5 Best Casual Beachfront Restaurants Turks & Caicos

July 26, 2022

Family-Friendly Restaurant at Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos is known for its fine dining. There are countless high-end restaurants on Grace Bay Beach—many of which, like Coco Bistro, require reservations weeks in advance. But I wanted to learn about the best casual beachfront restaurants Turks and Caicos has to offer.  

But when I go on a Caribbean vacation, especially when traveling with kids, I gravitate towards casual beach shacks for most meals. I like the ambiance, think the food is usually better, and the lower prices certainly don’t hurt!  

We highly recommend going to to Turks and Caicos with kids. But we think it’s more fun if you get away from the resorts and fancier Grace Bay restaurants for some of your meals. If you’re like me and want a low-key dining experience, these are the Turks and Caicos restaurants for you. 

1. Da Conch Shack & Rum Bar 

Friends immediately recommended Da Conch Shack when we booked our Turks and Caicos family trip. This casual beachfront restaurant is a great first stop when you land. It’s only a 10-minute drive from the airport so we stopped for lunch before we even checked into our villa.

Da Conch Shack settled us right into our vacation. Picnic tables in the sand, bright colors, and a wam and friendly vibe put us at ease. We dove into vacation with cracked conch, conch fritters, and a rum punch, while our daughter explored the conch-shelled filled beach. We even saw a whole wheelbarrow full of fresh conch in their shells! 

The kids’ menu has all the staples—burgers, hot dogs, and chicken and fish fingers. 

Da Conch has live music on Wednesday nights, along with Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There’s also a DJ on Friday and Sunday nights.

a great casual beachfront restaurant for the family

2. Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl

Our dinner at Bugaloo’s with the kids was one of our favorite vacation dinners. It definitely makes the list of best casual beachfront restaurants in Turks and Caicos. The pastel pink and blue beach shack is in the Five Cays Settlement on the southside of Providenciales, about an 18-minute drive from Grace Bay. It’s totally worth the journey.

Bugaloo’s is right on the beach and has tables in the water.  It also has old boats repurposed as tables, which the kids love. During low tide, a shallow beach with pools stretches out in front of the water. It provides the perfect backdrop for photos at sunset, and tons of fun for the kids to splash around.

The menu offers eight different kinds of conch—yum—plus a whole host of other seafood dishes and typical beach bar fare.  Turks and Caicos has a local brewery called Turk’s Head Brewery. The beer is widely available at the casual beachfront restaurants on the island and pairs great with the conch and seafood and Bugaloo’s. 

Walking along near a casual beachfront restaurant Turks and Caicos

3. Omar’s Beach Hut

Omar’s is right next door to Bugaloo’s in Five Cays, with a similar beach hut vibe.  It, too, allows you and the kids to wander out into shallow waters while you’re waiting for your meal. 

So what’s the difference? Some people swear Omar’s is the best, others swear by Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl, so it may just be a matter of personal choice.  Like Bugaloo’s, Omar’s has a nice big shaded area on the beach and offers various kinds of conch.  But its known for its jerk chicken. 

Beachfront Restaurant The Deck at Seven Stars - Turks and Caicos

4. The Deck at Seven Stars Resort

The Deck at the Seven Stars Resort & Spa isn’t a beach shack.  It may be a hotel restaurant, but with a near-perfect location overlooking Grace Bay Beach, I couldn’t leave it off the list of best casual beachfront restaurants in Turks & Caicos.  

If you’re looking for a slightly more refined beachfront dining experience – but still casual enough to bring the kids – the Deck is a great option.  You can see your kids run on the beach while you enjoy the sunset.

Casual Beachfront Restaurant Turks & Caicos - Mudjin Harbor

5. Mudjin Bar & Grill

You’ll have to really go off the beaten path to get to this phenomenal beachfront restaurant.  It requires a day trip from Providenciales to Middle Caicos, which involves a 20-minute ferry ride and a 45 drive.  But the adventure is amazing: Mudjin Harbor Beach is one of the most stunning beaches we’ve ever seen. Wild cliffs plunge into the turquoise ocean, with hidden beaches between caves.

Right on the shores, you’ll fine Mudjin Bar and Grill, open every day from 11am – 3pm, serving grilled fish, conch, fish and chips and more.  Order a signature Mudjin Bar Cocktail and you won’t regret it.

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