Do you still need more reasons to visit Turks and Caicos? Yes, you’ve heard about Grace Bay Beach, but so many of the archipelago’s extraordinary coastlines go unnoticed in its shadow. It’s time to talk about the best beaches in Turks and Caicos, where to find them, and how to make the most of them!
Before we dig into this exciting topic, keep in mind that we’ve merely picked some (not all!) of the many fantastic beaches in Turks and Caicos. Our archipelago consists of no less than 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. And most of them have some spectacular shorelines worth visiting or admiring from a distance at sea.
In this blog, we will cover everything you need to know about:
🏖️ Grace Bay Beach (on the northeast coast of Providenciales; click for location)
🏖️ Leeward Beach (on the northeast end of Providenciales; click for location)
🏖️ Long Bay Beach (on the southeast side of Providenciales; click for location)
🏖️ Sapodilla Bay Beach (on the south coast of Providenciales; click for location)
🏖️ Half Moon Bay (between Water Cay and Little Water Cay; click for location)
1. Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay Beach is a destination that features on everyone’s Turks and Caicos itinerary. It’s a vast expansion of perfect sand glazed by the Atlantic’s turquoise waves, stretching over three miles (4.8 km) long. No wonder that TripAdvisor travelers have voted it the world’s most beautiful beach two years in a row. This shining jewel of Turks and attracts millions of tourists every year. People come back for the clean, soft silvery sand, the incredible watersports, and the pristine barrier reef found only a mile offshore.
Grace Bay Beach is close to Providenciales’ large luxury resorts, shopping spots, popular eateries featuring local cuisine, banks, and other core amenities.
And if your perfect beach day doesn’t stop at sunbathing and swimming, here’s a list of 5 awesome things to do on Grace Bay Beach:
- Embark on a cruise or private charter
- Grab your family and friends for your favorite watersports
- Lunch like a local in one of Grace Bay’s famous eateries
- Have a Cocktail in one of the beachside bars and lounges
- Party on Grace Bay Beach at night with live music, BBQs, and bonfires
Finally, keep in mind that Grace Bay is a trendy diving spot. If you’re a fan of snorkeling excursions, you’ll find a great wall running over 2000-meter deep, as well as the world’s third-largest coral reef system, according to Big Blue Collective. However, since the barrier reef is found some distance offshore, you’ll have to embark on one of the boat cruises and special snorkeling excursions headed for it.
2. Leeward Beach
Leeward Beach blends into the famous Grace Bay Beach, and you can walk all the way down this continuous stretch. We’re talking about no less than 7 miles (11 km) of stunning coastline running from Leeward Beach up to Smith’s Reef!
Precisely because of this uninterrupted expansion, it’s sometimes hard to tell where Grace Bay ends, and Leeward Beach begins. But here’s an obvious hint: even during peak season, you’ll find no crazy crowds on Leeward Beach. Instead, the spot is especially popular with families and travelers looking for a slightly more private or solitary island experience.
A significant part of its shore remains untouched and as pristine as nature would have it! Best of it all, you’ll find no large waves, strong underwater currents, or unexpected depth fluctuations, which makes Leeward Beach highly safe for children and inexperienced swimmers.
All in all, Leeward’s charm stays in its powdery sand, lush palm vegetation, crystal-clear waters, and overall tranquility. This one review we have spotted on TripAdvisor sums it all up:
Finally, Leeward Beach neighbors the chic residential region known by the same name (Leeward Settlement), where the Aqua Divina resort is located!
3. Long Bay Beach
Yes, it’s genuinely long! Running three miles on the southern shore of Providenciales, Long Bay Beach is yet another one of Turks and Caicos’ overlooked beaches. Like Leeward Beach, it lacks the retail and the agitation that trails the buzzing tourists in Grace Bay. Instead, it’s calm, crowd-free, and filled with soft sand and lush greenery. The strikingly blue waters are shallow, fir for leisurely swims.
Safe and tranquil, it’s excellent for families but still incredibly fun! On Long Bay Beach, you can still enjoy a wide variety of water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
4. Sapodilla Bay Beach
You’ll find Sapodilla Bay Beah in a small and sheltered bay. The 900 foot-long stretch of fine-sand shore with shallow waters makes for an excellent leisure spot. However, keep in mind that this less-known spot is relatively modest in length compared to Leeward or Long Bay Beach. Therefore, it may be more crowded during peak tourist seasons. Many luxury villas mixed with the adjacent coastal hills make for a distinctive atmosphere, perfect for watching the private yachts far at sea rising their anchors high.
According to Visittci, the sheltered coast of Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay tend to have even warmer water than the rest of Turks and Caicos due to localized heating by the sun. Another great thing about Sapodilla Bay Beah is the easy access to exciting snorkeling spots and the opportunity to witness marine wildlife firsthand.
5. Half Moon Bay
There’s a reason why TripAdvisor tourists consider Half Moon Bay among the most gorgeous beaches in all of Turks and Caicos! It’s a unique sandbar between two inhabited islands: Water Cay and Little Water Cay, only accessible via kyack or boat. But worry not, the short paddle from the east end of Providenciales is worth all the effort!
Just think of it: miniature palm forests, low-hanging cliffs, a sheltered lagoon wandered by sociable iguanas…in short, the perfect island paradise! Needless to say, the warm, crystal waters hitting the secluded, unspoiled shore make Half Moon Bay one of the best beaches in Turks and Caicos.
About Aqua Divina – A Luxury Resort on Leeward Beach
If you’re looking for a tranquil retreat near the best beaches in Turks and Caicos? Aqua Divina offers the finest luxury accommodations in Turks and Caicos. We’re within walking reach from Leeward Beach and just a two-minute drive from Grace Bay Beach!
Of course, with so many things to do in Turks and Caicos, you’ll want to be close to the best spots and areas that offer easy access to the island’s best sights. You can read more about Aqua Divina and why it could be just the right fit for your Turks and Caicos trip. Don’t forget that you can also Contact Us for further information on our luxury resort and its tranquil surroundings.
The Best Beaches Near Aqua Divina
Both world-renowned beaches and the more pristine shores await your stay on Providenciales. Although all of Turks and Caicos brims with beautiful shorelines, Provo’s beaches and coasts are the undeniable highlights of our lovely archipelago. Here are just some of the most famous ones:
- Leeward Beach (6 min – get directions)
- Grace Bay Beach (7 min – get directions)
- The Bight Beach (9 min – get directions)
- Long Bay Beach (9 min – get directions)
- Blue Hills Beach (9 min – get directions)
Five Cays Beach (18 min – get directions)