To get you started on your beach day adventures, enjoy this quick overview of 5 best beaches on the Island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
Most likely the Number One reason you’re visiting the “Beautiful By Nature” Turks and Caicos Islands is to bask in the sun and wade in the crystal clear, turquoise waters. We get it! The Turks and Caicos Islands boast some of the most incredible beaches in the world. In fact, Grace Bay Beach has been named the number one beach in the world several times! Save this article so you don't miss out on 5 best beaches in Turks and Caicos during your next vacation!
Be sure to use this beach guide to help you choose which of these 5 best beaches you want to be a part of your next trip to Turks and Caicos. And don't forget to read our More Best Beaches article too! So many choices! You'll just have to plan another trip to hit them all. That's not a bad thing.
Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay Beach. You had us at hello. You’ve landed in Turks and Caicos for the first time and there’s a good chance you’re staying at one of the beautiful resorts/Villas on Grace Bay Beach. What’s described by many as The Main Attraction, we assure you, you won’t be disappointed. The powdery white sand and calm turquoise waters of Grace Bay Beach are part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, spanning a little over 3 miles long. The third largest Barrier Reef sits about a mile off shore creating the still beauty of this beach.
Grace Bay Beach hosts an abundance of water activities but thankfully, it’s never overcrowded. You can chill for the day or head up, up, up in a para-sail! The choice is yours! Grace Bay Beach offers a little bit of everything for everybody. Grace Bay Beach consists of quite a few secondary beaches , which totals the span of approximately 12 miles of beach! We share more of those ‘not to be missed' spots in another article, but for now, sit back, relax and enjoy Grace Bay Beach, the number one beach in the world.
Taylor Bay Beach
Oh Taylor Bay…where have you been all my life? You know that beach you see in magazines? The one with untouched beaches? The one with not a soul on them? Just you and your footprints with an entire beach to yourself? You know the one we're talking about right? That's Taylor Bay Beach! Ridiculously warm, shallow water stretches out as far as you can see.
With a few villas sitting back in the brush, it's just you the sand and sea. A true beach getaway to escape reality. Depending on the tide, it can be quite a walk out to reach a perfect spot to float! It's that shallow! Take your to go drink with you as it could be a long way back LOL! Since there are no amenities at Taylor Bay, we'd suggest you pack your beach essentials for an optimal beach day. Taylor Bay Beach is secluded and bare, quite literally, paradise.
Sapodilla Bay Beach
Beautiful Sapodilla Bay Beach. Probably one of our personal top three beaches, it's another absolute gem, located quite close to Taylor Bay. Sapodilla Bay Beach is a beautiful stretch of glorious white sand and clear, calm water. Like Taylor Bay, you can walk out for days and only be up to your waist in water. Take your inflatable out for a float to take in the sights of the turquoise horizon. Or day dream as you pick out your perfect villa along the shoreline. For that matter, just walk out and have a seat, it’s so shallow!
If you haven’t packed a little snack or beverages, you’ll appreciate the few local amenities at Sapodilla Bay Beach. Though this beach used to be unspoiled, there’s now quite a few pop up food vendors and places to order drinks. There's also a floating Tiki Bar! You can rent a beach bed and umbrella, jet skis along with other non-motorized water sports if you like. If you're not up for that busier section of the beach, just stroll a little further along towards the pier to find a space for yourself.
If you’re like us and you pack your bags for the day at the beach, be mindful of where you’re setting up for your beach day. Yes, the beaches are all public beaches in Turks and Caicos, but I’m sure those villa guests would appreciate you not setting up directly in front of their beach beds. It’s a wide stretch of beach so you shouldn’t have any problem finding a nice open spot for yourself.
Head east along Grace Bay Beach and you’ll find the beautiful shores of Pelican Beach. An incredible alcove of sand, large stones (great for photo ops) and turquoise water start this section of beach. Pelican Beach creates the most beautiful spot for a day or evening picnic and incredible sunsets. Throw a beach chair in your car and set up for a day of zen or simply head over for a sunset. You can walk around the alcove and out to the edge of shore that takes you along to the tip of Leeward. Beautiful Emerald Point awaits you here. Watch the boats coming in and out of the channel from the Blue Haven Marina or watch the kayaks and paddle boarders cross to the other side.
This is a great spot to start your non-motorized water sports adventure. It’s not too hard of a journey paddling or kayaking to Little Water Cay or Mangrove Cay. Just make sure you know the tides and time of day as coming back might take a little more work. There is separate beach access at Emerald Point for easy kayak and SUP access. Whether you’re just out for a lazy day, or interested in a quiet day in your kayak you won’t want to miss Pelican Beach.
Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach is a Kite Boarders paradise! If you're looking for an active beach day, Long Bay Beach is the beach for you! Being a little windier on this stretch of beach, it's the ideal location for kite boarding beginners and pro's alike. With a vast stretch of beach and being approximately only 3 feet deep for a great distance offshore, it's a perfect spot to learn to “Kite”. There's plenty of room for everyone to safely spend a great day in the water. If you're interested in giving Kite Boarding a try, there's a few operations set up on the beach that can answer all your questions.
On any given day, look towards Long Bay Beach and you'll see the skies full of Kites! While we don't kite board, we always make a point of heading over for a few hours watch all the activity. So much going on, it's great to just sit and watch it all happen. Pack a lunch or pop into the Shore Club for a bite, you'll be sure to have an amazing day on Long Bay Beach. We're pretty sure those who kite would say this is the best beach among our top 5 best beaches in Turks and Caicos.