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.

Positioned on the island of Grand Turk, Pillory Beach is on the North West coast of the island, You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. Those searching for a somewhat calm, but somewhat social beach in Turks and Caicos may find that Pillory Beach is just the right spot. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it's also not completely secluded.

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Grand Turk. Turks & Caicos National Museum is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is one of a number of attractions close-by.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Turks and Caicos, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Brown House, which is 11 miles away.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, 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

Pillory Beach is very close to Cockburn Town, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Pillory Beach guests seeking a little additional excitement should think about making the trip to Cockburn Town, because it's in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Turks and Caicos. From Pillory Beach, Cockburn Town is just up the road, about 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. Pillory Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of hotels to pick from near the beach. The closest of which can be viewed 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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Guanahani Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant offers a menu of International food. They are also famous for their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's only a short distance away.

The following table lists places to eat near this beach.

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

Grand Turk has many nice beaches, and Pillory Beach is just one option.

You might also want to visit Murray Beach, located one and a quarter miles to the east-southeast.

Pillory Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Turks and Caicos you might like.


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