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Kitesurfing – Everything You Want to Know

Turks and Caicos is renowned as an excellent kiteboarding destination because the conditions are ideal for all levels of kiters. Beginners will find plenty of kiteboarding schools with certified instructors who can teach you the basics, while more experienced riders can seek out bigger waves and more challenging conditions. If you’re planning on doing some kiteboarding (also called Kitesurfing) in Turks and Caicos, this is everything you need to know.

What is Kiteboarding?

Kiteboarding as we know it today began when the French Legaignoux brothers patented an inflatable kite design in 1984. The sport exploded in popularity after that, and in 2001 the International Kiteboarding Organization was founded. Kiteboarding typically involves using a board with foot straps and a kite with a control bar and a harness attached to your waist. Top kiteboarding spots include Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Spain, Hawaii and the Philippines.

Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding

There are quite a few places you can kiteboard in Turks and Caicos. Long Bay Beach on Providenciales is by far the most popular and one of the easiest to access. Most kitesurfing schools conduct lessons in the waters off Long Bay Beach. Other kiteboarding spots can be found off Middle Caicos, North Caicos and South Caicos.

What to Expect From Kiteboarding Lessons

A reputable kitesurfing school like Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding (TCK) will have instructors certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization. They can set you up with the proper equipment and teach you about setting up, safety and wind theory before getting you up in the water for your first ride. TCK also offers jet ski services to take you away from the crowds and help you out if you kite too far off course.

Kiteboarding vs Kitesurfing

Kiteboarding and kitesurfing are just two terms for the same sport. However, some people consider kitesurfing to be riding larger waves as opposed to gliding across flat water.

Kiteboarding Gear

Basic kiteboarding gear includes a board, a kite with a control bar, and a harness. The most common type of boards are twin tip boards, which can go in either direction, and the most common type of kites are Leading Edge Inflatable (LEI) kites. Most control bars have four lines and are attached to a harness that goes around your waist.

The Best Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding Spots

Providenciales is where you will find the best kiteboarding spots in Turks and Caicos, particularly at Long Bay Beach. Leeward Going Through and The Bight Beach are also decent kiteboarding spots, but better for experienced kiters because of the currents and boat traffic. Many people also take kiteboarding day trips to Bambarra Beach, Wild Cow Run and Cedar Point on Middle Caicos.

The Tides in Turks and Caicos 

Turks and Caicos has consistent tide and wind conditions nearly all year long, so from November to August you can expect breezy days with little to no ocean swells in locations around Providenciales.

The Benefits of Kitesurfing 

Kiteboarding offers a great workout because it activates all parts of the body including the core, arms and legs. Over time it can help improve your balance, flexibility and coordination. It can also be very therapeutic to be out on the water and taking in amazing scenery. Many people find that kiteboarding helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Why is Long Bay Beach Great for Kiteboarding?

Long Bay Beach gets consistent southeast winds most of the year and the water is calm and shallow with a sandy bottom, which is great for beginners. For experienced kiters, you can step out of the front door and be launching your kite seconds later. However, there is no lifeguard in front of the villa, so we highly encourage beginners and less experienced kiters to have an instructor from TCK come to help launch the kite and follow along with a jet ski in case pick-up is needed.

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Water Sports in Turks and Caicos: Our Top 10

Water Sports in Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by vast expanses of clear turquoise water, which means there are endless opportunities for exciting water sports. Whether you like gliding across the surface of the water by board or by boat, exploring the depths, or zipping around with the help of a motorised vessel or device, there is a water sport in Turks and Caicos for you. 

Kiteboarding

Turks and Caicos is a renowned kiteboarding destination because the winds are consistent and the water is relatively calm. Long Bay Beach is the most popular kiteboarding spot on Providenciales. Here you can spend hours flying across the waves just off the white sand beach. 

Kayaking

Kayaking is a great way to see the islands from a different perspective and get some exercise. A kayak can go where many motorised boats can’t, so you can explore hidden channels and waterways through the wetlands. Along the way you might catch sight of wildlife like turtles, lemon sharks, iguanas and pelicans.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP Boarding)

Another excellent way to see spots that you might not have access to on a boat is with a stand up paddle board. As you skim the surface of the water, you’ll have great views of all the action going on above and below the water. You can rent stand up paddle boards and oars and take lessons at Long Bay Beach and Grace Bay Beach.

