You will find Long Bay Beach on the south-east coast of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. It is located on the opposite coast to Grace Bay which is generally known as the tourist area (10 minute drive). The beach is about 3 miles long.
When most people visit this island they automatically choose to never go beyond Grace Bay. And while Grace Bay is a spectacular beach, you need to go exploring to appreciate that the island has more beautiful beaches to offer. For one Grace Bay can get very very busy, particularly during peak season. The other beaches on the island you will often have to yourself. What better experience is there than having a Caribbean beach all to yourself?
There are basically two ways to handle Long Bay Beach. The first one, and our favorite, is just relaxing. Sit on the beautiful white beach and enjoy the beautiful crystal clear blue water. Jump in for a swim and wade well offshore in the shallow waters (at low tide you can almost walk out to the ship wreck on the horizon). The beach is great for strolling along in between swims. The second way is for the adrenalin junkies. Grab your kite board and spend hours cruising up and down the beach.
How to Get There
The best way to get to Long Beach Bay (if you are not staying there) is by hiring a car. There are several places to hire a car from on the island. Your concierge will be able to find the best deal on the island. There are several access points along the road running parallel to Long Bay Beach. If you are feeling energetic you can cycle your way there, though you need to be aware that some of the roads are not paved. It will take 20-30 minutes to ride there if you are staying in Grace Bay.
Things to Do in the Area
Long Bay Beach is the best beach on the island for kite boarding as it has steady winds for most of the year. The water is fairly shallow for several hundred feet offshore, making it perfect for a learner kite boarder as you will be able to stand when you come off your board.
You can also arrange for a beach horse ride, which frequent the beach often.
There are no shops or facilities on this beach, so bring a picnic to enjoy. There is also only limited shade, so bring your sunscreen to stay safe from the sun.
This beach is not a surfing beach. In fact you won’t find any good surf on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos for most of the year. If you want some ‘extreme’ activity, kite boarding is definitely the activity of choice on this island.
This is the perfect beach for swimming. While it is a little windier than the ever popular Grace Bay, you will often have this beach to yourself while you are swimming and not have to worry about being surrounded by the crowds. The waves are generally very small (well under a foot high) and with the water being very shallow, it’s perfect for taking children to.
The water is generally clear and you can usually easily see your feet when shoulder deep.
While it is possible to snorkel/dive here, there are far better options around the island. There isn’t a lot of coral and you will be better off finding one of the other beaches on the island if you want to partake in this activity.
Where to stay?
If you are looking to spend a few days here (or longer), we recommend staying at Windhaven Beach Villas. Windhaven is exactly just that – a haven! This beautiful property is the perfect vacation spot for singles, couples or families. There are two smaller villas and the main house which can sleep a very large family.
There is a beautiful pool on site and plenty of places to relax while you are listening to the small waves crashing onto the sand of the beach right on your door step.
Each villa is beautifully presented with all the mod-cons you could need while on vacation. This really is the perfect place to stay while visiting Turks and Caicos.
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