Categories
About Long Bay About TCI About Triton

Family Vacations in Turks and Caicos

Families visiting Turks and Caicos will find endless possibilities for fun and excitement. The natural environment provides plenty of opportunities for exploration and physical activity, and family-friendly tour companies and restaurants have something to offer all ages. There are numerous beaches with calm, shallow waters, and there are no poisonous snakes or insects here, so it’s the ideal destination for families with both younger and older children.

Keeping the Entire Family Entertained in Turks and Caicos

One of the great things about Turks and Caicos is that there are activities the whole family can do together. Whether you have young children or teenagers, you can find fun things to do that will keep kids entertained for hours on end and give you some quality time together.

Horseback Riding 

Horseback riding along the beach is one of the quintessential Turks and Caicos activities. Companies like Provo Ponies can set the whole family up with friendly ponies for horseback rides. Rides take place along the white sand of Long Bay Beach and even through the water. The tours include safety equipment and guides.

Snorkeling 

The calm waters surrounding Providenciales are teeming with marine life, which makes them perfect for snorkeling. Bight Reef and Smith’s Reef are popular with families because you can access them directly from the beach. Both reefs have an abundance of sea creatures including sea turtles, eagle rays, parrotfish, and seahorses.

Boat Trips to Remote Islands 

A boat trip is a fun day out for the entire family. As well as a great way to see more of Turks and Caicos. Big Blue Unlimited and Island Vibes both offer family-friendly boat charters. Trips include exploring deserted beaches, snorkeling, food and drinks. You can also customize your trip with a beach BBQ or your preferred water sports.

Eco Tours 

Eco tours are unique excursions that involve kayaking through mangrove forests to see interesting wildlife and pristine nature. Kids can learn about the geography of the islands. As well as see interesting animals above and below the water like iguanas, nurse sharks, and seabirds. 

Keeping Kids Entertained at a Private Villa

Your private villa also offers plenty of activities for little ones. In fact, Triton Luxury Villa is perfectly set up for families. The villa is equipt with toys for young children, as well as a crib and highchair for an infant. Two bedrooms on the lower level are ideal for families with small children. We can also rent bouncy castles and outdoor play toys for children of various ages.

Activities at Triton range from indoor fun like art classes to outdoor play sessions on the villa’s lawn area. The villa can arrange swimming lessons with instructors in the pool. As well as tennis camps with instructors who will come to the villa for private lessons. For older kids, kayaking, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding lessons are available right on Long Bay Beach. Guests can also go on bike riding trips around the Long Bay area.

Family-friendly Cuisine

Another enjoyable aspect of staying in a private villa is that your chef will prepare meals that appeal to everyone. Triton’s resident chef has a great deal of experience cooking healthy and delicious meals that kids love. You can also plan a cookie making class with our concierge. Dining out is an option, as there are many restaurants that cater to little ones. Favorites are Turkberry for frozen yogurt and Da Conch Shack for ribs, chicken, steak and more.

What to Pack on a Family Vacation to Turks and Caicos?

  • Reef Safe Sunscreen — Although you might not feel the heat because of the trade winds from Long Bay Beach, it can quickly catch up when spending time outside. We encourage our guests to use Reef Safe sunscreen when snorkeling to protect the island’s beautiful reefs.
  • Lip balm with sunscreen — When it comes to sun protection, lips are often neglected, but they get just as much sun as the rest of the face. A lip balm with SPF can prevent burns and chapped, peeling lips.
  • Hats or visors — Sun protection for the head is key for preventing burns and sun strokes, especially on outdoor excursions like boat trips and horseback rides.
  • Rash guards — If you plan to enjoy water sports, a rash guard is great for protecting adults and kids from sunburns and abrasions.
  • Aloe or after-sun cream — Sunburns can happen even with the best intentions. Aloe gel or after-sun cream hydrates and soothes sore sunburnt skin. 
  • Bug spray — Triton doesn’t have issues with mosquitos because of the consistent winds, but you might encounter these pesky bugs elsewhere on the island, especially at dusk and dawn and whilst spending time inland.
  • Packaged snacks for kids — The grocery stores on Providenciales have popular kid-approved snacks, but there is a limited selection of brands. If your kids are picky or not keen on trying new foods, you may want to bring some of their favorite snacks from home.
  • Diapers and baby care items — There are limited baby care brands available on Providenciales, so it’s best to bring a supply if you care about the brand you use.
Categories
About TCI About Triton

