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 should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. You will generally find the beach to be rather roomy, since the beach and its surrounding region is 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 concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. On some days, it may be possible to order some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Governor's Beach does have public restrooms for your convenience. You'll find the waters off-shore to be fit for snorkeling, so grab your gear 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

Beachgoers will find Governor's Beach on the South West coast of Grand Turk; this area boasts other attractions such as Turks & Caicos National Museum, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

Historical attractions like Brown House provide a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Governor's Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Turks and Caicos, if you enjoy exploring unfamiliar places. In fact, you'll find this spot eight and a half miles to the south-southwest of this site of historical significance.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Governor's Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Brown House Historical Site 8.4 SSW Salt Cay
White House Historical Site 8.7 SSW Salt Cay

Cities and Towns

Governor's Beach is in the Cockburn Town area, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Governor's Beach tourists seeking further attractions might consider checking out Cockburn Town, since it's nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Turks and Caicos. From the shore, Cockburn Town isn't far off, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it can attract guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a good amount of hotel rooms which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest options have been displayed in the table below.

Accommodations near Governor's Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Osprey Beach Hotel 1.7 N Grand Turk Resort
Salt Raker Inn 1.9 N Grand Turk Hotel
Turks Head Inne 1.9 N Grand Turk Hotel

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is Jack's Shack. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and Jamaican dishes on the menu. They are also known for their chicken and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are listed 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
Margaritaville Grand Turk (649) 946-1880 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. SE
Froots (649) 946-2090 American Very Casual 0.6 mi. SSE
The Sand Bar (649) 243-2666 Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. N
Barbie's Restaurant (649) 946-2981 Bahamian, Caribbean Informal 2.6 mi. N
Guanahani Restaurant and Bar (649) 231-3572 Caribbean, International Informal 3.2 mi. N
Ike & Donkey Beach Bar (649) 946-2135 Eclectic Very Casual 3.2 mi. N

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach on Grand Turk will have lots of options besides Governor's Beach.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Osprey Beach, which is located a mile and a half away.

Turks and Caicos has so much to offer, and Governor's Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.

 

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