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Review of Pirate's Cove

Pirate's Cove
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

If your car can do 25 minutes of the worst roads on the island and you can walk 30 minutes along a shoreline you are in for the most secluded soft sand beaches of the island. All alternate road access are closed so it starts with a nerve racking trip down Tom Lightbourne Dr off Millenium Hwy
If you can make it to the end without blowing a tire you are at the very edge of the west harbour bluff. To the left is the pirate cave. Rather than risk the rocks just wait until the tide goes out and you can walk knee high in the water to the cave. Unimpressive to say the least/ We found an 8" star fish on your journey which made it worth the wading. My tip for you is to go right for the perfect beach. You will see the point a 15 minute walk away but go past the point at least another 10 minutes past that and there it is . The most beautiful water/sand/ colours that everyone raves about with this island.
Grace Bay didn't hold a candle to this bay and view but the rental car most likely wouldn't survive the trip twice. Those of you that rented Jeeps it is a must do.

2  Thank Tracy R R
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Loved this place. So remote. So Peaceful. So Stunning.

Firstly - how to get there - Some of the reviews on here describe taking the road past the airport - this is now closed off completely since the airport expansion, so your only route is via the Millennium Highway. Take this for a couple of miles until you turn left onto Tom Lightborne Road (Petrol Station on the corner). Head straight down this road for about 6 miles until you literally finish on the beach if you're not careful. I'd be very wary taking this road in any small low clearance vehicle - the vast majority of this road is in good condition, but there are a few sections which would kill the suspension of a tiny Suzuki hire car.

Once you get there, park where you can (leave the car unlocked without valuables - I've never encountered any trouble on the islands, but why take the chance, having read some of the reviews?) and get your walking shoes on - it's not far, but certainly not a flip-flop route.

To reach the cove you need to go to the far left hand edge of the beach (or the track to the left of where you parked) and follow the pathway up to the point - not clear, but you'll find it. Just keep aiming for the highest point (Watch out for deep holes- there is no safety ropes for kids - just nature at it's best). Just when you think there is no way down you'll see the ladder dropping down through one of the holes.

Climb down and enjoy the serenity - snorkel around the mini island headland (there's Ospreys nesting on top by the way) and explore the deeper waters around the point. Bring a picnic & enjoy.

If you enjoy the peace & tranquility of secluded beaches, you'll love this place

2  Thank Mike E
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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Why people pay for a private tour to see this is beyond me. The drive sucks but even your little toy car rental will make it. I'm a history buff so going to see something that was carved in 1842 was worth the drive and hunt. The beach is also super nice and no people around. Some people mentioned danger and all that but I didn't see anything. Then again don't be an idiot and go at night. Great shots from this location so you can brag on Instagram.

1  Thank TyroneD77
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

At this time, travel by road (Tom Lightbourne Road) is highly dangerous - please do your homework and reconsider visiting Pirate's Cove. Recently, there was a violent crime in this area. This area of Providenciales (A.K.A. West Harbour Bluff, Bonefish Point) is described as "remote and beautiful" luring many tourists seeking an adventure. I feel personally responsible to draw your attention to the crimes that have occurred here over the past few years and the one most recently this past April, 2016 (murder). Retrospectively, I felt very foolish for visiting this sanctuary by car and would like to encourage readers to PLEASE not endanger yourself, friends or your family members. It is beautiful ... but certainly not beautiful enough to risk your life for. If you are determined to see Pirate's Cove, please consider a tour by boat with a large group of people. Stay safe and happy travels everyone.

8  Thank LouAnn C
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Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

It took us a bit of time to get there, but totally worth it in the end. Beautiful scenery and we were the only two people there. Make sure to have a full tank of gas, food, water, and maybe some baby wipes in case you need to use the bathroom. We went in flip flops and enjoyed it, but if we had to go again, we would take sneakers! I would not recommend this trek for families with young children, either. This is because when we got to the end of the road in our rental, we had to walk about 10-15 minutes to get to the actual cove. Definitely worth it, though.

We followed the directions off of an earlier review here on TripAdvisor that advised us NOT to take Tom Lightbourne road. WE TOOK LEEWARD HIGHWAY TOWARDS THE AIRPORT, GOT ONTO MILLENIUM HIGHWAY, AND THEN TURNED LEFT AT THE BOAT SHOP/GAS STATION. We were able to get there in about 30 mins after passing the boat shop/gas station. Once you pass the boat shop/gas station keep going all the way straight. You will pass a small roundabout, and eventually get to the airport. Once you see the airport, the paved road turns to the left. You should take the big white gravel road that is on your right. To get to it, it is rough and slow going for a couple of minutes (20 ft), but we made it in our little rental. Once you get on the big white dirt road we were going about 20 km/hr and had to slow down a bit for the occasional pothole. We kept following the big white dirt road. If you see water to your left, then you are going the right way! So scenic! So beautiful! Sometimes you will see little roads that you could take, but just stick to the main white dirt road. There came a point when the road ended and we had to make a choice between going right or left. Go left! Keep going and eventually you will see the ocean straight ahead at the end of the road. If you are in a rental, park your car once you see the ocean straight ahead. Then head left, following the beach, towards pirates cove. You will know you're going the right way if you have to go uphill, and walk on rocky terrain. Keep heading towards the boulder in the ocean. Eventually, you will see the top of the ladder (doesn't look like a ladder at first). It also doesn't look super sturdy but it held up just fine for my husband and I. I weigh 130 lbs and he weighs 220 lbs. We would love to go again!! Attached are pics of the road that we took to get there.

1  Thank Amy G
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