Let's begin our special beach tour with the reminder that Condé Nast Traveler (the world's premier travel magazine) voted Grace Bay Beach as "the best beach on the planet". So it goes as an obvious that you'll be checking out Grace Bay Beach while you're here, and heck, it may even be one of the reasons you're visiting in the first place. The sand is immaculate, white and powdery, sugar-soft and sublime, as the warm azure waters of the Caribbean rush gently ashore and nearby the palm trees stretch their arms to the clear blue skies. It's bliss and beauty, the type of scene that computer screen-savers are made from. The type of scene billions of people around the world visualize and create in their minds to momentarily escape their lives. The type of scene that radiates a powerful calming effect on not only those who are currently in it, but on those who remember it and imagine it and dream about it. That's some effect. And it's one of the main reasons why Condé Nast gave Grace Bay Beach the blue ribbon for Earth's thousands of immaculate beaches.
So we're going to move this article's focus onto the other phenomenal beaches in Turks and Caicos that don't receive as much glorification and well-deserved attention. If you're coming on vacation with your family, there are certain spots we recommend exploring. So embark on an adventure to scout out and discover your own little piece of paradise. All the beaches in Turks and Caicos are free and public by law, so take our advice or find your own place. Although you may feel like you're on a private beach with little or no crowds, rest assured you're welcome to be there!
#1 Taylor Bay Beach / Sapodilla Bay
Two coves on the south part of Provo, close to several Villas, these two beaches have been kept a secret for years and remains one of the least populated beaches around. Tranquil shallow waters, perfectly calm and is known as the "children beach", where you can touch the bottom for 200 feet out from the shore. One of the most charming beaches in Turks and Caicos.
#2 Chalk Sound
Only a short drive to see the most beautiful turquoise waters will be well worth it. Not really a beach but a shallow lagoon area in-land where you can rest, kayak or sit at Las Brisas restaurant to enjoy their eclectic menu and amazing cocktails.
#3 Long Bay Beach
Accessible by several walking paths from the Long Bay Hills Road, you will find 3 beautiful miles of beachfront on which to lounge, kite board, or horseback. It's a great place for families so pack a lunch - on hot days, the breeze down here from the southeast shore is welcome indeed.
#4 The Bight
A less populated part at the West end of Grace Bay Beach is The Bight. Access through a parking area where you can find a children's playground and restrooms. A great snorkeling spot!
#5 Leeward Beach
A hard to-get-to beach, as the roads are not being maintained up near the East part of Leeward, however you can walk up along Grace Bay Beach to get here! A fantastic spot to look out onto the Grace Bay Beach area from afar.
Some of our Favourite Family Activities in Turks and Caicos
- SNORKELING: Explore the best reefs just slightly offshore and a short boat ride away. Snorkeling lessons, free-diving workshops, marine life identification and coral reef ecology workshops classes are all available.
- SAILING: Go Sailing in Turks and Caicos and experience this magical destination from the sea, like the pirates.
- KAYAK TOURS: Enjoy the wonders of kayaking through the waters and explore the vibrant mangrove channels, home to many colorful flora and fauna.
Some of our Favourite Family Resorts in Turks and Caicos
- The Regent Palms: Welcome to the Caribbean's most Luxurious Resort and Best Hotel Spa, where you'll experience the finest in elegance and all-around good times. Younger guests will love The Conch Kritters Club, offering a full range of daily activities from beach and pool games to art activities.
- Seven Stars: This paradise getaway is outlined by white sand beaches and a protected marine preserve, providing a welcome luxury-filled sanctuary where service comes with a smile and the ultimate relaxation is the name of the game.
- Sands at Grace Bay: The Sands is classic luxury in a Caribbean Plantation style setting that offers something for everyone in the family, from swimming to relaxing on the white powdery sands to dining with the sunset.
- Veranda Resort: A true community with a luxurious and warm setting waiting to take you in its arms and show you how lovely your family vacation in Turks and Caicos can be.