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The vivid horizon of Leeward Beach.

Leeward Beach

Beach Information
Watch for Boats
No Fishing
No Lifeguard
No Littering
Our Opinion
A spectacular beach without the crowds of Grace Bay.
5 star rating for Leeward Beach by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
The pristine Leeward Beach.

Found on the northeast end of Providenciales, Leeward Beach is one of the finest beaches in the Turks and Caicos. The coast is adjacent to and continues east from where Grace Bay Beach ends. This beach surrounds the upscale residential region of Leeward.

As one of the top beaches on the island, general swimming conditions are excellent, and there’s plenty of perfect white sand real estate.

It’s possible to walk the uninterrupted seven miles (11.3km) stretch along the beach from Leeward Beach, across Grace Bay Beach, the Bight Beach, and finally to Smith’s Reef and Turtle Cove, where the channel into Turtle Cove Marina breaks up the north coast beach.

Leeward Beach has less development and consequently less traffic than Grace Bay, so you’ll likely be able to find a secluded and private section of coast to enjoy.

Leeward Beach is one of the best beaches on Providenciales, along with Grace Bay Beach, the Bight Beach, Long Bay Beach, and Malcolm's Road Beach. It's part of the Princess Alexandra National Park.

The View and Sights

Aerial view of Leeward Beach at Stubb’s Point and Pelican Beach.

Leeward is a very scenic area. You’ll be able to great view of the Grace Bay resorts and hotels from the western end of this beach. At the eastern end is Leeward Going Through Channel, the waterway that separates Providenciales from the uninhabited Caicos Cays to the east. There are several exquisite sights here, including the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana sanctuary of Little Water Cay, the wetland island of Mangrove Cay, and Blue Haven Marina, which typically shelters an impressive flotilla of yachts.

The Leeward channel area is typically quite active during the day. Tour boats are constantly cruising back and forth, wakeboarding takes place between the small islands, and kayak and stand up paddle board eco-tours make their way through the shallows.

When there’s a bit of ocean swell, the ocean water in the area becomes a brilliant neon turquoise, especially off the north of Emerald Point and Leeward Going Through areas. The colour is truly breath-taking, and few people believe that the photos of Leeward Beach are real until they experience the coast for themselves.

Leeward Point and Little Water Cay.

Suspended limestone particles in the water play a large part in creating the amazing hues of turquoise and blue, similar to the situation at Chalk Sound Lagoon and Bottle Creek.

Leeward Beach is also an excellent place to watch and photograph the sunset, as the setting sun will be across the bay. See sunset and sunrise times.

Snorkelling

There is no decent snorkelling at Leeward Beach. Several rock jetties are found across the beach, yet these support little more than small numbers of reef fish. For those looking for underwater sights, we advise visiting the spectacular Smith's Reef and Bight Reef.

Pristine snorkelling sites are found on the barrier reef in the Leeward area, however, these sites are too far offshore to swim out to and it’s necessary to visit by snorkelling cruise or island hopping boat trip.

Vacation Villas

Leeward Beach is typically far less busy than Grace Bay Beach.

Many of the luxury vacation rental villas on Providenciales are found in the Leeward area, and the most-impressive of these are the expansive beachfront mansions. It’s quite interesting to see walk the beach and see the architecture of these beautiful homes.

There are also quite a few accommodations options to stay at inland, and many are within a very short walking distance of Leeward Beach.

Beach Accesses

There are three main accesses to this beach: Stubb’s Point (also known as Pelican Beach or Sunset Beach), Pelican Point, and Leeward Going Through. There’s typically ample space for car parking at each access.

See below for detailed access directions.

Map & Locations

Map

Beach Accesses

Leeward Going Through
Leeward Going Through is the northeast point of Providenciales. This is a great launching spot for kayaking or paddle boarding to Little Water Cay or the wetlands of Mangrove Cay. There can be a current at times between the islands and heavy boat traffic. Follow Prince Of Wales Drive (the continuation of Sandpiper Avenue) to 700 feet (225 meters) before its end. The access is on the left.
Pelican Point
This access has more rocks than the other accesses, but the location still has beautiful water and sand. A small 800 foot (240 meter) section of very low cliff is found close to east, but is easy to walk over. Follow Nightjar Road off of Sandpiper Avenue to the ocean. Due to erosion, it can be difficult to get down to the beach from the road. Decaying wire gabions with rocks are also a hazard.
Stubb's Point (Pelican Beach)
Also known as Pelican Beach, this is the most popular access, and there is an excellent view of the Grace Bay Resorts to the west. Several stone jetties are found off the beach here, and it’s possible to spot a few colorful fish off these when snorkeling during calm conditions. To get to the Stubb’s Point Access, take Shearwater Close off of Sandpiper Avenue and follow to its end.