Milestone Celebrations in Turks and Caicos

Milestone Celebrations in Turks and Caicos

There’s no better place to celebrate a special milestone like a birthday, anniversary or retirement than at a beautiful beachfront villa in Turks and Caicos. Triton Luxury Villa has hosted a slew of spectacular parties for many occasions that have included lavish decor, live music, captivating performances, and contemporary cocktails and cuisine. If you have a special event coming up, we can help you plan the perfect celebration, whether it’s an intimate gathering with family and close friends or a huge gala that will people will talk about for months on end.

The Advantages of Having a Milestone Celebration at Triton Luxury Villa

There are many reasons why people celebrate special occasions in a private villa instead of a restaurant or hotel. First, a private villa provides a more intimate setting than a public venue. The reason being, you do not have to share the venue with outside guests. A villa also offers plenty of space both indoors and outdoors. Plus, you have access to a team of staff who arrange everything from decor to catering. As well as special activities, five-star service and more.

Triton Luxury Villa is the perfect venue for parties and special events because of its stunning beachfront location. In addition to its spacious layout with numerous places to eat, drink, and dance the night away. For example, the large grassy area overlooking the beach is ideal or alfresco dining, mingling under the stars, or a make-shift dance floor. The outdoor pavilion and poolside cabanas are also sublime socializing spots. In addition, the villa has a state-of-the-art sound system. As well as a HUE lighting system that can change the atmosphere with just the push of a button.

Ways to Make the Occasion Special

Choose a Theme 

A themed party is always more memorable because it creates a story. Plus it allows your guests to slip into another world. You can make your theme party as lavish or low-key as you want. From an easy-going beach BBQ to a glamorous burlesque show, Las Vegas casino night, or 70s disco party. You can ask guests to dress in costumes and customize your decor, music, drinks, and food to match the theme.

Hire an Event Planner

An event planner can take the pressure off you by ironing out every detail of your party. As well as ensuring all the elements are in place for an unforgettable event. Triton can make your event a success by setting up the space and arranging talents like live music and photographers. Additionally, catering is prepared by Triton’s resident chef, who has catered many milestone celebrations. For lavish affairs, Triton works with Tropical DMC, an expert event-planning company. Tropical DMC can provide bartenders, wait staff, special lighting, music, and more.

Provide Live Music

Live music will amp up the atmosphere of any celebration. At Triton Luxury Villa there are many live music options to choose from including DJs, solo musicians, and bands. DJ Dayoh specializes in private events in Turks and Caicos and abroad. He is renowned for his lively playlists and eclectic collection of music from all genres. Local favorite Quinto Dean is a one-man band who focuses on feel-good tropical rhythms and funky reggae beats. Junkanoo performers can brighten things up with vibrant costumes and lively drum beats. You can also fly in your favorite musician or band. Nothing is off-limits at Triton!

Add Special Touches

No matter what kind of event you’re planning, little details can make all the difference. These could include customized food and drinks, exciting performances, and fun activities for your guests. In Turks and Caicos there are endless ways to add special touches to your party. 

  • Coconut Inscription — Cocovibes is a company that provides fresh, locally grown coconuts engraved with custom inscriptions. They deliver the coconuts to your party venue or set up a pop-up. Guests are served cold coconuts and coconut cocktails in the shell.
  • Fire Dancers — Fire dancers are also popular in Turks and Caicos. After the sun sets, you can mesmerize your guests with an exhilarating fire show featuring daredevil performers and dazzling lights. You can also combine a fire dancing show with a Junkanoo performance or drumming session.
  • Beach Bonfire & BBQ — Triton’s enviable position next to the beach lends itself perfectly to a beach bonfire and BBQ. Guests gather for drinks around the fire and fuel up on delicious food.

