Turks and Caicos Travel Information
The Turks and Caicos Islands archipelago is located 575 miles southeast of Miami and covers 193 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean. Turks and Caicos is part of the British West Indies island group within the Caribbean Ocean region. The country is famed for its 1000 square miles of reef, rated the third largest coral reef system in the world, and Turks and Caicos scuba diving and snorkeling is some of the best in the world.
For sun worshipers, Turks and Caicos’ 230 square miles of sandy white beaches, its sunny tropical climate, warm island breezes, and renowned clear turquoise waters, make the Turks and Caicos Islands a perfect Caribbean break from the daily routine. Browse more fun island activities that you can enjoy during your Turks and Caicos vacation.
Flying to Turks and Caicos from Miami via American Airlines takes approximately 80 minutes. American Airlines operates three daily flights from Miami, as well as Tuesday through Sunday scheduled flights from New York and a weekly flight from Boston. Delta offers non-stop service to the Turks and Caicos Islands from Atlanta. US Airways offers several flights weekly from Charlotte, NC and Philadelphia, PA. European travelers can begin their Turks and Caicos vacation with a British Airways direct flight from London, Heathrow, via Nassau in the Bahamas. Within the Caribbean, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Haiti also offer scheduled flights to the Turks and Caicos Islands of Providenciales.
Providenciales, one of the islands in the Caicos Islands group, boasts a wide variety of dining experiences, ranging from local beach-side conch shack specialties to Mediterranean classics nibbled under the stars. From the casual family ambiance of Caicos Cafe to the eclectic elegance and once in a lifetime Caribbean dinning experience of Coyaba. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos features dozens of restaurants to tempt the most discerning, or adventurous, of palates!
If golf is a favorite, playing the Karl Litten 18 hole, par 72 championship Turks and Caicos golf course at the Providenciales Golf Club is a must. For water lovers, island activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, Turks and Caicos island bone fishing, windsurfing, parasailing, Caribbean kayaking or Sea Doo riding adventures await you. Relax aboard a Turks and Caicos boat rental or catamaran, chartered specifically with your desires in mind. For children and adults of all ages, book a tour on the delightful Undersea Explorer semi-submarine. See our beautiful Turks and Caicos reefs and Caribbean marine-life without getting wet! For land lovers, play miniature golf or tennis, enjoy the invigorating art of yoga or Pilates, or kick back with a relaxing massage, facial, manicure and/or pedicure. In the Turks and Caicos Islands, there’s so much to do, not enough time for all of it…
The Turks and Caicos Conch Festival is a favorite event for both locals and island visitors. Enjoy Caribbean activities for adults and kids. This TCI event takes place yearly in Blue Hills, on Thanksgiving weekend.
The official currency of the Turks and Caicos Islands is the US dollar. Most major credit cards are also accepted.
Customs and Immigrations
Effective January 2007, all U.S. visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands are required to have a valid U.S. Passport. Visitors from other countries must also have valid passports. Visitors from some former Eastern Bloc countries require visas as well. Please contact the nearest British Consulate to determine requirements for your Turks and Caicos vacation.
In addition to the weekly rental rate paid for a Turks and Caicos villa or condo, additional costs include, but are not limited to:
- Tax: 12% Government Tax
- Air Travel
- Car rental
- Ground transport to and from villa or condo if car not rented
- Chef Service
- In-home Massage Service
For superior service and price in Turks and Caicos, please visit our blog about car rentals for complete information or use one of these two great suppliers:
Grace Bay Car Rentals: www.gracebaycarrentals.com
Caicos Wheels Car/Scooter Rentals is dependable and they offer the some of the best discounted rates on the island.