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Grace Bay-  The ‘Number 1 Beach in the World’

Grace Bay- The ‘Number 1 Beach in the World’

Grace Bay

Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Grace Bay is perhaps the most famous beach in the Caribbean.
As Conde Nast Traveler says, it is ‘Frequently voted the best beach in the world; it is an absolute peach: perfect white sands, crystal-clear water and not a rock or bit of seaweed to be seen. It’s kept this pristine by a barrier reef a mile out, which ensures that the waters are beautifully calm, making it perfect for family swimming.’
In 2022, TripAdvisor users voted Grace Bay as the ‘Number 1 Beach in the World.’
Located on the main island of Providenciales, the 3-mile-long beach is only a 20-minute drive from the international airport that has direct flights from London, New York, Toronto, and many other US and Canadian cities.

Restaurants in Grace Bay

Lonely Planet says that the Turks and Caicos Islands boast ‘a sophisticated chef-driven food scene’ and Grace Bay has some of the best dining experiences anywhere in the Caribbean.
Here are 3 of our favorite places in or very close to Grace Bay:

Enjoy a fantastic fine dining experience at Seven with excellent wine pairings and great service at this luxury resort right on Grace Bay. Fish and steaks are always a good choice. but vegan options like Tofu a la Plancha with curried cauliflower and pineapple chutney hit the spot.

The Deck is a casual place for sundowners, sunsets, and ceviche right on the beach.

Grace’s Cottage Restaurant is a dinner-only restaurant with top quality food and service perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

 

Turks and Caicos Travel Info

Turks and Caicos Travel Info

Turks and Caicos- Travel Information

  • Direct flights from 12 US & Canadian airports, including Atlanta, Miami, Montreal, and New York. Virgin fly direct from London Heathrow.
  • No visas are required for US, Canadian, and UK/ EU citizens visiting the islands.
  • English is the official language, and the US Dollar is the official currency.
  • Turks and Caicos is home to the third-largest reef in the world.
  • Beaches in Turks and Caicos are regularly named some of the best in the world. In 2023, Turks and Caicos was named the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

 

 

Remote Working in Turks & Caicos

Remote Working in Turks & Caicos

6 Reasons to Remote Work from the Turks and Caicos Islands:

 

Business Friendly

The official currency in Turks and Caicos is the US Dollar. English is the official language.
The islands have a range of well-qualified professionals and high-quality office space in the town center of Providenciales.

 

Connections

An undersea fiber cable gives Providenciales, Grand Turk, and even some remote areas on the smaller islands reliable, high-speed 4G coverage. Direct flights operate from 12 US and Canadian cities, including Miami, New York, and Toronto.
Turks and Caicos have a small but mature and sophisticated offshore finance sector with strong connections to global financial hubs. The islands are in the same time zone as the US Eastern Seaboard.

 

Lifestyle

According to Conde Nast Traveler, ‘even by the world-beating standards set by its Caribbean neighbors, the Turks and Caicos Islands really are out on their own when it comes to almost absurdly paradisaical beaches.’
Watersports enthusiasts are spoiled for choice with world-class kiteboarding, wakeboarding, diving, and sport fishing. From November to Easter, you can snorkel with humpback whales. Boat trips to stunning deserted island beaches are easily arranged. Dorado- Mahi-Mahi- are just one of the local fish to catch and cook. Some of the best reef diving in the Caribbean is at your door.
Bruce Willis, Prince, and many other celebrities have had beach homes in Turks and Caicos over the years, and with current part time residents like Donna Karan, Keith Richards, and Brad Pitt, there are plenty of high-end dining options in Providenciales.

 

Secure & Stable

Turks and Caicos is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom that governs itself internally. The islands boast a long history of political stability and a legal system primarily influenced by English Common Law. Moreover, with a credit rating of S&P BBB+, the location is highly attractive to high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) from different parts of the world.

 

Where to Live

Grace Bay on Providenciales’ main island is the world-renowned ‘star’ beach. However, high-profile visitors seeking privacy and relaxation also enjoy other beaches, such as Long Bay.

 

Buy or Rent?

Gerry Dallas, the General Manager of TKCA, a renowned luxury property rental and management company on the island, suggests that it is advisable to take a short vacation or visit the place to decide if it is suitable before making any significant decisions. He further highlights the growing trend among affluent individuals to purchase a villa that can be used by them and their family and friends for some time in the year and generates substantial rental income for the rest of the period. According to Gerry, the starting price for beachfront villas is $1,000 per night, with some extravagant properties in their portfolio selling for over $10,000 a night during peak season. He also mentions that there is a considerable investment in the $5 million range, and with profitable rental returns, these properties prove to be a valuable investment.

Yves Boulet, a top luxury property developer in the islands, agrees that most buyers prefer to use the property for a few weeks or months in a year. He believes that they are fortunate to have wealthy clients who want a genuinely exceptional beach vacation villa. However, some of them also want the villa to generate revenue when not in use.

 

IN BRIEF:
The Turks and Caicos is not a cheap place to ‘hang out,’ and it doesn’t pretend to be.
However, for anyone looking for an incredibly beautiful Caribbean island to base themselves on for an extended stay luxury beach escape from the Northern Hemisphere winters, the Turks and Caicos Islands have ‘star quality.’

