Two miles off the shore of Long Bay Beach sits an old rusted cargo ship, beached in the shallows since 2004, when it drifted from its mooring during Hurricane Frances. Thirteen years since it made Long Bay its final resting place, the ship known as La Famille Express (as you'll see marked in fading white paint along the top of the vessel) has become somewhat of an icon on the southern shore of Providenciales and a must-visit for those exploring the Turks & Caicos by sea.
In the last 10 years, the sport of kiteboarding has steadily grown into one of the most popular activities to try in the Turks & Caicos. And Long Bay Beach is the perfect place to learn, with its consistent tradewinds and shallow water. But don't just take our word for it. Get a second opinion from National Geographic, who recently ranked Long Bay Beach as one of the top 10 places in the world for kiteboarding, coming in at No. 6. We couldn't be more proud! We obviously think our beach is the best beach around for a number of reasons, and it feels great to have Long Bay recognized by such a prestigious publication.
Maybe you know about the Turks & Caicos through celebrity news. Our shores were recently graced by the likes of Olivia Munn and Kelly Rowland, while Bruce Willis, Keith Richards and Donna Karan all own homes here. Maybe you heard of us through TripAdvisor, which consistently ranks Providenciales as one of the top islands in the world. Or maybe you don't know a thing about us—it's OK, plenty of people can't even point out our island chain on a map (Turks & What?), much less tell you anything about the islands that make up this British Overseas Territory in the northern Atlantic Ocean.
So for all you first-timers, we've compiled a list of the top things you need to know before visiting the Turks & Caicos.