Home to the world’s third largest barrier reef and some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, it’s no wonder what makes the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos one of the Caribbean’s most desirable destinations to visit.
The entire island is lined with postcard perfect, white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters that are perfect for strolling, sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling, fishing and a myriad of fun water sports.
When compiling this list of the best beaches in Providenciales, it wasn’t easy for us to handpick just a few favourites. The following beaches made it to our shortlist based on their beauty, activities, proximity, water conditions and accessibility.
The Best Beaches on the Northside of Providenciales
Beaches located on the northside of Providenciales get less wind and boast calmer waters resulting in ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and wading. As a bonus, northside beaches are typically closest to amenities including nearby bars, restaurants, resorts, parking, and washrooms. Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented at many of the northside beaches, but it never hurts to bring along extra sunblock, your own cooler stocked with refreshments, and a sarong or beach cover-up in case you choose to enjoy one of the nearby restaurants while you’re there.
Besides being one of the best beaches in Providenciales, Bight Beach is also one of the best snorkeling destinations in Provo. Bight Beach starts at the westernmost end of Grace Bay Beach and continues all the way to Smith’s Reef which is another excellent snorkeling destination. Part of Princess Alexandra National Gardens, Bight Beach is where snorkelers enjoy exploring the tropical fish and sea life that congregate around Bight Reef (Coral Gardens). Main access to the beach is located within Bight Park (Children’s Park) which features bathrooms and parking.
Grace Bay Beach
Famous for being one of the best beaches in the world, and renowned for its powdery-white sand and calm, crystal-clear waters, Grace Bay Beach is the jewel of Provo. Miles of white, sandy shoreline offer plenty of space to enjoy everything Grace Bay Beach has to offer without feeling overcrowded. A variety of beach bars, restaurants and resorts line the outskirts of Grace Bay’s shorelines, making it the preferred beach for many visitors who want to enjoy being close to food, drinks and plenty of amenities. Grace Bay Beach features areas where you can wade out several feet in ankle to waist-deep water, making it a great spot for families and stand up paddle boarding. The pristine waters of Grace Bay Beach are also frequented by JoJo, Provo’s wild and friendly bottlenose dolphin!
Pelican Beach and Leeward Beach
Pelican Beach and Leeward Beach share the same stretch of shoreline and can both be found at at the easternmost end of Grace Bay Beach (also considered the northeasternmost end of Providenciales). Pelican Beach, being the easier of the two beaches to access, is the best one to visit and grants you easy access to neighbouring Leeward Beach. Once you’re there, walking along the east side of the beach will take you to Leeward Beach. Both beaches have a similar shoreline as Grace Bay Beach but are more secluded and boast a mix sand and rocky outcrops. Have fun finding conch shells and you might even spot a few starfish or an iguana! Leeward Beach makes for a quiet little spot to enjoy romantic sunsets (and to propose to your sweetheart).
The Best Beaches on the Southside of Providenciales
The southeastern side of Provo gets more wind and subsequently more wave activity than the more tranquil waters on Provo’s northside beaches, making southeast side beaches ideal for kitesurfing. However, beaches located in the southwest area of Providenciales are typically more sheltered and make great locations for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
Long Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach boasts miles of sandy shoreline with stretches of tepid, shallow water to explore. This side of the island can get more wind and wave activity than the northside, making this a popular beach for kitesurfing and watersports. Long Bay Beach is also a great for beach-walking and finding conch shells along the way.
Taylor Bay Beach
Bing located on the southwestern side of Providenciales makes Taylor Bay Beach more sheltered with little to no wave activity. Taylor Bay Beach’s calm and clear waters with stretches of shallow water to wade in make it a great little beach for families and stand up paddleboarding. The path to the beach can be hard to find but worth it! Ask our concierge for the best directions to this somewhat hidden piece of pure paradise. Beach access is found off Ocean Point Drive.
Sapodilla Bay Beach
Soft sand and slightly warm and shallow, knee to waist deeps water for 100 yards out make this small beach a favourite place to swim and relax. Located west of Taylor Bay Beach, Sapodilla Bay Beach also requires a bit of patience and good directions to find. You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas here and La Brisas Restaurant is located across the street. Beach vendors also offer jet ski and boating activities along with refreshing rum punch! Ask our concierge for the best directions to this fabulous beach.
The Best Beaches on the Westside of Providenciales
Things get more rugged on the westside of Provo, but if you have a Jeep or SUV with good ground clearance, and you’re willing to endure little rough-roading, the following two beaches offer the most seclusion.
Malcolm’s Road Beach
Malcom’s Road Beach is one of the best beaches in Providenciales for those seeking a beach that feels a bit secluded and like a quiet getaway. Located in Northwest Point Marine National Park, Malcolm’s Road Beach boasts over a mile of unspoilt, sandy beaches and is a great location for snorkeling the barrier reef without having to venture into deep waters to see a colourful display of tropical fish.
Bonefish Point Beach
Bonefish Point Beach is another secluded gem that takes a little rough-roading to get to. Similar to Malcom’s Road Beach, Bonefish Point Beach boasts an unspoilt coastline with a rugged mix of sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. If you’re willing to make the trek, use a vehicle with good ground clearance and drive slow.
Ask Our Concierge
For more information and directions to beaches, activities and nearby amenities–including beach chairs and umbrella rentals–speak with our concierge. And when you’re ready to head out for a day at the beach, it’s advisable to pack your sunblock, hats, a cooler with snacks and drinks, and a beach umbrella for shade.
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