For those who find that they have been saddled with the January blues, it might be high time to book a winter vacation to somewhere warm, sunny, and sandy. When it comes to combatting the dark, dreary days of the post-holiday months, nothing beats a week in the tropics. There are so many islands to choose from. They all offer their own unique cultural flair, but all of them giving travelers that hefty dose of rest, relaxation, and Vitamin D that we all so desperately need as we try and get through the last few months of winter.
If white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters and blue skies are your thing, then look no further than beautiful Turks and Caicos. This Carribean island chain, made up of one hundred individual islands, has everything one could possibly need to quench their wanderlust. The beaches on this island are a notch above the rest, so pristine and perfect; they almost seem unreal.
Friends, here are the best of the best. Check out these top five beaches on Turks and Caicos. Good luck getting your toes out of this sand and these images out of your head.
Grace Bay Beach Is A Slice Of Paradise
Grace Bay Beach is often regarded as the number one beach in the entire world. It's located on Turk's primary island, Providenciales, near where travelers will find some of the world's most luxurious hotels and retreats. Grace Bay is part of the Alexandra National Park and is protected by a barrier reef system, which means insanely beautiful scuba diving. Whether you are on the beach basking in the sun, or under the sea, exploring the reef, this beach will leave you with memories that are bound to last a lifetime.
Leeward Beach Offers A Quiet, Peaceful Sanctuary
Just east of Grace Bay beach lies Leeward Beach. (You really can't move more than twenty feet on Turks and Caicos without running into a sandy stretch that you never want to leave.) Unlike Grace Bay, this beach is quiet, secluded, and without large, ostentatious resorts. Because of the sheltered channels that run on the eastern side of Leeward Beach, kayakers, wakeboarders and paddleboarders will agree that this beach is about as close to paradise as it gets.
Leeward Beach can be a bit tricky to get to, but if you do manage to get here, chances are you won't ever want to leave.
Mudjin Harbour Is Out Of This World
Located on Middle Caicos, Mudjin Beach will take travelers' breath away. The beach is straight out of a dream, with its towering limestone cliffs, intoxicating white sands, and mesmerizing caves and caverns. If you tire of Mudjin Beach, which is probably not even possible, you can easily skip over to Conch Bar Caves, the most extensive dry cave system in all of the Bahamas. Because of Mudjin's prime location, explorers can hit this beach up and then see what else Middle Caicos and the adjoining North Caicos has to offer.
Long Bay Beach Is A Kiteboarder's Dream
Long Beach Bay on Providenciales is a kiteboarding mecca. The stunning beach is home to the white sand characteristic of the region itself, and shallow, blue waters that extend out for miles. Because of the consistent eastern trade winds that blow through here combined with the shallow waters surrounding the beach, this space has drawn in kiteboarders from all across the world. For those who don't find kiteboarding up their vacation alley, horseback riding is also popular here. Because of an oil rig wreck just off the shore, boat tours are also a popular activity for those who visit Long Beach Bay. It pretty much has something for just about everyone.
Half Moon Bay Will Feed Your Soul And Surround You With Nature
Tucked in between remote Water Cay and Little Water Cay lies Half Moon Bay. This beach-sand bar lagoon is the number one boat destination spot in all of Turks and Caicos. Half Moon Bay is a nature lover's dream. Iguanas run about, little lemon sharks make their home here in the shallows, and native palms line the water. A day here will make you wonder if this is real life.
Those wanting to explore Half Moon Bay will probably have to catch a charter, since the bays that flank it are uninhabited and undeveloped. You'll feel like you have entered an entirely different world when spending the day on Half Moon Bay. Just remember to pack snacks and water, since there won't be any nearby restaurants to hang out at.
There are so many amazing beaches to be spending January on. Please remind us why we are not on an airplane at this very moment.