Wheeland Beach is a remote and largely inaccessible coast, located to the west of the settlements of Blue Hills and Wheeland. The beach is essentially the continuation to the northwest of Blue Hills Beach.
Wheeland Beach is quite beautiful, yet due to being exposed to the typical eastern trade winds, the coast often has choppy water conditions, and flotsam and seaweed is typically present on the beach.
During atypically calm weather conditions, interesting snorkeling can be had at the many coral heads found off the beach.
The Sights and Scenery
As a windswept and remote coast, Wheeland Beach is scenic, yet not quite as conducive for general swimming as many of the other beaches on Providenciales are. The area however offers beautiful views and decent sightings of wildlife, with brown pelicans, ospreys, and shore birds being common.
As a windward coast, it’s typically quite breezy, and the onshore winds create some good flotsam beachcombing opportunities.
The old Northwest Point Trail led along much of the beach and traversed dune, tropical dry forest, and marsh environments, eventually ending near Northwest Point. However, it’s no longer possible to traverse the full original route.
The Sand Quarry
Adjacent to Wheeland Beach was the Wheeland sand quarry, where sand for construction was mined in the 1980s and 1990s. Mining has ceased, yet extensive pits have been left, which are now ponds. The ponds now attract birds, primarily white-cheeked pintail ducks, stilts, and the occasional Caribbean flamingo.
There are no official accesses to Wheeland Beach. The coast is accessible from some spots along the historical Northwest Point and Mule Point trail, which existed for more than a century, and once connected Blue Hills with Malcolm's Road Beach, and later led to the light tower at Northwest Point. The full original route is no longer accessible.
Wheeland Beach is easiest to access from the eastern side of the coast, past Froggies (a restaurant and ATV tour company). On its north-western end, tracks lead to the beach in the vicinity of Northwest Point Resort, yet are only suitable for high-clearance vehicles.
As is the case with many secluded areas in the Turks and Caicos, remote areas such as Wheeland Beach may have an increased risk of crime.
Coral sumac (Metopium Toxiferum) can be found growing in the tropical dry forest in the dunes above Wheeland Beach. The sap from this tree can cause serious rashes and blisters, and persons with sensitive skin can experience the effects with only very light contact with the plant.