We all know that the Turks and Caicos is famed for its amazing beaches. Crystal-clear turquoise water, white silky sand and seclusion awaits those who travel here. And of course the major beach, Grace Bay Beach, which most of the resorts and restaurants center themselves around, has been voted time and time again as the #1 beach in the world.
But few people know that there are several other beaches located in Providenciales, each providing its own different type of scenery or an even more secluded place for walking and exploring. If you are willing to wander about just a bit, treasures await you and you may just find the perfect beach for sunbathing, picture-taking or strolling with your loved one.
The following are some other fantastic beaches that are not to be missed by travelers to the Turks:
Leeward Beach - Technically a part of Grace Bay Beach, and located on the far east end of it, is Leeward Beach. Even more secluded, Leeward Beach offers a quiet, undisturbed view of fabulous ocean vistas, surf, sand and sun. There are no resorts here and few travelers ever wander this far. The water is clean and the beach is devoid of seaweed, rocks or other pollution. This is a great place to spend quality time with a loved one or to take a swim and have the ocean all to yourself! Or maybe even have a picnic lunch right in the warm, white silky sands.
Sapodilla Bay - Sapodilla Bay is a small, sheltered beach near Chalk Sound National Park. The water is shallow and calm and it is an excellent place to take small children swimming. Also, of interest in this area is the Sapodilla Bay Hill Rock Carvings. These carvings date back to the mid-1700 and 1800's and are fascinating remnants of the history of the Islands. It is estimated that over 1000 ships were wrecked off the coast of the Turks and Caicos during this time period……some of them were even treasure ships or Spanish galleons full of gold, gems and silver! The carvings in the rocks of Sapodilla Bay were carved by shipwrecked sailors hoping to be rescued. Some inscriptions include specifics, such as names, dates and symbols. Visitors generally delight in perusing this fabulous record of history.
*Northwest Point National Park - For a total change in scenery, try Northwest Point National Park. A rugged, rocky coastline, spraying mist and small coves provide dramatic and interesting terrain. Rare birds such as ospreys, brown pelicans, terns, west plovers and egrets can be found here. Even the occasional flamingo can be found more inland! Should you venture inland, you will find marshy salt water ponds and mangroves. This area is located beyond the Blue Hills district.
Blue Hills Beach - The Blue Hills district is like stepping back in time for a bit. Here, you will find the true colors of the Turks and Caicos and get a better understanding of how the locals live, as Blue Hills Beach is located on one of the three original settlements of Providenciales. The drive out to this area is truly spectacular, with amazing panoramic views of ocean, the Caicos Sloops and coconut palms. Should you get hungry, the legendary rum bar, Da Conch Shack is located here. Noted as "One of the World's Top 50 Beach Bars" by CNN, highly regarded by the BBC, and called "the ideal spot" by the NY Times, you definitely don't want to miss this fun little beach bar. You can have your conch fried, sautéed or even curried, or you can indulge in a conch burger, dripping with tartar sauce. The Chocolate Rum Cake should also not be missed.
Long Bay Beach - 2.4 miles southeast of Grace Bay Beach is a secluded haven called Long Bay Beach. With a long stretch of coastline and warmer water, Long Bay is not only scenic, but is a great place to swim. Sweeping white dunes and lush mangroves make this beach feel organic, unspoiled and untamed. Visitors to this beach often ride horses, kayak or engage in some fun kite-boarding.