Beaches of the Turks & Caicos Islands

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The Turks and Caicos Islands are a sun-worshiper’s paradise. Mild and warm temperatures along with ample sunshine and a bounteous selection of beaches make this small group of islands the ideal choice for your next Caribbean vacation. Many travelers say that Turks and Caicos boast some of the most stunning white-sand beaches in the region.

The string of little islands that make up the Turks and Caicos has a combined 230 miles of beaches. Each coastline varies in its traits and has its own unique allure, but they all share the same quiet charm and consistently provide an atmosphere of privacy and seclusion. You can choose a sandy spot to call your own, then sit back and soak up some sultry island sun.

Little cays along the islands’ shores provide the perfect shelter from the prying eyes of other beach patrons. Some dauntless travelers are even comfortable enough to sunbathe in the nude, and swim unclothed in the warm Caribbean waters.

Beaches on Providenciales

Many of the most popular beaches on the Turks and Caicos Islands are situated on Providenciales, or as it’s more commonly called, Provo. No matter where you stay on Provo, you’ll be close to gorgeous white-sand beaches, but most of the hotels are located on the island’s north shores. Beach front condominiums and luxury hotels dot the island’s coastline. The shores of this 44-square-mile islet are lined with secluded beaches of soft coralline sand.  In 2011, Provo’s Grace Bay was voted as one of the “Top Ten Beaches We Love” by The Weather Channel.

One of the best things about Provo’s beach-front property is that it’s almost never crowded. Visiting the beaches on this island is like discovering a secret getaway spot of your very own, where you can tranquilly lounge on pristine powdery beaches. Keep in mind you may need a four-wheel drive vehicle to access some of Provo’s more remote beach-front locations.

North, South, and East Caicos

The waters off the shores of North Caicos are excellent for underwater adventures such as scuba diving or snorkeling in the shallows. Serene sandy beaches, like Whitby Beach, provide all the right elements for an afternoon stroll on the sand, searching for shells or just lazing about the shores. If you’re looking for a little more excitement while in North Caicos, check outHorse Stable Beach. There are a number of events held here annually, as well as some hot beach parties.

In South Caicos, vacationers will find sea-foam green waves at Belle Sound Beach, which has lagoon-like waters. If you head farther south in South Caicos, you’ll discover the uninhabited Big Ambergris Cay, 14 miles beyond the Fish Cays. On the northern most shores of East Caicos, there is a stunningly beautiful 17-mile-long beach that was once a cattle range.

Grand Turk

Grand Turk is known for its amazing choices in beaches, which provide dazzling island sunsets, private and pristine spots for beach picnics, and much more. Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk is a crescent-shaped beach of fine floury white sand overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Little Bluff Point Beach is on the northern coastline of Grand Turk. This beach is covered with gorgeous seashells and is edged by a limestone cliff, providing a panoramic view of the beach’s shallow waters, mangroves, and exotic birds that frequent the beach in the summer and spring.

Salt Cay

Salt Cay has several superb beaches on its northern coast. Here, you can hunt for such treasures as pretty little shells and seaglass that has been smoothed and weathered by the ocean. All of the beaches on this island are free, but fishing and nude sun bathing are prohibited.  Snorkeling, diving and whale watching are popular pastimes enjoyed here in the waters surrounding Salt Cay.  The Endymion, a 17th century British warship is located approximately 40 minutes south of Deannes Dock is one of the largest diving draws in the area.

The top beaches for swimming on Salt Cay are North Beach andPlantation Beach.  South Point and Northeast Point are fun places to do some beachcombing and perhaps find a unique shell to add to your collection, while most of the island’s other beaches, like South District are exceedingly rocky. Big Sand Cay is only seven miles from its neighbor, Salt Cay. Big Sand is uninhabited but popular for its unspoiled white-sand beaches.

The Turks and Caicos Islands average about 350 sun-filled days every year. If that alone doesn’t make you want to visit this gorgeous Caribbean vacation spot, the beaches will. Travelers who want to spend their getaway away from the more populated tourist destinations and crowded coastal resorts will love the atmosphere of the Turks and Caicos Islands and its amazingly beautiful beaches.

