Find Your Perfect Turks & Caicos Escape: Beach Bliss, Relaxation, and Adventure Await! 

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Where to stay in Turks and Caicos includes Grace Bay Beach as viewed from Wymara Hotel near the Bight.

Arguably, the nine miles of the white sand beaches of Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos are the most beautiful beaches in all of the Caribbean, maybe in all of the world.

With many direct flights from the Northeast and Midwest to the Providenciales International Airport at popular Providenciales island, tourists can leave early in the morning and be sunning on the beach by noon.  For the return trip, flights leave late afternoon so spend the last morning at these pristine beaches instead of hustling to get to the airport first thing for a day-long return to the cold. It’s an unparalleled getaway for a long weekend or a week, an oasis for winter-weary tourists.

Make every day of the vacation count!

Because there are 40 Turks and Caicos islands and cays including Providenciales (nicknamed Provo), there are three sections to accommodation options:  

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos includes Grace Bay Beach.
Grace Bay Beach. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

Providenciales/Grace Bay Beach is the place where most people vacation.  Find luxury hotels and luxury resorts with snorkeling and water sports including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.  At Long Bay Beach on the other side of the island discover the perfect place for kiteboarding.  

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos-flamingos at the beach near Grand Turk Lighthouse.
Flamingos at the beach near Grand Turk Lighthouse. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

Grand Turk, the nation’s capital, is a short, inexpensive flight from Provo. The beaches are equally sparkling, even with flamingos, but its tourist offerings are limited. Yet, very few places in the Bahamas or the rest of the Caribbean offer such spectacular scuba diving, whale watching or an incredible opportunity to swim with humpback whales.

Parrot Cay offers a choice, upscale property on a private island.

Here’s our guide to the best resorts on the best beaches.

SheBuysTravel Tip: Be prepared for real sticker shock when looking at prices for winter travel. Average hotel prices are upward of $1,000 a night and there are limited VRBO and AirBnB options with long minimum stays.

Providenciales Hotels

Ocean Club Resorts Turks and Caicos Review - One of the two swimming pools at Ocean Club.
One of the two swimming pools at Ocean Club. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

1. Ocean Club Resorts

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Ocean Club Resorts is two oceanfront properties on Grace Bay Beach, each with its own vibe. Ocean Club East is perfect for relaxing, with an intimate spa, quiet pools and a sleepy stretch of beautiful beach. Ocean Club West sees more action with a huge wraparound pool, a beach bar with swing seats and nearby shops and cafes. 

Whichever Ocean Club resort you choose for your next Turks and Caicos vacation, you can enjoy the amenities at both. Simply hop on the complimentary resort shuttle, borrow a free bike or walk a mile along the white sand beach. 

  • Ocean Club East has spacious oceanfront deluxe suites that are steps from the sand. 
  • Ocean Club West is within walking distance of local stores. 
  • Complimentary rentals include bikes, SUP, kayaks and equipment to play tennis or pickleball. 
  • Movies and books are available to borrow from the lobby. 
  • Beach loungers and umbrellas are free and do not need to be reserved. 
  • Between the resorts there are three restaurants, three pools, three tennis/pickleball courts, two fitness clubs and two spas to enjoy. 
  • All suites have a kitchenette or full kitchen. 
  • Free shuttle between resorts. 

Read More: Review of Ocean Club Resorts in Turks and Caicos: Two Resorts for the Price of One

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos includes the Wymara Hotel.
Wymara Hotel. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

2. Wymara Resort & Villas, Grace Bay near The Bight

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Sitting at the western edge of Grace Bay, the Wymara Resort & Villas feels like a private resort on a private beach. It’s one of the best hotels on the island, not too large and away from the hustle and bustle of other sections of Grace Bay.  Guests can walk to restaurants in the less-hectic Turtle Cove section or along the beach to Smith’s Reef, the best snorkeling on the island.  A short cab ride away is the island’s largest grocery store, the Graceway IGA, the best place to stock up on drinks, snacks and fresh fruit to have in your hotel room especially if you’re staying a week.

Featured amenities at Wymara Resort & Villas

  • 91 guestrooms and 7 Villas, including 32 suites and 3 penthouses. The studios are all oceanfront, while the suites offer ocean views or garden views.
  • Beach bar and restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • On-site restaurant
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Spa
  • Concierge for booking restaurant reservations
  • Free beach chairs, umbrellas and towels.
  • Complimentary use of watersports equipment
  • Free wifi

SheBuysTravel Tip: The Garden Suites on the first floor, Rooms 1103 and 1108, offer a great view and an outdoor space with easy access to the beach and are less expensive than oceanfront rooms.

