Governor's Beach
Governor's Beach
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  • Nailah M
    Kansas City, Missouri17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Relaxing
    The beach was beautiful and much less crowded than the beach near the cruise ship. It was a peaceful way to enjoy the water. Do use caution as the water drops off in depth not too far out. Vendors selling delicious food and drink but no high-pressure to purchase There were a couple of donkeys on the beach (fun to take a picture of) but the beaches security made sure to run off when they got too close. When it was time to return to the ship, the taxi was readily available.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • EmmaH
    London, United Kingdom83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little beach
    Nice little beach about a 20 minute walk from the cruise port (you can walk along the road or along the beach). 2 sunbeds + umbrella cost $25 to hire. There are a few small unofficial bars and you can hire snorkel equipment. Surprisingly quiet, even with 2 cruise ships visiting.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 20, 2024
  • Mike C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calm Governors Beach.
    If you're coming to Grand Turk on a cruise ship.....exit the port terminal heading left and cut across the car park to the main road. Heading towards the airport, it's about a 20 minute walk on a safe road. The sea is always on your left, and there is a clear sign for Governors Beach. When we got there, we were able to hire 2 sunbeds, an umbrella and a wifi code for $28. The beach is lovely, and we were the only ones there (until an organised excursion from our ship arrived mid-afternoon). As you look to the sea, there are jetty ruins on your left. Look to your right, and you'll see a small reef. It is a safe swim and shallow water - no more than 6 to 8 feet deep, but the water is so clear and there are plenty of fish to see. When we were snorkelling there, a turtle arrived and spent a few minutes with us before slowly heading out to sea. Ignore the cruise ship crowds heading for the beach, and make the effort to get to Governors. There are no facilities though, and I'd reccomend you took food and drink, although the stall hiring the sunbeds had a small selection of cold drinks, crisps etc.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 23, 2024
  • LoriO24
    Tampa, Florida367 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and uncrowded
    Beautiful and not crowded at all! We came on a cruise and the beaches just off the ship were packed. We found this beach online and so glad we did. It’s an easy walk, 15 mins or so. You can take the road or easily walk down the beach to Jack’s bar and then cut over to the road. Going that way means only a small bit of road walking, and there is a big sign that states where the entrance to the beach is. It was white sand and clear water and only a handful of others - highly recommend passing the first section of chairs and going to the further one as we had only one other set of people near us, it was like our own private location! Two chairs and an umbrella were $25 which I thought fair, and there is a lady who cooks made to order foods you can order as well. We had a red snapper, fresh from the water, rice and beans and two waters for only $20. It was delicious. Highly recommend this beach and can’t wait to return!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 22, 2024
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JWWA
Everett, WA140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We were interested in seeing the ship and not being crowded in with the other cruisers. We walked straight there from the ship and were the only tourists there for a couple hours. We rented a couple loungers under a shade canopy and had WiFi access for $25. I didn’t bother to negotiate. There was a friendly dog that hung out next to us for the day and we saw a donkey come by and snatch some food someone left unattended. My husband enjoyed chatting with a local kid that was there snorkeling.

More people came as the day went on. You can go to the right, away from the ship, and find shady spots. I just bought a pop for $2 but there were various snacks to choose from. I saw people with styrofoam takeout containers so there must have been food close by.

Regarding some of the negative reviews, I am sure there are better beaches and we will look into them next time but this was (for us) a easy walk from the ship. We didn’t see anyone else walking there. We did pick up some trash on the walk. The snorkeling wasn’t good but we were happy to just be in the water. There were a couple vendors but they were friendly and not aggressive or bothersome. There was some glass in one area. After talking to others on the ship who stayed at the cruise center we were even more glad we went there.
Written January 3, 2020
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Bleuberrie
Spruce Grove, Canada132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Like many of the beaches on Grand Turk it is white sand beaches and beautiful blue water. Have been a few times including when the cruise ship was in and when it was not. If the cruise ship is not in you have the beach mostly to yourself. That also means no food or drinks available. Bathrooms and outdoor showers are there. Bathrooms locked when ship not in. I did not try the showers but imagine the water is turned off as water is a pricey commodity.

When the ship is in people set up selling drinks not sure about food. They also have lawn chairs to rent. Was also pleasantly surprised that it was not that busy but that could have been due to only one ship at port and it was smaller for cruise ships.

