There have been some contention over the traditional beach access path for Taylor Bay, which has been gated at various times. This route travelled over what may have been private land, and there is no government-sanctioned access. At this time, the entrance is not gated (2018).
The Turks and Caicos Government is working on a solution to the beach access issues.
Taylor Bay Beach remains public and free-to-access up to the high tide point, and access by the general public to Taylor Bay from the ocean cannot be restricted.
There is a route to the coast on its western end near the entrance to the Silly Creek neighbourhood, yet this path is not an established access.
Taylor Bay is found off the south coast of Providenciales, near Chalk Sound and west of Sapodilla Bay. This scenic beach isn't extensive at only about 2000 feet (600 meter) long. Sheltered by the small Ocean Point peninsula from the regular southeast trade winds, the water here is very shallow, calm and clear and is consequently an excellent beach choice when visiting with small children.
This beach can be very interesting during very low tides as due to the very shallow water, large patches of sand with intricate patterns are exposed at times.
Quite a few rental vacation villas are located in this area, but the beaches rarely sees any crowds. There’s no decent snorkelling nearby. The low sea cliffs that continue on both ends of the beach where the sand stops do shelter a few small fish and soft corals, but you’ll won’t find much more than that.
The main access for Taylor Bay is found off of Ocean Point Drive in the Chalk Sound region of Providenciales. There’s limited parking here for about eight vehicles.
It’s not too difficult to find this beach.
After entering Chalk Sound Drive from South Dock Road, continue .8 miles (1.31km) to Ocean Point Drive. The entrance to Chalk Sound Drive is at the junction opposite the fuel storage facility, and next to the small police station.
Before reaching the turn for Ocean Point Drive, you’ll pass the entrance for Las Brisas restaurant and Neptune Villas. Take Ocean Point Drive on your left and the small parking area for Taylor Bay will be on your right after about 1000 feet (300m).
A 440 foot (134m) walking path leads from Ocean Point Drive to Taylor Bay Beach.
Because Taylor Bay is generally sheltered from the typical eastern trade winds, the area can have biting midges (also known as no see ums, or sand fleas). These annoying insects emerge in the mornings and evenings, so you may want to bring insect repellent in you plan to visit this coast near sunrise or sunset times .
Taylor Bay is one of the safest beaches in the Turks and Caicos. The water here is almost always calm, and there are typically no currents or underpulls. There may be the occasional conch, shell or small rock hidden in the sand.