Pillory Beach

Located on the island of Grand Turk beside the more crowded Governor's Beach, Pillory Beach is well known amongst avid divers and snorkelers as one of the top spots in Turks and Caicos to do both. Just 400 yards offshore, you'll begin to encounter a whole new world of underwater sea life that you will never forget.

Located near the heart of the island of Grand Turk, Pillory Beach is on the North West edge of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Seeking a beach that best suits your style of relaxation? Some prefer to choose one that is a little off the beaten path, but still has all the major conveniences; that's why Pillory Beach is an ideal choice for many travelers.

How to Access The Beach
Because the popular Bohio Dive Resort is located right on Pillory Beach, the roads that lead to the beach a paved and relatively easy to manage Likewise, it is easy to find parking around the beach area.

Amenities and Ambiance

The stretch of beach known as Pillory Beach remains virtually untouched by human hands. This leaves its powder white sand in clean condition, and its almost neon turquoise waters clear and unclouded. As if in a movie, the water often sparkles in the sunlight. If you keep an eye past the the glistening shore you may catch a glimpse of jumping dolphins or humpback whales as they breach the surface.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North West coast of Grand Turk. It is near Turks & Caicos National Museum, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Turks and Caicos, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For instance, nearby is Brown House, which is 11 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 Pillory Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Turks & Caicos National Museum Museum 0.6 S Grand Turk
H.M. Prison Museum Museum 0.9 S Grand Turk
The Salt House Museum 1.2 SE Grand Turk
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.3 NNE Grand Turk
Salt Cay Salt Works Salt, Spice, Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing 11.0 SSW Salt Cay

Cities and Towns

Tourists at Pillory Beach who are hoping to find some additional excitement will want to think about going to Cockburn Town, because it's not far away and is an especially active area of Turks and Caicos. From the beach, Cockburn Town isn't far off, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may encounter guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Guests will find a nice variety of resort and hotel options to pick from in the area that surrounds Pillory Beach. The most accessible of which can be seen below.

Accommodations near Pillory Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bohio Dive Resort 0.1 mi. N Hotel
Turks Head Hotel -- -- Hotel
Island House 0.8 mi. E Hotel
Salt Raker Inn 1.3 mi. S Hotel
Osprey Beach Hotel 1.4 mi. S Resort
White Sands Beach Resort 3.5 mi. S Hotel


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to eat at an area restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest restaurants is Guanahani Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant serves International cuisine. They are also known for serving seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Pillory Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Guanahani Restaurant and Bar (649) 946-2135 International Informal 0.1 mi. N
Ike & Donkey Beach Bar (649) 946-2135 Eclectic Very Casual 0.1 mi. N
Cool Beans Cafe (649) 245-5174 International Very Casual 0.6 mi. ESE
Barefoot Cabana (649) 946-1966 Caribbean Very Casual 0.7 mi. S
A&E Food Snacks -- Caribbean Very Casual 0.8 mi. S
Secret Garden Restaurant (649) 946-2260 Caribbean, Continental Informal 1.3 mi. S
The Sand Bar (649) 243-2666 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. S
Birdcage Restaurant (649) 946-2666 Eclectic Informal 1.4 mi. S
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 -- --
John's Restaurant -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Grand Turk, of course, so Pillory Beach is not your only option.

You may also enjoy Murray Beach, located one and a quarter miles to the east-southeast.

Turks and Caicos has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by Pillory Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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