The best beach in the world, and a must-see for all visitors to Providenciales.
5 star rating for Grace Bay Beach by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
The pristine Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales.
The world-famous Grace Bay Beach
is located on the northeast coast of the island of Providenciales. This pristine beach is the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the recipient of many designations, awards, and accolades.
Grace Bay currently holds the position of World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination, and 2nd place in Trip Advisor’s World’s Best Beaches. Over the previous decade, Grace Bay has taken first or second place in these two competitions 19 times.
The entirety of Grace Bay is excellent and breath-taking, with clean turquoise water and soft white sand, and no rocks, seaweed, or pollution. An extensive
barrier reef is located about a mile (1.6 km) offshore, protects Grace Bay from the ocean swells of the Atlantic, which helps to keep the water at the beach calm and safe.
Grace Bay Beach is home to nearly all of the large and luxury resorts on Providenciales, and much of the boat and water sports traffic that takes place near Providenciales occurs in the shallow waters between the beach and barrier reef.
The calm and beautiful Grace Bay Beach.
Many sources cite Grace Bay as being seven or twelve miles long, yet in reality it’s only a little over three miles long (4.8 km). On its east side, Grace Bay Beach continues as
Leeward Beach, and on the west end as the
Bight Beach. It’s possible to walk the entire seven miles from Leeward Going Through Point (also known as Emerald Point) near
Little Water Cay, to
Turtle Cove Marina and
Smith's Reef. The inlet canals of Turtle Cove Marina and the residential neighborhood of
Thompson Cove, and a few outcrops of limestone ocean cliffs near
Blue Mountain interrupt the beach, which would otherwise continue another seven and a half mile (12 km) past
Wheeland, and finally to Northwest Point and the
Northwest Point National Park.
Want to watch a glorious sunset or capture the perfect photo? As may be expected, the sunset over Grace Bay can be amazing. Some great places to watch the show include the dock at
Ricky’s restaurant (the Sandcastles beach access), located on the eastern side of Club Med, and at the Forbes Point beach access near the Sands Resort. The Stubb’s Point (also known as Pelican Beach or Sunset Beach) access on Leeward Beach is another great place in the area to see the sunset.
A sunset cruise on Grace Bay can be an incredible way to watch the show as well, and is one of our top recommended things to do.
Grace Bay Beach, and the adjacent coasts of Leeward Beach and the Bight Beach are very rarely effected by sargassum and seaweed deposits. This is due to the typical east southeast wind directions, which blow the floating offshore.
The Bight Beach has lush sea grass beds which grow in sheltered parts of the bay, and sometimes bits of this sea grass does wash onto the beach. In most situations, if the seaweed is present, it’ll be a narrow strip left at the high tide line.
Many of the best-known resorts and hotels in the Turks and Caicos are located on Grace Bay Beach.
The first beachfront on Grace Bay was
Club Med Turkoise, an adults-only all-inclusive resort which opened in 1984 and is still open today. This expansive resort is located on one of the finest stretches of Grace Bay, and offers a wide collection of activities and waters sports at great rates.
The first luxury resort in the islands was the
Grace Bay Club Resort, one of the properties in the Grace Bay Resorts Collection. The original hotel building still stands, yet the resort has greatly expanded since. One interesting feature at this resort is the infinity pool overlooking Grace Bay. Later additions include the Grace Bay Estates, which are condo residences, built to the east of the main property.
Due to the premium of the frontage on Grace Bay, only a very few villas are beachfront on the coast, with the most notable examples being Coral House, which is located on the far eastern edge of Grace Bay. Leeward Beach and the Bight Beach, which are directly adjacent to Grace Bay on the east and west sides, are home to some beautiful beachfront villas and vacation rental properties. See best beachfront villas.
Resorts as seen from the clear waters of Grace Bay.
Grace Bay offers a full spectrum of accommodation ambiances and price ranges. Budget-friendly options can be found both on the beach and inland, and there are many 5-star luxury resorts, as well as perfect
wedding and honeymoon resorts.
Some great and fun beachfront restaurants are located on Grace Bay Beach, including Bay Bistro, Hemingway’s on the Beach, Somewhere on the Beach, Asu at the Alexandra Resort, Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar at the Grace Bay Club Resort, and Seven at Seven Stars. The only beachfront bar or restaurant not on the grounds of a resort is
Flamingo Café (Ricky's), near the
Provo Golf Club.
Grace Bay is home to exquisite and vibrant reefs, yet unfortunately, with the exception of the Bight Reef (Coral Gardens), located on the far western edge of the beach, the reefs are too far out to swim to, and must be visited via boat.
The Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef offer a wealth of fish, turtles, stingrays, lobsters, and coral to explore, yet are a little too far to walk to from many of the Grace Bay resorts.
A snorkeling cruise to the barrier reef off Grace Bay and Leeward can be a great experience, as the underwater sights are a little different than the interior bay reefs, and there are bright sea fans and intricate coral topography to discover.
By far the greatest danger to swimmers is the reckless usage of powerboats. Tourists have been killed in the Grace Bay area by being struck by a boat. Most of this behavior is by small vessels offering banana boat and wake rides. Changes in the law require that such boats have a dedicated spotter, however, such mandated practices are often not followed and it’s important to be aware of them.
Many of the north coast beaches on Providenciales suffer from these negligent boat operators who ignore the law and pilot their vessels recklessly, without attention, and significantly above the 15 MPH (24 KPH) speed limit. You must constantly be on the alert for boat traffic in your area in order to avoid injury.