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.

Set near the middle of the island of Big Ambergris Cay, this beach is on the North East coast of the island, You might want even if you are not staying particularly close by. For a change from the usual crowded beach spots, you should consider going off the beaten path to Big Ambergris Cay.

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 on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. On some days, it may be possible to buy some food from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some equipment if you've been hoping to get in 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 find that you choose beach days which offer those who visit a serene enclave, then you may want to try Big Ambergris Cay; it is tucked away in a more rural area of the region.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Big Ambergris Cay in a secluded area, removed from popular tourist attractions, on the North East coast of Big Ambergris Cay.

If you aren't sure whether a visit to Big Ambergris Cay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows some of the closest options.

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
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 34.7 ENE Grand Turk

Cities and Towns

It is a bit of a drive, but is the closest population center. although there are some smaller settlements closer to the beach.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are.

You won't find any of Turks and Caicos' large resorts and hotels lining this beach, but if you're trying to evade hoards of travelers, the lack of places to stay will be welcomed.


There aren't any restaurants in the immediate surroundings of this coastal destination, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Big Ambergris Cay besides Big Ambergris Cay worth visiting.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Balfour Beach, located 26 and a half miles to the east.

Turks and Caicos has so much to offer, and dropping by Big Ambergris Cay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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