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Grace Bay Beach Providenciales

Beach Information
Watch for Boats
Dogs Must be on Leash
Do Not Touch Fish or Coral
No Fishing
No Lifeguard
No Littering
No Loud Music or Noise
No Open Fires
Editor's Comments
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
Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos
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.

turquoise water at Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales
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 Blue Hills, Wheeland, and finally to Northwest Point and the Northwest Point National Park.

Grace Bay Beach is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, which also includes the Bight Beach, Smith’s Reef, the Bight Reef (Coral Gardens), Leeward Beach, Little Water Cay, Half Moon Bay, and the eco-tour destination of Mangrove Cay.

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.

Sunset Locations

Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales
Sea Oats on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales.

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.

Sargassum and Seaweed

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.

Grace Bay Hotels, Resorts and Villas

aerial view of resorts on Grace Bay Beach
Aerial view of Grace Bay Beach.

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.

clear ocean water at Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos
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.

Excellent luxury resort options include the boutique Point Grace, Seven Stars, The Palms, Grace Bay Club Resort, and the family-oriented Beaches Turks and Caicos all-inclusive, which includes a water park, 21 restaurants, and a wealth of water sports and activities.

Some the best deals can be had at the hotels such as the quaint Sibonné Beach Hotel, the all-inclusive Club Med Turkoise, Royal West Indies Resort, and inland at Villa del Mar, The Oasis at Grace Bay, Ports of Call Resort, and the Inn at Grace Bay.

The Turks and Caicos Ritz-Carlton resort and residences project is also currently under construction, and expected to open in late 2021.

Restaurants and Bars at Grace Bay

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.

Things to Do at Grace Bay Beach

Grace Bay is the perfect playground for many water sports and boat charters, including Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling cruises, parasailing, scuba diving, and more.

Snorkeling at Grace Bay Beach

sailboats on Grace Bay Beach
Hobie Cat sailboats on Grace Bay Beach.

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.

Dangers and Safety Concerns

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.

Grace Bay Beach is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, which has a 15 MPH (24 KPH) speed limit for power vessels. Many boat operators flagrantly ignore this rule. See Poisonous and Venomous Flora and Fauna, and Sharks in the Turks and Caicos for information on sea creatures that could harm you.

Grace Bay Map

Map & Location

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 near the craft market between Beaches Resort and the new Beaches Key West Village. Located on Princess Drive. Free parking can be found here.
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