The Turtle Tail area of Providenciales offers several small beaches between the coastal south side rocky bluffs and hills. These small beaches are generally quite scenic, but are not as quite as good for swimming as the more popular north coast beaches of Grace Bay Beach, The Bight Beach and Leeward Beach.
These beaches range in size from about fifty feet up to few hundred feet long. Many of the tiny beaches here are really only accessible from villas along the coast.
The water in this area is quite shallow, often only a few feet deep going out a long distance. At the largest of the Turtle Tail beaches, five small cays are found off the beach and it’s possible to wade out to the closer islands.
Unfortunately, there are no official designated public beach accesses to any of the Turtle Tail beaches at this time, but it’s not difficult to get to many of the beaches from the road.
Not to be confused with the better-known Five Cays region to the west, a tiny archipelago, Little Five Cays, can be found close off the largest of the Turtle Tail Beaches. These limestone ironshore islands are Bristol Cay, the two Dick Penn Cays, and the two Bird Egg Cays.
These little islands are quite scenic, and it’s possible to wade out (especially at low tide!) to the Dick Penn Cays, which are the closest to shore.
The largest of the Turtle Tail beaches is the easiest to access, and is found by following Venetian Road from Leeward Highway for three and three quarters miles to a large cleared space on the right. This area is between the two main stretches of beach and also offers an excellent spot for launching kayaks.
The beach and ocean at the Turtle Tail beaches is generally safe. The biggest danger to swimmers would hidden conch shells and rocks in the water and on the beach. These obstacles can cause lacerations if stepped on.