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.
But what makes Long Bay Beach one of the top places worldwide for kiteboarding? For starters, our beach is a three-mile sheltered lagoon that is, for the most part, protected from the bigger, choppy waves that can be found on the north shore. And calm waters are ideal for learning to kiteboard.
Aside from its unique location, Long Bay Beach has shallow water that, even hundreds of yards from the shore, is only waist-deep. You want shallow seas for kiteboarding lessons, so you can easily stand and and wade around the sandy bottom, rather than being forced to tread water.
And finally, one word: Wind. You can't have a successful day of kiteboarding without wind, and Long Bay's location also puts it in perfect position to pick up the island's easterly tradewinds. Of course there are still days with no wind, and on those days, don't fret: You can always go for a paddle!
There are a handful of different kiteboarding schools to choose from, all of which operate right on Long Bay Beach. We recommend KiteProvo for your first lessons. For the more experienced riders, KiteProvo also offers kite safaris and downwinders.
The best months for kiteboarding in Turks & Caicos is November to June, so now is prime time to book your lesson for your upcoming trip. We'll see you on Long Bay Beach!