Beaches in Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands are small on crowds, big on beaches

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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.

Beaches Map

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.

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.

Which Beaches Are Available?

You will discover an abundance of beaches to choose from in the area. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, for vacationers who are so inclined. Simply click on specific beach names for detailed information about that particular beach.

Grace Bay Beach

A beach scene that offers snorkeling is Blue Haven Beach. Leeward Beach offers visitors nearly seven miles of uninterrupted sand to explore. For the most part, the sand is clean, though there are some patches where rocks, wire, and other sharp objects can be found.

Another top pick for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Turtle Cove Beach. Not far from Turtle's Cove Marina in Sellars Pond is the beautiful Turtle Cove Beach. Despite the locale, the beach remains relatively uncrowded, allowing visitors to enjoy the sun and sand with little distraction.

Cottage Pond Beach: Located on the way to Sandy Point, Cottage Pond is enshrouded in mystery due largely in part to the fact that nobody knows exactly how deep the pond is. Legends abound about the are, from the idea that a mermaid inhabits the water source, to stories of Royalists tossing slaves in to drown several hundred years ago.

Take a moment to read the chart below for more information about your options.

Beaches In Turks and Caicos
Name Location Island Coast
Babalua Beach 3.8 mi. West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales East
Balfour Beach 0.2 mi. North of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay West
Bambarra Beach 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Bambarra Middle Caicos North East
Big Ambergris Cay 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Big Ambergris Cay Big Ambergris Cay North East
Big Sand Cay 0.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Big Sand Cay Big Sand Cay South West
Blue Haven Beach 2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay Providenciales East-Northeast
Blue Hills Beach 0.6 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales West-Northwest
Cedar Grove Beach Cockburn Town, Eastern part of Turks and Caicos Grand Turk South West
Conch Bar Beach 0.1 mi. Northwest of Central Conch Bar Middle Caicos North West
Conch Bar West 1.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Conch Bar Middle Caicos North West
Corktree Beach 2.4 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk North
Cottage Pond Beach 4.4 mi. West of Central Whitby North Caicos North West
Cotton Cay 0.3 mi. South of Central Cotton Cay Cotton Cay South
Davy Bight Beach 4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Blue Hills Providenciales North West
Dellis Cay 1.7 mi. South West of Central Parrot Cay Dellis Cay West
East Cay 4.0 mi. East of Central Cotton Cay East Cay North West
Five Cays Bay Western part of Turks and Caicos -- South West
Gibbs Cay 2.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk South East
Governor's Beach 1.6 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk South West
Grace Bay Beach 0.9 mi. West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales East
Half Moon Bay 3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Grace Bay Half Moon Sandbar East
Hawkes Nest East Beach 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk South
High Point North 2.1 mi. East of Central Cockburn Harbor South Caicos South
Horse Stable Beach 1.4 mi. East of Central Whitby North Caicos North
Little Ambergris Cay 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Little Ambergris Cay Little Ambergris Cay North West
Little Bluff Point 3.8 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk North
Little Water Cay (Iguana Island) Beach 2.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Pine Cay Little Water Cay North East
Long Bay Beach 2.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Grace Bay Providenciales East
Long Cay Beach 0.8 mi. Southeast of Central Cockburn Harbor South Caicos South West
Lorimers East Beach 7.9 mi. East of Central Middle Caicos Middle Caicos East
Lorimers North Beach 6.8 mi. Northeast of Central Middle Caicos Middle Caicos North East
Malcolm's Road Beach 4.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Blue Hills Providenciales North West
Murray Beach 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk North
North Beach 1.7 mi. Northeast of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay North East
Northwest Point National Park Beach 5.2 mi. Northwest of Central Blue Hills Providenciales Northwest
Osprey Beach Cockburn Town, Eastern part of Turks and Caicos Grand Turk South West
Parrot Cay 0.6 mi. South West of Central Parrot Cay Parrot Cay North
Pillory Beach 1.6 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk North West
Pine Cay Beach 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Pine Cay Pine Cay North East
Pumpkin Bluff Pond Beach 1.8 mi. West of Central Whitby North Caicos North West
Sandy Point Beach 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Parrot Cay Parrot Cay North East
Sapodilla Bay Beach Western part of Turks and Caicos Providenciales South West
Simeon Rigby Hole 4.8 mi. West of Central Blue Hills Providenciales West
Simeon Rigby Hole Beach 4.4 mi. West of Central Blue Hills Providenciales West
South Point 1.0 mi. South of Central Balfour Town Salt Cay South West
Taylor Bay Beach Western part of Turks and Caicos Providenciales South West
The Bight Beach 2.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Grace Bay Providenciales East
Thompson Cove Beach 1.8 mi. Southeast of Central Blue Hills Providenciales West-Northwest
Town Beach Cockburn Town, Eastern part of Turks and Caicos Grand Turk South West
Turtle Cove Beach 3.5 mi. West of Central Grace Bay Providenciales East
Turtle Tail Beach 2.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Grace Bay Providenciales East-Southeast
West Harbour Bluff 6.2 mi. South West of Central Blue Hills Providenciales South West
West Road Beach 1.4 mi. North of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk North West
Whitby Beach 0.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Whitby North Caicos North
White Sands Beach 2.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Cockburn Town Grand Turk South
Yankee Town Beach 1.7 mi. South West of Central West Caicos West Caicos South West

Needless to say, you can find other kinds attractions available. For a more comprehensive look at other attractions, read this page.

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 on North Caicos, check out Horse Horse 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 on 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 on 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 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.

 

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