Subwinging

Subwinging is a relatively new water sport in Turks and Caicos that’s gaining popularity fast. A subwinger uses a small winged board that is attached by cords to a boat. As the boat moves slowly through the water, the rider is pulled along behind and can use the swivelling wings to move from side to side and dive up and down.

 

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Sea Scooters

If you love snorkelling but want to be able to cover more of the ocean floor in faster time, a sea scooter is the answer. These hand-held devices propel you through the water quickly and efficiently and help save energy. Many sea scooter rental companies also offer guided sea scooter tours. One of the newest water sports to Turks and Caicos.

 

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Flyboarding

Soar high above the water on a jet-powered pack during an adrenaline-pumping flyboarding session. A flyboard is a hoverboard that you strap to your feet with a hose attached that diverts water from a jet ski engine to propel you into the air. Many flyboarding companies can set you up with a session on the water right in front of Triton Luxury Villa.

Freediving

There is something truly serene about being completely free underwater without equipment holding you back or making noise. Freediving involves holding your breath and diving deep to experience the underwater world in a natural state. With a bit of practice, you can get to depths of 35 to 60 feet. 

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding, also called Wake Surfing, can be a bit challenging to learn at first, but once you get the hang of it, nothing beats the adrenaline rush of speeding across the water at a high clip and catching air on the waves. There are plenty of wakeboard instructors on Providenciales who can show you the ropes and teach experienced riders new tricks.

Scuba Diving

With crystal clear waters, a huge barrier reef and numerous underwater walls and plateaus, it’s no wonder Turks and Caicos is renowned for its scuba diving. You’re guaranteed to see a plethora of marine life on a Turks and Caicos scuba diving trip from colourful coral and sea fans to fascinating lionfish, manta rays, turtles and sharks.

Horseback Riding on Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Beach is a prime destination for horseback riding because the beach is long and wide and the water is shallow, so the horses can meander across the sand and wade through the gentle waves. The best time to go horseback riding is in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is not too hot.

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Kiteboarding on Long Bay Beach

Kiteboarding is becoming increasingly popular in Turks and Caicos and around the world, and it’s easy to see why. This exhilarating water sport involves skimming across the water at high speeds propelled by just a kite, a board and the wind. If you’re looking to ride the waves in the Turks and Caicos, Long Bay Beach is the best kiteboarding spot for beginners and advanced kiteboarders alike.

What is Kiteboarding?

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Most people agree that modern kiteboarding began in the 1980s when the Lagaignoux brothers designed an inflatable kite that was meant to pull people across the water. Over the years, the kites and equipment have evolved into what we see today, which is essentially a large kite with bars attached to lines for steering, a harness that wraps around the waist, and a board for gliding across the water.

Where to Kiteboard in Turks and Caicos

The island of Providenciales is the most popular place for kiteboarding in Turks and Caicos because it has excellent wind and water conditions. However, you can also find some great areas to kiteboard off the coasts of North Caicos, Middle Caicos and South Caicos.

Kiteboarding Lessons

The majority of kiteboarding schools in Turks and Caicos are located on Long Bay Beach and they employ instructors certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO). A typical lesson lasts anywhere from one to three hours and includes equipment rental. Beginners will learn the basics, while advanced riders can set off on excursions to little-known kiteboarding destinations and learn new tricks.

Kiteboarding vs Kitesurfing

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Kiteboarding and kitesurfing are two different names for the same sport. Generally speaking, North Americans tend to use the term kiteboarding, while Europeans prefer the term kitesurfing.

What Gear do You Need to Kiteboard?

There are three essential pieces of gear you need to kiteboard: a kite, a board and a harness. Any kiteboarding school in Turks and Caicos can set you up with equipment that is suitable for your body type and skill level. Inflatable kites are the most common and they include a steering bar attached by lines and a harness. Most kiteboarders in Turks and Caicos also use twin-tip boards with foot straps. 

The Best Kiteboarding Spots in Turks and Caicos

Long Bay Beach on Providenciales is by far the best place to kiteboard in Turks and Caicos because it is suitable for all levels. Experienced riders can also try Grace Bay, Leeward Beach, and the barrier reef on the north side of Providenciales. Cedar Point and Wild Cow Run are popular kiteboarding spots on Middle Caicos. East Bay Beach on South Caicos also offers good wind conditions, as does Whitby Beach on North Caicos.

