One of the World's Most Beautiful: Grace Bay Beach
A conversation-stopping 12-mile crescent of white sand juxtaposed against turquoise and jade hued water, Grace Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful in the world. Best of all, it is not only visually stunning, it is also accessible: the water is warm and calm, and you can snorkel just offshore. It's about as close to paradise as you can get, and this island nation keeps mass development at a minimum so it isn't marred by high-rise buildings or fast-food chain restaurants (they're banned). The clarity and color of the water here comes from the crushed pink coral that actually makes up the sand, which varies from sugar-white to golden, depending on where you're located.
By Becca Blond, AFAR Local Expert
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Exceed your recommended daily allowance of powdery white sand and aqua blue sea
Grace Bay is one of those places that leaves you bruised. But the wounds you get from repeatedly pinching yourself are a small price to pay for beach perfection. Situated on the north side of the British-ruled island of Providenciales, and located in the Northwest Caicos island chain, Grace Bay beach boasts five glorious miles of pristine coastline. The surf is generally calm, which makes it an ideal spot for splashing in the waves. There's even a coral reef just off shore in front of the Coral Gardens Resort, which offers easily-accessible snorkeling opportunities.