Governor's Beach

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Bring your own equipment to set out on an adventurous snorkeling trip off the coast, or take a relaxing stroll down the shore at this unpopulated beach. Often voted as one of the best secluded beaches in Turks and Caicos, Governor's Beach can't be missed. Beware, however, that the population of the beach booms when cruise ships are in port.

Set on the southern coast of the island of Grand Turk, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. You will generally find plenty of places to set up shop, as the surrounding area and the beach itself are not overflowing with tourists.

How to Access The Beach

Governor's Beach can be accessed via Columbus Landfall National Park.

Amenities and Ambiance

The southwest coast of Grand Turk is home to Governor's Beach, with its white, powder-soft sands and clear blue Caribbean waters lined with casuarina trees, which make this beach one of the nicest on the island. It it located just in front of the official British Governor's residence, features a lighthouse in the distance and coral just a short ways away from the shore.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. If available, you could also buy food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Restrooms are available at Governor's Beach. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface. Though well-known, Governor's Beach does not get very crowded, which makes it easy to find a secluded spot along the shore.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South West coast of Grand Turk; the area is home to other attractions such as The Salt House, which is only a short distance away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

Historical attractions such as Brown House offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Governor's Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about Turks and Caicos, without venturing too far from the coast. In fact, you'll find this spot eight and a half miles to the south-southwest of this place of historical interest.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Governor's Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
The Salt House Museum 2.2 NNE Grand Turk
H.M. Prison Museum Museum 2.3 N Grand Turk
Turks & Caicos National Museum Museum 2.5 N Grand Turk
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 5.4 N Grand Turk
Salt Cay Salt Works Salt, Spice, Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing 8.2 SSW Salt Cay

Cities and Towns

Governor's Beach guests looking for other interesting places to see might consider heading to Cockburn Town, which is close-by and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Cockburn Town is a quick trip away, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

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. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it can appeal to visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Vacationers will find a fairly wide variety of rooming options to choose from in the area that surrounds Governor's Beach. The most accessible of which are shown below.

Accommodations near Governor's Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
White Sands Beach Resort 0.4 mi. SE Grand Turk Hotel
Osprey Beach Hotel 1.7 mi. N Grand Turk Resort
Salt Raker Inn 1.9 mi. N Grand Turk Hotel
Turks Head Hotel -- -- Grand Turk Hotel
Bohio Dive Resort 3.2 mi. N Grand Turk Hotel
Island House 3.4 mi. N Grand Turk Hotel
Castaway Salt Cay 8.2 mi. SSW Salt Cay Cottages
Tradewinds Guest Suites 8.2 mi. SW Salt Cay Guest house

Food

A trip to the beach isn't complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest places to eat is Jack's Shack. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and Jamaican cuisines. They also specialize in chicken and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Governor's Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Jack's Shack (649) 232-0099 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 0.2 mi. SE
Capt Hook's Grill (649) 946-2978 American Very Casual 0.4 mi. SE
Margaritaville Grand Turk (649) 946-1880 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. SSE
Tasty Delights (649) 946-2465 Caribbean -- 0.6 mi. SSE
Froots (649) 946-2090 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. SSE
John's Restaurant -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --
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 -- --
Birdcage Restaurant (649) 946-2666 Eclectic Informal 1.7 mi. N
The Sand Bar (649) 243-2666 Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. N
Secret Garden Restaurant (649) 946-2260 Caribbean, Continental Informal 1.9 mi. N

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Grand Turk besides Governor's Beach.

You may also enjoy Osprey Beach, located within a short distance.

Of course, Turks and Caicos has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Governor's Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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