hard to find so bring a map, a compass, a GPS, and anything else you can find to help you find the beach. You may even have to ask around from people in the area.
Once you find the beach, you’ll be very happy as you likely have the white sands and warm water all to yourself. These beaches are a great way to spend the day if you enjoy secluded beaches.
Here is a video of Taylor Bay that will absolutely make you want to go check out the beach!
Other Island Beaches
If you love to explore beautiful beaches, the other islands of Turks and Caicos will provide you with many stunning beaches to check out.
Mudjin Harbor – Middle Caicos
Bambarra Beach – Middle Caicos
Dragon Cay – Middle Caicos
Parrot Cay – private island resort
Sandy Point – North Caicos
Half Moon Bay – (photo on the right) this wonderful beach stretches about 3/4 of a mile and is between Little Water Cay and Water Cay. The beach is beautiful and is only accessed by the boat tours and other visitors that stop for lunch, a drink, and a quick swim. Many of the boat tours stop here.
There are many, many other beaches throughout Turks and Caicos that we did not mention here. If you like to get out and explore, there are miles of beautiful beaches here to check out.