Caicos and Turks consist of 40 islands and bays, of which only 8 are inhabited. The beaches on the islands are extremely beautiful and have the third largest coral reef on the planet. Surrounded by reefs, Turks and Caicos protect the beaches from ocean surges and keep the coast calm and clear. Here are some of the best beaches to visit:
Grace Bay Beach
This is one of Turks and Caicos most popular and loved beaches. Starting from the town of Leeward, it stretches across 12 miles towards Thomson Cove. All sorts of hotels and resorts have sprung up here, including the famous and luxurious Grace Bay Club and also the Alexandra Resort and Spa. The beach is a part of the Princess Alexandra National Park and offers a peaceful, nature-friendly and quiet atmosphere. Sailing, snorkeling, and catamarans are the few water sports that can be enjoyed; however, jet-skis and water-skis are prohibited. Grace Bay offers excellent snorkeling, the most visited spots for this are Smith’s Reef and Bight Reef.
Long Bay Beach
Unlike Grace Bay, Long Beach is free of hotels and offers the perfect vacation spot. The shallow waters of this beach are waveless and sheltered, making them ideal for lazy swims. You can ride on horseback along the beautiful coastline of Long Bay Beach.
Malcolm beach is a part of the Northwest Point Marine National Park and is secluded. However, it is a great spot for calmness and relaxation. The commonest way to get there is by crossing bumpy and twisty Malcolm roads in a rented 4*4. Nevertheless, the reward is worth the journey. The ocean is calm and breathtakingly blue with green highlights. The beach is noted for its abundance of wildlife including ospreys, terns, brown pelicans, egrets, and flamingos and many more if you venture further inland.
Sandy Point Beach
Located on the North East coast of Parrot Cay Sandy Point Beach is a near flawless crescent of blue waters and white sand. The seclusion of the beach from the rest provides the perfect opportunity for bird watchers and the nearby caves once used by the Lucayans can be explored. It is one of the few active beaches that isn’t typically over-crowded.
Located in northern Caicos, Whitby Beaches offer shallow waters that are perfect for snorkeling. You can find conch shells of all shapes and sizes along the beach. Pelican Point is at the mid-point of Whitby Beach. A low rock headland emerges from the beach and is a popular spot for snorkeling.
This is one on the most celebrated stretches of sand, it lies within Columbus Landfall National Park. Governor’s Beach is known for its beautiful picnic spots and great snorkeling experiences. It is located near the famous Grand Turk Cruise Center, making it a popular destination for tourists.
It is one of the most celebrated diving beaches in the world, and travelers recommend the excellent swimming conditions here. Eagle ray fish, stingrays, and spotted drums can be spotted just a couple of yards from the beach. It is just a short ride from the cruise port and is much quieter than Governor’s Beach, which is visited by a larger number of tourists. This beach is recommended for travelers seeking relaxation and solitude.
As you can see, there are a large number of stunning and pristine beaches in the Turks and Caicos. Each of these has their own unique charm and allure. Depending on how many days you are spending on the islands, you should make it a point to visit most of these beaches.