Does Turks and Caicos Have Good Beaches?

The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to some of the best beaches in the world, but many of the main coasts of our archipelago go undiscovered. Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, are the islands of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Does Turks and Caicos Have Good Beaches?

The Turks and Caicos Islands are home to some of the best beaches in the world, but many of the main coasts of our archipelago go undiscovered. Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, are the islands of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This archipelago is divided into two groups (the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands) that consist of 40 individual islands.

However, only eight of these islands are inhabited. The most populous island is Providenciales, which is located in the Caicos Islands. Cross the pass to the Turks Islands and visit Grand Turk or Salt Cay, the only two inhabited islands in this group. During your visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands, you'll enjoy some of the most impressive beaches on the planet.

With more than 200 miles of white sand beaches, there is something for almost every type of visitor. The Turks and Caicos Islands cater to sunbathers, divers and even kitesurfers, and it's not hard to find your own piece of paradise while you visit. For a pristine paradise, visit Leeward Beach in Providenciales. Other beaches on the island may be crowded all day long with families and locals, but not Leeward.

Even though it's close to Grace Bay, this seven-mile stretch of beach remains relatively untouched by mass tourism. While there are some private houses and villas for rent, it is much less developed in terms of resorts and hotels. You can't visit the Turks and Caicos Islands without going through the infamous Crescent Bay. This sandbank is located between the uninhabited islands of Little Water Cay and Water Cay and has nearly a mile of pristine white sand beaches.

Don't be fooled by its secluded location: Half Moon Bay remains one of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit from Providenciales. Due to the warm and shallow waters, this beach is very popular for day hikers. One of the best ways to visit the bay is by kayak. You can also purchase tickets for a day boat charter that will visit Half Moon Bay as one of its stops.

While there, you can stroll along the magnificent limestone cliffs, where you'll find native rock iguanas soaking up the sun in plain sight. Aside from the influx of day visitors, there are no modern facilities or restaurants, so you'll feel like you're stumbling across one of the Turks and Caicos Islands' most hidden gems. Although it is one of the smallest beaches in Providenciales, Taylor Bay Beach is still a must-see while visiting the islands. It has 2,000 feet of beach that is protected from the incoming winds of the Ocean Point Peninsula.

This makes it an excellent choice for families or first-time swimmers. Although the waters are relatively shallow and calm, it's not the best place to dive (but when the tide goes down, you might find some soft corals, fish, and even a couple of nurse sharks). This area of Providenciales is full of resorts or hotels, though there are plenty of vacation homes nearby. Despite the people, you usually won't have to worry about crowds.

Getting to Taylor Bay Beach is relatively easy, as it's located right off Ocean Point Drive. However, parking is very limited, so it's best to come early in the morning. From the lot, you can take a short walking path from the road that leads directly to the beach shores.

If you're looking for peace and quiet, then Malcolm's Road Beach is a must-see during your trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Getting to Malcolm's Road Beach is a bit tricky, so it remains relatively untouched for tourists.  You'll need to drive a long, unpaved road where a 4x4 car is recommended.

Despite its name, Turtle Tail Beach is actually a group of several small beaches near the south coast of the island. The smallest beach is only 50 feet long, while the larger one has several hundred feet of sandy shoreline. Unfortunately, most Turtle Tail beaches are not accessible to the public, as they are located right in front of private vacation homes.

However, you can visit the main beach, which is approximately three miles down Venetian Road. The Caribbean is famous for its turquoise waters and white sand beaches, and in fact you can discover variations of this pastel seascape all over the West Indies. But if you're looking for the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world, look no further than the Turks and Caicos Islands archipelago. The stunning beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands stand out from the rest in the tropics and beyond.

The island's unique limestone base results in this lively juxtaposition of aquamarine water and pink sand (composed of seashells and hard corals). From the coastal cliffs of Central Caicos to the sea walls of Grand Turk, Grace Bay Beach is commonly referred to as the best beach in the world. In fact, it currently holds the position of World's Leading Beach Destination in the World Travel Awards and the second best beach in the world by Trip Advisor.

When you think of tropical beaches, your mind's imagination is almost identical to that of Grace Bay. During your vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands, you'll be amazed by the stunning beaches, considered the best on the planet.  Although you'll find wakeboarders, tubers, and tour boats crawling back and forth in the water, the beach itself is the perfect place to relax and unwind. You can enter Sotavento through the east or west entrances. While the beaches are open to the public, you'll need to go through locked security booths on your way.

In North Caicos are Whitby Beaches, which offer shallow coves perfect for diving. It is protected by a small peninsula, so the water here is very shallow, calm and clear, making it my favorite beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Providenciales Island or Provo for short, is the most popular island in the Turks and Caicos Islands chain and the center of the tourism industry, which means you'll find more beaches here, but often with more people.

Located on the northwest side of North Caicos Island, the two-mile beach is a wonder to explore and is ideally located near the ferry dock that transports travelers back to Providenciales. An underwater paradise for divers and divers, Bight Reef Beach is considered one of the best dive sites in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The beach is approximately three miles long, part of a 7.5-mile stretch of sand that you can walk from top to bottom, if you want to explore the best of the Turks and Caicos Islands coast and discover why it is one of the archipelago's greatest pride points. 

Christopher Dansie
Christopher Dansie

Frequent visitor to Turks & Caicos Islands for over 20 years. Favorite beach Grace Bay (obviously!). Don't miss Mudjin Harbor. Must see Chalk Sound National Park.