Sometimes less is more. And one of the fastest growing watersports in the Turks and Caicos is an activity that requires no more than a board and a paddle.
Standup paddleboarding (also known as SUP) is a relatively easy sport to pick up, and it’s also the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature on Providenciales. Calm, windless days are the ideal time to try standup paddleboarding, which above all else is a test of balance and strength.
So what’s the the hype with standup paddleboarding? No doubt one of the sport’s biggest draws is its higher vantage point, which allows you to get a better view of the sea life below. You’re bound to see a variety of critters particularly if you’re paddling around the mangroves, which is a sanctuary for juvenile marine life. Keep your eyes peeled for bonefish, pufferfish, lemon sharks, sea turtles and more as you paddle through the mangroves. Above water, a variety of bird life thrives, from pelicans to the island’s many types of herons.
Beyond the opportunity it offers to get up close to marine life, standup paddleboarding also happens to be a great cardio workout. You use almost every one of your muscles at some point while paddleboarding. Standing and balancing on the board requires leg and core strength, while paddling works out your arms, shoulders and back.
New to paddleboarding? No problem. It’s a low-impact, easy-to-learn sport that requires just a little bit of practice before you embark on an excursion. And that’s one of the activity’s greatest appeals—it’s accessible to almost everyone.
Here’s some more good news: You don’t even have to leave your villa for your standup paddleboarding experience. At Triton, we provide paddleboards so you can get out and explore the waters of Long Bay Beach. Want to book a guided tour? Get in touch, and we can help you arrange a trip with our partners at SUP Provo.
For those who simply seeking a quiet, uncrowded beach, don’t fret. Most of the kiteboarding on Long Bay Beach is contained in a small area of the beach. Don’t forget, Long Bay Beach is three miles long. Walk a little ways to the right, and chances are you won’t find another soul around. And who doesn’t love having a beautiful, pristine beach all to themselves?
The water depth in Long Bay makes it the perfect place for families and children in particular. Depths range from two to four feet. And its location along the southern shore protects the beach from the larger ocean swells often found on the north shore. The consistent tradewinds also provide a reprieve from the year-round warm temperatures of the Turks and Caicos. Pack a picnic and bring your family to a quiet, secluded spot on the beach—or take the kids to watch the kiteboarders in action as they glide along the ocean surface, their colorful kites flying high above.