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Turks and Caicos Beach Guide

The 10 Best Beaches In Turks And Caicos

Updated July 2022

The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches
The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

Welcome to Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos consists of 40 different islands and cays. While only 8 of those islands are inhabited, Turks and Caicos beaches are world famous. These pristinely beautiful beaches are protected from ocean surges by a stunning coral reef system, which is the third largest on the planet. This also means that the waters in the Turks and Caicos remain calm and crystal clear, providing some of the best beaches in the world. Pack your sunblock and use this guide to the best beaches in the Turks and Caicos to plan your perfect getaway.

Turks & Caicos Map

Turks and Caicos Map

Providenciales Beaches

The Best Beaches Turks and Caicos
The Best Beaches Turks and Caicos

Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales is the ideal getaway for those looking for adventure. This beach is known for having the perfect conditions for kiteboarding thanks to the constant eastern trade winds and the shallow depths of the water. The powdery white sands and brilliant turquoise waters provide gorgeous scenery as the beach is also known as one of the best places to go horseback riding in Turks and Caicos. If kiteboarding and horseback riding isn’t your thing you can charter a boat to explore the La Famille Express, a Russian oil tanker that ran aground in 2004.

Grace Bay Beach

Grace Bay sits on the northeastern coast of Providenciales and is by far one of the most popular beaches in the Caicos Islands. Although it’s only 3 miles long the crystal clear coastline and sugary ivory sand has earned this beach the title of paradise, as well as many other accolades, including World’s Leading Beach Destination by World Travel Awards. If you’re looking for lux accommodations, this beach is also home to many of the island’s best luxury resorts such as Seven Stars Resort and Spa. Grace Bay is also a great beach for water activities including boat tours, sunset cruises, kayaking and paddle boarding. You can also enjoy parasailing adventures on this beautiful shoreline.

The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches
The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

Malcolm’s Road Beach

This remote beach on Providenciales is on the far west end of the island. Malcolm’s Road Beach is unique because of its combination of beautiful rocky coastline and white sand beaches. If you’re interested in scuba diving this is one of the closest beaches to the reef wall and the reef is easily reachable by boat. Another option is to book a boat excursion and snorkel right off the beach. You’re sure to be mesmerized by the beautiful underwater world that awaits.

Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a beach of sandbars and stunning turquoise lagoons thanks to its location between Water Cay and Little Water Cay. This is the top boat excursion destination in all of Turks and Caicos. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas scurrying around the dunes. You may also notice small lemon sharks in the crystal lagoons around Half Moon Bay.

Grand Turk Beaches

The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches
The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

Governor’s Beach

The strikingly beautiful Governor’s Beach on Grand Turk has some of the clearest waters on the island. The beach gets its name from being the location of Waterloo, the Governor’s Mansion. You can find the mansion a short distance from the beach. The wide strip of white sand is great for relaxing and sunbathing. Luckily, a lush grove of native casuarina trees provides ample shade. Many cruise lines do dock nearby and this beach can become crowded at times. The Governor’s Beach is also not a great beach for snorkeling.

The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches
The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

Pillory Beach

At Pillory Beach you’ll find a quiet and sheltered coastline that makes up the second-best beach on Grand Turk. On these soft white sands and tranquil clear waters, you won’t have to deal with crowds or cruise lines. The beach is around 2 miles of varying terrain including both perfect sand bottom for swimming and rocky outcrops. If you’re interested in history, some experts believe that Christopher Columbus landed in Grand Turk at this very spot.

North Caicos Beaches

The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches
The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

Whitby Beach

Whitby Beach is known as one of the nicest beaches on North Caicos. This is the largest continuous beach on the island and you won’t find crowds here. You’ll typically have these dazzling ivory sands and turquoise waters all to yourself. Sunbathing and relaxing are high on the list of priorities when it comes to a Whitby Beach getaway. You can also snorkel at Pelican Point, the mid-way point of Whitby Beach. It’s an interesting site for both snorkeling and swimming but be aware that this beach does tend to experience more floating seaweed than other Turks and Caicos beaches.

Sandy Point Beach

If you’re looking for an interesting place to explore look no further than Sandy Point Beach in North Caicos. This secluded 2-mile beach offers sugary white sands and stunningly clear water. If you’re wanting to explore then head to the eastern portion of the beach where groves of thatch palms grow on top of the dunes. The sandbar and shallow channels also make Sandy Point Beach unique as the northwestern portion of the beach is next to the channel between North Caicos and Parrot Cay. This creates an incredible landscape of sandbars and stunning turquoise hued channels. Sandy Point is not the best beach for swimming.

Middle Caicos Beaches

The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches
The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

Mudjin Harbor

Mudjin Harbor in Middle Caicos is stunningly dramatic with beautiful blue surf breaking on 3 miles of brilliant white sand beach surrounded by scenic bluffs. You can explore the caves or offshore islands such as Dragon Cay. Give yourself several hours to explore the bluffs and the offshore islands because there are so many things to see. Or walk the historical Crossing Place Trail, a moderate 4.6 mile trail that will lead you across the amazing landscape of Middle Caicos including hills, beaches and cliffs. Be aware that this isn’t one of the best beaches for swimming due to its location. Its proximity to the nearby reefs also draws in the not aggressive or dangerous, gray reef sharks who can often be seen close to the shore.

The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches
The Best Turks and Caicos Beaches

Conch Bar Beach

Close to the tiny village of Conch Bar, this beach is unique because of its close proximity to the subterranean underwater wall of the Caicos Island Plateau. Interestingly, about 2,000 feet off the beach the ocean depth abruptly drops from 50 ft to somewhere in the thousands. You’ll notice that Conch Bar Beach feels more rugged than most other beaches in the Turks and Caicos. If you’re interested in snorkeling and swimming, here you’ll need to pay close attention to the surf conditions. You can also surf and stand-up paddleboard at Conch Bar Beach when conditions are favorable.

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