Grace Bay: Is It Really The Best Beach in the Caribbean (or the World)?

Beaches all-inclusive family resort in Providenciales is nestled inside of beautiful Grace Bay. Whenever travel publications publish their beach rankings and awards, Grace Bay puts on a good show. It has been named as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean (Grace Bay is actually in the Atlantic Ocean) and the best beach in the world. But, is it really that good?

 Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos can feel secluded, even though it is a public beach. We avoid crowds by keeping to the far ends of Beaches’ resort.

Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos can feel secluded, even though it is a public beach. We avoid crowds by keeping to the far ends of Beaches’ resort.

Unlike most of the Atlantic, the water in Grace Bay is a clear turquoise blue (making it a popular choice for water activities like snorkeling and scuba diving). Unfortunately, the charter boats that take people on these activities make choppy waves which can spoil a relaxing floating session.

By the numbers, Grace Bay has a warmer water temperature than many Caribbean islands, but it doesn't always feel that way because of the wind. Don't expect bath-like temperatures like you'd find in the Gulf of Mexico, but don't fret over the water temperature either.

The sand on the beach is semi-coarse, which is nice because it doesn't stick to the skin like powdery sand does (or get as hot in the sunlight). Jellyfish are a rare sight and we've never encountered any biting flies on the beach. When you consider all these things, Grace Bay beach is indeed an excellent one.

Beach Access at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort

Our experience at Grace Bay beach is limited to the strip of property that Beaches Turks and Caicos resort sits on. The property stretches from the Caribbean Village through the Italian Village and ends at the Key West Village. There are free half-tents and lounge chairs available for resort guests along the entire span. Servers from the resort occasionally come around to take drink orders, but it takes a long time for them to return. 

 Beaches’ floating discs are a wonderful way to sunbathe in Grace Bay.

Beaches’ floating discs are a wonderful way to sunbathe in Grace Bay.

Our family sticks to the ends of the property, either in the Caribbean Village or the Key West Village, because there are fewer people around. The beach is kept very clean. There's barely even any shells around. Grace Bay is a public beach, so there are vendors who walk the coastline offering services like hair-braiding or selling products like beaded bracelets. A simple "no thank you" will send these respectful vendors on their way.

One of the coolest things on Beaches property is in the water. There are floating discs with cupholders every few hundred feet and they're a great place to relax and sunbathe with a drink. The resort provides beach towels, though you might consider packing a small cooler if you plan to spend the day on the beach.