Providenciales is the most developed island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago. Provo, as the locals call it, has a massive coastal area and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the archipelago. So, instead of finding here a list of all beaches on the island, read on to find out the five best beaches to visit in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
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Best Beaches in Turks and Caicos – Long Bay Beach
As the name suggests, Long Bay Beach is an extensive 3-mile coastline with powdery white sand and crystal-clear water. The vegetation surrounding the beach is vast and, in some parts, includes swaying palm trees that add an extra charm to one of the best beaches in Turks and Caicos.
Because of the stronger winds on this part of the island, Long Bay Beach is a famous beach spot in Providenciales for kite surfers and travelers seeking water sports activities.
Additionally, here you’ll find the grounded shipwreck of the freighter ship La Famille Express a bit further out. Visitors in Long Bay can rent jet-skis or join tours to travel the approximately 2 miles off the coast to see this attraction.
How to get to Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach is located on the southeast side of Providenciales. Type Kitesurf Turks and Caicos Islands into Google Maps and look for the Long Bay Beach parking lot (part of a cul-de-sac); once parked, it’ll be a short 3-minute walk to the beach along a stone tile footpath from the parking spot.
Places to stay near Long Bay Beach
- H2O Lifestyle Resort: H2O is set in front of Long Bay Beach, one of the best beaches to visit in Providenciales. The location is perfect for water sports and one of the favorites for kitesurfing on the island. When not enjoying H2O’s stunning pools, sit at their sun loungers by the beach to soak in the uninterrupted views of the ocean.
- The Shore Club: a fantastic property in Long Bay Beach; at The Shore Club, the rooms’ designs are a breath of fresh air where the white and turquoise blend perfectly with the surroundings. Additionally, here you’ll have a private tennis court, 4 restaurants, 5 bars, and 4 pools.
- Windchaser Villa: going to Turks and Caicos with family or group? Then consider staying at this magnificent luxury villa with 4 bedrooms located within a short, 3-minute walk from Long Bay Beach. This modern property has the best amenities, such as a fully equipped kitchen, grill, and outdoor pool.
Best Beaches in Turks and Caicos – Taylor Bay Beach
Taylor Bay is a small, unspoiled beach on the Turks and Caicos Islands. At this piece of paradise, the teal, serene sea without any waves is the perfect beach for kayaking and paddleboarding – as well as just hanging out.
Also, if you feel like enjoying the secluded and private location, there are many luxury rental villas beachfront, so you can have the best of Taylor Bay from morning to sundown.
It’s important to note that there are no facilities on Taylor Beach, so bring a towel to stretch over the sand and be cautious with the sun in the middle of the day.
How to get to Taylor Bay Beach
Taylor Bay is set on the south coast of Providenciales, close to Chalk Sound National Park and Sapodilla Bay (you can plan on visiting them on the same day). First, head towards Chalk Sound Dr and then take the Ocean Point Dr. Next, you’ll see an Ocean Point sign in front of Villa Turquesa – here is where you can park (along the road) and access the short path to Taylor Bay next to Sul Mare Villas.
Places to stay near Taylor Bay Beach
- Taylor Bay Villa: a gorgeous 2-story villa with pool located in Taylor Bay, one of Providenciales’ most stunning and unspoiled beaches. Wake up with the beach at your door and make use of the kayak and paddleboard offered for guests.
Best Beaches in Turks and Caicos – The Bight Beach (Bight Park)
The Bight Beach is a long sandy beach with iridescent blue water that is also home to one of the best spots for snorkeling in Providenciales.
The neon blue waters are especially seen during the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak, and the various shades of blue on the water are reminiscent of those found in Curaçao, such as Klein Curaçao.
Additionally, with the size of The Bight Beach, it’s possible to choose your own secluded location to stretch your towel and be completely left alone soaking in the magnificent views, tanning, or swimming in the opalescent sea.
If you go to the Bight Reef for snorkeling, you may get the chance to see small reefs, stingrays, and turtles.
How to get to The Bight Beach
Just type The Bight Park into Google Maps. There will be a parking spot with a picnic area. If you want to visit The Bight Reef, then just type Somewhere Café (a restaurant where you can also eat) into Google Maps and head over.
Places to stay near The Bight Beach
- Wymara Resort & Villas: Wymara is in The Bight Beach, one of the best snorkeling spots in Providenciales. This resort has stunning suites and has luxury villas with a private pool for a memorable time in Turks and Caicos.
- West Bay Club: a luxurious oceanfront resort in the perfect setting for sailing and snorkeling. Choose between swimming in the resort’s amazing pool or the inviting waters of The Bight Beach.
Best Beaches in Turks and Caicos – Sapodilla Bay Beach
Sapodilla Beach is a stunning bay with clear water and fluffy white sand. The shallow waters allow you to walk for many yards without the water ever reaching halfway up your body.
