Turks and Caicos Beaches – The Shores of Heaven
Many beautiful beaches grace the coast of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, but I want to explore the rest of the Turks and Caicos beaches in this article. Perhaps you’ll get to spend some time on these lovely shores sometime soon.
Parrot Cay and Pine Cay
Both Parrot Cay and Pine Cay are private islands with exclusive luxury resorts. Parrot Cay is very expensive and houses most of the celebrities who visit the islands.
It was on Pine Cay, however, that developers constructed the first resort ever built in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Here you can visit Sand Dollar Point and wade for long stretches in search of the perfect sand dollar. Just offshore sits a large shipwreck to which tourists have easy access. On the eastern side of Pine Cay, you can visit the “Aquarium,” a phenomenal snorkeling spot.
Three stunning beaches adorn the northwest side of North Caicos. You won’t see a whole lot of aquatic life there, but you will find shallow waters for snorkeling, softy, powdery sand for beach strolling, and lots of shells for collecting.
The first of the three, Whitby Beach, provides perhaps the best spot for a day of lazy beach solitude. The only buildings you’ll find here are three small inns near the beach. Further east is Horse Stable Beach. Many locals hang out at this beach, and it’s a popular party hub on the island. Finally, there’s Pumpkin Bluff Beach. Not only does it offer phenomenal snorkeling, but you can also explore an abandoned shipwreck just off shore. Buried treasure, anyone?
Middle Caicos offers some of the greatest views in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Rugged cliffs, sandy covers, and vast panoramas of the turquoise waters will take your breath away. The two major beaches on Middle Caicos are Mudjen Harbour and Bambarra. Mudjen Harbour Beach has spectactular cliff views. Bambarra Beach is a checkpoint along a a historic island trail called Crossing Place Trail.
Only “belongers” and a few adventurous travelers visit this island. An old cattle range sits at the north tip of the island, and here you’ll also find yet another historic stretch of land-seventeen miles of pristine beach.
You can’t ask for a much better beach experience than South Caicos. This paradisal setting with clear turquoise waters and gorgeous white offers one of the most luxurious resting spots in the world. And if you’re interested in bonefishing, Belle Sound and Long Bay beaches are two of the best fishing spots in Turks and Caicos.
Grand Turk also has its share of beautiful beaches. Governor’s, White Sands, Flamingo, Fisherman’s, Little Bluff Point, and Corktree beaches rank as the most popular beaches at Grand Turk.
The old Governor’s house, built in 1815, stands at Governor’s Beach, and hence, gives the beach its name. This very popular beach also houses a Caribbean cruise ship harbor. Little Bluff Point Beach sits on the north side of the island. The limestone cliff allows visitors to breathe in the fresh, Caribbean air overlooking the deep, blue waters. Not only will you find exquisite seashells at this beach, you can also observe mangroves, native birds, and other exotic species all from the top of the cliff.
Salt Cay sits just below Grand Turk with dazzling beaches along the northern seaboard. At North Beach, you can spend an entire day searching for unique seashells and sea-glass.
Just seven miles south of Salt Cay is Big Sand Cay. You can only make it to the beach by boat tour, but once there, you can experience the untouched beauties of the Caribbean shore.
If you want a classic Caribbean ambiance with few crowds, you’ll find that at almost all Turks and Caicos beaches.
If you’re looking for great snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, seashell and sand dollar searching, or shipwreck exploring, you’ll also find that at almost every beach on the island. Not only will you have a plethora of captivating activities to choose from at Turks and Caicos beaches, but you’ll also catch a glimpse of what heaven’s shores must look like.