Vacation Planning for the Turks and Caicos Island of
Should we stay at a hotel or rent a villa?
- There are not many inexpensive options for accommodations on
Providenciales. If you are trying to stick to a budget, you might
have better success renting a villa from a website like AirBNB or
- If you do not plan on renting a car, you will likely be better
suited to staying at one of the hotels on Grace Bay beach. This will
make it easier to walk to restaurants and shops.
- If you are looking for more privacy, you should consider renting a
villa. At most of the larger hotels you will see other guests at the
pool and on the beach immediately in front of the hotel. A lot of
villas available for rent are also on the beach or a short walk to
the beach, but you will likely not see many other people around.
Should we rent a car, or take taxis and walk/bike?
- If you plan on not doing much beyond getting a tan at the pool or
the beach, no need to rent a car. It is simple enough to get a taxi
to the hotel and then plant your butt on a beach chair.
- If you are uncomfortable with the idea of driving on left, then
don't rent a car.
- If you like the idea of having someone else who knows the island
take you to your destinations, then use a taxi. (Be aware that a
"jitney" is not the same as a taxi. Your hotel can arrange for a
taxi to pick you up and drop you off.)
- If you want to explore beyond the strip of sand in front of your
hotel, you should rent a car.
- If you want to try different restaurants and go sightseeing, you
should rent a car.
Should we go to the grocery store?
- Eating at restaurants for every meal can get expensive, but there
are lots of restaurants, offering lots of different types of
- If you think grocery shopping is a chore best left at home, then
- If you are trying to stick to a food budget, you should stop at
the grocery store. (The cost of food at the grocery store will
probably be more expensive than what you are used to at home.)
- If you like having a cold beverage in your room after being
outside all day, you should go to the grocery store.
Is it safe? Yes.
- There is very little crime of any kind in the Turks and Caicos
- Keep in mind that you should not leave valuables unattended on the
- Don't leave valuables in your car.
- Don't go for a walk alone at night in a secluded area.
What should I pack?
- It is generally always above 70 degrees in the Turks and Caicos
Islands, so you don't need any type of warm clothes.
- There are not really any restaurants with a strict dress code. You
will see people in a mix of very casual attire and some slightly
dressed up people at restaurants. In other words, you don't really
have to bring anything dressy to wear.
- Bring lots of sun protection, including hats, sunglasses, rash
guards and sunscreen. The sun is really intense in the Turks and
Caicos Islands. Please use reef-safe sunscreen, if you plan on going
in the ocean.
- Bring insect repellent. The mosquitoes and sand flies can be a
nuisance at certain times of the day, especially if there has been a
lot of rain.
- You should bring all the obvious things too, like bathing suits,
toothbrushes and passports.
What are the must-do activities?
- Renting a seascooter and going snorkeling, of course! Book
a rental now!
- Lounging on the beach, taking selfies to make your friends hate
- Take a day trip over to North and Middle Caicos.
- Take an ATV tour.
- Go horseback riding on the beach.
- Go fishing.