Grace Bay condo remote working
Top 5 Restaurants in Providenciales

Top 5 Restaurants in Providenciales

coco bistro garden

Fine Dining in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Local resident and business owner Gerry Dallas gives us his favorite ‘Top 5 High-end Restaurants on Providenciales.’

 

Bella Luna Ristorante and Pizzeria

A traditional ‘old school’ Italian restaurant in Grace Bay with a lovely garden providing fresh produce to the kitchen.

Caicos Cafe Bar & Grill

The outdoor setting under the Poinciana Tree is perfect for a romantic dinner. Informal ambiance and friendly service.

Coco Bistro

Located in the heart of Grace Bay, one of the best fine dining restaurants on the islands. Beautiful garden setting, outstanding food. Reservations essential.

For a less formal and less expensive ‘quick bites’ try their Coco Van right next door.

Le Bouchon du Village

The best French restaurant in Turks and Caicos.

Seven

An award-winning fine dining restaurant on Grace Bay. Local seafood dishes are particularly good, for meat lovers the Chateaubriand is outstanding! The restaurant also has a private dining room for up to ten guests- ‘The Tasting Room at Seven’- with a 2,500-bottle wine cellar and exceptional sommelier. [Book a table…]

About our guest author: Gerry Dallas is the General Manager at TKCA Vacation Rentals, a a luxury vacation rental & property management company located in Grace Bay.

 
Diving in Turks and Caicos

Diving in Turks and Caicos

Diving in Turks and Caicos

Diving in Turks and Caicos

Planning a dive in the Turks and Caicos Islands?  There’s plenty to see and experience!

The Wall

The Turks and Caicos Islands are one of the few dive areas in the Caribbean that boasts a dramatic ‘Wall Drop Off’ – much like an underwater cliff. Imagine that the Turks and Caicos Archipelago is the top of an underwater mountain range, with the peaks and plateaus forming the islands themselves and leaving the sheer drop off of the ‘mountainsides’ for Scuba Divers to explore!  Divers will want to listen to their dive briefing from their guides – dive with a computer and monitor their depth at all times.  And then, take that giant stride into our beautiful turquoise waters and experience the thrill of gliding along the dramatic wall.

The Wall Turks & Caicos

Sharks

We are fortunate in Provo to have a healthy, resident shark population – a great indicator of reef health!  Our resident Caribbean Reef Sharks are seen on most dives – it’s rare a morning of diving will pass without a Reef Shark sighting! These beautiful creatures are thrilling to watch as they cruise the wall.  And as there are no organized shark feeding activities on our reefs, you’ll be treated to seeing the Sharks in their most natural behaviors.  While Caribbean Reef Sharks are our most common sightings – keep your eyes out!  We are occasionally treated to a swim by of the more transient species like Hammerhead or Tiger.  Always a thrill!

Shark TCI

Rays

The most common Ray you’ll see in these Turks, and Caicos Waters are the Southern Stingray.  You’ll find these smokey grey creatures cruising over the sandy flats in search of a meal or taking a nap buried in the sand itself with just a couple of eyeballs visible! But don’t keep looking down! Spotted Eagle Rays are occasional visitors – these stunning beautiful rays are adorned with spots and ‘fly’ through the water column and can be found along the walls and reefs as well as in the shallows.  Finally, if you’re exceptionally fortunate, you might spot a Manta Ray. These large, pelagic creatures with a dark black topside and white underside cruise close to the surface, eating plankton.  They’re the least common Ray sighting here, but a few times a year, divers get lucky!

Diving in Turks and Caicos

Turtles

Perhaps one of the most chilled out creatures you’ll find on our reefs is the Sea Turtle. Most common at sites like Northwest Point and West Caicos is the Hawksbill Turtle. If you’re snorkeling from shore in Grace Bay, you’re more likely to see Green Turtles. No matter the species, its always fun to encounter one on a dive, often lazily chewing on a sponge. (Fun Fact: when we see Hawksbill Turtles eating, they usually have a Queen Angelfish hanging out scavenging for sponge morsels!).

turtles

A Myriad of Tropical Fish

Parrotfish, Angelfish, Chromis, Wrasse, Groupers, Snappers, Butterflyfish, Flounders, Eels, Coneys, Blennies, and Gobies – just to name a few!  Turks and Caicos Reefs are healthy and vibrant, boasting a diversity of species of tropical fish. If you don’t see Sharks, Rays, or Turtles on a dive, the reef is always teeming with beautiful fish of all shapes, sizes, and colors!  There’s always a chance to improve your ‘Fish ID’ knowledge on any dive – simply hover and look at a patch of reef and start naming the fish you see.  Chances are you’ll start to realize just how many different species there are and see where your gaps in knowledge are.

Diving in Turks and Caicos

No matter what you see when you take the plunge into our beautiful Turks and Caicos Waters, take some time to appreciate all the beauty and peace the underwater world offers you!

 

 

About our guest author: Jayne Baker and her husband Mickey own and operate Flamingo Divers, a boutique dive operation in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Having been full time dive instructors in the Caribbean for over 25 years, they still spend most of their days underwater.  When not diving, Jayne can be found in front of a computer pursuing her second love, professional and creative writing endeavors.

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