The beginning of the beach has stands renting out sun loungers and selling beverages, but sometimes it can get very noisy. If that’s not your thing, don’t worry! Instead, walk past all of this towards the end of the beach and find a quieter stretch for you. Then, drop your belongings, stretch your towel, and go for an invigorating swim on the glistening cobalt waters.
Also, Sapodilla Bay is close to La Brisa, one of the restaurants I recommend eating while in the area, and where you can take in unspoiled views of Chalk Sound National Park.
How to get to Sapodilla Bay Beach
Access to Sapodilla Bay is at Chalk Sound Dr, in front of Neptune Villas. You can park on the road and go on a short walk to the beach.
Places to stay near Sapodilla Bay Beach
- Crystal Sands Villa: this 2-bedroom beachfront villa features ocean view rooms, a complete kitchen, an extensive pool, and sun loungers by the beach. By staying here, you’ll be in one of the most stunning places on the island – Sapodilla Bay.
- Villa Amalfi: a romantic villa for two at the end of the cove of Sapodilla. Here you’ll have a large pool with a patio and will be just a few steps from the beach and its crystal-clear water and soft sand.
Best Beaches in Turks and Caicos – Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay is where most visitors to Turks and Caicos choose to stay while visiting the island because it’s close to Providenciales airport, has a variety of luxury hotels, and many places to eat nearby.
But there’s a reason for it being a famous beach in Turks and Caicos! Here, the prismatic ocean has many shades of blue, ranging from light neon to indigo blue. Since many hotels have their own private piece of the beach, it’s understandable why many visitors choose to stay put here. Even if you’re not staying in Grace Bay, this is a must-see beach in Providenciales.
Lastly, in Grace Bay, there is also the chance to practice water sports like kayaking and e-foiling (motorized surfing).
How to get to Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay is one of the best beaches in Turks and Caicos, so there are many places where you can park to visit it. And if you’re staying in the area, you can just walk to the beach from your hotel or villa.
Places to stay near Grace Bay Beach
- Grace Bay Club: One of the best hotels on the island, this beachfront hotel has 3 pools, a spa, and a tennis court. Here, when you wake up, you can go for a walk on Grace Bay beach and enjoy drinks and food at the on-site restaurant that is one best in Providenciales – the Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar.
- The Oasis at Grace Bay: A no-thrills and the best bang for your buck hotel in Grace Bay. This small 3-star hotel features two swimming pools, spacious rooms with a balcony, and a great location. It’s within a 5-minute walk to the beach and close to the many restaurants of Grace Bay (Cocovan and Coco Bistro are within walking distance). The hotel also has complimentary bicycles and, if you don’t want to walk, they also offer a golf cart service to take you to the beach where you can enjoy their sunbeds and umbrellas free of charge. Read a full and honest review about The Oasis at Grace Bay.
Bonus – Chalk Sound National Park
Not really a beach per se, but I’ve decided to include Chalk Sound National Park as an honorable mention because it’s one of the most scenic places in Turks and Caicos. The glassy turquoise waters with small rocky islands are a sight you won’t want to miss while in Providenciales.
Motorized boats aren’t allowed in Chalk Sound, but stand-up paddle and kayaking are some of the many activities that can be enjoyed among the park’s lagoons.
Also, you can have unbeatable views of Chalk Sound National Park from La Brisa restaurant (at Neptune Villas – be sure to head up the spiral staircase to the rooftop to even better views).
How to get to Chalk Sound National Park
Just type Neptune Villas, a hotel where you can also rent water sports equipment to use in the park, into Google Maps.
Places to stay near Chalk Sound National Park
- Neptune Villas: located within a short walk from Sapodilla Bay Beach, Neptune Villas offers impressive views of Chalk Sound National Park and its pristine lagoons. From here, you’ll also be closer to Taylor Bay Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Turks and Caicos.
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What to know for visiting Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos offers visa exceptions to visitors from numerous countries, including the US and the European Union, for stays up to 90 days. When visiting the country, every traveler needs to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please check the latest requirements here.
The currency in Turks and Caicos is the US Dollar (USD).
Best time to visit Turks and Caicos
The best time to visit Turks and Caicos is between December and May. This period allows you to experience sunny days and explore the top beaches in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
Transportation in Turks and Caicos
Rental Cars: The best way to get around the island is by car. Plan on renting a car as soon as you arrive, so you can explore all of the best beaches in Turks and Caicos at your convenience.
Boat tours: Another way for getting around the island is to set up a base in one of the hotels and rental villas in Grace Bay and go on daily boat tours around the island.
Best tours on Turks and Caicos Islands
Some of the best tours and things to do on Turks and Caicos Islands are:
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