Bring in a Photographer

A photographer can help you capture all the glitz, glamor, and good times on film. Leaving you to relive your special celebration for years to come. Attimi is a boutique photography company founded by award-winning photographer Ileana Ravasio-Ade. Ileana brings a personal touch and creative flair to every event. Producing gorgeous images that portray the mood of the party.

Note: Tritonluxuryvilla.com advises you to check with local officials for laws related to entry to the Turks and Caicos Islands

Categories
About Long Bay About TCI About Triton

Mind Body Wellness Retreats in Turks and Caicos

Relax and Rejuvenate with a Mind-Body Wellness Retreats in Turks & Caicos

Feeling frazzled or burnt out? A retreat with an emphasis on the mind may be just what you need to get back on track. The Turks and Caicos islands has serene settings where you can indulge in holistic wellness activities. You can relax and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul with massages, meditation, and healthy cuisine at a private beachfront villa. It’s also possible to take a day trip to world-renowned wellness centers. Nonetheless, whether you come for just a few days or a few weeks, a Turks and Caicos wellness retreat will leave you feeling refreshed, re-balanced, and ready to take on the world.

What is a Wellness Stay?

A wellness stay is any type of holiday where you focus on health and well-being. This could include indulging in soothing massages, calming the mind with meditation sessions, taking part in fitness activities to tone the body, or detoxing with healthy cuisine. 

Turks and Caicos has numerous wellness centers that offer a variety of holistic packages and services customized to suit your goals in a bespoke getaway. From relaxing next to the beach to being pampered with daily massages. There is also an option to create a complete program with daily fitness classes, spa therapies, and nutritional guidance.

Retreat in a Private Beachfront Villa

Triton Villa arranges wellness retreats with a focus on health and well-being. With a picturesque beachfront setting just steps from the white sand and aquamarine waters of Long Bay Beach, the villa is the ideal location for a rejuvenating escape. And with seven spacious bedrooms, Triton Villa can accommodate retreat groups. 

The staff at Triton can arrange spa treatments, meditation sessions, fitness classes, and fun activities. All in the comfort of your holiday home. Triton’s chef will prepare healthy and nourishing meals. And will customize meals to your tastes and dietary requirements.

Yoga Retreat vs Wellness Stay

Yoga retreats have been popular for a number of years now, and for good reason. They usually take place in inspiring settings and include daily yoga classes and healthy cuisine. In contrast, a wellness stay is a bit more comprehensive. A wellness retreat usually combines many elements including daily movement classes, spa treatments, wholesome cuisine, and stress-relieving activities like meditation. 

Wellness retreats focus on specific mental and physical hurdles that you choose to address. For example, you may want to get a better grasp on mindfulness and stress management. Alternatively, you might take part in a multi-day detox to get rid of toxins and flush out the system. If fitness is your main goal, you can work with a personal trainer to get in better shape.

Cuisine 

Healthy cuisine is an important part of any wellness retreat. After all, the better you eat, the better you feel. Triton Villa’s private chef has years of experience cooking various cuisines that are both delicious and nutritious. Also, the chef can tailor menus to suit your dietary requirements and preferences including gluten-free and vegan meals.

Activities 

Triton Villa offers a diverse range of activities that are perfect for any wellness retreat. The villa staff can arrange yoga, pilates, and fitness instructors come to the villa so you can work out next to the pool, on the beach, or in air-conditioned comfort in the villa. They can also help you book scuba diving trips, kiteboarding classes, and horseback rides along the beach. In addition, guests can meditate and indulge in spa treatments in the breezy pavilion, play tennis or bocce ball on the villa’s private courts, and enjoy al fresco meals prepared by the private chef while overlooking the beach and ocean.

Note: Speak with Triton Luxury Villa about reservation policies for wellness packages. Trition requires advance reservation.

