Beach bums need look no further than the Turks and Caicos Islands. These 40 islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, host some of the most highly-rated beaches in the world, many of which are so secluded that you probably won’t see anyone else during your time there!
The Providenciales is the most-developed island in Turks and Caicos, and home to the country’s central airport. It’s well-known for Grace Bay Beach, which is regularly ranked as the world’s best beach. With clean, turquoise water, white sand, and no rocks, seaweed, or pollution, Grace Bay is the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the rays. While some of the island’s best snorkeling opportunities can be found at the nearby Bight Reef, Grace Bay also has its own barrier reef — home to unique wildlife such as stingrays — just 1.6 kilometers from the shore.
|The Turks and Caicos Islands host some of the most highly-rated beaches in the world.
This island also has some of Turks and Caicos’ best historical and cultural landmarks. Be sure to explore the ruined rooms of the Cheshire Hall Plantation, a cotton plantation from the 1700s. Then, travel back in time at the Sapodilla Bay Hill Rock Carvings, where you’ll see engravings from shipwrecked sailors and travelers from the 18th and 19th centuries.
|Turk’s Head Brewery is the only brewery in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Afterwards, re-energize in the Turk’s Head Brewery, Turks and Caicos’ only brewery. Take a 30-minute guided tour, before trying its four varieties of beer in the tasting room.
Centrally located in the middle of the archipelago, the island of Grand Turk is home to Turks and Caicos’ capital city, Cockburn Town. Enjoy the city’s main beach, Cockburn Town Beach, before exploring the nearby historical attractions, such as the National Museum.
|Cruise ships arrive at the Cruise Center Beach.
If you’re travelling to the island via cruise ship, you’ll pull up at the Cruise Center Beach. Although this is the most-crowded beach in the country, it’s also a great spot for swimming, thanks to its calm waters, and snorkeling at the small coral patches to the North and South of the beach.
|Gibbs Cay is famous for its stingrays.
If you’re on the island for a longer time, take a 1.5-kilometer-long journey to Gibbs Cay. This 28,000-square-meter island is famous for its incredible collection of stingrays, which you can get up close to during a snorkeling session.
Together, the North and Middle Caicos islands make up most of Turks and Caicos’ surface area, but they have a population of under 2,000 people. They are home to countless photogenic beaches, such as Mudjin Harbor Beach. With very few visitors, you’re likely to be alone on your sandy stretch, making it a perfect spot to relax and reflect.
Another picturesque location is Bottle Creek Lagoon, a 13-square-kilometer nature reserve, with bright blue, shallow water, making it a wonderful spot for kayaking and paddle boarding. North and Middle Caicos also have fascinating caves, including the Indian Cave and the Conch Bar Caves. The latter, located in Middle Caicos, is a must-see for thrill-seekers. With no lighting or developed path, exploring this limestone cave system is an adventure like no other!
Although South Caicos has suffered more weathering than its neighboring islands, it still hosts fantastic beaches, including East Beach and Long Beach. Snorkelers will be spoiled for choice on this island, with fantastic opportunities at Shark Bay or Highlands Bay. Alternatively, visit the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park, where you could see turtles, rays, and sharks!
|The Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park is home to turtles, rays, and sharks.
If you prefer to stay above ground, check out some of the hiking routes on the east coast for towering limestone cliffs.
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Perfect destination to explore the underwater world and relax at the beach.