Grace Bay Beach
The centerpiece of Turks and Caicos is Grace Bay, on the island of Providenciales (known locally as Provo), where the miles-long sugar-sand shore routinely tops "best beach" lists for the Caribbean and the world. The inland area along this stretch of northern shoreline is where you’ll find most of Provo’s hotels, shopping, and restaurants. Grace Bay is part of the Princess Alexandra National Park. It has calm waters and a sandy seafloor with no rocks or corals to step on, making Grace Bay the perfect place for swimming, splashing along the shoreline, parasailing, and stand-up paddleboarding.
By Travis Marshall, AFAR Local Expert
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.
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