Categories
About Long Bay About TCI About Triton

Yoga Retreats in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Yoga Classes and Retreats in Turks and Caicos

Yoga Retreats are an excellent way to connect the body and mind. As well as, improve flexibility, balance, and increase blood flow. In addition, it’s a great stress-reliever because it helps to calm the mind. It’s made even better when you can do it in a spectacular setting like Turks and Caicos.

There are many places you can do yoga in Turks and Caicos. From beachfront yoga sessions to indoor classes in air-conditioned studios. There are also multi-day yoga retreats and private yoga classes available in the comfort of your private villa.

Why Travel to Turks and Caicos for Yoga?

Over the past few years, yoga has become increasingly popular on the Turks and Caicos islands, and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for re-connecting to yourself and balancing your body and mind. Yoga enthusiasts will find a number of yoga studios on Providenciales that offer daily classes in air-conditioned spaces. Weather permitting, classes can take place outdoors on the beach and in gardens. Many instructors come to Triton Villa for one-on-one classes. 

Private Instructors for In-villa Classes

Are you thinking about trying yoga in Turks and Caicos, but not sure you’re up for a group class? Many yoga instructors in Providenciales are happy to come to your villa for private instruction. This is a life-changing opportunity for beginners who have never done yoga before. The reason being, you can learn the basics with undivided attention and no distractions. For instance, when hosting a health focused getaway or retreat, this is a great option. You can take yoga classes in the comfort of your island hideaway. With that in mind, there is no need to take transportation to a studio for multiple people.

Beachfront Yoga on Long Bay Beach at Triton Villa

Guests of Triton Villa have the advantage of being just steps from Long Bay Beach. The beaches backdrop is the perfect setting for yoga sessions. Start the day with sun salutations on the sand and stretch your muscles with some afternoon asanas overlooking the ocean. Alternatively, bring the day to a close with some sunset poses amid gentle sea breezes. The staff at Triton Villa can help you arrange yoga classes in the villa or along the beach upon request. In addition, they can help you design customized yoga retreats at the villa for single travelers, couples, and groups. 

Yoga Retreats

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in yoga and healthy living, a yoga retreat is the way to go. Yoga retreats typically run anywhere from a few days to a week or more. Retreats include daily yoga classes, spa treatments, and healthy cuisine. Triton Villa can accommodate large groups for yoga retreats. The villa has plenty of space to practice your asanas indoors and out. Plus, our private chef can create custom menus to compliment your practice.

Types of Yoga Classes Available

There are many different types of yoga classes in Turks and Caicos. From gentle Hatha sessions to invigorating vinyasa classes, restorative stretching sessions, and yoga classes for kids and expecting moms-to-be. Your yoga instructor can help determine which class is right for you. 

Yoga Companies

Retreat Yoga and Wellness Studio

Located in Grace Bay, Retreat Yoga and Wellness Studio is one of the most popular yoga studios in Providenciales. It was created by two sisters, Laura and Lindsay. The ladies wanted to share their love for yoga and healthy living with people in Providenciales. Retreat offers daily yoga classes in a wide variety of styles. With a high demand for instruction at villas and resorts, Retreat offers private classes.

Note: Advanced reservations are essential for yoga retreats and private yoga classes

Categories
About TCI About Triton

Wellness Retreats that Restore in Turks and Caicos

Wellness Spas and Treatments in Turks and Caicos

The art of relaxation is easy to master in Turks and Caicos where there are numerous spas that specialise in pure pampering. Treatments range from soothing massages to salt scrubs, rejuvenating facials and beauty treatments like manicures and pedicures. There are also wellness centers that offer holistic therapies like Ayurveda and fitness classes including pilates and yoga. Even better, some spa therapists can come to your private villa to provide treatments in the comfort of your holiday home. 

Spa Services Available in a Private Villa

The staff at Triton Luxury Villa can arrange for spa therapists to come to the villa for a variety of luxurious treatments. You can indulge in wellness therapies next to the pool, in one of the breezy open-sided pavilions or in one of the cool air-conditioned rooms inside. 

