From the emerald green waters and sugar white beaches of the Emerald Coast, I recently took a short trip to some of the world’s other most talked about beaches — I visited the Providenciales island of Turks and Caicos. This raw slice of heaven brought a welcomed and pristine coastal experience. With what I can only say is an indescribable color of turquoise that glows as if it were lit from the bottom, contrasted against beaches so white, it was almost polarizing.
This mesmerizing color palette served as a backdrop all throughout the island. From the local dive bars such as Bugaloo’s in Five Cays, to da Conch Shack, where they were pulling conch from the shells right to your plate and serving it every way imaginable, there is no better way to enjoy this local favorite fare. (The conch season is open from mid-October to mid-July, the lobster season is open from mid-August to April, and the Nassau grouper season is typically open from March to November.) Everywhere you went you could hear the pouring of rum drinks and the sounds of the Caribbean music. One of the best ways to see the island is by horseback — although if you know me, you know why I opted out. Nevertheless, it is one of the many fun ways to get around this picturesque landscape and shallow lit waters.
The most famous beach on the island is known as Grace Bay. Often considered the No. 1 beach in the world, it truly lives up to its many accolades. Grace Bay is located on the north side of the island, in the heart of some of the world’s most published and luxury resorts. The shallow clear waters create an enclave for people to gather and sun on its pristine beaches. Grace Bay is also home to some of Turks and Caicos’ more refined dining options. My favorite was The Infiniti Bar, located just steps from the sand in Grace Bay.
Turks and Caicos is one of the most uniquely beautiful places I have ever visited. With the chill, laid-back sounds of the Caribbean and the crystalline waters at your feet, I highly recommend a visit here anytime as they have perfect weather year-round. I look forward to my next adventure back to this warm and soulful coast.