The Four Best Caribbean Beaches in Turks and Caicos

May 21, 2018

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.

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Caya Hico is a stunning beachfront home just 15 minutes from Grace Bay.

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With four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, Caya Hico can accommodate up to eight people.

Amanyara, Turks and Caicos, Exterior

The Amanyara Luxury Hotel offers open-air villas that are just steps away from the Caribbean Sea.

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Amanyara's villas won Condé Nast's Best of the Best 2015 and Readers’ Choice Award 2016.

Gansevoort Hotel, Turks and Caicos

Gansevoort is a boutique island property known for its minimalist design and luxury amenities.

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This hotel option is perfect for romantic getaways and beach lovers alike.

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Guests will never get bored with two pools and a beach service with complimentary water rentals.

Sommerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

The Somerset on Grace Bay is another gorgeous rental option in Turks and Caicos.

Sunset Dining, Sommerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Romantic sunset dinners and ocean views set the mood to unwind and relax.

Infinity Pool and Beach, Sommerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Guests will love the amenities at The Somerset on Grace Bay. The pools, spa, private terraces, and restaurants are second to none.

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.

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North Caicos

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.

Grand Turk

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.

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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.