Best Beaches of Grand Turk

By Viator, October 2013

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Grand Turk is celebrated for its uninterrupted miles of white-sand beaches and calm turquoise sea, the ideal setting for a family holiday, beach lover’s escape or romantic getaway. Fringing the island’s entire west coast is the world’s third largest coral reef, considered by underwater aficionados as one of the top 10 diving sites in the world.

Grand Turk’s waters are warm, the visibility is crystal clear, and the sea is sprinkled with uninhabited coral cays, your ideal Robinson Crusoe home for the day. The marine life here is legendary, from rays and turtles to dolphins, sharks and whales. And you don’t need to travel far from those sugary white beaches to find superb diving sites, as they’re often just a few minutes’ ride offshore.

Before you plunge in though, take time out to relax on one of the island’s many beaches. Head to Governor’s Beach for secluded sunbathing on the sands, calm water for gentle swims, and snorkeling with tropical fish in the surrounding coral reef.

The Governor’s Residence nearby overlooks the beach and waters of Columbus Landfall Marine National Park. If you visit Governor’s Beach at sunset, you might catch sight of the natural phenomenon known as the ‘green flash’, when the setting sun morphs from orange to blue-green before slipping gently behind the horizon.

First call for divers is Pillory Beach, claimed as the site of Christopher Columbus’s first landfall in the new world. You can rent diving gear from the dive shop at the Bohio Dive Resort, the island’s diving and resort hub, and the reef wall lies just offshore. Even better, for landlubbers there are beach lounges and laidback beach bars serving snacks, meals and signature rum punch.

North of Pillory, Corktree Beach is a quieter option for a more basic day on the sands, where a small community of holiday houses fronts the white-sand beach.

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Gibbs Cay Stingray and Snorkel Adventure in Grand Turk

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Location: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
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Caribbean Snorkel Tour in Grand Turk's Coral Reef

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Grand Turk Island Tour and Snorkeling Adventure

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