Gibbs Cay

Just off the southeast coast of Grand Turk is the tiny islet of Gibbs Cay, a frequent stop for vacationers who want to spend a day snorkeling in quiet and seclusion. The main draw to the island is the large number of sting rays that swim right up to the shore to socialize with snorkelers.

Positioned on the southeastern side of the island of Grand Turk, You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Turks and Caicos. While Gibbs Cay may be a little farther away, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach
The only way to access Gibbs Cay is via boat, often hired from Grand Turk which is the nearest large island to the Cay. Tour groups with a focus on snorkeling often plan trips to the Cay, making it perhaps the easiest way to find transportation there.

Amenities and Ambiance

As an uninhabited island, Gibbs Cay offers visitors the deserted island feel they often dream of experiencing when they vacation in the Caribbean. The majestically clear waters lap the sugar sand beach, which is relatively flat along the shore, then builds up into a small verdant hill.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

If you usually go for shores which grant an idyllic environment, then you will want to try Gibbs Cay; it's located in a more rural section of Grand Turk.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Gibbs Cay on the South East coast of Grand Turk. It is near some interesting sites like The Salt House, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a few popular spots in the area.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Turks and Caicos, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Brown House, which is ten miles to the south west.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Gibbs Cay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
The Salt House Museum 2.4 NW Grand Turk
H.M. Prison Museum Museum 2.8 NW Grand Turk
Turks & Caicos National Museum Museum 3.1 NW Grand Turk
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 5.1 N Grand Turk
Salt Cay Salt Works Salt, Spice, Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing 9.8 SW Salt Cay

Cities and Towns

Gibbs Cay is near Cockburn Town, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Those visiting Gibbs Cay who are hoping to find further attractions might consider heading over to Cockburn Town, since it's in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of Turks and Caicos. From the shore, Cockburn Town is a quick trip away, maybe two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it's often visited by visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a good amount of hotel rooms within a car's reach. Some of the closest possibilities can be viewed in the table below.

Accommodations near Gibbs Cay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
White Sands Beach Resort 2.2 mi. WSW Grand Turk Hotel
Osprey Beach Hotel 2.5 mi. NW Grand Turk Resort
Salt Raker Inn 2.6 mi. NW Grand Turk Hotel
Turks Head Hotel -- -- Grand Turk Hotel
Island House 3.3 mi. NNW Grand Turk Hotel
Bohio Dive Resort 3.6 mi. NW Grand Turk Hotel
Castaway Salt Cay 9.8 mi. SW Salt Cay Cottages
Tradewinds Guest Suites 9.9 mi. SW Salt Cay Guest house


If during your visit you start getting hungry, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Capt Hook's Grill. This restaurant features American cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their sandwiches. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Gibbs Cay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Capt Hook's Grill (649) 946-2978 American Very Casual 2.2 mi. WSW
Froots (649) 946-2090 American Very Casual 2.2 mi. WSW
Jack's Shack (649) 232-0099 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 2.2 mi. W
Margaritaville Grand Turk (649) 946-1880 American Very Casual 2.2 mi. WSW
Tasty Delights (649) 946-2465 Caribbean -- 2.2 mi. WSW
Barbie's Bar (649) 946-2981 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Captain Zheng's (649) 242-2436 Chinese Very Casual -- --
Mookie Pookie Pizza Palace (649) 946-1538 Italian Very Casual -- --
John's Restaurant -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Birdcage Restaurant (649) 946-2666 Eclectic Informal 2.5 mi. NW
Secret Garden Restaurant (649) 946-2260 Caribbean, Continental Informal 2.6 mi. NW
The Sand Bar (649) 243-2666 Caribbean Very Casual 2.6 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Grand Turk has several beautiful beaches, so if Gibbs Cay doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

Vacationers may also want to visit Governor's Beach, located two and a half miles away. Governor's Beach on Grand Turk is a gorgeous beach with soft, white sands and calm waters. The relative seclusion found here is great for taking a long stroll down the coast, while snorkeling is also a favorite activity.

Of course, Turks and Caicos has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Gibbs Cay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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