  • Massage Therapy 

Most spa therapists in Turks and Caicos are trained in a variety of massage styles, so you can choose a treatment that best suits your current state. A classic Swedish massage helps ease tension and promotes relaxation. If you have tight muscles, a deep tissue massage will help loosen knots. A hot stone massage is good for aches and pains, and a Thai massage uses acupressure and stretching to increase blood flow and flexibility.

  • Facial Care

A facial is a great way to soothe and replenish the skin after a long plane journey or a day out in the sun. Facials vary depending on your desired results. Some help to cleanse the pores and minimize blemishes, while others provide deep hydration or promote collagen production. Many Turks and Caicos spas use facial products formulated with organic ingredients that are known for their nourishing benefits.

  • Body Care

Body treatments are truly indulgent because they leave you feeling like a whole new person afterwards. For softer and smoother skin, a body scrub gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells. Body wraps are great for detoxifying and hydrating the skin, and body soaks allow you to sit back and relax while you breathe in the aromas of fresh petals and essential oils.

Treatments Available Off-site

Many resorts have world-class spas and wellness centres that offer massages, facials and body care treatments, as well as activities and holistic therapies to rejuvenate the body, mind and soul. For example, COMO Parrot Cay offers Ayurvedic programs based on ancient eastern medical traditions and meditation, yoga, pilates and breath work classes. The Triton staff can help you arrange appointments at any off-site spa or wellness centre.

Spa Companies Available to Provide In-villa Treatments

Spa Tropique

Founded in 1997, Spa Tropique is the longest-running spa in Turks and Caicos. The friendly and professional therapists and estheticians are available from 9am to 7pm every day of the week for massages, facials, scrubs, wraps, and beauty services like waxing, manicures and pedicures at your villa.

Equilibrium

Equilibrium is dedicated to restoring inner and outer balance with a variety of treatments including relaxing massages, exfoliating scrubs, nourishing facials, and even restorative pregnancy treatments.They use environmentally conscious products whenever possible.

Off-site Wellness Locations

Amanyara

The Aman Spa at Amanyara is set around a peaceful reflection pond surrounded by lush greenery. Your spa journey could begin with a purifying smoke ceremony and continue on with healing treatments in the serene spa pavilions, aqua therapeutic pool or yoga sala. Also on site is a state-of-the-art fitness centre, pilates studio, boxing studio, and juice and smoothie bar.

COMO Parrot Cay

The COMO group is renowned for their five-star wellness resorts that focus on holistic healing and the mind-body-spiritual connection. The COMO Parrot Cay wellness centre overlooks the ocean and features nine private treatment rooms, double massage rooms for romantic couples treatments, Japanese baths, a pilates studio, and an al fresco Jacuzzi garden.

Categories
About Long Bay About TCI About Triton

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.

Categories
About Grace Bay Beach About Long Bay About TCI About Triton

Snorkeling in Turks and Caicos

Snorkeling in Turks and Caicos

The waters surrounding the Turks and Caicos Islands are exceptionally clear, which makes the archipelago a sublime snorkeling destination. Don a mask and a snorkel and you can see colorful coral gardens, crustaceans, tropical fish and larger sea creatures like sharks and whales. Whether you’re snorkeling just off the beach in front of your villa or at the reefs and walls farther out, snorkeling in Turks and Caicos is always an eye-opening experience.

Best Snorkeling Spots in Turks and Caicos

Providenciales is one of the best places in Turks and Caicos for snorkeling because there are numerous shore reefs that you can access from the beach, as well as multiple tour companies that can take you to fascinating sites just a short boat ride away. These are a few of the best snorkelling spots that are easily reached from Providenciales:

The Bight Reef

The Bight Reef is a popular snorkeling spot because you can access it directly from the beach close to Grace Bay. Also called Coral Gardens, the reef extends about 350 feet (107m) and is home to soft and hard corals and an array of marine life. You might catch glimpses of green turtles, sting rays, parrotfish, barracuda, moray eels, nurse sharks and more. 

