Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos: Great Beaches

Grace Bay was named the best beach in the world by Tripadvisor in 2018. That is the outcome of reviews left on the travel website by thousands of tourists. The beach located on the Turks and Caicos Islands leaves behind beaches such as Baia do Sancho, Varadero Beach and Eagle Beach on Aruba. Grace Bay is famous for its soft, wide and quiet beach, where the water is usually calm and beautifully blue. The restaurants, accommodations and opportunities for activities are also appreciated.

Best beaches in the world

  • Grace Bay: chosen by Tripadvisor as the best beach of 2018
  • Other beaches in the top 25
  • What makes Grace Bay so special?
  • Book a holiday to the Turks and Caicos Islands


Grace Bay: chosen by Tripadvisor as the best beach of 2018

Snow-white beaches, a light blue sea, little pollution, located in a region where the sun always shines and the temperature is pleasant. To determine what the best beach in the world is, these types of elements are taken into account. The result will of course always remain subjective. To help people who are still looking around for the ideal sun-drenched holiday destination, travel website Tripadvisor annually chooses the best beach in the world. Tripadvisor is a travel website where people can leave their reviews of hotels, restaurants, sights and cities. You can also leave a review after visiting a beach. Tripsadvisor ranks these reviews and every year appoints the beach with the best reviews as the best beach in the world. The election was won in 2018 by Grace Bay , located in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The island on which Grace Bay is located was also voted the best beach destination in 2011.

Other beaches in the top 25

In addition to winner Grace Bay, Tripadvisor also announced which beaches did not reach the top position, but are certainly worth it given their high rating. The complete top 25 is as follows:

  1. Grace Bay – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
  2. Baia do Sancho – Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  3. Varadero Beach – Varadero, Cuba
  4. Eagle Beach – Palm Beach, Aruba
  5. Seven Mile Beach – Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman
  6. La Concha Beach – San Sebastian, Spain
  7. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Florida
  8. Seven Mile Beach – Negril, Jamaica
  9. Bavaro Beach – Bavaro, Dominican Republic
  10. Playa Norte – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
  11. Elafonissi Beach – Elafonissi, Greece
  12. Fal├ęsia Beach – Olhos de Agua, Portugal
  13. Fig Tree Bay – Protaras, Cyprus
  14. Bournemouth Beach – Bournemouth, England
  15. Anse Lazio – Praslin, Seychelles
  16. Manly Beach – Sydney, Australia
  17. Santa Monica State Beach – Santa Monica, Cape Verde
  18. Agonda Beach – Agonda, India
  19. Kleopatra Beach – Alanya, Turkey
  20. Tortuga Bay – Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands
  21. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa, Sicily
  22. Sharm El Luli – Marsa Alam, Egypt
  23. Nungwi Beach – Nungwi, Tanzania
  24. Punta Uva Beach – Punta Uva, Costa Rica
  25. White Beach – Boracay, Philippines


What makes Grace Bay so special?

To be chosen by thousands of reviewers as the best beach in the world, you have to have a lot to offer. Of the nearly 6,000 reviews left in Grace Bay, 89% were in the ‘excellent’ category. Not infrequently, a review begins with the exclamation that it is the most beautiful beach in the world. The white beach is rated by many tourists as soft, wide and calm, while the water is very clear and clean. When you walk into the water you are usually not bothered by seaweed and rough stones. In addition, the atmosphere on the island, the accommodations and the good food in the restaurants are also praised. The opportunity to undertake activities such as diving, snorkeling, swimming with stingrays and parasailing should not be missed.
Grace Bay is located on Providenciales, the westernmost island of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Due to the tropical climate, the temperature is quite constant. For example, in winter it usually does not get colder than 23 degrees and in summer the average temperature is around 30 degrees. This way you will never be cold, but it will also not be too hot to do anything active.
Although Creole is also spoken, the official language of the Turks and Caicos Islands is English. Tourists can therefore easily make themselves understood. In collaboration with a Canadian health organization, a hospital was opened on the island in 2010, allowing people to be treated on the island in case of medical emergencies.

Book a holiday to the Turks and Caicos Islands

Ask around which sun destinations friends and colleagues go on holiday to in the summer and you will hear about many exotic places. Nowadays no one is surprised if you go on holiday for two weeks to Cuba, Aruba, the Bahamas or the Dominican Republic. You will hear the name Turks and Caicos Islands less often. The destination is not as well known among Dutch tourists as, for example, Aruba or the Dominican Republic.
If you choose a holiday to the Turks and Caicos Islands and would like to assess Grace Bay for yourself, it is possible to fly to Providenciales International Airport. In 2020, it is not possible to fly directly here from the Netherlands. However, you can reach your destination with one stop with Delta Air Lines. If you are willing to make two stopovers, you may be able to buy a ticket cheaper via American Airlines or British Airways. Always consult a travel agency or ticket comparison website for current prices.
If you are looking for accommodation on Grace Bay, you are spoiled for choice. offers more than thirty accommodations on and near the beach, ranging from apartments and simple three-star hotels to luxury resorts and five-star hotels. You can of course also choose to book a package trip through a tour operator.