Chalk Sound is home to Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay, calmer and shallower than Grace Bay and known for its fine sand. Visit Chalk Sound National Park Lagoon or stay at Neptune Villas overlooking Chalk Sound for a more private retreat. Las Brisas Restaurant, also known for its boat tours, snorkelling adventures and evening sunset cruises, is a must stop for lunch or dinner.
Address: Chalk Sound, TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
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Grace Bay and Grace Bay Beach
Providenciales’ tourism hub is Grace Bay, flanked to the north by the 12-mile-long Grace Bay Beach. Lined with high-end resorts, its white sand and calm blue waters make it a consistent choice on Best Beach in the World lists. Grace Bay proper, however, is unassuming and small, approximately 2 miles long. There are no traffic lights in Providenciales, everything is walkable, and there’s a smattering of shopping “plazas,” ranging from the main Regent Village and Salt Mills Plaza (which are small) to the brightly painted Caicos Plaza, where you can have an ice cream from Giggles while relaxing under the palm trees on the beach. Have a coffee and pastry at Caicos Bakery in Caicos Plaza and get your shopping fix in places like Anna’s Art Gallery and Art Provo, which sell art and jewellery by local artists; Flavors of the Turks and Caicos stocks local delicacies, from Bumbarra Rum to rum cake and island seasonings. And make sure to buy some very cool t-shirts by locally owned Konk Apparel, sold in several stores.
Address: Grace Bay TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands
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If you want a close and easy respite from Grace Bay, just take a quick 15-minute walk up the beach, or 5-minute drive up the road, to Leeward Beach, in the northeastern-most point of the island. Leeward is an upscale residential area with an international school and little commerce, but there’s plenty to do on the nature front. The beach is just as beautiful—albeit broken up in some places—and you’ll find very few people there, as there is only one resort, the intimate Blue Haven. Visit the relatively new Blue Haven Marina, where many mega yachts dock, then head over to Emerald Point, the ideal starting point for kayakers and paddle boarders to explore the small, uninhabited cays of Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve nearby. Blue Collective, which arranges charters and water adventures, is also located here.
Address: Leeward Settlement TKCA 1ZZ, Turks and Caicos Islands