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 southeastern edge of the island of Grand Turk, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. This beach is not just another pleasant piece of the coast, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Turks and Caicos. While Gibbs Cay may be a bit off the beaten path, visiting this beach instead of a more crowded one could make your experience less stressful.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Gibbs Cay brings visitors an angelic and peaceful enclave, thanks to the fact that the surrounding area won't be overly crowded.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South East coast of Grand Turk; this area boasts other attractions such as The Salt House, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you want more information on the history of Turks and Caicos, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For instance, nearby is Brown House, which is ten miles away.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions 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 guests seeking additional places to explore should think about going to Cockburn Town, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of Turks and Caicos. From the beach, Cockburn Town is a quick trip away, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Gibbs Cay will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Beach-goers will find a decent variety of resort and hotel options to choose from in the area surrounding the beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table that follows.

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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to stray too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Capt Hook's Grill. This restaurant serves American cuisine. They're also renowned for their sandwiches. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

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, Gibbs Cay is just one of many beaches you might like on Grand Turk.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Governor's Beach, located only a short distance 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.

Turks and Caicos has a lot to offer its visitors, but a trip to Gibbs Cay could end up a family favorite.


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