For information on the Long Bay residential region, see Long Bay.
Long Bay is a three mile long beach on the southeast coast of Providenciales. The water here is clear with two to four foot depths going out thousands of feet. Due to being on the southern shallow Caicos Banks side of Providenciales, Long Bay does not get any of the larger ocean swell waves that the northern beaches do, and only at times experiences small choppy waves caused by local winds.
The south-western end of Long Bay Beach tends to be quite tranquil and features quite a few luxury vacation rental villas. Many of these beautiful accommodations include amenities such as kayaks and stand up paddle boards. A villa can be the perfect choice for kiters or families as it allows for seclusion and more time on the water!
Both Long Bay Beach and Grace Bay Beach are amazing coasts, yet they are quite different. The ocean at Grace Bay increases in depth closer to shore, yet due to being on the sheltered side of the island, the water tends to be calmer.
Beachfront resorts and hotels line much of Grace Bay as well, whereas Long Bay is a bit more private.
Location and topography play a tremendous part in the creation and quality of beach sand, and another apparent difference between the two beaches are is the sand. Grace Bay’s sand is younger as it has travelled less from its point of origin on the barrier reef, resulting in larger and irregular grains that are soft to walk on. Long Bay’s sand has generally migrated a much greater distance across the Caicos Banks and is consequently small-grained and consistent, which naturally compacts better.
Long Bay is by far the most popular kiteboarding location on Providenciales and dozens of kites can be in the air on windy days. Due to the northeast trade winds, Long Bay usually has onshore or side-on wind.
In addition to the spectacular water and clean sandy ocean bottom, the shallow depth makes it much easier to learn as you’ll able to stand without drifting down wind. This especially is a factor during the transitional period after initial instruction yet before important skills are fully practiced and picked up. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better kite spot anywhere in the Caribbean.
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Long Bay has several beach accesses, but the easiest to get to is the Long Bay North access, which is located adjacent to the Shore Club development. Here, car paved parking is provided and a boardwalk leads to the beach. It’s a bit more difficult to find the other accesses, so we recommend this site for initial visits.
The southwest side of Long Bay Beach does have several access paths that lead from Long Bay Beach Drive to the beach. These paths are unsuitable for driving, so a short walk to the coast is necessary.
Kiters, power boats and jet skis are safety concerns. These tend to stay farther out, but it’s best to be aware of them. The accommodations on this coast tend to be away from most activity.
Old conch shells in the water can be an annoyance and painful when stepped on. Although the Long Bay North area has been cleaned out, shells can occasionally be found in the water off much of the rest of the three mile long beach.