Water may consist of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, but the composition of the waters in the Turks and Caicos are best described as one part turquoise, one part transparent, and one part simply amazing.
Small wonder then that the Turks and Caicos Islands are a perennial favourite with discerning water sports enthusiasts. This laid back Caribbean vacation spot is just 575 miles south of Miami but a world away from the mainstream when it comes to the quality of water sports opportunities.
From the calm of dipping a kayak oar through quiet waters in a mangrove canal, to the exhilaration of “catching air” while kite boarding, the water sports scene in the Turks and Caicos Islands is compelling.
Grace Bay Beach, ranked one of the top beaches in the world, is the perfect place to discover and explore the famous turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos. Most resorts on the beach, such as the beachfront Alexandra Resort, offer complimentary use of non-motorized water sports equipment – including lasers or catamarans, kayaks and stand up paddleboards. You can sail or paddle along the 12 mile stretch of Grace Bay Beach and expect to see turtles, tropical fish, starfish and – if you’re lucky – JoJo, the country’s beloved dolphin.
Water sports beneath the water’s surface are equally impressive. The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by a reef system that is 65 miles across x 200 miles long in size. Boasting water visibility up to 200 feet, divers consistently rank the destination as one of the premier diving spots in the world. Excellent diving instruction programs are available as well as snuba, which is a hybrid of snorkeling and diving, and a great way to be introduced to the underwater world.
No matter what type of water sports you want to experience, a number of operators offer lessons, equipment rentals and excursions as well. Regardless of your skills and experience, you can enjoy time on the water when you visit Turks and Caicos. Just a short drive from the Grace Bay resorts community, you’ll find operators at Turtle Cove Marina and the newly expanded Blue Haven Marina. You can also venture a bit further to try out windsurfing on Long Bay Beach.
Visit in early December and you’ll have the good fortune of not just being able to windsurf in Turks and Caicos, but actually welcome a six person windsurfing relay team (www.enablepassion.com) with a goal to be the first such team to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge Team will depart from the Canary Islands in Spain on November 20, and make the 6,000 kilometer trip across the Atlantic Ocean with Blue Haven Resort and Marina as the final destination in Turks and Caicos Islands in early December. Their arrival will be commemorated with a three day celebration of music, food, exhibits and more from December 6th – 8th. For more information visit www.bluehaventci.com.
If you would like to visit Turks and Caicos Islands to witness this historic event, stay at the Alexandra resort. The Fall Into Savings special, which features 35% off regular rates plus a host of resort perks, is available for travel until December 24, 2013. For more information on how to save when enjoying a Turks and Caicos Water Sports vacation, click here.