TOP 10 Beach Day Items – Our Picks For Turks and Caicos

Let’s hit the beach! You’ve got your beach bag packed with all the beach basics; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and lots of water. But have you got those little extras that make your beach day THE BEST beach day? Don’t forget these Top 10 Beach Day Items!

When we head to the beach, we like to bring along a few extra comforts of home. We may be a little over the top and we don't necessarily travel light, but we always have a great day at the beach with our Top 10 Beach Day Items.


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Number 10

PADDLE BALL – Not that you get tired of sitting in the sun for hours watching the day pass you by. Nor do you get tired of floating mindlessly in the crystal-clear waters. Sometimes you want to challenge your friends or significant others to a light hearted/full on competitive game of paddle ball! What better way to burn off a few rum punch calories than a game of “Loser Buys The Next Round” paddle ball?

Number 9

SNORKEL GEAR – While a lot of resorts/vacation rentals supply snorkel gear, you may want to pack your own. The rental gear is washed thoroughly and very clean, but we prefer taking our own full face snorkel masks. We love the ease of the full face mask as opposed to the goggles and mouth piece. Both are great, we just find the full face a little less awkward, especially if you're not an avid snorkeler.

Number 8

LIFE VEST – So, a little unknown fact about me is that I’m not a good swimmer. I can doggy paddle to survive in the shallows, but I’d never trust my self in deeper water. That being said, I LOVE the water! With so much beauty to be seen under the surface there’s no way I’m missing out on any of it. I always pack my inflatable life vest and head off with Byron who’s a much stronger swimmer. Thankfully the waters are usually nice and calm, maybe a few waves, but never unmanageable. I strongly urge anyone who’s a little afraid to swim out further than their comfort zone, to purchase a life vest. You don't want to miss out on any of the incredible marine life below. Pick up one like this for easy packing at Amazon.

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Number 7

DRINKING GLASSES – Please bring your own reusable drink glasses and straws (if you need one). Or as we like to call them; Hydration Transportation Vessels….LOL. With so much plastic polluting the oceans, be an enviro-conscious beach goer and bring your own cups. Even the beach bars will serve your drinks in your reusable cups. There are many options for reusable cups nowadays, you'll have no problem finding the perfect one for your beach day. If you bring your own glass, there’s zero risk of a quick breeze taking another plastic cup into the ocean. The turtles and fish will thank you.

Number 6

REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN – Please do the reef system this one favor. Pay a little extra to purchase reef safe sunscreen. With Turks and Caicos being home to the third largest reef system in the world, it would be a shame not to do all we can to protect it. It's up to us to keep Turks and Caicos “Beautiful By Nature.” Every little bit helps.

Do a google search in your area to find store locations near you. Your sunscreen should say Octinoxate and Oxybenzone Free. Also, ask your local swim shops and dive shops. If you live near the water you'll have no problem sourcing some. For those of us who are landlocked, we may have to order online or search a little harder locally. But with more and more attention to our planet, it's becoming quite readily available in most areas. The Ocean will thank you.

Number 5

ROLL UP TABLE – Maybe we sound over the top with this one, but we absolutely love our roll up table!! It’s the perfect beach day accessory. It's not too big, a great size to hold your drinks and a few snacks. It rolls up into a convenient sized carry bag. You’re don't have to dig in and out of bags or get in and out of your beach chair every time you need something. It also keeps the sand out of your drinks and nibbles which is an added bonus. It’s really become one of our favourite beach day must haves.

Number 4

DRY BAG – A dry bag is a great addition to your beach day essentials. Camera equipment, GoPros and drones are perfect for these bags. Or simply to keep you regular beach bag items dry. If you plan to kayak or head out on a boat tour, definitely consider an Arteesol Dry Bag. They are easy to use and they really do keep your items dry. They also pack flat in your suitcase so that's a plus! We find the 20 Litre bag is more than enough room for all our beach day equipment and essentials.

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Number 3

COLLAPSIBLE COOLER– Whether you’re packing water to stay hydrated or a cold one for the day, you should always have a cooler to do just that….keep your drinks cool. Plus your cooler is a handy spot throw in a few snacks. Soft sided, collapsible coolers are the way to go. Pick one up before you jet off and slide it into your luggage. You can purchase them from a few shops on the island, but you’ll pay a lot less for one if you purchase it from home, plus you'll have a larger range to choose from. We prefer a sturdier bag as they can get heavy with all the ice and bottles you bring to the beach.

We have a larger option on our Amazon Page if you'd like to check it out also. If you're staying at a vacation rental, ask the owners if they have one on the property. You'll be glad of a cold refreshment or two throughout the day.

Number 2

BEACH TENT – With clear blue skies and sun for days, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully protected from the sun or at least have a little space for shade. If you’re not renting a beach chair and umbrella, you should consider a pop up beach tent. Not only does it provide you with shade, it also creates a safer place to keep your beach bag, nap sack and other items you don’t want to leave out in the open. While The Island is safe, it gives you more reassurance when you’re out swimming in the gorgeous turquoise waters or off for a quick snorkel.

The current tent we travel with is our favourite one to date. This tent is a great option as it folds up into it's own bag and can fit in a large suitcase. Or it can be brought on board as carry on as it fits in the overhead binds.


FLOATIE – EVERYONE NEEDS A FLOATIE! Oh my gosh, we’d be lost without our inflatable beach noodles! No matter where we are, some one always asks where we got them. Well the secret is out! The Dollar Store! Why spend over $25.00 on beach floaties (that may burst), when you can buy one or two inflatable noodles for $3.00CANADIAN (approx $2.00USD)! Throw a few in your case and if one bursts on a beach adventure, oh well, there’s another one ready to go! They are so amazing!! They create the perfect little armchair for you to relax and enjoy the day in the water.

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BE MINDFUL OF YOUR FLOATIES! Don’t let go of your floatie in the water and keep it secure when you’re on the beach. They fly away and they fly away fast. It’s always disappointing to lose your floatie but more disappointing that it’s now polluting the ocean putting marine life is at risk. Always mind your noodle..HA!


About The Authors

Hello, we're Kerry and Byron Glover, the founders of Corks and Tacos - Your one stop guide to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

We've been traveling to Turks and Caicos multiple times per year since 2014 and we created this website to share our love and passion for Turks and Caicos with you. We provide you with useful travel planning tips and give you a "real person" perspective on all the wonderful things this Island has to offer. We look forward to you exploring our site and gaining valuable knowledge within our resources for your next vacation. We’re sure you’re going to love Turks and Caicos just as much as we do! Read our full story...

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