The Four Best Caribbean Beaches in Turks and Caicos
It’s not surprising that travelers love to visit the islands of Turks and Caicos. Crystal blue waters surround white-sand beaches as fine as confectioner’s sugar and seduce visitors into long leisurely strolls. But it’s not just the beaches that are beautiful; the people are too, cultivating a culture of warm hospitality.
Whether you seek relaxation or ocean adventure, opportunity abounds—above and below the waves—in the Turks and Caicos Islands. But before you plan your next beach trip to one of these four Caribbean beach destinations, be sure to check out the best accommodations in Turks and Caicos in the slideshow below.
Grace Bay Beach
Named for Lady Grace Hutchings, who honeymooned on the island in 1892 and reportedly charmed everyone she met, Grace Bay Beach is both the busiest part of the island and its most open and serene. To see the area’s less-frequented gems, visitors will have to rent a car. Twelve-mile-long Grace Bay Beach earns its fame for wide, white stretches that go on and on, but it’s hardly Turks and Caicos’ only option.
Little Water Cay
This beach is home to 2,000+ endangered rock iguanas, many measuring 2 feet long. The horned creatures mostly scurry across rocks while visitors stick to a well-maintained boardwalk, but they make Little Water Cay a must-see. It’s also a five-minute boat ride from Provo’s Leeward Marina.
A 12-minute flight from Provo or a 25-minute ferry from the Leeward Marina can get you to North Caicos, home to most of the archipelago’s farms. You’ll also find a few thousand pink flamingos, outstanding snorkeling at Three Mary Cays, jaw-dropping Horsestable Beach, and eerie plantation ruins at Wades Green. Just looking to make a day trip? Big Blue Unlimited runs day trips on bikes.
Scuba divers and snorkelers flock here and cruise ships dock here, but Grand Turk’s charms extend beyond the coast. Founded by Bermudian salt-rakers in 1681, the island’s capital, Cockburn Town, is the archipelago’s historic, political, and administrative center. Weathered colonial buildings and the national museum add to its charm.
It’s no surprise that this collection of 40 low-lying islands is a beach vacation hot spot when there are so many beautiful options to explore. Wherever travelers decide to dive in, luxury hotels, world class scuba diving, snorkeling, and various other adventures await them in Turks and Caicos.