Beach Day! - Part 2: So many beaches, so little time..
Updated: Jun 8, 2020
Looking for a little escape from your resort and the main stretch of Grace Bay Beach for a day? Not that anyone ever tires of Grace Bay Beach, but perhaps you’re looking to change it up a little during your stay.
Follow along as we give you a quick outline of the equally fabulous beaches you don’t want to miss out on. We’re going to start from The Turtle Cove area and move East along the shore to point out some fantastic beachy locations.
To keep things manageable and as relaxing as possible for you, we’ve come up with our list of “the other”, but equally spectacular, beaches along The Grace Bay side of The Island.
Trip Tip: All these beaches are a quick drive from the main Grace Bay area. You shouldn’t have any problems finding them and setting up for a great day at the beach.
If you’re facing out towards the water from Turtle Cove Marina, you’ll notice a gorgeous stretch of untouched beachfront just to the left of the marina inlet. This is Babalua Beach. A great little spot that you'll likely have to yourself most days. With several homes and villas along the shore, you may have the company of a few other vacationers on this beach, but in all honesty, we’ve only ever shared it with one other group of people. It’s a fantastic stretch of beach without having to go too far. It can be a little windy some days, so check the forecast before heading out. It’s a wonderful spot to chill for the day, jump in and have a lazy float or choose to snorkel along the rocks. No matter which you decide, there’s plenty of turquoise water to share. There aren’t any amenities on Babalua Beach so make sure you pack your beach chairs, cooler and any other beach day essentials you might need.
Beach day tip for Babalus Beach: Call ahead to the Sharkbite Bar and Grill in Turtle Cove to pick up your lunch before you head off for a great day of beach fun and sun.
If you love to snorkel, Smiths Reef is the beach for you! You will most definitely want to hit this stretch of beach more than once on your visit. Again, from Turtle Cove Marina, off the right side of the inlet is where Smiths Reef starts and travels for quite a good distance along the shoreline. Literally step right in and start snorkeling over miles of beautiful shallow reef. You’ll see so many types of marine life and with Smiths Reef being so vast, you’ll likely get to enjoy it all to yourself. Many villas dot the shoreline along with quite a few beach access entry points giving you easy access to many sections of Smiths Reef. If you’re not packing a lunch with you, you might want to consider heading out for a morning snorkel and then head over to Mango Reef for a bite of lunch in Turtle Cove. Wherever you plan to set up on Smiths Reef, don’t forget to take your “Beach Essentials" with you. There are no amenities along this stretch which is just fine…there’s so much to keep you busy underwater.
Ok, picture this... You’re sitting on the beach, sipping a crazy delicious margarita from Somewhere Café and Lounge and you feel like it’s time to go hang out with a sea turtle. Well guess what? At the Bight Reef, this is possible! And you don't need more than one margarita to see them! HA! Nestled in front of Coral Gardens and Somewhere Café and Lounge is a protected section of reef with an abundance of coral and marine life. With plenty of sea grass on either side of this protected reef it’s a great spot for turtle watching. You can usually find them snacking in the grass and follow them along to the reef. From turtles to barracudas, you’ll see it all here! Don’t worry the barracudas aren’t interested in you, if you don’t look like a fish.....! This being a protected reef, you’ll notice giant orange buoy’s surrounding the bulk of the reef.
You ARE NOT allowed to swim in the center of those buoy's, you must remain on the outside of the protected area.
Don’t think this means you won’t see anything, you absolutely will. The edges of the reef span out for some distance in each direction to give you plenty of viewing opportunities. While there’s usually a few more people along this stretch of beach because of all the amenities, there’s still plenty of room for everyone to find comfortable space. You can hang out at the beach bar, rent a beach bed and umbrella, rent snorkel gear or simply sit and watch all the goings on around you. This is a fun spot to set up for the day with easy access to food, drinks and plenty of activities.
Ok, so you want to be away from it all but not too far. Head east over to Sunset Beach in the Leeward Community. Far from any of the resorts, the Leeward Community is a wonderful area, with beautiful homes and villas. Sunset Beach is easy to get to as you simply travel east on Grace Bay Road. A beautiful deep stretch of white sand awaits with even brighter turquoise water than you see in the center of Grace Bay. Whether it’s the lack of water activities or simply the way the sun hits, the color of Sunset Beach is electric. You can rent a beach bed and umbrella here but that’s it for amenities. You’ll have to pack your cooler and snacks before heading out for the day. If you don’t feel like packing a lunch, you can always pop out and head back along Grace Bay Road to pick up some food. Sunset Beach is only a few minutes’ drive along Grace Bay Road so you’re still quite close to everything Grace Bay has to offer.
Just east of Sunset Beach, you’ll find the beautiful shores of Pelican Beach. An incredible alcove of sand, large stones (great for photo ops) and turquoise water start this section of beach creating the most beautiful spot for a day or evening picnic and incredible sunsets. Throw a beach chair in your car and set up for a day of peace and quiet or simply head over for a sunset. You can walk around the alcove and out to the edge of shore that takes you along to the tip of Leeward. Beautiful Emerald Point awaits you here. You can watch the boats coming in and out of the channel from the Blue Haven Marina or watch the kayaks and paddle boarders cross to the other side. This is a great spot to start your non-motorized water sports adventure. It’s not too hard a journey paddling or kayaking to Little Water Cay or Mangrove Cay. Just make sure you know the tides and time of day as coming back might take a little more work. There is separate beach access at Emerald Point for easy kayak and SUP access. Whether you’re just out for a lazy day, or interested in a quiet day in your kayak you won’t want to miss Pelican Beach.
Fun Fact: The Leeward Community is where we usually stay when we’re on The Island. We affectionately refer to Pelican Beach as “our beach”.
Wherever your beach day adventure takes you,
we know you'll enjoy it as much as we do
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