As the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the World’s Best Beach (by TripAdvisor and World Travel Awards), Grace Bay Beach is on everyone’s radar. With all the spotlight on the North shore, visitors may overlook other spectacular beaches in Provo, especially the equally as stunning, yet less-trafficked Long Bay Beach.
Long Bay Beach, named the favorite beach in Turks and Caicos by Condé Nast, offers over 2.5 miles of white soft sand and crystal clear waters the Turks and Caicos have become famous for. The beach faces beautiful sunrises, and the changing position of the sun from sunrise to sunset creates a magical array of blue hues in the shallow waters off the beach, ranging from crystal white sapphire at high noon to deep sea blues in the early evening.
The constant breeze has made Long Bay a popular spot for kite-boarding and wind-surfing, yet the beach remains much less trafficked than it’s North shore counterpart; indeed, Grace Bay Beach holds the majority of the island’s high rise hotels and resorts, while Long Bay is home to mostly vacation rental villas. The drive from Long Bay to Grace Bay is around 15 minutes, just enough to feel removed from the busy tourist area yet close enough to reach the grocery store and many restaurants in a relatively short drive.
Long Bay Beach has fewer boating restrictions than its northern shore counterpart. This means that guests can enjoy a particularly great spot to jet ski, kite board, wind surf, kayak, paddle-board, and even be picked up for a tour right off the beach! We actually took part in the latter, you can watch a 4K video of our experience in the video below.