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.

Located on the island of Grand Turk, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't packed full of hotel guests; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Gibbs Cay might not be typical "beach scenes", but are nice and private.

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, restrooms will not be available here. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

If you tend to prefer sunny days that offer those who visit a tranquil place to escape, then a good choice for you is Gibbs Cay; it's found within a more rural area of the region.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach 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 among the attractions close-by.

If you want more information on the history of Turks and Caicos, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Brown House, which is ten miles away.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 close to Cockburn Town, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Gibbs Cay tourists seeking additional places to explore will want to consider heading over to Cockburn Town, because it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Turks and Caicos. From the coast, Cockburn Town isn't far off, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


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. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may meet guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests will find a nice selection of hotels to pick from close to the beach. The most accessible of which have been listed in the following table.

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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest places to eat is Capt Hook's Grill. The restaurant has a menu featuring American food. Many guests rave about their sandwiches. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed below.

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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Grand Turk, so Gibbs Cay is not your only option.

You might also want to visit Governor's Beach, which is located within a couple of miles. 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.

You may find that Gibbs Cay is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Turks and Caicos you might like.


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