Some of the world’s more savvy travelers already know that Turks & Caicos is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Yet, the names of the beaches are not commonly or even well known. In this brief guide, we’ll look at some of the best of the beaches to be found on Turks & Caicos.
Before we look at those famed beaches, though, let’s take a few moments to understand that Turks & Caicos is comprised of a number of areas where amazing beaches are always found. They include the beaches around Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay. These are all very unique spots, and each is worth a visit and some exploration.
However, if you have the time for only the very finest or you want to just see why some of the beaches of Turks & Caicos are so famous, be sure to visit the following spots:
It may surprise some to know that this is often described as the best beach in the world. Why? There are actually quite a few reasons it is so. These include:
It is actually part of a national park! That’s right, Grace Bay Beach may be home to many luxurious resort properties, but another area of it is included in the Princess Alexandra National Park, too. This means that you could opt to bask on the glorious white sands, take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters or head to the reef area and do some scuba diving!
Don’t miss nearby Bight Beach and the wonderful snorkeling found there along with Smith’s Reef, which is just as convenient.
This is another of the Providenciales beaches, like Grace Bay above. It is a three mile long beauty with four feet of water stretching thousands of feet from shore. It has almost no swells or waves due to its location and is only periodically disturbed by local winds. At the southern end of the beach you will find quiet spots to enjoy kayaking or paddle boards.
This is a bit of a tough beach to reach as it currently has access to the public from the ocean rather than the shore. The Silly Creek neighborhood does have a path that many members of the public use, but whatever way you approach it, it is well worth the effort.
This is another of the Providenciales beaches and is just west of Sapodilla Bay. It is also close to Chalk Sound and is small but stunning. It receives gentle trade winds at all times and is one of the finest places to introduce children to swimming safely in the sea. It is picturesque at low tide for the unusual patterns that appear in the sand and is generally a wonderful spot for all.
The Secluded Beaches of Turtle Tail
Set at the southern coastal area of Providenciales is the Turtle Tail area. It is considered by many to be home to many luxurious residences, but it is also where you can find a wide array of lovely spots to explore. As Turtle Tail is a narrow peninsula, it sits near Flamingo Pond and Juba Sound from the ocean. There is a small channel that creates tidal activity in the ponds, and wading to some of the nearby islands is always possible.
The beaches of Turtle Tail itself range in size from just 50 feet or so up to hundreds of feet in length. Many are accessible via villas, but it is the largest beach area that many love because it is where five small cays sit just offshore and which can be easily reached with a quick walk through the clear, shallow waters.