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.
Governor's Beach can be accessed via Columbus Landfall National Park.
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.
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.
|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, Spice, Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing||8.2||SSW||Salt Cay|
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).
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.
|White Sands Beach Resort||0.4 mi.||SE||Grand Turk||Hotel|
|Osprey Beach Hotel||1.7 mi.||N||Grand Turk||Resort|
|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|
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.
|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|
|(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||--||--|
|(649) 946-2981||Caribbean||Very Casual||--||--|
|Captain Zheng's||(649) 242-2436||Chinese||Very Casual||--||--|
|(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|
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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