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Turks and Caicos Tides 

Turks and Caicos experiences easterly trade winds most months, which makes it a great year-round kiteboarding destination. Under normal conditions, the tides do not change drastically, meaning you know what to expect on any given day out on the water.

Benefits of Kitesurfing 

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Kiting offers many benefits for the body and mind. Not only does it burn calories and tone the entire body, but it can also improve balance and coordination and help relieve stress by releasing endorphins. In addition, there is a large global kite boarding community, so it is easy to meet new people wherever you kiteboard. 

Why is Long Bay Beach Great for Kiteboarding?

Long Bay Beach is ideal for kiteboarding because the winds are consistent and it has clear, shallow water with a soft, sandy bottom. The shallow depth makes it easy to stand up if you fall down, which is great for beginners. Advanced riders love that the area is not crowded and there are few boats, so long, uninterrupted rides are possible. Long Bay Beach also has gorgeous holiday rentals like Triton Luxury Villa, which is just steps from the water, making it a kiteboarder’s dream accommodation.

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Real Estate on Long Bay Beach : 101

With a beautiful stretch of pristine white sand, calm turquoise waters and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s no wonder that Long Bay Beach is such a popular spot to invest in property. Turks and Caicos is currently experiencing a very strong real estate market, and Long Bay Beach real estate in particular is highly sought after. Whether you’re looking to purchase a finished beachfront villa or home or buy a piece of land and build your dream home, there are plenty of real estate opportunities in the Long Bay Beach area.

Turks and Caicos Real Estate 

Turks and Caicos consists of 40 islands, of which eight are inhabited. These include Providenciales, Salt Cay, Grand Turk, North Caicos, South Caicos, East Caicos, West Caicos and Middle Caicos. The island of Providenciales is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos and this is where you’ll find the vast majority of real estate opportunities. That being said, the lesser developed islands also have vacant plots of land available as well as residential properties.

Triton’s Structural Design, Pools and Solar Power 

Triton Luxury Villa is a prime example of a high-end luxury vacation property along Long Bay Beach. This lavish seven-bedroom holiday home features modern tropical architecture and design with bright open spaces, eco-friendly solar panels, expansive landscaped grounds and two swimming pools including an ocean-facing glass-fronted main pool and an infinity-edge hot tub and pool. Additional facilities include an outdoor cinema with a fire pit, breezy cabanas, a gym, and tennis, bocce ball and basketball courts.

Buying Real Estate in Turks and Caicos 

Turks and Caicos is a British Overseas Territory that does not place restrictions on foreigners owning property. Individuals can purchase vacant plots of land as well as finished villas, single-family homes, condominiums, townhouses, duplexes and commercial properties. However, foreign corporations and trusts cannot own property in Turks and Caicos. 

Buying a Beachfront Home on Long Bay Beach 

Long Bay Beach is the ideal area to buy a beachfront home because it has not been as intensively developed as other areas on Providenciales such as Grace Bay. Therefore, you can still find many oceanfront properties and plots of land. Moreover, Long Bay Beach is the perfect locale for a family home or vacation property because it features a beautiful three-mile stretch of white sand, calm shallow waters and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as kiteboarding, kayaking and snorkelling.

Building a Home in Turks and Caicos 

If you’re planning on building a home in Turks and Caicos, there are a few steps you will need to take. First you will need to acquire planning permission and a building permit. Once you have those, you can begin working with an architect and project manager to construct your home or villa. When the project is completed you will need to have your home inspected and obtain an Occupancy Certificate before you can connect the utilities and move in.

How Much Does a Luxury Beachfront Home Cost in Turks and Caicos? 

The price of property in Turks and Caicos varies depending on a number of factors including the location, size of the land, and previous developments. Like anywhere in the world, beachfront property is more expensive than inland property. Real estate on Providenciales is typically more expensive than real estate on the other islands. However, no matter which island you decide to build on, you will have to pay taxes and fees including a stamp duty to the government that ranges from 0% (for properties under $25,000) to 10%. In addition, real estate agent fees range from 6% to 10%.

Disclaimer: Tritonluxuryvilla.com is not offering investment, legal and/or tax advice. This information is meant to be a helpful guide as opposed to official guidelines on buying, renting or investing in property on Turks and Caicos.