With so many islands and beaches to choose from, it can seem a bit overwhelming. Look to detailed descriptions of many Turks and Caicos beaches, linked in the list below. These pages will help you learn what to expect when you get there — which can help you make a few more decisions.

Beach Name Location Coast Island
Balfour Beach Balfour Town West Salt Cay
Bambarra Beach 29.1 mi. East of Grace Bay North East Middle Caicos
Big Ambergris Cay Big Ambergris Cay North East Big Ambergris Cay
Big Sand Cay Big Sand Cay South West Big Sand Cay
Cedar Grove Beach Cockburn Town South West Grand Turk
Conch Bar Beach Conch Bar North West Middle Caicos
Conch Bar West 23.0 mi. East of Grace Bay North West Middle Caicos
Corktree Beach 2.4 mi. North of Cockburn Town North Grand Turk
Cottage Pond Beach 14.0 mi. Northeast of Grace Bay North West North Caicos
Cotton Cay Cotton Cay South Cotton Cay
Davy Bight Beach 7.0 mi. Northwest of Five Cays North West Providenciales
Dellis Cay Dellis Cay West Dellis Cay
East Cay East Cay North West East Cay
Five Cays Bay Five Cays South West Providenciales
Gibbs Cay 2.5 mi. East-Southeast of Cockburn Town South East Grand Turk
Governor’s Beach 1.6 mi. South of Cockburn Town South West Grand Turk
Grace Bay Beach 2.5 mi. South West of Grace Bay East Providenciales
Half Moon Bay 3.4 mi. Northeast of Grace Bay East Pine Cay
Hawkes Nest East Beach 1.9 mi. Southeast of Cockburn Town South Grand Turk
High Point North 21.6 mi. Northwest of Balfour Town South South Caicos
Horse Stable Beach 18.3 mi. Northeast of Grace Bay North North Caicos
Little Ambergris Cay 31.5 mi. West of Balfour Town North West Little Ambergris Cay
Little Bluff Point 3.8 mi. North of Cockburn Town North Grand Turk
Little Water Cay (Iguana Island) Beach Little Water Cay North East Little Water Cay
Long Bay Beach Bringamosa East Providenciales
Long Cay Beach 22.6 mi. Northwest of Balfour Town South West South Caicos
Lorimers East Beach 34.4 mi. East of Grace Bay East Middle Caicos
Lorimers North Beach 32.1 mi. East of Grace Bay North East Middle Caicos
Malcolm’s Road Beach 6.9 mi. Northwest of Five Cays North West Providenciales
Murray Beach 1.4 mi. Northeast of Cockburn Town North Grand Turk
North Beach Salt Cay North East Salt Cay
Osprey Beach Cockburn Town South West Grand Turk
Parrot Cay Parrot Cay North Parrot Cay
Pillory Beach 1.6 mi. North of Cockburn Town North West Grand Turk
Pine Cay Beach 7.0 mi. Northeast of Grace Bay North East Pine Cay
Pumpkin Bluff Pond Beach 16.1 mi. Northeast of Grace Bay North West North Caicos
Sandy Point Beach Sandy Point North East Parrot Cay
Sapodilla Bay Beach 2.2 mi. South West of Five Cays South West Providenciales
Simeon Rigby Hole 6.4 mi. West-Northwest of Five Cays None Providenciales
Simeon Rigby Hole Beach 6.4 mi. Northwest of Five Cays West Providenciales
South Point Salt Cay South West Salt Cay
Taylor Bay Beach 2.4 mi. West-Southwest of Five Cays South West Providenciales
Town Beach Cockburn Town South West Grand Turk
Turtle Cove Beach 2.5 mi. Northeast of Five Cays East Providenciales
West Road Beach 1.4 mi. North of Cockburn Town North West Grand Turk
Whitby Beach Whitby North North Caicos
White Sands Beach 2.2 mi. South-Southeast of Cockburn Town South Grand Turk
Yankee Town Beach 15.7 mi. South West of Five Cays South West West Caicos

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