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.

Located on the southern coast of the island of Grand Turk, You might want whether or not you're staying nearby. You will generally find the beach to be rather roomy, as the beach and its surrounding region is not extremely crowded.

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 concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You may also have the option to purchase food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some gear if you're looking to see what goes on 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


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Grand Turk; the area is home to other attractions such as The Salt House, which is pretty close, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Turks and Caicos, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the nearest historical attractions is Brown House, which is eight and a half miles to the south-southwest.

If you can't wait to see as many of Turks and Caicos' attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions 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 is near Cockburn Town, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Tourists at Governor's Beach who are seeking other interesting places to see should consider making the trip to Cockburn Town, which is not far away and is an especially active area of Turks and Caicos. From Governor's Beach, Cockburn Town isn't far off, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

There is a pretty nice selection of hotel and resort options to pick from close to Governor's Beach. The closest 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


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Jack's Shack. This restaurant has both Caribbean and Jamaican menu items. They also specialize in chicken and seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are shown below.

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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Governor's Beach.

You might also want to visit Osprey Beach, which is located a mile and a half to the north.

There's plenty to see and do in Turks and Caicos, and Governor's Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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