Turks & Caicos is a fantastic destination that is comprised of forty islands and cays resting just south of the Bahamas and east of Cuba. Only twelve of the islands and cays are inhabited in this British Overseas Territory, and the two most popular are Grand Turk and Providenciales, and though it may seem that they are Caribbean destinations, the islands are technically surrounded by Atlantic Ocean waters. This, however, does not prevent them from being some of the most popular, appealing and safest waters in the entire region.
As many know, whether enjoyed above the waves or below, the waters around the Turks & Caicos are a destination all their own.
Though you can spend a great deal of time playing golf, watching birds, shopping, dining and enjoying the scenery, it is the beaches (and watersports) of Turks & Caicos that bring so many visitors. Scuba diving, sea kayaking, sunbathing, snorkeling, sailing, parasailing, fishing and swimming are what most travelers to the islands find themselves doing each day.
In fact, Conde Nast Magazine deemed Grace Bay Beach (on the island of Providenciales) one of the finest and best in the world. This, however, does not mean that other beaches of Turks & Caicos are not comparable or just as idyllic. While the islands have long held a sterling reputation for scuba diving, it is also region garnering a growing reputation as the perfect romantic escape as well as a good choice for a family in search of the prefect tropical holiday.
Though many stay in resorts, more and more have realized the benefits of a stay in a private villa within reach of the most popular towns and beaches.
The Islands of Turks and Caicos
There are eight islands where travelers are welcome to visit and enjoy a stay. They are:
The Cays of Turks and Caicos
There are several cays open to visitors as well:
Any of these destinations will have the famous, powdery white sand beaches that the islands are famous for, but it is typically to “Provo” where many travelers head when planning time at the beach.
The Beaches of Providenciales
Provo is the local way of describing the island of Providenciales, and this is the main island among the rest. It is where the international airport is found and where the world famous Grace Bay Beach is located. The other beaches of Providencales include:
Leeward Beach is the western end of Grace Bay and close to the Leeward Marina. The beach has outstanding conditions with deep sand, tranquil waters and beautiful sunset beaches.
Long Bay Beach is a kitesurfers paradise. Located on the southeast side of the island, the beach is a hot spot for kite boarders and for those looking for more tradewinds.
Discovery Bay is another popular and iconic spot for those who enjoy beaches and water sports
Sapodilla Bay Beach and Taylor Bay Beach are located on the southwestern part of the island. The beaches are truly stunning with long shallow entries and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. These are the postcard perfect beaches.
Malcolm Roads Beach is at the North West Point of the Island
Blue Hills Beach, Smiths Reef Beach and The Bight Beach are all fantastic beaches west of Grace Bay Beach and are considered extensions of Grace Bay beach.
Turtle Tail is a must see beach to get away from it all but located in a pure paradise with calm waters, white sands and picture perfect views. Located on the south side of the island.
The Beaches of Grand Turk
Grand Turk is the other “major” or most popular island, and it has a daily flights from Providenciales. High on the list of must see areas is the North East Point with the famous lighthouse. From there, you can head along the western shores to see the fantastic beaches that include:
West Road Beach
Cedar Grove Beach
White Sands Beach
Middle Caicos is also known for several appealing areas that include Mudjin Harbour Beach, Bambarra Beach and Long Bay all on the northeastern area of the island.
All of these beaches are family friendly and ideal for every watersport imaginable. Paying a visit to Turks & Caicos is all about the beaches, and you’ll find many you yearn to visit again and again.
Where to Stay on Turks and Caicos
Isle Blue features over 70 luxury villas on the islands of Turks & Caicos. From a 2 bedroom condo on Grace Bay that starts at $250 per night to the stunning and lavish 6 bedroom estate of Turtle House located on Turtle Tail beach (pictured above) starting at $10,000 per night, Isle Blue has something for every taste, demand and budget.