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.
Taxis are available on bigger islands like Provo and Grand Turk, as well as some of the smaller isles. One-way fares from the airport in Provo average between $16 and $86, depending on your final destination. 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. Taxis are also available on many of the larger islands, including Grand Turk and the North Caicos and Middle Caicos. Beware of "jitney" services, or small, unmarked cars that bill themselves as "unofficial" taxis. These drivers are known to drive recklessly and rip off unsuspecting tourists.
The islands' attractions are spread out from one another, so you'll want to rent a car if you plan on exploring. 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. Car selection and prices tend to be the best on Provo. Because Grand Turk is home to the cruise ship port, the usual rental period is eight hours (to cater to daytrippers) and rates are higher than Provo. If you try to rent a car on North Caicos, Middle Caicos, or South Caicos, you'll likely encounter high prices and minimal selection. You can drive with your U.S. license or an international driving permit for up to one month.
|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. If you plan to visit Salt Cay, getting around via bike or golf cart are your only options.
Small passenger ferries operate three routes: Providenciales to North Caicos, Providenciales to South Caicos and Grand Turk to Salt Cay. The 30-minute route between Provo and North Caicos is the most popular and the busiest, with multiple trips per day. Service between Grand Turks and Salt Cay is less frequent (three times a week). Keep in mind: There are no ferries between Provo and the Turks Islands (including Grand Turk and Salt Cay). Ferries between Provo and North Caicos cost $25 for a one-way fare.
Although traveling by air can be a rather expensive way to island hop, smaller planes leave Provo to Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay on varying daily schedules. InterCaribbean Airways and Caicos Express Airways offer commercial service between the islands. If you'd like to reach North Caicos or Middle Caicos, you'll have to hire a charter.
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