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.

Set on the southeastern coast of the island of Grand Turk, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Do you dream of finding a beach tucked into an untouched part of town? Many visitors seek a beach that isn't lined with high-rise hotels; beautiful but out-of-the-way beaches like Gibbs Cay make great places to spread out and relax.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Gibbs Cay grants a quiet and serene escape, as the surrounding area won't be overly crowded.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Gibbs Cay on the South East coast of Grand Turk; this area boasts other attractions such as Turks & Caicos National Museum, which is three miles away.

Historical attractions such as Brown House offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Gibbs Cay, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Turks and Caicos' past, if you are interested in exploring. As a matter of fact, this site can be found ten miles from this destination of historical interest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Gibbs Cay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Brown House Historical Site 10.0 SW Salt Cay
White House Historical Site 10.3 SW Salt Cay

Cities and Towns

Gibbs Cay is near Cockburn Town, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Tourists at Gibbs Cay who are looking for further attractions will want to consider checking out Cockburn Town, since it's nearby and is an area full of activity. From the beach, Cockburn Town is just up the road, maybe two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Gibbs Cay is not located near many major hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Though there aren't many places to stay nearby, the ones found nearest to the water are listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Gibbs Cay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Osprey Beach Hotel 2.5 NW Grand Turk Resort
Salt Raker Inn 2.6 NW Grand Turk Hotel
Turks Head Inne 2.6 NW Grand Turk Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. Margaritaville Grand Turk is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant features American food. They also specialize in appetizers and hamburgers. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Gibbs Cay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Margaritaville Grand Turk (649) 946-1880 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
The Sand Bar (649) 243-2666 Caribbean Very Casual 2.6 mi. NW
Barbie's Restaurant (649) 946-2981 Bahamian, Caribbean Informal 3.1 mi. NW
Guanahani Restaurant and Bar (649) 231-3572 Caribbean, International Informal 3.6 mi. NW
Ike & Donkey Beach Bar (649) 946-2135 Eclectic Very Casual 3.6 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach on Grand Turk will have lots of options besides Gibbs Cay.

You may also enjoy Governor's Beach, located two and a half miles to the west. 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.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Turks and Caicos, so visiting Gibbs Cay is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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