Governor's Beach

Photo Credit: © David Gauntlett CC

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 island of Grand Turk, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Governor's Beach stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Turks and Caicos may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Governor's Beach, but tend to be more crowded since they're right in the thick of tourists' favorite hangouts.

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 here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Yes, public restrooms will be available here. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment 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


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Governor's Beach is on the South West coast of Grand Turk. The Salt House is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of the popular spots in the area.

Historical attractions like Brown House provide a nice compliment to the scenery of Governor's Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about Turks and Caicos, without having to go too far from the beach. Actually, this shore is eight and a half miles to the south-southwest of this destination of historical interest.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, 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 is close to Cockburn Town, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Governor's Beach guests hoping to find other interesting places to see should think about checking out Cockburn Town, because it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From the coast, Cockburn Town is just up the road, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. Governor's Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it can attract guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Visitors will find a fairly good assortment of booking options to choose from close to the beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed in the following table.

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


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you visit a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is Jack's Shack. This restaurant has both Caribbean and Jamaican cuisines. Many guests rave about their chicken and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Governor's Beach on Grand Turk.

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

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, taking a swim at Governor's Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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