The Cruise Center Beach The Cruise Center Beach can get quite busy when a ship is in port.
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Cruise Center Beach

Grand Turk
Beach Information
Do Not Take Shells or Coral
Do Not Touch Fish or Coral
Dogs Must be on Leash
No Lifeguard
No Fishing
Watch for Boats
Editor's Comments
Although not quite as nice as Governor’s Beach, this beach offers calm water and white sand. Typically quite busy when a cruise ship is in, the northern end of the beach will be less crowded.
4-star rating for Cruise Center Beach by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
The Cruise Center Beach in the Turks and Caicos
The Carnival Freedom moored at the Cruise Center Beach.

The Cruise Center Beach , as its name suggests, fronts Grand Turk’s cruise port, and is a beautiful and sheltered beach. The coast can see significant crowds when a cruise ship is in, as its steps away from where cruise visitors disembark their ship. The beach is also known as SunRay Beach.

The ocean at the Cruise Center Beach is almost always calm and clear, and the majority of the coastline is clean soft sand. There are a few rocky spots, but these are easily avoided.

As to be expected, this beach can get quite crowded in the vicinity of the Cruise Center when a ship is present. However, there’s always more space further up the beach to the north. To the north is Governor's Beach.

As with all beaches in the Turks and Caicos, access is free. Complimentary beach lounger use is also offered near the Cruise Center for cruise guests. Be advised that some beach hawkers attempt to rent their own chairs out.

The Cruise Center Beach is located on the leeward side of Grand Turk, so ocean conditions are typically excellent. See Turks and Caicos Weather Forecast.

Beach Rentals and Loungers

The beach rentals shack at the Cruise Center Beach on Grand Turk
The Beach Rental Shack at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.

Snorkel masks, fins, and vests, floats and toys, and covered shade beach cabanas can be rented from the Cruise Center beach rentals shack.

The standard beach loungers are free-to-use, although the density of loungers fronting the Cruise Center is quite high.

Up the beach to the north, additional loungers can be found fronting Jack's Shack restaurant. This section of the beach tends to be less crowded.

The Cruise Center Beach is part of the Columbus Landfall National Park.


Snorkeling isn’t great here, but rock and coral patches can be found off the coast both to the north and south of the main pier and are home to small amounts of fish. Simply head south past the smaller Cruise Center shore excursions pier and look for the darker patches of ocean.

Cruise ship at the beach at Grand Turk
The calm waters of the Cruise Center Beach, Grand Turk.

A small reef can be found off the beach 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south of the Cruise Center near Boaby Rock Point. When weather conditions are calm, decent snorkeling can be found here.

Snorkeling equipment can be hired from the beach rentals stand at the Grand Turk Cruise Center.

Dining and Restaurants

There are two restaurants within easy walking access of the Cruise Center Beach: Margaritaville, Starbucks (the only one in the Turks and Caicos), and Jack's Shack. Both establishments serve international favorites and bar food.

As is also the case with the Cruise Center itself, the restaurants tend to be quite crowded when a ship is in port. If you plan to rent a car and explore Grand Turk, consider dining at one of the Cockburn Town restaurants if you’re looking for a bit more tranquility.