Every Caribbean island is unique. Whether you’ve traveled to the Caribbean before, or are planning your first trip, every island offers something special. Each has its own culture, way of life, attractions, and of course beaches. Grace Bay Beach was voted the best beach in the world. Find out why, what it’s known for, and how to plan your next trip.
You’ll find Grace Bay Beach within the Turks & Caicos Islands. Unsurprisingly, these islands are among the more highly rated Caribbean vacation destinations, down to their natural beauty, picturesque setting, and opportunity for ultimate luxury. The island chain, a British Overseas Territory, is made up of 40 low lying coral islands, with the island of Providenciales (Provo) being the most populated. Provo is home to the famous Grace Bay region and Grace Bay Beach, which is one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches in the world.
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Described as the “hallmark of the Turks & Caicos islands”, Grace Bay Beach is a Bucket List destination. Advertisements related to the islands of Turks & Caicos often focus on the truly amazing Grace Bay Beach, and for good reason. It is considered one of the most stunning places for a beach holiday. And it’s definitely worth visiting.
Did you know? The picturesque Grace Bay Beach was named after Grace Jane Hutchings. She was the wife of Hugh Houston Hutchings, Commissioner of the Turks and Caicos from 1933-1934.
Once you’ve visited Grace Bay Beach, chances are you’ll want to return. That’s because Grace Bay Beach offers an incomparable experience. Currently, Grace Bay Beach is World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination. It also recently made TripAdvisor’s list for best beaches in the world, ranking first in 2018.
The consistency of this beach (the entire stretch is gorgeous) is one of the things that makes it stand out most, in addition to the calmness of the water, which is attributed to a barrier reef about a mile away from the beach. At around 3 miles long, Grace Bay is connected to Leeward Beach on its eastern side, and on the west, to Bight Beach. The entire beach area spans seven and a half miles (12km), from Blue Hills to Northwest Point, which you can walk if you’re feeling ambitious!
Grace Bay is popular for a lot of things, and exploring nature is one of those. Here you can relax and unwind, while soaking in the warm Caribbean sun. While at Grace Bay Beach, you can spend the day trying out various water sports like paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing, and more.
There are also opportunities to go sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Free diving and Snuba diving are also popular on these shores. And if you want to take it easy, just take a quick swim, and return to the shady comfort of your beach umbrella and sun lounger.
Expert tip: Stay at Beaches Turks and Caicos and you will have full access to unlimited watersports, 21 restaurants, a huge waterpark (one of the biggest waterparks in the Caribbean) and more. This resort is all-inclusive, so all of these things are free and already included in your stay! You can even go on free scuba diving trips if you’re PADI® certified (max. two tanks a day), professional equipment and staff included.
Snorkeling at Grace Bay Beach is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. As there are lots of great snorkel sites to choose from, but you’ll have to do your research to ensure you go in the right conditions, and to the right place, where you’re more likely to see the sort of marine life on your list. It is best to go by boat to some locations, and to do this you’ll need to make arrangements with your tour company.
Bight Reef, located adjacent to the west of Grace Bay, is a popular beach-snorkeling site. It may take a bit of walking to get there from more central parts of the beach. Smith’s Reef is another popular site, where sightings are plentiful. At Smith’s Reef, chances are high that you’ll spot Hawksbill turtles or Eagle rays!
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At any beach it is important to keep safety in mind. As there are often various motorized and non-motorized sports happening on Grace Bay Beach, stay aware of your surroundings. Swimmers need to be aware that small powerboats are sometimes in operation here, which can be a hazard. Local laws in the Turks & Caicos make it mandatory that boats have a spotter. Laws also state that they adhere to a speed limit of 15 mph, particularly within the Princess Alexandra National Park, which includes Grace Bay Beach. Even with those laws in place though, you should always remain alert.
Grace Bay is a public beach with multiple access points (nine in total). It is considered a child-friendly beach as there are amenities like washrooms and places to eat located nearby. The water is clear and calm, and perfect for swimming. The beach is rarely crowded, due to being so big, and the water tends to be warm even when there’s an occasional rain shower. Overall, the beach is kept clean, making it a safe and fun environment for families. Grace Bay beach isn’t the only kid-friendly spot in Turks and Caicos for kids, read our other article to find out more - The Best of Turks & Caicos For Kids.
Grace Bay Beach is located on Providenciales (Provo) in Turks & Caicos, on the north end. The gateway island of Provo can be found on the north-western edge of Turks and Caicos. It’s easy to get to Grace Bay Beach, whether you decide to take a cab, use a rental, or take a shuttle. Guests from the all-inclusive resort Beaches Turks & Caicos, on Provo, have easy access to Grace Bay Beach, as the resort is located right on the beach!
You won’t have any trouble getting a flight to Turks & Caicos as it is a popular destination and many airlines have daily flights into the Providenciales International Airport. It takes about 3 hours and 8 minutes to get to Turks and Caicos from New York, 2 hours and 46 minutes from Atlanta, 3 hours from Toronto, and 1 hour and 43 minutes from Miami.
If you stay at Beaches Resort located on Grace Bay Beach, you’ll be able to take a complimentary shuttle from the airport, straight to the resort.
Picture: Beaches Turks and Caicos all-inclusive family resort and waterpark.
With a beach so close to perfect, it’s only fitting that your accommodation should match. There are a few resorts along the Grace Bay stretch, and Beaches Turks and Caicos is one of these. The all-inclusive property caters to families, but is also popular amongst couples and groups of friends. Overall, the resort is a great choice for a memorable Caribbean getaway.
No matter when you decide to go to the Turks & Caicos islands, you’re bound to have an amazing time!