Many of our finest beaches are located on the island of
Providenciales, which also supports the majority of resorts and infrastructure as well.
A great aspect of
boat charters and tours from Providenciales are the many secluded beaches and coasts that can be visited. There’s an incredible array to discover – from the long white sand beaches in the Caicos Cays, to hidden gems on tiny uninhabited islands. They can’t all be named here, yet there’s something special about exploring the unique and often overlooked beaches found across the
100 islands that make up the Turks and Caicos.
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 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
stand up paddle boarding, and
The beach and cliffs at Mudjin Harbour on Middle Caicos.
The breath taking
Mudjin Harbour is the top attraction on the island of Middle Caicos. The high limestone cliffs, white sand beach,
Dragon Cay, 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
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.
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 across the
Caicos Banks. 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
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 for boat charters.
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.
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.
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.
Meridian Club is the only resort on the coast, yet there are some rental villas as well. The north coasts of Pine 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!
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.
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 the historical site of
Sapodilla Hill, where centuries-old rock inscriptions and great views can be seen.
Several top coasts didn’t quite make the top ten beach list, yet deserve mention.
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!
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.
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.
Big Sand Cay, located south of Salt Cay, is one of the most scenic spots in the Turks and Caicos. Unfortunately it’s quite a journey to access, especially from the island of Providenciales. The few who make it out to this remote cay will discover a sheltered and truly spectacular beach.