Would recommend driving or bicycle from town as it’s a bit of a jaunt. Saw people snorkelling but did not try it here.
Written January 21, 2020
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LoriO24
Tampa, FL367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful and not crowded at all! We came on a cruise and the beaches just off the ship were packed. We found this beach online and so glad we did. It’s an easy walk, 15 mins or so. You can take the road or easily walk down the beach to Jack’s bar and then cut over to the road. Going that way means only a small bit of road walking, and there is a big sign that states where the entrance to the beach is. It was white sand and clear water and only a handful of others - highly recommend passing the first section of chairs and going to the further one as we had only one other set of people near us, it was like our own private location! Two chairs and an umbrella were $25 which I thought fair, and there is a lady who cooks made to order foods you can order as well. We had a red snapper, fresh from the water, rice and beans and two waters for only $20. It was delicious. Highly recommend this beach and can’t wait to return!
Written February 22, 2024
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Treader2168
Saint Louis, MO7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Nice but beware. We were dropped off via taxi at the stretch with the rusty ship just off the shore. Chairs were rented by a local for $20. I think the taxi driver and the beach person had a deal going.
Written March 20, 2020
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Inspiration310933
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This governor's beach has turquoise color, clear water, and sandy beach. It's beautiful, but it isn't worth $4 for taxi per person and $25 for 2 chairs and one umbrella taking in attention that the chairs and umbrella were old and broken. The umbrella was short and wouldn't give enough shade. The lady who served the chairs wasn't able to cary them to the beach complaining they were too heavy for her. We ended up carrying our own chairs because there was no one else to help us. The beach area where the chairs were allowed to be carried to was very limited, so we were not allowed to move them even a step to the right or to the front.
We received the worst service experience at the Governor's beach out of all the beaches we have ever visited for our 15 years cruising.
Don't waist your money and go to the beach next to the port on a walking distance.
Written December 19, 2022
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Wetravelalot12
London314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stopped at Grand Turk on our cruise. It is such a stunning location. The cruise ship stops right at the beach so no transfers needed. There is a purpose built cruise terminal which houses a duty free shop. There is also a purpose built swimming pool with sun beds for the cruise passengers along with a flo-rider. (charges apply). Bars & shops in the area include Margaritaville, Starbucks, Ron Juan Surf Shack to name a few. Some of the sun beds are free for cruise passengers, but its not clear which ones they are or where.
The beach nearest the ship is the most crowded, so we decided to walk up to Governor's Beach. Its a 20/30 min walk and this is where the Mega One Triton Shipwreck is. You cant walk all the way up the beach to it. We walked up the beach as far as Jack's Shack, turned right up the side of it, and carry on walking until you reach the road. Turn left onto the road and follow it until you see a sign pointing to Governor's Beach. We got to the beach around 8.30am and had it to ourselves for about an hour. There are toilets here. There are also plenty of trees on the beach for shade.
Around 10am a guy turned up with a load of sun beds and umbrellas if you wanted. A local person also set up a make-shift bar selling beers, soft drinks and crisps. Even as the morning progressed, the beach remained very quiet.
Next to the shipwreck was a rocky area in the sea and these 2 places were excellent for snorkelling. The sand was white and soft and the water turquoise crystal clear. Whilst snorkelling we saw a turtle, and plenty of colourful fish. This beach is what you imagine a Caribbean beach should be!
Written February 24, 2020
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littlemiss5274
Lake Lure, NC322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Governor’s Beach is stunning! Beautiful white sand and varying shades of blue/turquoise water. This little cove of paradise is my favorite beach. Each day I wake up on my “Turk-cation” looking forward to seeing the beauty that waits me at the end of my lengthy walk. Currently, the beach is officially closed. However, utilizing your two feet to embark the short walk down from the Grand Turk Cruise Terminal, will land you in this picturesque place. Truly amazing!
Written January 1, 2020
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Mike C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
If you're coming to Grand Turk on a cruise ship.....exit the port terminal heading left and cut across the car park to the main road. Heading towards the airport, it's about a 20 minute walk on a safe road. The sea is always
on your left, and there is a clear sign for Governors Beach. When we got there, we were able to hire 2 sunbeds, an umbrella and a wifi code for $28. The beach is lovely, and we were the only ones there (until an organised excursion from our ship arrived mid-afternoon). As you look to the sea, there are jetty ruins on your left. Look to your right, and you'll see a small reef. It is a safe swim and shallow water - no more than 6 to 8 feet deep, but the water is so clear and there are plenty of fish to see. When we were snorkelling there, a turtle arrived and spent a few minutes with us before slowly heading out to sea.

Ignore the cruise ship crowds heading for the beach, and make the effort to get to Governors. There are no facilities though, and I'd reccomend you took food and drink, although the stall hiring the sunbeds had a small selection of cold drinks, crisps etc.
Written January 23, 2024
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triciachesney
Columbus, OH16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This is one of my favorite beaches in all of the Caribbean! The water is crystal clear and the waves a re very minimal. My elderly mother was able to get in/out without worrying about being knocked over by waves. Just absolutely stunning water.
Written February 8, 2023
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EmmaH
London, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice little beach about a 20 minute walk from the cruise port (you can walk along the road or along the beach). 2 sunbeds + umbrella cost $25 to hire. There are a few small unofficial bars and you can hire snorkel equipment. Surprisingly quiet, even with 2 cruise ships visiting.
Written January 20, 2024
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