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The pristine water and sand of Grace Bay Beach.

The 10 Best Beaches in the Turks and Caicos

One of the spectacular beaches in the Turks and Caicos.

The Turks and Caicos is home to some of the best beaches in the world, yet many of our archipelago’s top coasts go without recognition.

This guide highlights the best beaches in the Turks and Caicos, and how to get to them. To explore the full list of beaches we have, see Beaches of the Turks and Caicos. Quite a few factors account for our amazing beach sand and unrivalled water. See Why the Turks and Caicos Has the Best Beaches.

Many of our finest beaches are located on the island of Providenciales, which also supports the majority of resorts and infrastructure as well.

Grace Bay Beach, the best beach in the world.

Grace Bay Beach

The world famous Grace Bay Beach is often ranked as the best beach in the world, so it’s no surprise that it tops this list.

Found on the north coast of Providenciales, Grace Bay is home to many of the country’s luxury resorts, and is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park. The bay is protected by a beautiful barrier reef system, which hides some great scuba diving sites.

The soft white sand and clear water of Grace Bay really has to be seen to be fully appreciated, as photos really don’t do it justice.

To the west of Grace Bay is the likewise amazing Bight Beach, and the snorkelling sites of the Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef.

Grace Bay Beach Providenciales Luxury Resorts The Grace Bay Tourism Region
Leeward Beach and Emerald Point.

Leeward Beach

Found to the east of Grace Bay is the tranquil Leeward Beach. There’s perfect white sand and incredibly-turquoise water.

This region doesn’t have any large luxury resorts, so the atmosphere tends to be very quiet and secluded. If you’re interested in staying on this exquisite beach, there are quite a few expansive luxury rentals to choose. The sheltered channels off the eastern side of Leeward are ideal for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and wakeboarding.

Leeward Beach can also be a great spot for beachcombing and seashells.

Several accesses lead to this coast, yet can be difficult to find. Check out our Leeward Beach page for detailed information.

Leeward Beach
The beach and cliffs at Mudjin Harbour on Middle Caicos.

Mudjin Harbour

The breath taking Mudjin Harbour is the top attraction on the island of Middle Caicos. The high limestone cliffs, white sand beach, Dragon Island, caves, and breaking surf of this natural attraction come together to create what is often said to be the top landscape in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The name Mudjin Harbour is a local evolution of Bermudian Harbour, as the coast is reminiscent of the bluffs and cliffs of Horseshoe Bay Beach and Stonehole Bay Beach in Bermuda. Bermudians who came over to the Turks and Caicos 1600s and 1700s to rake natural sea salt gave the coast its name.

Nearby to Mudjin Harbour is Conch Bar Caves, the largest dry cave system in the Bahamas – Turks and Caicos island chains, and the sheltered and scenic Bambarra Beach.

Our two central islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos are connected by a road causeway, so it’s possible to explore both islands by car. There are many great nature and outdoor sites to discover on these two laid-back islands. A day trip to North Caicos and Middle Caicos is one of our top-rated activities.

Mudjin Harbour Day Trip to North Caicos and Middle Caicos Getting to North Caicos and Middle Caicos Conch Bar Caves
Horseback riding in the shallow water at Long Bay Beach.

Long Bay Beach

The Turks and Caicos is home to several coasts christened Long Bay, however in this case we’re referring to the unparalleled kiteboarding spot of Long Bay Beach on Providenciales.

Long Bay features fine, white sand, and shallow, brilliant turquoise water that continues out for miles. The constant eastern trade winds create the perfect conditions for kiting, and the shallow depth allows kiters to stand when they’re not ripping across the water, which is great for beginners and pros alike. Long Bay Beach is also the top coast for horseback riding.

Off shore on the horizon is the wreck of the La Famille Express, a Soviet oil rig service vessel turned Dominican freighter, which was grounded during Hurricane Frances in 2004. This wreck is a very popular stop of boat charters.

If you’re looking to stay on the beautiful Long Bay, there is the luxury Shore Club resort and many vacation rental villas to choose from.

Long Bay Beach Kiteboarding on Providenciales
The incredible Half Moon Bay Lagoon.

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is found between Water Cay and Little Water Cay, and is a beach and sand bar that filled in over time in the channel between these two islands.

This piece of paradise is the top boat excursion destination in the Turks and Caicos. Here you’ll find a great beach, the unique Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana scurrying about the dunes, and a picturesque shallow lagoon on the southern side of the beach.

Half Moon Bay is a really beautiful area, and a great site for nature lovers. In addition to the iguanas, tiny lemon sharks can be seen in the lagoon, and groves of our most-common palm tree, the small thatch palm, frame the bay.