Smith’s Reef

Just off the beach in Turtle Cove, Smith’s Reef is actually a network of reefs that are quite different in terms of coral formations and sea creatures. Depending on which access point you choose, you could be snorkeling with eagle rays, angelfish, slipper lobsters or southern brown stingrays. Come back at night to see nocturnal marine life like sea snails, squid and shrimp.

Malcolm’s Road Beach

Malcolm’s Road Beach is part of the Northwest Point Marine National Park that stretches from the beach all the way out to the barrier reef. On calm days the visibility here is spectacular, which makes it excellent for snorkeling and diving. The coral shelves are home to a myriad of sights including sea urchins, sharks and sea fans.

Water Conditions for Snorkeling

The water conditions vary depending on where you are snorkeling. In general, The Bight Reef is very calm and good for all skill levels and ages. Smith’s Reef has a slight current, but nothing to be overly concerned about. Malcolm’s Road is stunning on calm days, but it can also experience offshore winds and the occasional waves and currents along the coast. Be sure to check the wind and water conditions before you head out. 

What Type of Marine Life Exists in Turks & Caicos?

Turks and Caicos has some of the most abundant marine life in the Caribbean. This means that you’re guaranteed to see something stirring under the water on a snorkeling session. Common sightings include turtles, lobsters, parrotfish, angelfish, and stingrays. Rarer sightings include nurse sharks, whales, dolphins, octopi and red lionfish. 

What Gear do You Need to Snorkel?

The great thing about snorkeling in Turks and Caicos is that you need very little gear. A mask and a snorkel is really all you need, especially if you are snorkeling at the reefs close to shore. Of course, fins are good to have too, as they help you glide quickly from spot to spot. 

Can You Snorkel at Triton Villa?

Triton Luxury Villa’s beachfront location makes it an excellent spot to set out for a snorkeling session because the ocean is just steps away and Triton has snorkel gear available for guests to use during their stay, so there is no need to track down a tour operator. Of course, should you decide you want to take a boat charter trip, the staff at Triton can arrange snorkeling trips with reputable tour providers.

Categories
About Grace Bay Beach About Long Bay About TCI About Triton

Paddle Boarding in Turks and Caicos

Paddle Boarding in Turks and Caicos

There are many reasons why paddle boarding is becoming so popular in Turks and Caicos. First of all, it’s very easy to learn. All it takes is a bit of balance and the ability to use an oar. Second of all, it’s a great way to explore waterways that you might not be able to access in a boat. Finally, the fact that you’re standing on a board allows you to see incredible views above and below the water. If you’re looking to do some paddle boarding in Turks and Caicos, these are some things you should know.

What is Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP Boarding)?

Paddle boarding originated in Hawaii as a way for surf instructors to get better views of their students and the wave conditions. Basically it involves standing on a surf-style board and using a long oar to propel you through the water. 

Paddle Boarding vs Paddle Surfing, What’s the Difference?

Stand up paddle boarding is typically done in calm waters where you can easily glide across the surface and steer the board in different directions with your paddle. Like the name suggests, paddle surfing involves riding or surfing waves on a board with a paddle. Paddle surfing is not very common in Turks and Caicos because there are very few swells to ride.

Where Can You Paddle Board in Turks & Caicos?

You can paddle board anywhere in Turks and Caicos where the water is calm. Long Bay Beach is a great place for paddle boarding because there are very few large waves. In addition, the water is quite shallow and the bottom is soft and sandy, which is great for beginners who might not have their balance down in the beginning. Guests staying at Triton Luxury Villa can paddle board directly from the beach in front of the villa.

What Equipment do You Need?

The only equipment you need to paddle board is the actual board and a long oar. A paddle boarding company can set you up with the right board and oar for your height and size.

Do You Have to Be Fit to Paddle Board?

You only need a basic level of fitness and a bit of balance to learn how to paddle board. The hardest physical part is using the oar to propel you forward and steer the board. That being said, paddle boarding is great exercise because it works your whole body, especially your core.

What Can You See on a Paddle Board Tour?

