Want to get away to the Caribbean before winter is over, but don’t want to have to deal with the crowds that established resort areas like the Mayan Riviera and the Dominican Republic attracts? Give the Turks and Caicos a try.
An often overlooked chain of islands that lie due south of the Bahamas, there are many outstanding beaches that can be found throughout the archipelago. Thanks to the off-the-radar reputation this place has, Turks and Caicos villas offer their guests a relaxing experience that is hard to duplicate elsewhere in the region.
Have no idea where to base yourself? Below, we will break down what each of the best beaches in the Turks and Caicos has to offer…
Grace Bay Beach
Need to be where the action is at? Of all the beaches on the Turks and Caicos, none have the buzz that Grace Bay does. It’s not hard to understand why this is the case, as your first walk along the beach will introduce you to some of the whitest sand you’ve ever seen, and water that glows with a baby blue hue that will capture your imagination at first sight.
Despite the fact that it lies in the most populated district from a tourism perspective, Grace Bay Beach stretches on for miles, allowing you to find the privacy you are seeking on your Caribbean holiday.
Long Bay Beach
While Grace Bay is a top choice for many travellers, Long Bay Beach is another excellent option, especially for those who consider themselves to be active travellers. With consistent winds blowing offshore, Long Beach has become a popular destination for avid kitesurfers.
During your days here, you will see many practitioners ripping it up on the waves and across the water; if you work up the courage, there are many operators that offer lessons, but if you opt to stick to shore, the swimming here is just as great, and a walk along the beach will yield many conch shell finds.
Malcolm Bay Beach
Looking for that fabled deserted beach we all dream about a bitterly cold day? On the Turks and Caicos, Malcolm Bay Beach is that spot. While it is not nearly as flawless or as big as Grace Bay, it makes up for this shortcoming with its rugged beauty and seclusion.
While coral rocks make it difficult to wade, it has created an ideal environment for snorkelers, so don’t forget to bring gear from town before heading out to Malcolm Bay.
Those craving an exclusive environment in which to soak up the sun will have no issues shelling out the $85 USD it costs to purchase a day pass for Pine Cay. The beaches on this island are nothing short of stunning, as there is a delicate balance kept between the wildness of its grasses and dunes and the maintained properties of the resorts on the island.
With a lush jungle in its interior, overwater bungalows, and a reef filled with brilliant marine life all found here, this getaway will be worth every penny you’ll pay for access to it.
Chalk Sound National Park
Although this isn’t a beach in the strictest sense, this shallow lagoon is one of the quietest spots on the island for swimming and snorkelling, largely due to the absence of a significant sandy shore in the area.
Additionally, the immense beauty of the fluorescent water and the rocky islets in the middle of this bay make an excellent spot to go kayaking as well.
If you want to lose the crowds for a day, but still want to check out a place that will stay in your dreams months afterwards, make room in your travel itinerary for Chalk Sound.
Staying on North Caicos Island? If you are, make an effort to head out to Whitby Beach at least once during your time there.
As the longest beach on the island, there is plenty of room to find your private piece of paradise, and with a bottom that is mostly free of coral, you won’t have to risk an unpleasant surprise when you head out for a swim.
Those staying on the underrated island of Grand Turk will likely find themselves spending some serious time relaxing on the sands of Pillory Beach.
In addition to possessing the beauty that all the other entries on this list have, the snorkelling at this location is incredible, with sea urchins, brilliant coral, and plenty of tropical fish visible in the reefs just offshore.
When you require refreshment, a beach bar operated by the Bohio Resort stands ready to serve up a variety of drinks that will make your day here a pleasant one.
Pillory isn’t your only top option on Grand Turk, as many past visitors have written rave reviews about Governor’s Beach as well.
Beachcombers will love the abundance of sea glass and sand dollars that can be found onshore, as well as the presence of a rusting shipwreck halfway down the beach, while more casual types will appreciate the vibe at Jack’s Shack, a beachside restaurant run by locals.