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- #1View all Photos#1 in Turks & CaicosBeaches, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDBeaches, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
Vacationers are almost always pleased with Grace Bay in Provo, raving about its soft sand and turquoise water, with some even dubbing it the "world's best beach." The beach's breathtaking surf and sand, plus its proximity to a golf course and plenty of shops and restaurants, leave most guests pleasantly satisfied.
Located in an eastern crook of Providenciales, Grace Bay touts more than 3 miles of soft ashen sand and open crystalline water to placate sunbathers. There's little shade, so come early in the morning to get your choice of umbrellas. Some of the island's most well-liked restaurants, such as Solana Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar, are sheltered along Grace's shore, as are the most popular hotels. What's more, they don't mind non-guests walking up to dine.
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If you tend to interpret "taking a dip" literally, then you'll love the hundreds of yards of shallow water that make Taylor Bay perfect for getting your feet wet. With no steep drop-offs to fear, parents can relax while children play in knee-high waters. And the aesthetic of seemingly never-ending rippling sand makes Taylor Bay especially tranquil.
This beach lies on the southwest coast of Provo, just 2 ½ miles from the town of Five Cays. White sand fills the beach's crescent shape. And the bright blue water – which makes starfish visible to shallow-water swimmers – matches the allure of many of the beaches on Providenciales.
- #3View all PhotosfreeBight Reef#3 in Turks & CaicosZoos and Aquariums, Beaches, Free, Swimming/PoolsTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDZoos and Aquariums, Beaches, Free, Swimming/PoolsTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
On Grace Bay in Providenciales, you'll find a footpath just offshore near the Coral Gardens resort. Follow that path to floating buoys that will guide you on your Bight Reef snorkel. A series of signs will help you identify the different species that you find along the way. One TripAdvisor reviewer also offered the following advice: "Be sure to snorkel out to the buoys on the outer edges as those areas seemed to attract different fish."
No matter which of the reef's mini-caves and crevaces you explore, many varieties of colorful fish can be seen poking in and out of their habitat. If you're lucky, you'll even spot a sea turtle swimming nearby. And with water as shallow as 3 feet in some spots and as deep as 16 feet in others, the versatile reef suits all levels of snorkel experience. Recent travelers recommend the spot for kids due to the reef's proximity to the shore. Keep in mind that snorkeling is always better when the water is calmer, so save your underwater adventure for a fair weather day.
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Governor's Beach is another great option for a little light snorkeling. It's located off the southwestern coast of Grand Turk not far from the harbor, and therefore sees a lot of activity on cruise ship days. At other times, this beach is a laid-back respite with an outstanding view. The stately Governor's residence is in plain view, and in spring and summer you may spot the odd flamingo. That's what's going on above the surface; under the sea there are some spectacular tropical fish and coral. Popular dive companies on Grand Turk like Blue Water Divers and Oasis Divers will help you arrange a snorkel or dive trip of the area.
Governor's Beach is one of the closest beaches to the cruise port. And recent travelers say the 15 to 20 minute walk to Governor's can make all the difference if you're in search of peace and quiet that doesn't come at the expense of beach amenities. "Overall it was a very large beach and we could easily find our own big patch of sand. The beach had bathrooms and a bar," one TripAdvisor reviewer said.
- #7View all PhotosfreeSmith's Reef#7 in Turks & CaicosZoos and Aquariums, Natural Wonders, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDZoos and Aquariums, Natural Wonders, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
Packed with sea life, Smith's Reef on Providenciales appeals to snorkelers at all levels. Stingrays, turtles, lobsters and lots of brightly colored fish will likely swim by during your dive near this underwater sanctuary. You can enter the reef area at three different points: north, east and central access. Recent travelers recommend finding a sandy pathway near the small parking area that will guide you into the water – rocky areas can be slippery and more dangerous (as such, many advise that you wear water shoes).
Bight Reef, at Coral Gardens, is another marine life haven popular with Turks and Caicos travelers. But Smith's larger size and more colorful animals seem to hook travelers choosing between the two.
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