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Grace Bay Turks and Caicos

Hobie Cats at Beaches, Grace Bay, ProvidencialesJust when you thought you’ve heard of all of the World’s Best Beaches, here comes a whole passel of beaches from an area you may not have considered in the Caribbean.

Welcome to the Turks and Caicos islands. TCI for short, this territory belonging to the British is becoming well known for pristine, white beaches.

There’s a cactus named Turk’s-cap and Caicos, well, that just means a string of islands. So think of these tiny islands sitting in the Caribbean just waiting for you to visit. Some great diving is available offshore just off Grace Bay.

So let’s take a look at the beach here and what makes it SO special. Okay, first off, we notice the length. I mean this is one long beach – reminded us of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman because the beach here slopes gently into the sea. The sand is really, really white and there aren’t many waves – which makes this the perfect family beach. Also to note – there aren’t the boats and such that we found in Grand Cayman.

Grace Bay Beach, Turks and Caicos

Among the fun things to do at Grace Bay Beach are the Hobie Cats. You can rent these right along the shore, or at your resort. But like all Caribbean destinations, this one has the sunset cruises and excursions. You’ll have to take your pick and see what makes you happy. Plan ahead so you can make best use of your time because here on TCI there is plenty to see and do. And remember that prices are a little high here in the Caribbean, including food and entertainment, rental of gear for scuba or snorkel and boats such as the Hobie Cat.

If you’re able to get a hotel or condo beach side, you will be impressed with the sunrises and sunsets that reflect off the water to form memorable pictures that are imprinted on your mind. We talked about pristine beaches and here you see the beach simply full of dead sea grass. This is what happens after storms. Since the plants are not used to the wave action underwater, they come loose and wash up on shore. Local beach care provided by the government in areas that are well populated do clear this off and you’re left with a clean beach again. It’s an act of nature that repeats itself all over the Caribbean and is not at all uncommon to see, even along the US Coastline.

Sea Grass washed up on Grace Bay BeachAs you can see here, the ocean is beautiful and the dark area just offshore is sea grass. Nothing bad about that but it can be sorta creepy if you are snorkeling through it or wading through it. That said, you can usually find a pathway through the grass to get out to deeper water should you want to see more. The sand here is almost unbelievably. It reminded us of the pink beaches of the Bahamas, and at the same time had its own personality. It is well worth the trip to come here and just relax. Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen! These islands are known for their many days of sunshine.

Finally, use our Rating System to rate this beach simply by the pictures you see here, or if you’ve been, feel free to leave a comment below for others to know what you thought of your trip. And please let us know if you see something you’d like us to review!

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  • Alexxa December 19, 2008, 1:53 pm

    My friends and I came here last winter to escape the Midwest cold and had so much fun! It’s definitely as beautiful as you mentioned it, and I really enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness too. I met Premiere Michael Misick and he was so polite and really made us feel like we were special! Very nice guy! The wait staff was all very pleasant also where we stayed. As soon as I can get some time off work again, I will be visiting! Thanks for the wonderful blog, very descriptive. Made me feel like I was there again!

  • Vernica January 14, 2010, 10:52 am

    This article is very thorough and informative. As a native to the island, I can concur that the beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands are pristine and there are many water activities that you will enjoy when visiting the islands. In your article you mention the Toscana, I know this article was written a while back, but would you happen to have an update on this resort?

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