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Beaches in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Malcom Beach, Providenciales. Credit: Turks and Caicos Tourism Board
The turquoise seas and sandy beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands draw visitors from around the world.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are said to have some of the best beaches for snorkeling, as they are surrounded by the third largest coral reef in the world.

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of about 40 islands, inlets, and kays 550 miles south of Miami. Only eight of these islands are inhabited.

The islands with the most popular beaches are Providenciales, Grand Turk, and Middle Caicos.

Providenciales

Providenciales is the most developed island of the Turks and Caicos. The island covers an area of 38 square miles.

Providenciales was named a “Best Beach” island by Conde Nast Magazine. Here are a few of the most popular beaches on the island.

Grace Bay

Grace Bay, in the northern part of the island, is known for its beautiful beaches. Grace Bay Beach was named the World’s Leading Beach for several years in a row at the World Travel Awards.

The beach has access to excellent snorkeling, and diving. Lessons can be taken from the beach.

Grace Bay is the section of the island where most of hotels and resorts are located, making restrooms and restaurants readily accessible.

Malcom Roads Beach

Malcom Roads Beach is most easily accessed via a 4x4. The bumpy roads lead to calm, crystal waters, but also helps to keep this beach one of the most secluded on the island.

Snorkeling is a popular activity at this beach.

Malcom Beach is located next to the Amanyara Resort, a grouping of luxury villas.

Long Bay

Long Bay is a good beach choice for families with young children, as the waters are calm and tranquil.

The beach has a concession stand on site, but no public restrooms.

Grand Turk

Grand Turk is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Diving is one of the island’s main attractions.

Governor’s Beach
Governor's Beach

Governor’s Beach, located past Columbus Landfall National Park, the beach is slightly more quiet than some of the others on the island.

Governor’s Beach has a snack bar and public restrooms. Snorkel equipment can also be rented to explore the coral reef.

Corktree Beach

Corktree Beach is located near to Cockburn Town, on the north coast of Grand Turk.

Corktree Beach is one of the more secluded beaches on the island, without any hotels or large scale buildings.

Public restrooms are not available at this beach. Hungry beachgoers will enjoy the restaurants in nearby Cockburn.

Middle Caicos

Middle Caicos covers an area of 48 square miles, and has some of the most dramatic landscapes in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Mudjin Harbour

Surrounded by limestone cliffs, this half moon lagoon offers beautiful views.

Mudjin Harbour can be dangerous to swim in, however, especially at high tide. Waves, currents, and sharp rocks can be dangerous on this beach.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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July 22, 2013

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