Pillory Beach (Grand Turk)#12 in Best Things To Do in Turks & Caicos
Dive companies will no doubt try to sell you on a snorkeling excursion off the shores of Pillory Beach on Grand Turk's northwest coast. By all means, let them. Recent travelers advocate for the excellent swimming conditions and bevy of stingrays, spotted drums and eagle ray fish visible just about 300 to 400 yards from the beach. What's more, the beach sits within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
If you're only on Grand Turk for the day, keep in mind that Pillory Beach – a short taxi ride from the cruise port – is quieter beach than Governor's Beach, which sees more cruise traffic. Expect to pay about $8 per person for a one-way ride.
Travelers recommend the powdery sand and small waves for beachgoers seeking some quiet relaxation, with many describing the beach as a "slice of heaven" and a "hidden gem."
You can enjoy Pillory for free, but snorkeling and diving trips will cost. The nearby Bohio Dive Resort can help you arrange a trip and provide you with diving gear: Visit the hotel's website for more information on prices, or you can arrange a snorkel or diving trip with an outside dive company. Many visitors also recommended bringing your own snorkel gear if you want to explore on your own.
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#1 Grace Bay (Provo)
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.