Water Cay and Little Water Cay are uninhabited and undeveloped. A boat cruise or yacht charter is the typical way to visit Half Moon Bay, yet it’s also possible to kayak over from Providenciales and explore on your own.

Half Moon Bay Little Water Cay Water Cay Boat Excursions
The crystal-clear water at Governor's Beach on Grand Turk.

Governor's Beach

The beautiful Governor's Beach on the island of Grand Turk features some of the clearest ocean water in the country. Named after Waterloo, the governor’s mansion that’s hidden on the beach, this coast is located just north of the Grand Turk Cruise Center, and the Cruise Center Beach (SunRay Beach).

Governor's Beach Getting Around Grand Turk Day Trip to Grand Turk
The beautiful North Bay Beach on Salt Cay.

North Bay Beach

The often-overlooked North Bay Beach on the quiet island of Salt Cay is one of the finest coasts in the Turks and Caicos. It brings together everything, perfect white and peach-coloured sand, crystal-clear water, small reefs for snorkelling, little wave breaks for stand up paddle surfing, and perfect seclusion.

Very few visit this beach, so you’re likely to have the entire coast to yourselves. It’s possible to stay on Salt Cay, or take a day trip from the island of Providenciales.

North Bay Beach Day Trip to Salt Cay
The amazing and secluded beach at Pine Cay and Water Cay.

Pine Cay Beach

The beach fronting the north coast on the private island of Pine Cay has to be seen to be believed. There’s calm water, pristine sand, and exquisite ocean water.

The small Meridian Club is the only resort on the coast, yet there are some rental villas as well. The north coasts of Pine Cay, Water Cay, Half Moon Bay, and Little Water Cay are now connected by sand bars, so it’s possible to trek the entire six mile (9.7km) beach and coasts of these islands.

Pine Cay Beach is the best destination in the country to recreate a Maho Beach style photo of an airplane landing over the beach, as the Pine Cay airstrip is located just over the dune. Just keep in mind that there won’t be any large jets landing, and you may have to wait quite awhile for a plane to come by!

Pine Cay
Cedar Point Beach on Middle Caicos.

Cedar Point Beach

Only for the adventurous due to its remote location, the spectacular Cedar Point and Wild Cow Run is located on the far eastern side of Middle Caicos. Here, shifting sand bars and shallow channels create unbelievable vistas, and the crystal-clear water goes on for miles. Several uninhabited cays frame the setting.

The route to Cedar Point can be rough, so it’s best to take a 4x4, plenty of drinking water, and plan to spend a few hours.

Cedar Point Beach Wild Cow Run Exploring North Caicos and Middle Caicos by 4x4
The tranquil Sapodilla Bay Beach on Providenciales.

Sapodilla Bay Beach

The small yet select Sapodilla Bay Beach on the southwest side of Providenciales features some of the calmest ocean water of any beach in the Turks and Caicos, as the coast is nestled between sheltering hills.

Sapodilla Bay is a great stop when exploring the incredible Chalk Sound region of Providenciales. Also adjacent to the beach is historical site of Sapodilla Hill, where centuries-old rock inscriptions and great views can be seen.

Sapodilla Bay Beach Chalk Sound National Park
The exquisite West Caicos Marine National Park.

Honourable Mentions

Several top coasts didn’t quite make the top ten beach list, yet deserve mention.

The West Caicos Marine National Park off the uninhabited island of West Caicos is home to some of the best dive sites in the country, coves with great cliff jumping, and unparalleled underwater visibility. However, due to the lack of sandy beaches, it doesn’t quite qualify as a top ten beach!

The remote Malcolm's Road Beach on Providenciales is a really beautiful coastline, yet the difficulty of access and occasionally rough ocean conditions make the coast a little less predictable. Malcolm’s Road Beach is located close to the deep Atlantic depths off the underwater Caicos Islands plateau, so the water hue here tends to be more of vivid blue rather than the brilliant turquoise of our shallower beaches.

The centrally-located Bight Beach on Providenciales is another great beach, with its sheltered water, sugar-soft white sand, and lush sea grass snorkelling. The onsite children’s playground and covered picnic tables make this beach a favourite with locals.

Taylor Bay, situated near Chalk Sound, is also a great beach. Unfortunately, there’s no public access by land. The easiest way to visit this coast is by renting a jet ski at Sapodilla Bay and making the short journey over by water, a fun trip in itself.

West Caicos Marine National Park The Bight Beach Malcolm's Road Beach Taylor Bay