New day, new beach! But first, breakfast with a view. Our favorite grocery store in the TCI is Graceway IGA, because of the mass selection and the prices cannot be beat. Food is very expensive, however, we loved being able to cook from home almost every day, since our son is a picky eater. Here is a list of all of the grocery stores in the Turks and Caicos.
After we were satiated, we headed to Long Bay, a place we had visited on a previous trip. Long Bay is a three mile long beach on the southeast coast of Providenciales. The water is clear with two to four foot depths going out thousands of feet. Due to being on the southern shallow side, Long Bay does not get any of the larger ocean swell waves that the northern beaches do and only at times experiences small choppy waves caused by local winds.
Long Bay is by far the most popular kiteboarding location on Providenciales and dozens of kites can be in the air on windy days. Due to the northeast trade winds, Long Bay usually has onshore or side-on wind. The shallow depth makes it much easier to learn as you will be able to stand without drifting down wind. You will be hard-pressed to find a better kite spot anywhere in the Caribbean.
Because the ocean was full of so many kite boarders, we decided to go to Grace Bay, another beach we had been to many times before. It is famous for its long stretch of soft white sand and beautiful blue water. Found off the northeast coast of Providenciales, this pristine beach is the hallmark of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The recipient of many designations, Grace Bay currently holds the position of World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination and Trip Advisor’s “second best beach in the world”. The entire beach is consistently excellent, with clean water, white sand, and no rocks, seaweed, or pollution. The barrier reef found a mile out protects Grace Bay from the ocean swells of the Atlantic. Nearly all of the main resorts on Providenciales are found on this coast.
Towards the end of the day, we decided to just drive wherever we felt pulled. Driving in the Turks and Caicos can be frustrating, as there is little signage. However, you can choose to see that as a challenge or an adventure and we chose the latter! We stumbled upon this gorgeous beach with no name and never wanted to leave.
Back at “home” we broke out the rosé and celebrated another beautiful day together as a family. My heart was so full in that moment.
And to make the day even more special, we had the best sunset of our trip.