Turks and Caicos Islands

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WHEN TO GO

Peak Season: January – April
Avg Air Temp: 24 – 30°C / 75 – 86°F
Avg Water Temp: 25 – 29°C / 77 – 84°F

 

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: $5 – 6
Restaurant Meal: $20-50
Accommodation: Very seasonal: $125 – 300 per night in winter / $90+ summer

 

USEFUL CONTACTS

VILLA ESENCIA

www.villaesencia.com

ritama@villaesencia.com

Planet Kitesurf Holidays

PLANET KITESURF

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com

+44 (0)1273 921 001

info@planettravelholidays.com

Sportif Kitesurf Holidays

SPORTIF TRAVEL

www.sportif.travel

+44 (0)1273 844 919

info@sportif.travel

THE LURE

These islands are a kiteboarding paradise with uncrowded, pristine, powder soft beaches, warm turquoise seas and perfect freeriding terrain. Only 90 minutes from Miami
with direct flights from New York, Dallas, Toronto, Atlanta, Charlotte and London (via Nassau) to name a few, Turks and Caicos is fast establishing itself as an excellent kiteboarding destination.

 

Turks and Caicos kiteboarding

 

Caicos Crusing with Lauren Holman

THE SET-UP

The main island of Providenciales boasts perfect beaches such as Long Bay for learning. Freeriders can ride numerous bays and other islands to their heart’s content. Strike gold if the waves and wind line up for some sensational, if inconsistent, down-the-line wave riding. Most beaches are easy for launching and landing but be mindful of other beach users. On the east end of Provo, Long Bay is waist-deep for miles, has a sandy bottom, loads of space and is perfect for learning. Stronger here, the easterly trade winds are cross-on 90% of the time.

Grace Bay is on the opposite western side. Two to four foot waves break along the reef and sand bars, though the reef is exposed at low tide and the wave riding is offshore.

In occasional frontal westerlies it’s onshore. Leeward is trickier as the current can be fierce with the tides, it’s busy with boat traffic and access is getting more difficult. Do a downwinder with Big Blue though as it’s the gateway to some secret stashes and kite safaris with their boat.

Blue Hills in the northwest is the mirror opposite of Long Bay; cross-on conditions and miles of open lagoon and beach all to yourself. Tides do affect most spots (there are many spots - speak to Big Blue).

 

WIND, WEATHER & WATER

Northeast winter trades and east-southeasters in summer, averaging 10 - 25 knots, but great learning conditions year-round. Best winds January, February, March and April. July and August are usually stellar. August to October is unreliable (hurricane season) but can throw up amazing swell and wind. Best wind and waves are in February and March.

Average kite sizes: 10 – 12 metres. Session at sunrise and sunset for excellent wind and perfect temperatures. Year-round: 24 – 30ºC / 75 - 86ºF. Water: 25 – 29ºC / 77 - 84ºF. Sun cream and long sleeve rash guards are vital.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Villa Esencia offer first class lodgings right on the beach at Long Bay with ten suites in four separate villas. They have an air compressor and a dedicated launch / landing area, light wind loaner boards, SUPs and kayaks. There are shaded areas to relax under the palm trees and in Tiki huts as well as five swimming pools and a hot tub. Ideal if you’re travelling with family! Works great for both kiters and non-kiting family members.

www.villaesencia.com / ritama@villaesencia.com  / +1 561 935 3365

 

Villa Esencia Turks and Caicos

 

There are a range of other options to suit all budgets and group sizes as well as a number of all-inclusive resorts on the north side of the island close to Grace Bay.

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

 

Sportif Kitesurf Holidays provide kitesurfing and multi sport holidays to the very best destinations worldwide. Sportif centres have the latest equipment and highly qualified, experienced staff. Whatever your level, you'll find a range of flexible rental or instruction packages, with a choice of accommodation from budget to luxury 5* hotels, right next to the centres. 

www.sportif.travel / info@sportif.travel / +44 (0)1273 844 919

SCHOOLS

There are a number of schools on Provo. Check out Big Blue, who also do guided downwinders around the islands of Turks and Caicos.

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

 

Sportif Kitesurf Holidays provide kitesurfing and multi sport holidays to the very best destinations worldwide. Sportif centres have the latest equipment and highly qualified, experienced staff. Whatever your level, you'll find a range of flexible rental or instruction packages, with a choice of accommodation from budget to luxury 5* hotels, right next to the centres. 

www.sportif.travel / info@sportif.travel / +44 (0)1273 844 919

NO WIND

The islands are a watersport paradise. Driving round Provo takes a day. Visiting the islands of North, Middle and South Caicos from a kiteboarding perspective and simply for an adventure. Big Blue have been exploring these spots for almost two decades. They can hook you up big time.

 

Photos: Big Blue Unlimited

GET AROUND

Hire a car as taxis can be expensive and there’s little public transport. Kite spots are five to 15 minutes from Grace Bay. Don’t leave any valuables in your car and leave your car open/windows down to prevent any annoying theft. Take caution in remote areas after dark.

 

CURRENCY

US Dollar ($) - £1 = $1.5 / €1 = $1.2 Credit Cards are widely accepted on Providenciales, but cash only on less inhabited islands.

 

FOOD & DRINK

The area around Grace Bay is packed with eateries, from breakfast joints to cocktail bars and everything from local Caribbean dishes to world cuisine. There are some great restaurants dotted all over the island, including Da Conch Shack in Bluehills and Bugaloos in Five Cays. If you're eating out then you can expect to spend about $50 per day on food.

 

AIRPORT

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS) is the international airport. Grand Turk (GDT) is connected via inter-island air services (25 mins). Grace Bay is then 20 minutes away.

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

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