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Enjoying the sand, sea and sun of Grace Bay Beach,

Grace Bay Beach

Beach Information
Watch for Boats
Do not touch fish or coral
Dogs must be on Leashes
No Fishing
No Lifeguard
No Littering
No Loud Music or Noise
No Open Fires
Our Opinion
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.

This page only refers to the attraction of Grace Bay Beach. For information on the inland resort, dining and shopping region, see Grace Bay.

Found off the northeast coast of Providenciales, this pristine beach is the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The recipient of many designations, Grace Bay currently holds the position of World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination, and Trip Advisor’s 2nd best beach in the world.

The entire beach is consistently excellent, with clean water, white sand and no rocks, seaweed or pollution. The barrier reef found a mile (1.6km) out protects Grace Bay from the ocean swells of the Atlantic.

Nearly all of the main resorts on Providenciales are found on this coast, and much of the watersport activity occurs in the area.

Many sources cite Grace Bay as being seven or twelve miles long, but in reality it’s only a little over three miles long (4.8km).

Sea Oats on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales.

On the 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 to Turtle Cove Marina. The canals of Turtle Cove and Thompson’s Cove, and sea cliffs near Blue Mountain separate this section of coast line from the seven and a half mile (12km) continuous beach that stretches from Blue Hills to Northwest Point.

Grace Bay Beach is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park.

The Origin of the Name Grace Bay

Grace Bay Beach was named after Grace Jane Hutchings, wife of Hugh Houston Hutchings, Commissioner of the Turks and Caicos from 1933-1934.

Grace Bay Snorkelling

The calm and beautiful Grace Bay Beach.

Unfortunately, the consistent sandy bottom of Grace Bay does not lend itself well to snorkelling. There are no reefs or snorkelling sites within easy shore access of the beach.

Too far to swim to from the coast, the barrier reef off of Grace Bay does offer excellent snorkel and dive sites when the conditions are right. However, it’s necessary to take a boat cruise out to these locations.

Found adjacent to the west of Grace Bay, the The Bight Reef is the closet beach snorkelling site. For those staying in central Grace Bay, most will find the walk to this reef too far for convenience.

Dangers

Aerial view of Grace Bay Beach.

By far the greatest danger to swimmers is the reckless usage of powerboats. Tourists have been killed in the area by being struck by a boat. Most of this behavior is by small vessels offering banana boat and wake rides and recent changes in the law require that such boats have a dedicated spotter. However, this is often not followed and it’s important to be aware of them.

This beach is inside the Princess Alexandra National Park which has a 15mph speed limit for power vessels, but most boats operators flagrantly ignore this rule.

There are typically no major currents or dangerous waves in the area.

Boat Danger
Many of the main north coast beaches on Providenciales suffer from negligent boat operators who ignore the law and drive recklessly, without attention, and significantly above the 15 MPH speed limit. Their actions have resulted in tourists being killed. Laws exists to curb some of their dangerous behavour, but these laws are not enforced and the boat operaters simply ignore them. You must constantly be on the alert for boat traffic in your area in order to avoid injury.

Grace Bay Map

Map & Locations

Map

Beach Accesses

Central
Grace Bay Road
Off of Grace Bay Road opposite the Ports of Call Village, this access offers plenty of parking.
Forbes Point
Next to the Sands Resort, this access can be found by taking Treasure Road of Grace Bay Road, and then turning left on Manor Street. There’s plenty of free parking.
Grace Bay Club
Located between Ocean Club West and the Grace Bay Club Resorts, this access is on Bonaventure Crescent (mistakenly called Grace Bay Circle Road). Parking close to the beach access here is limited.
Grande Court
Grande Court
Found on Grande Court, this access is between the Royal West Indies resort and the Grandview. There’s plenty of free parking here.
Manor Street
Manor Street
This access is found on the east end of Manor Street, next to the Mansions condominium. To get to this street, take Castle Road or Treasure Road off of Grace Bay Road. Of the beach accesses in Grace Bay, Manor Street has the shortest distance from parking to the beach. There’s plenty of free parking here.
Regent Street
Regent Street
This access is located in the Regent Village, adjacent to the Regent Palms Resort. Free parking is available.
Rotary Park
Princess Drive
Found at the Rotary Park at the north end of Sibonne Road, this access is located between the Sibonne Resort and the Somerset. A small playground and free parking can be found here.
Sandcastles
Grace Bay Road
Also known as Flamingo's or Ricky's, this access is found off of Grace Bay Road, opposite the Provo Golf Course entrance. There’s plenty of free parking here, and bathrooms are available at the cultural market onsite.
Stubb’s Cut
This access is found next to the craft market between Beaches Resort and the new Beaches Key West Village. Located on Princess Drive. Free parking can be found here. Of the public Grace Bay Beach accesses, this location has the longest walk to the beach (800 feet (244 metres)).