The island of Providenciales features some amazing kiting locations. It’s best to start at the beautiful Long Bay Beach, but there are many other great coasts to discover.
Long Bay Beach on Providenciales is the most popular kiteboarding spot in the Turks and Caicos.
Providenciales features a collection of spectacular beaches, each with their own ambiance and appeal. The famous Long Bay Beach is of course the most popular kiting spot in the Turks and Caicos, yet there are several other great kite spots on the island to discover.
The Turks and Caicos generally experiences a consistent eastern wind direction, which is why the regular kiteboarding locations tend to be on the south-eastern facing beaches. During abnormal wind conditions, north and west coasts, including Grace Bay, the Bight Beach, Northwest Point and West Harbour Bluff may be viable.
Without question, Long Bay Beach is the top kiteboarding spot on Providenciales. This white sand beach offers shallow chest-high turquoise water that continues offshore for miles, which makes it easy for pros and beginners alike to stand up, take a break, or adjust equipment.
Wind direction and conditions are typically not perfect near the point, yet improve near Half Moon Bay. Leeward Going Through is the main entry channel to Blue Haven Marina and Heaving Down Rock Marina, so it’s best not to linger in the navigation route.
If you’d rather not try to tack your way upwind to Half Moon Bay, several of the local kite schools often visit the area when the wind is right.
Five Cays is a small fishing community on the central south coast of Providenciales. The area offers conditions similar to Long Bay, with shallow water and semi-onshore wind being typical.
A great place to launch from is at the beachfront Bugaloo’s Restaurant, a favorite island seafood and conch establishment.
Offshore are several limestone cays, and there are a few shipwrecks in the area as well.
Wind directions are not typically ideal for kiteboarding at Grace Bay Beach.
Grace Bay and the Bight Beach
The world-famous Grace Bay Beach, albeit amazingly beautiful, isn’t often the best kiting location due to wind direction, crowds, and wind disturbance caused by the resorts.
However, when the wind’s a bit more northern, conditions at Grace Bay and the Bight Beach become more viable.
It’s best to pick one of the quieter stretches of beach so you’ll have room to set up. Beach access locations such as the public access to the east of the Sands resort are the best due to the fewer persons around.
The wild and remote west coast of Providenciales, which includes notable spots such as West Harbour Bluff, Bonefish Point, and Northwest Point, can be a beautiful place to kite when wind direction is right. Due to the isolation, we highly advise visiting with a knowledgeable kite guide.
The western coast of Providenciales is only suitable for kiting when there’s a western wind, which doesn’t occur very often, especially without hazardous storm conditions.
It’s important to be aware that wind is typically offshore at the west coast and unsuitable for safe kiting, as there can be dangerous conditions where kiters are blown into deep water and towards the Bahamas.