Stretching out for a long nine miles on the island of North Caicos is Whitby Beach. It is certainly one of the most recommended on the island, and often appears on lists among one of the best beaches in the whole of the Caribbean for its beauty, calm waters, and quiet seclusion.
Set in Whitby, Whitby Beach is on the North edge of North Caicos. You might want even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Whitby Beach stands out because it's perfect for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Turks and Caicos may provide just as many amenities as Whitby Beach, but are usually more cramped since they're found in the most popular parts of town.
Visitors will find Whitby Beach by taking one of many northbound side roads that run off Whitby Highway, just after Whitby Salina Pond and nearby Hollywood Beach Suites.
The white sand of Whitby Beach slopes slowly and gently, making the waters shallow and calm for even the youngest swimmers to enjoy. Surrounding North Caicos is a barrier reef which keeps the Atlantic waters calm, allowing visitors to enjoy snorkeling and swimming without strong waves breaking overhead.
Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.
Whitby Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North coast of North Caicos; the area hosts attractions such as Wades Green Plantation, which is three and a half miles away.
Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.
|Wades Green Plantation||Historical Site||3.7 mi.||SW||North Caicos|
|Readymoney Gardens||Botanical Garden||9.8 mi.||SE||None|
The closest part on North Caicos to Whitby Beach is. It should be noted that Maria Mai is not heavily urbanized, though it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those looking to check out the local scene.
Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.
Although you will generally find few accommodations in the region, those options closest to the beach can be seen in the list that follows.
|Pelican Beach Hotel||0.4 mi.||E||North Caicos||Guest house|
|Parrot Cay Resort & Shambhala Retreat||5.6 mi.||W||Parrot Cay||Resort|
Although you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you're willing to venture a little out of the way. One of the closest places to eat is Barracuda Beach Bar, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.
Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the following table.
|Barracuda Beach Bar||--||Caribbean||Very Casual||0.4 mi.||E|
|The Silver Palm||(649) 946-7113||International||Informal||0.8 mi.||W|
|Silver Palm Bistro||(649) 247-8049||Eclectic||Very Casual||1.7 mi.||ESE|
Needless to say, Whitby Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng on North Caicos.
Another location you may want to try is Sandy Point Beach, which is located five miles away.
Turks and Caicos has a lot to offer its visitors, but Whitby Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.
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