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.
Unfortunately, various Government administrations have either directly sold or allowed several beach accesses to become blocked, and it can be difficult to access parts of this beach. A map at the end of this article highlights the few remaining accesses.
It’s possible to walk the uninterrupted 7 miles (11.3 km) 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 the coast to enjoy.
The View and Sights
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 and tubing take place between the small islands, and kayak and stand-up paddleboard 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 color is truly breathtaking, and few people believe that the photos of Leeward Beach are real until they experience the coast for themselves.
There is no decent snorkeling 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 snorkeling 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 snorkeling cruise or island hopping boat trip.
There are many luxury vacation rental villas 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 a few accommodations options to stay at inland, and many are within a very short walking distance of Leeward Beach.
Leeward Beach Accesses
Leeward Beach has three public beach accesses. Each offers a different atmosphere and beach type.
The Stubb's Point 🡓 beach access , also known as Pelican Beach or Sunset Beach, is the best of the Leeward Beach accesses for those that simply want beautiful sand and ocean. Several rock jetties interrupt what otherwise would be a spectacular section of coast. Ample parking space is onsite.
The Pelican Point 🡓 beach access is often overlooked, and hence isn’t typically busy. The beach at this access is less extensive that other sections of the coast, and is framed by stretches of rocky coast. Limited parking space is onsite.
Leeward Going Through
The Leeward Going Through 🡓 access opens onto Leeward Going Through Channel and is the closest access to Emerald Point. This is a great point to launch from when kayaking or paddleboarding to Little Water Cay and the wetlands of Mangrove Cay. Beware of currents and boat traffic when swimming.