The Turks and Caicos is becoming increasingly recognized as one of the finest kiteboarding destinations in the Caribbean. This isn’t a surprise considering the clear shallow water and sandy bottoms of the country’s top kite spots.
Statistically, the winter months are most consistent in terms of wind, but there’s not a huge difference throughout the year.
The most predictable and consistent wind in the Turks and Caicos is the east southeast trade winds. The islands typically experience this wind on and off throughout the year, although it’s usually a bit more pronounced and regular in the winter months.
Squalls, regional storms and some of the rougher winter months weather occasionally cause different wind directions, which make north and west coast locations more viable. However, these winds are uncommon and unpredictable.
Currently, all kiteboarding instructors and kite schools are based on Providenciales. Lessons can often be arranged on the other islands in the country at extra cost, but it’s easiest to begin on Providenciales.
It varies greatly by student, but it typically takes about 5 to 8 hours of lessons before students can begin to practice by themselves, after which it’s usually another 8-10 hours until a student is able to kite up wind (and back to the launch point).
The main schools offer complete lesson packages that are designed to get you through to where you can kite on your own. If you’ve made the decision to start kiteboarding, this is the recommend route to go. Lessons cost around $100 per hour, or $500 for a beginner package.
The Providenciales kite schools also rent all necessary equipment, but they require proof of competency, typically in the form of an IKO Card (level 3K) or the completion of a skills demonstration. Kite rent for around $100 per day, and a complete setup runs at about $650 per week.
See Providenciales Kiteboarding for more information.
Providenciales is of course the center of kiteboarding in the Turks and Caicos, and along with lessons and equipment sales and repairs, all kite tours and safaris are operated from this island.
Providenciales, North Caicos and Middle Caicos definitely have a huge selection of locations and you’ll typically be able to find a rideable spot no matter the wind direction. For experienced kiters, these two islands offer spectacular flat water, beaches and surf to explore.
Grand Turk and Salt Cay unfortunately don’t offer the spectacular kite spots that the Caicos Islands do. Both islands are small, have limited sheltered coves and wetlands, and the east and southeast coasts of these islands tend to be quite rough when the wind is up. The west coast beaches on Grand Turk and Salt Cay are nice and have relatively tame water, but the wind is almost always offshore.