The great thing about paddle boarding is that you can cruise along shallow and narrow waterways that boats can’t reach, so you can see more than you would on a boat charter trip. In addition, paddle boarding is relatively quiet, so it doesn’t scare away wildlife and sea creatures like motorised water sports do. Many paddle board tours in Turks and Caicos will take you to protected national parks and through the mangroves where you can see turtles, sharks, sea birds and much more. And of course you’ll get to take in the natural beauty of the coastlines and turquoise ocean.

Paddle Board Suppliers

Big Blue Collective

Big Blue Collective is a tour company that offers daily paddle board tours in the waters around Providenciales. You can opt for a two-hour eco tour to the mangroves or a backcountry paddle ‘safari’ to little visited spots along tidal channels. Groups sizes are kept small for a more exclusive experience and the instructors are friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and ecology. Experience is not necessary for the two-hour tour, as the instructors can teach you the basics and have you riding in no timeand

Categories
About Grace Bay Beach About Long Bay About TCI About Triton

Jet Skiing in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Jet Skiing in Turks and Caicos

Water sports are a way of life in Turks and Caicos, and jet skiing is one of the most popular ocean activities. A jet ski gives you the power and speed to cruise the waves and explore hidden coves and beaches, uninhabited cays, and narrow inlets that are teeming with wildlife. Jet skiing in Turks and Caicos is a great way to spend a fun day out with the whole family or take some quality time for yourself skimming across the water and taking in incredible views of the coastlines. 

Long Bay Beach Water Conditions

Long Bay Beach is one of the most popular spots to go jet skiing in Providenciales. This is because there are no limitations on jet skis in the bay and the water conditions are excellent. Long Bay Beach typically has wind conditions around 10 miles (16km) per hour or less, so the water is calm with little to no large swells. This makes it easy to jet across the surface smoothly. The water is also shallow close to shore, so you can mount and dismount your jet ski right off the beach. 

Can You Have Jet Skis Dropped Off at a Private Villa?

Most jet ski rental companies in the Long Bay Beach area can drop off your jet ski right in front of your private beachfront villa. At Triton Luxury Villa, your personal concierge can arrange jet ski rentals for you any time during your stay and have them dropped off on the beach in front of the villa. You can rent jet skis for anywhere from 30 minutes up to a full day and most rentals include life jackets and a full tank of gas. You can opt for a non-guided rental if you want to rip up the waves on your own or a guided jet ski tour to see interesting sights around Providenciales.

Jet Ski Tour of La Famille Express

If you’re looking for an interesting jet ski tour close to Long Bay Beach, the La Famille Express shipwreck is just two miles offshore and within sight of Triton Villa. This massive cargo ship was once part of the Russian naval fleet under the name Fort Shevchenko and later became a Caribbean freighter ship under the name La Famille Express. The ship was grounded on a shallow reef during Hurricane Frances in 2004, and it has rested there ever since. You can’t actually climb onboard the ship for safety reasons, but a jet ski will allow you to tour the perimeter and see it up close.

What Can You See on a Jet Ski Tour?

Besides the La Famille Express shipwreck, there are many other fascinating sights you can see on a jet ski tour leaving from Long Bay Beach. These are just a few popular jet ski touring spots:

  • West Harbour Bluff 

Located on the southwest point of Providenciales, this scenic area is worth a visit for its towering cliffs, secluded beach and 200-year-old rock carvings left by sailors who were shipwrecked and stranded on the island. This is also a great spot for bird spotting.

  • Dellis Cay

Dellis Cay is part of a string of cays that lie between Provo and North Caicos. Completely uninhabited, it has an absolutely spectacular beach that is renowned as a prime seashell gathering destination. Along the south coast of the cay there are interesting wetlands with mangroves.

  • Turtle Rock

Close to West Harbour Bluff, Turtle Rock is a 200-foot (65m) wide limestone rock that is split by a narrow channel. It has interesting formations that create underwater caves, which makes it a great place for marine life to gather and an excellent snorkelling spot. Visitors can catch glimpses of crabs, coral, tropical fish and sea stars.