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos includes The Palms.
The Palms Turks and Caicos. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

3. The Palms Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay

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Sitting in the busiest section of Grace Bay Beach, The Palms Turks and Caicos maintains a quiet ambiance of an upscale oasis. Upon entering the resort, visitors drive down a road lined with large palm trees. The lush vegetation throughout makes it feel less crowded and more like an island retreat. At the large pool, there’s a popular swim-up bar and areas where toddlers can walk and where their parents lean back and soak up the sun in the foot-deep water.

Featured amenities at The Palms Turks and Caicos

  • 72 rooms (rentals at adjoining building)
  • Infinity pool with swim-up pool bar
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Complimentary use of watersports equipment
  • Kid’s Club
  • Free beach chairs, umbrellas and towels.
  • Free wifi
Where to stay in Turks and Caicos includes Point Grace Resort.
Point Grace Resort. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

4. Point Grace Resort, Grace Bay

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Looking for a beachfront boutique hotel experience in Providenciales? Point Grace Resort is the best bet with just over two dozen rooms spread across several buildings. Sitting at a point of the bay with few neighboring hotels, it provides a unique 240-degree vista of Grace Bay, the ideal place to experience sunset on this magical island.

While it lacks the amenities and glossy finishes of many other resorts, its old-world styling offers a traditional Caribbean island vibe. It’s a few minutes walk to shopping and restaurants.

Featured amenities at Point Grace Resort

  • 28 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of chairs and umbrellas at the beach
  • Free wifi

SheBuysTravel Tip: With only 28 rooms in close proximity, it’s worth spending time with the reservationist to discuss location, layout and privacy of the room options available.

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos includes Blue Haven Resort.
Blue Haven Resort. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

5. Blue Haven Resort, Leeward, East End of Island

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Most first-time visitors to Providenciales seek a hotel with a front-row seat at Grace Bay. For visitors on their second or subsequent trip, the Blue Haven Resort offers a more laid-back alternative on the eastern or leeward side of the island.  Nestled next to a single-family home community, the 45-room hotel is an enclave with a large private beach sitting on a tranquil cove that even on the windiest days is perfect for swimming.

In the late 2010s, the owners turned the resort into an all-inclusive property. As part of the new plan, there’s a free shuttle to its sister property, the Alexandra Resort on Grace Bay, where visitors can enjoy all that hotel’s amenities and restaurants without an additional charge.

The Leeward location sets it apart from other hotels. A minute walk from the hotel is the Big Blue Collective, the island’s best company offering snorkeling, diving and boating trips at the Blue Haven Marina.  Brave swimmers can even jump in the water to swim with dolphins. A day out on the beautiful blue water surrounding the island is an unforgettable experience.

The hotel has easy access to the island’s only passenger ferry dock for day trips to North and Middle Caicos (Getting to South Caicos requires a plane trip.).

Featured amenities at the Blue Haven Resort

  • 45 rooms
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of chairs and umbrellas at the beach at private beach
  • Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkel gear
  • Four restaurants
  • See Alexandra Resort below for more amenities included with stay at Blue Haven Resort.

6. Alexandra Resort, Grace Bay

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For families looking for a one-stop vacation, the all-inclusive Alexandra Resort is the place to turn with rooms that are more like small apartments and a dozen food options for the whole family. Unpack, unload and don’t worry at this large, Florida-styled resort located on 600 feet of Grace Bay’s beachfront.

Featured amenities at Alexandra Resort:

  • 140 rooms
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of chairs and umbrellas at the private beach
  • Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkel gear and Hobie Cats.
  • Use of water trampoline.
  • Fitness room
  • Free wifi.
  • 12 different restaurant/bar/food options with all-inclusive package.
  • See Blue Haven Resort above for more amenities included with stay at Alexandra Resort.
Where to stay in Turks and Caicos - wedding at a restaurant on Grace Bay.
Wedding at a restaurant on Grace Bay. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

7. Beaches, Grace Bay

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There is no more family-friendly, kid-crazy resort in all of the Caribbean than Beaches Turks and Caicos. This is for families looking for a Disney-like, all-inclusive resort at the beach. It’s not for the faint of heart looking for a quiet beach vacation.

Featured amenities at Beaches:

  • 758 guest rooms among five “villages”
  • 10 pools, 4 whirlpools and a scuba diving pool including private pools for adults
  • 21 restaurants and 15 bars
  • Pirates Island Waterpark
  • Sesame Street-themed adventure area
  • Kids camp with nannies
  • Airport transfers
  • Watersports of almost every variety including snorkeling, scuba diving and beach toys.
  • Tennis courts including a lighted one
  • Xbox Play Lounge
  • Beach volleyball, basketball and pool tables
  • Free wifi

Read More: 22 Things to Know About Beaches Turks and Caicos

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos includes the (beach near) West Bay Club.
Beach near West Bay Club. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

8. West Bay Club, Grace Bay

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Like the Wymara Resort, the West Bay Club is located on the far western end of Grace Bay Beach in a more relaxed setting.  From here, guests can walk to restaurants in the less-hectic Turtle Cove section or along the beach for snorkeling at the Princess Alexandra Land and Sea National Park.

