Getting around the Turks and Caicos Islands

From the Airport

Taxis are available at the airport.  When you exit Customs, there will be airport staff on hand to call one for you or you can pre-arrange prior to your arrival. Expect to pay around $15 (plus tip) per person for a taxi ride from the airport to the Grace Bay area.  Rates do, however, vary.

Rental Cars

Because the island is long and some villas, restaurants and activities far-flung,  a rental car is very useful on Providenciales. If you’re coming in high season (Nov through May), please make sure you book your rental at the same time you book your flight or you may find all the agencies fully booked.

    A distinct advantage in renting a car is that you can easily tour the island, go to shops, eat out and not have to walk long distances to get places or worry about relying on taxis (especially in the evenings).You can pick up supplies and food (especially if you have self-catering capabilities) from the Graceway IGA and other food suppliers with ease.
      In the British tradition,

cars on all the islands drive on the left

    . You only need a valid driver’s license from your home country to rent a vehicle.

There are multiple international agencies working on island, such as Hertz, Avis, and Budget.

We also have excellent local companies, such as Grace Bay Car Rentals and Sales (tel. 649/941-8500; www.gracebaycarrentals.com),  Scooter Bob’s, Turtle Cove Marina (tel. 649/946-4684; www.provo.net/scooter), which rents jeeps, vans, and SUVs; and Turks & Caicos National Car Rental (tel. 649/946-4701).

As per our client polls, the particular favorite to date is Grace Bay Car Rentals, with your rental awaiting your arrival at the airport and the convenience of drop off there as well.

Taxis

If you decide to forgo a rental car, you may find yourself needing a taxi. Please note that there are no designated taxi stands. If you need a taxi, you’ll have to call one.

We recommend Virgil  or Velma (tel. 649/231-0199 or email hughlou@tciway.tc) or Sonny (tel. 649/242-5287).

Contact Basia at arrive@turkscaicosluxuryvillas.com for the 2015 Taxi Rate Sheet

If you find another taxi driver you like, ask for his or her card or jot down the number on the side of the van, and avail yourself of his or her services throughout your trip (taxi drivers are also happy to show you around the island — for a fee negotiated upfront, of course). Otherwise, most places are happy to call a taxi for you.

On Foot

The 12 miles of Grace Bay Beach make for lovely strolls, and the paved roads along Grace Bay have sidewalks so getting around on foot is much easier than before. But once you get started, particularly with the tropical sun beating down, keep in mind that the distances are longer than they appear on a map, so please remember to hydrate before walking and carry fluids with you while walking, such as Gatorade or water mixed with Diuralyte (available at Flamingo Pharmacy in the Graceway IGA Plaza on Leeward Highway).

Traveling on to the Other Islands

If your final destination is any of the other islands in the Turks & Caicos chain, or you’re interested in planning a day trip to another cay during your stay on Providenciales,  you will be taking either a domestic flight on a small plane from the Provo airport or traveling by boat.

Caicos Cays

North Caicos

You can fly to the North Caicos airstrip onAir Turks & Caicos (www.airturksandcaicos.com) or call Ritchie at the charter company Caicos Express (tel. 649/232-1982 ; caicosexpressairways@tciway.tc).

Caribbean Cruisin’ Ltd. (tel. 649/946-5406, cellphone 649/231-4191; www.caicosproperties.tc/TCIFerryService.html; round-trips, cash only) offers a new ferry service that travels between Provo and North Caicos five times a day from Monday to Saturday and makes three trips on Sunday.

Otherwise, you can get to North Caicos by chartering a water-taxi from one of the many tour-boat operators in the area, such as Silver Deep (tel. 649/946-5612) or Big Blue Unlimited (tel. 649/946-5034. Their boats can accommodate up to eight people); the trip takes around 35 minutes.

For ground transportation, call Gardiner’s Taxi (tel. 649/946-7141).

Middle Caicos

You can fly to the minuscule Middle Caicos airstrip on Air Turks & Caicos (www.airturksandcaicos.com) or call Ritchie at the charter company Caicos Express (tel. 649/232-1982 ; caicosexpressairways@tciway.tc). The flight is about 15 minutes.

You can take the ferry from North Caicos. For ground transportation, island and cave tours, boat excursions, and fishing expeditions, call Middle Caicos native guide Cardinal Arthur (tel. 649/946-6107.

South Caicos

You can fly with Air Turks & Caicos (www.airturksandcaicos.com) or call Ritchie at the charter company Caicos Express (tel. 649/232-1982 ; caicosexpressairways@tciway.tc). The flight is approximately 15 minutes.

Taxis are available at the airport.

Grand Turk

Most people fly into Providenciales and then take a short flight on a domestic airline into Grand Turk International Airport (also known as J.A.G.S. McCartney International Airport).

Several daily flights between Provo and Grand Turk are offered by Air Turks & Caicos (www.airturksandcaicos.com) or call Ritchie at the charter company Caicos Express (tel. 649/232-1982 ; caicosexpressairways@tciway.tc).  The flight from Provo to Grand Turk takes 20 minutes.

On Grand Turk you can rent cars (as well as scooters, bicycles, and snorkeling gear) at Tony’s Car Rental (Grand Turk International Airport; tel. 649/964-1979; www.tonyscarrental.com).  Tony’s also offers scooter tours of the island.

Taxis are always available at the Grand Turk airport, and drivers are more than happy to give visitors a tour of the island. Remember to negotiate your price first.

Salt Cay

To get to Salt Cay, there are Monday, Wednesday. Friday flights with  Caicos Express (tel. 649/232-1982 ; caicosexpressairways@tciway.tc). You can also charter their planes to get there with your own group.

A government-subsidized ferry runs between Grand Turk and Salt Cay, weather permitting, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (leaving from South Dock — the island’s only dock, in the morning and returning in the afternoon). The trip takes an hour.

You can also hire a private boat operator to take you between Salt Cay and Grand Turk (as long as the seas aren’t too rough). Contact Debbie Been to organize a boat charter with Salt Cay Divers (tel. 649/241-1009; www.saltcaytours.com).

Cruise-ship passengers who arrive in Grand Turk can continue to contact Salt Cay Divers to arrange their snorkeling or diving day trips to Salt Cay, same as always.

No one needs a car to get around Salt Cay, which has more donkeys than cars to begin with; it’s the perfect place for getting around on foot, by bike, or by golf cart.

For everyone coming to vacation in Providenciales, there are incredible day trips to Salt Cay, such as scuba diving, boat trips,  snorkeling or whale watching. Don’t hesitate to contact Debbie of Salt Cay Divers dive shop (cellphone 649/241-1009 or email scdivers@tciway.tc). Debbie can organize your flights, charter or even an overnight stay!!

WELCOME TO OUR BEAUTIFUL BY NATURE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS!

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