Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Path to Grace Bay

In Turks and Caicos, it's all about the beach. Beach culture and water sports  are the main focus for travelers and there's no beach more significant than Grace Bay. Famous for being listed by various travel publications as one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Grace Bay is a pristine, three-mile strip along the northeast coast of Providenciales.  Every day during my stay on Provo, I walked a 10 minute path to Grace Bay.

I stepped along the gravel road in front of my villa to get to the nearby beach access. I quickly discovered that flip flops aren't enough support against the sharp rocks and had to switch out to sturdy sandals to walk the road comfortably.

This small sign marks the beach access path, which runs through a small grove of trees and bush.

I loved walking through palm trees and plants, even though I heard lizards rustling in the distance every time I strolled by. At least I hope they were lizards. There were also different sized conch shells strewn along the path and I had to scoop up a small one to take home.

At the end of the path is a small plaza with a few shops and The Patty Place, which is a must for every visitor. The Patty Place sells authentic Juici Patties shipped in from Jamaica, as well as Devon House ice cream.  I was excited to see The Patty Place because I love patties and because Turks and Caicos is a really expensive island. It's rare to find any kind of meal under $10 so I grabbed two $3 patties (veggie and curried chicken) every day after I left the beach.

Crossing Grace Bay Road and walking a short path will lead you directly to the beauty of Grace Bay.  This was my first glimpse of it in all  of its cool turquoise glory. I took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. I don't know if I agree that it's the most beautiful but Grace Bay is certainly one of the most serene beaches.