Life's a Beach in the Turks & Caicos


With ivory sand as soft as baby powder, Grace Bay Beach in the Turks & Caicos Islands is consistently rated by travel experts and visitors as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Only a 90-minute flight from Miami, this award-winning beach is still one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets.

Located on the northern shore of Providenciales (Provo), the country's most popular and populated island, Grace Bay Beach is 12 miles long, so it never feels crowded. The turquoise water is phenomenal, so have your camera ready.

Where to Stay

Grace Bay Beach is a relative newcomer to the tourism scene. The Island Princess and Club Med, the first large resorts on the beach, weren't built until the 1980s. But since the 1990s, you have several dozen top-rated properties to choose from. Where you stay depends on the vibe you're looking for.

• One of the original luxury all-suite hotels, Grace Bay Club, now includes an adult-only hotel along with family-friendly villas. At another resort that's popular with families, Beaches Turks & Caicos, you'll find six swimming pools and Pirates Island, a fun water park for the kids.

• If you're looking for a more intimate escape, head over to the Regent Palms, where you'll find 72 suites, a great swim-up bar and a spectacular spa. The water sports at this resort are included in the price. You have your pick of Hobie Cats kayaks, windsurfers and snorkeling gear.

• You can relax in an oceanfront suite or opt for a poolside cottage at Point Grace, an award-winning boutique hotel. If you need some extra space, try the Somerset, where you'll find one-to five-bedroom suites; the largest is 5,000 square feet.

What to Eat

A stay on Grace Bay Beach wouldn't be complete without trying a fresh conch creation. From fritters, chowder and conch salad, this tasty treat is synonymous with Turks & Caicos, so don't miss out.

Preparing Fresh Conch at Da Conch Shack, Turks & Caicos. Photo©Karen Schaler

One of the best places to give conch a try is the Da Conch Shack, just a short drive over to Blue Hills Beach. At this no-frills local favorite you'll sit at a picnic table on the beach. Part of the fun is watching the staff get your conch right out of the water. Talk about fresh! This is also where you'll find the famed RumBar with one of the island's largest rum selections. This outdoor beach bar always packs a lively crowd with a mix of locals, also known as Belongers, and tourists.

For more fancy eats on Grace Bay Beach, top choices include Anacaona at Grace Bay Club. At this romantic restaurant you'll enjoy some of the most beautiful beach views on the island. Another favorite for couples is Grace's Cottage at Point Grace, where the intimate atmosphere sets the mood for a delicious dining experience.

Parallel 23 at the Regent Palms just unveiled a new menu that's packed with inspiring seafood options but also features sensational steaks. And all up and down Grace Bay Beach you'll find a variety of dining options: fresh fish, conch, lobster, steak, even tasty burgers.

What to Do

Chances are when you first see this gorgeous beach, all you'll want to do is grab a towel and chill. But after a few days of soaking up the sun, if you're looking for some activity, Grace Bay Beach delivers. The water is crystal clear and hard to resist.

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