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Grace Bay Beach

Grace Bay Beach is often ranked as the top beach in the world and it is certainly the most well-known beach in Turks and Caicos. Its sterling reputation is well-deserved, with clear and calm turquoise waters and soft, white sand. Astoundingly, until Club Med opened an outpost here in 1984, Turks and Caicos was almost unknown as a vacation destination, save for a very select few in the know. At the time, the island of Providenciales had three quiet fishing villages and one paved road. Today, Grace Bay is home to most of the island’s luxury resorts, many on prime stretches of the beach. As a result, ocean frontage is at a premium for anyone hoping to live at Grace Bay Beach, with most of the residences available being in luxury apartment buildings. Beachfront single-family homes—either villas or townhouses—are rare and highly coveted.

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Living in Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos, an archipelago of 40 islands in the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on Earth. For a long time, Turks and Caicos had almost no tourism, depending mainly on the salt industry to sustain the economy. In the 1960s, a few American developers came, building an airstrip, marina, and hotel on Providenciales, but the number of tourists remained small. But when Club Med opened a resort at Grace Bay in the 1980s, Turks and Caicos began its boom as an international tourist destination. Today, only nine of the islands are inhabited, with most residences, hotels, and restaurants located on Providenciales, informally nicknamed Provo. Cruise ships generally dock at the island of Grand Turk, home to the capital of Cockburn Town. The other seven inhabited islands and cays are wilder and significantly less populated, serving as home to exclusive and secluded resorts and villas.