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 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.
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.
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.
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.