  • 74 rooms
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness area
  • Free use of beach chairs
  • Free wifi

SheBuysTravel Tip: If your visit includes a Thursday night, make sure to walk to the nearby Fish Fry at the Stubbs Diamond Plaza in the Bight for local seafood including many varieties of conch.

9. Seven Stars Resort & Spa, Grace Bay

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At the opposite end of Grace Bay Beach from Wymara Resorts and West Bay Club is one of the larger hotels, Seven Stars Resort & Spa. Chief among its attributes is the proximity to the main tourist and restaurant district along Grace Bay Road and to the Graceway Gourmet grocery store.

Featured amenities at Seven Stars

  • 352 rooms
  • Outdoor heated saltwater pool and adults-only pool.
  • Full-service spa and Wellness Studio
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Pickleball courts
  • Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and Hobie Cats.
  • Fitness Center
  • Free use of beach chairs
  • Free wifi

10. Windsong Turks & Caicos, Grace Bay

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Located right in front of the acclaimed Princess Alexandra Land and Sea National Park, the Windsong Turks & Caicos offers a boutique hotel experience.

Featured amenities at Windsong

  • 80 guest rooms
  • Pool
  • Stand-up paddle boards, Hobie Cats, kayaks, clear bottom boats and floating hammocks.
  • Oceanfront dining
  • Fitness room
  • Spa
  • Bicycles
  • Free wifi
Where to stay in Turks and Caicos - boat on blue, blue water with a whale fin in the foreground.
Whale watching and swimming with humpback whales in Grand Turks. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

Grand Turk Hotels

Grand Turk Island is known for two things – it’s the government seat of the nation and is the only cruise port at Turks & Caicos flooded by tourists during daytime and quiet at night.

But nature lovers, take heed.  This is one of the best dive spots in the Caribbean and one of the only places for swimming with whales.  That’s right, swimming with humpback whales. Because of winds and weather, scuba divers can usually go out in the water.  However, people seeking to view and possibly swim with humpback whales are subject to the vagaries of the weather.  Humpback whale watching is best from January to April when female humpbacks are birthing calves.

Why venture to Grand Turk when it requires a second flight from Provo?  From a pricing standpoint, paying for one night at a hotel in Grace Bay may well exceed the combined cost of a short, inexpensive flight, taxi and at night at the more affordable hotels in Grand Turk.

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos includes Bohio Dive Resort in Grand Turk.
Bohio Dive Resort in Grand Turk. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

11. Osprey Beach Hotel, 1 Duke Street

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Closer to the main shopping area and government buildings of Cockburn Town is the Osprey Beach Hotel with basic accommodations similar to Bohio Dive Resort .

Featured amenities at Osprey Beach Hotel

  • 27 beachfront rooms and six rooms in a courtyard setting
  • Outdoor pool
  • Dive boat pick-up at hotel
  • Restaurant on site
  • Free wifi

Como Parrot Cay, Private Island near North Caicos

Where to stay in Turks and Caicos - sun shining over blue waters with two boats, plus sandy beach and tree boughs in the foreground.
Turks and Caicos. Photo credit: R.C. Staab

12. COMO Parrot Cay

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A remarkable part of the experience of staying at the Como Parrot Cay is getting there. After a flight to Provo, there’s a private transfer to the Leeward Marina and then a 35-minute boat ride to the hotel on its own island very near North Caicos island. There, one finds a private island resort on 1,000 acres with four miles of white sand.

Featured amenities at Como Parrot Cay are

  • 30 rooms and 14 villas
  • COMO Beach Club with two pools, daybeds and towels
  • Restaurant and bars
  • Shambhala Retreat spa for yoga, Pilates and wellness activities
  • Tennis Courts
  • Kayaks and guided tours (fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Play by COMO children activities
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking
R.C. Staab is a New York-based author, playwright, musical theater writer and lyricist. His latest book, New York City Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for New York City’s Hidden Treasures, was published in Spring 2023. His first book 100 Things to Do at the Jersey Shore Before You Die was published in 2020 and is now in its second printing. In 2021, he walked the entire 139-mile coastline of the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Cape May the book, generating more than 200,000 views on social media. He frequently contributes to New Jersey Monthly magazine and online travel publications. He is long-time member of the Society of American Travel Writers having traveled to 49 of the 50 US States and more than 60 countries. He specializes in cultural tourism, adventure travel and historical sites. His off-Broadway musicals and plays have been produced in New York, San Francisco, England and the Midwest. He is a two-time nominee for England’s Best New Song competition. He lives in New York City with his wife, Valari, and his dog, Skye.
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