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.

Situated near the middle of the island of Grand Turk, Pillory Beach is on the North West coast of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying nearby. Many of the beaches in Turks and Caicos are quiet and secluded, but the ambiance at Pillory Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Grand Turk. Turks & Caicos National Museum is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of the attractions in the area.

If you want more information on the history of Turks and Caicos, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. The nearest historical attraction is Brown House, which is 11 miles away.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Pillory Beach is close to Cockburn Town, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Pillory Beach tourists looking for a little additional excitement might want to consider going to Cockburn Town, since it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From the shore, Cockburn Town is a fairly short distance away, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a fairly good range of hotels and resorts to choose from close to Pillory Beach. The closest of which can be seen in the table 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


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 can dive into Turks and Caicos' specialty dishes, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is Guanahani Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant offers a menu of International cuisine. Many guests rave about their seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on Grand Turk besides Pillory Beach.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Murray Beach, located only a short distance away.

You may find that Pillory Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, Turks and Caicos offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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