Getting Around Turks & Caicos
The best way to get around Turks and Caicos is either by car or taxi, both available at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) on Provo. There is no public transportation on the islands, and as the attractions, restaurants and hotels are spread out, walking is out of the question. To island hop you'll need to head to one of the many smaller airports, like Grand Turks' JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT). Cheaper ferries are also available by charter to travel between islands.
|Taxi||Taxis are available on bigger islands like Provo and Grand Turk, as well as some of the smaller isles. Fares from the airport average between $8 and $12 USD, but rates are always negotiable since many cabs don't have functioning meters. Some drivers will also take you on a tour of the island for an extra fee.|
|Car||Restaurants and activities are spread apart, so we recommend you rent a car. This is especially vital if you're staying on one of the larger islands. But be warned: Driving is on the left, road conditions are spotty, and gas prices are relatively high.|
|Bikes and Scooters||Scooters and bicycles are another affordable and fuel-efficient option. In fact, many resorts offer them for complimentary use. Wearing a helmet isn't mandatory, but advised.|
Private ferry companies offer daily service from Turtle Cove and Leeward marinas on Provo. Fares start around $25 USD for a one-way trip to North Caicos' Sandy Point Marina, as well as to the island of South Caicos or to go to Grand Turk's Flamingo Cove. There's also a bi-weekly ferry from Balfour Town's marina on Salt Cay to Grand Turk. Tickets cost around $12 USD round-trip.
A rather expensive way to island hop, smaller planes leave Provo to North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay on varying daily schedules. Fares start around $60 USD, but are cheaper if you book about a week in advance.
Entry & Exit Requirements
You'll need a valid passport to travel to Turks and Caicos. For stays longer than 90 days, inquire with the U.S. consulate on obtaining a visa. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State's Turks and Caicos website.