Big Ambergris Cay

Named after the waxy substance that comes off the migrating humpback whales, Big Ambergris Cay is an island in the southeast area of the Turks & Caicos chain. Because of its relatively new popularity as a tourist area the island has a kind of wild beauty that has been virtually untouched. The seclusion of the island's gorgeous beaches draws an elite crowd of tourists and homeowners.

Located just outside the heart of the island of Big Ambergris Cay, this beach is on the North East coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. There are advantages to visiting a beach that isn't crowded into a major metropolitan area; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Big Ambergris Cay let you escape people-watchers and rowdy beachgoers.

Amenities and Ambiance

The extreme seclusion and uninhabited qualities of this island are a main attraction for some people who enjoy nature's wild beauty. Humpback whales migrate in large numbers through the waters in the winter and are a sight to behold. A yaht harbor and hotels are available for tourists who stop on the island.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Sometimes, visitors will be able to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration. An assortment of spend their time on Big Ambergris Cay including local fishermen working in the waters, a small number of local residents, and luxury tourists and estate owners who visit the yacht harbor and hotels.

If you usually desire shores which provide a tranquil enclave, then maybe head on over to Big Ambergris Cay; it is located within a more natural part of Big Ambergris Cay.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach in a rather peaceful region - removed from hotels and other tourist attractions - on the North East coast of Big Ambergris Cay.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Big Ambergris Cay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
White House Historical Site 26.6 E Salt Cay
Brown House Historical Site 26.7 E Salt Cay
Salt Cay Salt Works Salt, Spice, Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing 26.8 E Salt Cay
Turks & Caicos National Museum Museum 32.9 ENE Grand Turk
H.M. Prison Museum Museum 32.9 ENE Grand Turk

Cities and Towns

Big Ambergris Cay is definitely not a big city beach; the closest populated area is .


Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists.

You shouldn't anticipate finding any of Turks and Caicos' frequently visited hotels alongside this beach, but if you're hoping to dodge throngs of tourists, the shortage of accommodations will be a pleasant sight.


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat right on this shore, so you might want to plan a picnic for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Of course, Big Ambergris Cay is just one of many beaches you might like on Big Ambergris Cay.

Another location you may want to try is Balfour Beach, located 26 and a half miles away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Turks and Caicos, and dropping by Big Ambergris Cay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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