Getting Around Turks & Caicos
The best way to get around Turks & Caicos is either by car or taxi. There is no public transportation on the islands, and as the attractions, restaurants and hotels are spread out, walking is not an option. You can rent a car at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) on Provo. If you choose 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||The islands' attractions are spread out from one another, so you'll want to 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 biweekly ferry from Balfour Town's marina on Salt Cay to Grand Turk. Tickets cost around $12 USD round trip.
Although traveling by air can be 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 & Caicos by air or sea. But be sure to keep your document safe — given the islands' remote location, the nearest emergency U.S. passport office is a flight away. For stays longer than 90 days, inquire with the U.S. consulate on obtaining a visa. Read the U.S. Department of State's Turks & Caicos travel guidelines for more information.