Long and largely undeveloped, East Side Beach is the best coast on the island for flotsam beachcombing. Much of the water here is shallow and carpeted with sea grass, but sandy patches can be found close to shore. Typically the best spot on Grand Turk for kiteboarding.
3 star rating for East Side Beach by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
East Side Beach is exposed to the regular eastern trade winds.
The four mile (6.5km) East Side Beach is the longest beach on Grand Turk. Largely undeveloped, this coast generally doesn’t offer the best swimming conditions, but several decent stretches can be found. It's directly exposed to the open Atlantic Ocean.
Grand Turk’s main riding stable is found at the north end of this beach.
Seaweed and Flotsam
Dense seaweed grows close off the beach in much of this area, and a heavy band is usually found washed up as well. Due to being directly exposed to the consistent eastern trade winds, plastic flotsam (from throughout the Atlantic) is common as well.
It’s interesting to comb through the strange and foreign items that make it to the beach, and it’s not uncommon to find an actual message in a bottle.
There is no developed beach access on this coast. Tracks lead down to East Side Beach from Lighthouse Road in many places, but you’ll have to hunt a bit to find the perfect spot.
Map & Location
Located on the eastern coast of Grand Turk, this long sandy beach extends for several miles. There is very little development on this beach. Seaweed and wood frequently wash up on this beach, making it an excellent spot for beach combers.