Turks and Caicos beaches are famed for their white sands and tranquility. People flock here from all over the world to relax on the island’s exotic stretches of white sand. The small island’s striking coastline is the perfect place to chill out before embarking on an underwater adventure to explore one of the most extensive coral reef systems worldwide (65 miles across and 200 miles long).
Below are four of the top beaches on Grand Turk:
Grand Turk’s Governor’s Beach, on the south-western edge of the island, may be popular and one of the busiest spots on Grand Turk, but this is for a reason. Not only is it located incredibly close to the main cruise port — making the sandy stretch easily accessible — it resides within the Columbus Landfall National Park, renowned for its beauty. Snorkelling is also highly recommended here, as the waters are shallow, calm, and brilliantly clear and beachgoers often bring picnics and sit beneath the beach’s sandy pines.
The East Side
Head over to the east side of Grand Turk and you can hike almost the entire length of this seven mile island. There are no restaurants or bars along this stretch, just a few private houses overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Apart from its length and lack of visitors, this beach is famous for its jetsam and flotsam, and is also great for bird spotting. Look out for eagles swooping down over the shallows as they search for a fishy snack.
Pillory Beach remains virtually untouched from the day that Christopher Columbus landed here. Often referred to as one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, its calm waters are ideal for snorkelling. A vertical coral reef sits just offshore, dropping from 25 feet (8 meters) to 7000 feet (2130 meters) in a heartbeat, attracting a huge array of exotic fish species such as eagle rays (Myliobatidae) and sea cucumbers (Holothuroidea).
Bohio Dive Resort is also located here, the perfect place to relax before exploring the wonders of Grand Turk’s underwater paradise. Dramatic dive walls and majestic sea-life are only a short boat ride away.
Whilst not technically on Grand Turk, we had to mention Gibbs Cay under “top beaches to visit whilst here”! Gibbs Cay, a few hundred meters to the east of Grand Turk, is not only famous for its abundance of southern stingrays , but also for its powdery, white sands, ideal for relaxing in the sun. After a short boat ride, visitors are always struck by the beauty of the cay and a wonderful afternoon can be spent snorkeling with the rays, enjoying a delicious freshly made conch ceviche salad (you catch the conch on the boat ride over!), and soaking up the stunning natural beauty of the sandy islet, surrounded by crystal clear waters.
If you like the idea of seclusion, on your very own island with stunning white sand and azure waters, this is your destination. Bohio can help get you there in a small boat in a jiffy, with rum punch and all: http://www.bohioresort.com/dive.html