North of Governor's Beach is
Cockburn Town Beach and
Pillory Beach. Both of these are nice beaches, and many of the accommodation choices on Grand Turk are located in this region. Some villas are located right on the beach.
The eastern coast,
East Side Beach, is a 3.7 mile (6 km) sandy beach. However, due to it's location it has seaweed and other debris scattered across it, and the water is usually choppy. It's nice for walking and excellent for beach combing, but not good for swimming.
Some boat operators are extremely reckless which has resulted in tourists being killed. You should be extremely careful of boat traffic in your area and watch your children. This is especially common with banana boat and other wake ride operators, some of which are unlicenced and uninsured. Being hit by a boat will most likely kill you.
All accesses to the beach are free.
All beaches are public, including beaches in front of resorts and private residences.
Fishing without a licence or in National Parks is illegal and carries significant fines and possible jail time. This includes collecting conch and lobster.
Secluded beaches carry an increased risk of crime, both to person and property. Don't leave valuables in your car or on the beach unattended. Read our
Safety and Crime section for more information.
Some beaches are very remote and there may not be any other people around to provide assistance in an emergency. Exercise caution and be aware of currents, surf conditions and hidden hazards.