Discover all the essential Turks and Caicos travel information right here! From getting here to what to expect once you arrive, we share answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Travel by Air
Commercial and Private Flights
With more than 12 major airlines serving Providenciales International Airport and daily flights from Miami, New York and Charlotte, the Turks and Caicos are easily accessible from virtually anywhere in the world.
Major carriers flying to Providenciales include American Airlines, US Airways, Air Canada, JetBlue, WestJet, British Airways and Delta. Domestic Airlines InterCaribbean and Caicos Express offer scheduled flights within the Caribbean to and from Jamaica, The Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Providenciales has two FBOs for private air travel. Contact us for assistance booking private flights to the islands.
Travel by Sea
Cruise Ship and Private Vessel Entry
Travel to Providenciales by sea is a great option for private motor yacht and sportfishing vessel owners with easy access from the U.S., Bahamas and Dominican Republic. Berth your vessel at Blue Haven Marina in Leeward to the northeast or more central Turtle Cove Marina. To the south, berthing options include South Side Marina and Caicos Marina & Shipyard. Be sure to book your slip in advance.
Know Before You Go
Basic Information on the Turks and Caicos
The Turks and Caicos experience warm weather year-round, with slight seasonal changes. Summer can be humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, but the consistent tradewinds keep this at bay in comparison to other Caribbean locations. Wintertime is mild and dry, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s during the day, and low 70s to high 60s in the evenings. Despite the slight change in temperature, the difference is certainly noticeable—and the cooler season tends to be the busiest time of year for the islands.
The U.S. dollar is the official currency of the Turks and Caicos. Most major credit cards are accepted by businesses on the islands but it should be noted that many of the smaller local businesses accept cash only. ATMs are available for withdrawing funds. Local banks include CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, Scotiabank and Royal Bank of Canada.
You should check with your cellular provider before travelling to ensure you have a roaming or international plan activated. Local telecommunication companies Flow and Digicel provide GSM coverage and CDMA coverage is also provided by Flow (Verizon and Sprint). Local SIMs are available for purchase at these providers.
Providenciales and Grand Turk both have large hopsitals. Providenciales has private clinics with excellent doctors and nurses. All of our main islands in the Turks and Caicos have medical personnel available, except Salt Cay.
The medical facilities are generally able to handle most issues that arise. For emergencies patients will be stabilized locally and flown by air ambulance to Miami, FL, Nassau, Jamaica or Cayman.
Turks and Caicos is Eastern Standard Time (EST) which is observed year round.
There is no public transportation in Turks and Caicos and Uber and Lyft, for example, are not available here.
If you plan on exploring the island, we generally recommend renting a car for part or all of your stay.
Taxi transportation is available and are typically individual drivers or small companies using passenger vans. Taxi rates are often considered high as fares are calculated by both destination and number of passengers. For example, for two guests from the airport to Grace Bay you can expect to pay $25 to $35. Taxi sharing is a common practice here in Turks and Caicos.
Adventure Beyond Provo
While Provo is the equivalent of our ‘bustling city centre’, the outer islands also have a lot to offer. Day trips to North & Middle Caicos can be easily arranged by ferry or private boat with many spots to explore. Visit Wade Green Plantation and the Government Farm in North. In Middle Caicos explore Mudjin Harbour, Wild Cow Run and the Conch Bar Caves. Check out our article on Day Trips to North and Middle here. Charter boats offer day trips out to nearby cays like Pine Cay and Fort George Cay or venture a little further to spots like West Caicos and French Cay.
Grand Turk, our capital, makes a great escape for diving or whale watching (during season) and features a number of landmarks for exploring Turks and Caicos history and culture. Hop a morning flight and return in the evening or spend the night!