Grand Turk is home to several incredible beaches on its western coast.
The first sight greeting cruise ship guests, the Cruise Center Beach (SunRay Beach) just off the ship is excellent. The section nearest the pier tends to have a rocky bottom, but improves rapidly a bit to the north.
Continuing north of Governor's Beach is English Point Beach. The beach and ocean here tends to be a bit rockier, but the site is nevertheless great and doesn’t see much in the way of crowds.
Much of the east coast of Grand Turk consists of beach, however, due to being exposed to the constant eastern trade winds, large amounts of seaweed and flotsam typically cover the sand. The beaches on this side of the island is fun to explore and beachcomb, but are poor for swimming.
Contrary to what some tour or shore excursion packages offered to cruise ship guests might suggest, all of the beaches to the high tide mark in the Turks and Caicos are public with no entrance fee. There are no “private beaches”. An all-inclusive “private” beach package can be a good option if you want to have access to umbrellas, loungers, a bar service and other amenities, but these sites are neither private nor located on the best beach.
If you simply want to have as much sand and ocean to yourself as possible, we recommend either renting a vehicle or taking a taxi to the spectacular Governor’s Beach (just walk north up the beach a bit if the main access is crowded), English Point Beach or Pillory Beach.
Grand Turk has many small supermarkets and shops. It’s easy to find cold drinks and snacks if you so desire.
The popular beaches on Grand Turk do not offer great snorkelling sites. Ancient coral shelves (largely devoid of live coral) and collapsed rock jetties shelter some colourful reef fish and are found at Governor's Beach, Cockburn Town Beach and English Point. These locations can be fun to explore, but really do not compare to the actual vibrant reefs found throughout the Turks and Caicos.
The only easily assessable actual shore reef on the island is the difficult-to-find Boaby Rock Point reef. If you don’t mind the seaweed and flotsam on the beach, it’s a great snorkelling site during calm ocean conditions.
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