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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which airport do you fly into?
Travelers fly into The Providenciales International Airport, airport code PLS.
When is the best time to visit Turks and Caicos?
How do I get from the airport to my accommodations?
When you exit the airport, there is an abundance of white taxi vans waiting to take you where you need to go. If you're staying at a resort, you'll likely be greeted by staff holding signs to direct you to your shuttle bus. If you've rented a car, you will either pick it up at the airport (right outside the doors) or a shuttle service will take you to the pick up lot.
What currency is used in Turks and Caicos?
The United States Dollar is the only currency used in Turks and Caicos.
Are ATM's readily available?
Yes, there are plenty of ATM's around The Island.
Are Credit Cards accepted?
Of Course! credit Cards are accepted at all major establishments in Turks and Caicos. You WILL need cash for taxis, some tips and other smaller businesses.
PLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Should I rent a car?
We always suggest renting a car in Turks and Caicos. Taxis can get very expensive as they charge per person (approx $20USD per person), not per trip. You can rent a small island car for around $40 per day, so it's usually much more cost effective to rent a car.
Is there a public transit system in Turks and Caicos?
No, there is not. Though you will see some old bus stops around, you'll be waiting quite a while for a bus to pick you up!
Is Turks and Caicos safe?
TCI is known as one of the safest Islands in the Caribbean. However, like anywhere, you're best to use regular safety precautions and common sense when exploring. For example, stick to the tourist areas at night and don't travel alone to more remote areas. The same as you would traveling to any destination. We have never felt unsafe in Providenciales.
Will my cell phone work in Turks and Caicos?
Yes, of course! Be aware of roaming charges from your carrier. It may be a less expensive option to pick up a SIM card from one of the local carriers, DIGICEL or FLOW, and also use a calling app such as Whatsapp.
Do I need an adapter for my electronics?
If you're traveling from Canada, The United States or Mexico, you won't need an adapter as outlets are 110 volt/60 cycle. If you're traveling from countries outside of these, best to bring an adapter with you.
Is Turks and Caicos Expensive?
Compared to some other popular travel destinations, yes. However, you must keep in mind that everything on this island is imported. Duties and taxes are paid on everything that comes onto The Island, therefore affecting final purchase pricing.
Is tipping required?
Your average tipping rates apply in Turks and Caicos. We have always tipped between 15%-20% when dining out or going for cocktails.
When is the best time to visit?
If you ask us, anytime is the best time! Typically, Christmas week through April tend to be the busier season and May though mid December are a little slower paced. Now, keep in mind, busy season in Turks is Caicos is not like you see in places like Florida or Cancun, so regardless when you go, you'll still have most of the beaches to yourself. Water temps are gorgeous year round, though obviously a little warmer in summer months.
Are there public beaches in Turks and Caicos?
Yes! All the beaches in Turks and Caicos are public. You'll see many beach access signs located next to resorts that lead to parking areas for the beach. Though most resorts don't rent their lounge chairs, you can still bring your supplies with you and set up anywhere on the miles and miles of gorgeous soft white sand.
How do I get to the other Turks and Caicos Islands from Provo?
To get to North and Middle Caicos, there's a ferry that runs several times a day from The Leeward Marina. You'll need to rent a car or book a taxi tour on the other side as the ferry is a passenger only vessel. You can also book a private boat charter to take you on a day of exploring the Cays and the must see spots of North and Middle Caicos.
To get to Grand Turk, South Caicos or Salt Cay, you will need to take an inter island flight out of PLS. There are many flights operating per day should you want to take a day trip jump across or a quick overnight stay.
West Caicos is an uninhabited island and only accessible by boat. If you're booking a private boat charter, you may want to consider popping over to West Caicos for some incredible untouched beauty. West Caicos is a popular stop for dive tours also.
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