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Beaches of the Turks and Caicos

A tranquil day at Leeward Beach, Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos truly has some of the best beaches in the world.

From the world famous Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales and Governor's Beach on Grand Turk, to our lesser-known yet equally stunning smaller beaches, there's a perfect coast for waiting for everyone.

The brilliant sand that is the norm in the Turks and Caicos is composed almost entirely of broken down shells and coral, resulting in breath-taking white, pink and peach hues.

A Unique Environment

The geology and location of the Turks and Caicos largely accounts for our spectacular coasts.

Our beaches and signature turquoise water are due to several factors; the white marine limestone foundation of the islands, a healthy barrier reef system, the lack of rivers, streams and any significant runoff, and the lack in the islands of harder rock. Our islands are generally quite small as well, so there’s very little soil sediment to cloud the ocean water.

It’s a very interesting how these factor come together. See our article on why the Turks and Caicos has the best beaches in the world.

What are the Top Beaches in the Turks and Caicos?

The perfect beach and water at Grace Bay

Every main island in the Turks and Caicos is home to at least one incredible beach. Grace Bay Beach on Providenciales is rightfully the best-known due to its sheer size and excellent consistency, yet there are dozens of equally beautiful albeit less extensive beaches throughout the country.


Providenciales offers a wonderful selection of coasts. Grace Bay and Leeward Beach are the finest, yet Taylor Bay, Sapodilla Bay, Long Bay, Malcolm’s Road Beach and the Bight Beach doubtlessly deserve mention.

Grand Turk

Governor's Beach on Grand Turk is without doubt the best coast on the island. On a calm day, the clarity of this beach is unreal.

North Caicos and Middle Caicos

Hollywood Beach and the eastern end of Horsestable Beach vie for the top spot on North Caicos.

Three beaches on Middle Caicos are contenders for the best beach on the island. Mudjin Harbour, Bambarra Beach, and Cedar Point each offer a completely different and incredibly beautiful coast.

South Caicos

East Bay and Long Beach are both beautiful beaches. Due to their locations on opposite sides of the island, if conditions are rough at one, it’ll be calm at the other.

The crystal-clear water at the Bight Beach, Providenciales.

Salt Cay

Offering a little of everything, the exquisite North Bay is the best beach on Salt Cay.

Our Smaller Cays

The secluded cays of Water Cay, Half Moon Bay, Pine Cay, and Fort George Cay all have spectacular beaches.

Snorkelling and Beach Reefs

Although the sites can be difficult to find depending on the island, there is decent shore snorkelling from all of the main islands in the Turks and Caicos.

Providenciales offers by far the widest selection of beach reefs, including the popular Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef. The remote yet beautiful west coast is home to several amazing sites, but it’s best to visit these locations on a snorkelling cruise.

Grand Turk features one beautiful yet weather-dependent little reef on the south point of the island. The popular west coast beaches off Cockburn Town have ancient coral shelves, however these are rather lacklustre when compared to the majority of reefs in the country.

North and Middle Caicos offer interesting reefs, yet such sites are effected by ocean swell and are not always Salt Cay is home to several excellent snorkelling reefs off of much of the west coast and North Bay Beach.

Rules and Regulations

The beautiful colours of Bambarra Beach, Middle Caicos.
  • All beaches in the Turks and Caicos are public and free-to-access up to the high tide point. The law does not guarantee access across private land to get to the beach, however, nearly all beaches have roads or paths that are regularly used.
  • Littering is prohibited.
  • Open fires are prohibited on protected areas, which includes national parks, nature reserves and protected historical sites. Many of the tops beaches and coasts in the Turks and Caicos are in a protected area.
  • The removal of any natural or historical item from a protected area is prohibited.
  • Fishing and the collection conch, lobster, crabs or shellfish is illegal in protected areas, and licenses, regulations and seasons apply outside of protected areas. It is the responsibility of the fisherman to follow the law.

Safety and Dangers

The amazing water at Governor's Beach, Grand Turk.

On the busier beaches, especially the north coast beaches on Providenciales of Grace Bay, Leeward Beach, and the Bight Beach, reckless power boat use is the greatest danger. Many resorts are marked-off swim zones where vessel use is prohibited, yet captains do at time ignore such zone.

Generally, the main beaches in the Turks and Caicos do not exhibit dangerous currents, under pulls or tides, however unusual conditions and storms may create hazardous conditions.

Due to the natural tides, there may be water movement in the channels between cays, however the intensity of movement quickly fades outside of the channels.

Sharks and a few poisonous sea creatures are found in our waters, however human attacks and injuries have been extremely rare.

Explore Our Beaches by Island!

See our island-specific beach pages for a comprehensive lists of coasts!

The Best Beaches in the Turks and Caicos

Here are the best beaches in the country. There’s a wide selection waiting to be explored!