AHHHH the beach. Who doesn’t like long walks on secluded beaches with soft sand massaging your feet and crystal clear water cleansing your souls? Award-winning beaches are the number one reason people visit Turks and Caicos.
When guests arrive at the Alexandra Resort, one of the most frequent questions they ask is, – “What are the top beaches to discover while we are here?” Fortunately for our guests, the beach right in front of the Alexandra Resort ranks top on the list. Grace Bay Beach has won more accolades than any other on our island paradise. It’s natural beauty, sugar-fine sand and brilliant turquoise waters provide the perfect setting for a relaxing beach vacation. Good for walking, building sand castles, or just relaxing, Grace Bay Beach is by far the most popular and convenient beach for most visitors.
Beyond Grace Bay there are several other beaches worth exploring. Here is a quick look at some of them, but words only do them partial justice. To really get a picture you need to come here and experience them first hand!
Long Bay Beach
If you like to kite surf this is the best beach for catching the wind and skimming across clear, calm waters. Located on the far northeast side of Providenciales, this beach is characterized by thicker sand and a slightly more rugged shoreline. Because the wind is stronger here, the water tends to be a deeper color of blue. This is also why the beach is popular with kite surfers. If or when you venture out here you’re likely to find at least one or two kite surfing enthusiasts, especially on the weekends. But, even without a kite board, this beach is worth a visit and can be enjoyed for its natural beauty and seclusion. You won’t find restaurants or lounge chairs here so if you plan to stay for a while you’ll want to bring your own supplies.
Sapodilla & Taylor Bay
These two small, quaint beaches are found on the south side of the island and about a 20 minute drive from Grace Bay. Both beaches are crescent shaped with sandy shorelines and a long slow slope into the water. This is a great spot to take small children. The beaches are located next to each other in an area of the island of Providenciales called Chalk Sound. Because the water is so shallow here the color is magnificent. During low tide you can literally walk for what seems like miles before getting waist deep in the water. There are also small caves here that kids young and old can explore with just a snorkel and mask. These beaches are in a residential area with mostly houses and villas, and one restaurant (Las Brisas) on the bay side. Parking can be tricky as there isn’t a proper car park but it’s usually easy to find a spot off the road and by the path leading to the beach.
Malcolm Roads Beach
This is a beach for the adventurer. You can reach this beach either by car or by boat. If you want the full experience, rent an open-top jeep and take to the road, heading northwest - as far as you can on the island of Providenciales. The road is rocky and parts of it look like it’s not a road at all - that is part of the charm. When you finally reach the end you’ll be rewarded with a pristine, picturesque beach. In fact, the beach was the setting of a French TV game show at one point long ago. Don’t expect to find things like towels, chairs, fresh water and snacks – you will need to bring your own supplies. However, what you can expect is a very unique experience. The beach here has it all: a few weathered tiki huts, pristine sand, our inviting azure color ocean and some of the best snorkeling around.
Sometimes we refer to this beach as the resident’s beach. Leeward beach is east of Grace Bay in a residential development called Leeward and is popular with people who live here. To find it drive towards the west end of the island. You’ll see a residential gated area called Leeward, go through the gates and take the second exit on the first roundabout. From there, stay to the left and dive to the end of the road, where you’ll see the Leeward sign. This is basically the same beach as Grace Bay but farther west and it is a bit less wide than Grace Bay - especially during high tide. The water here is also like in Grace Bay - a brilliant blue and normally calm and inviting. The sand is soft and there are some dunes that jet out forming little coves that you can tuck into. This is a nice beach for a long walk, which is what many residents use it for each morning. Shell collecting is a must here.
These are just the five top beaches we recommend on Providenciales to vary your beach-going experiences. There are many more waiting to be discovered and experienced, especially on the outlying islands.
Grace Bay Beach
Long Bay Beach
Malcolm Road Beach