Ultimate Turks and Caicos Travel Guide – Providenciales

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With endless miles of breathtaking turquoise water and powdery soft, white sandy beaches it's only natural that Turks and Caicos be at the top of your travel list. But it's not just amazing beaches that make this chain of Islands so spectacular. From cuisine to culture and everything in between. The Turks and Caicos Islands will leave you longing for more the minute you step onto those glorious shores. Dive into our Ultimate Turks and Caicos Travel Guide and start planning your next adventure!

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About The Turks And Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a glorious piece of Caribbean paradise southeast of Miami (575 miles to be exact) and north of Haiti and The Dominican Republic. Being so close to the Southern US States, it’s easy to see how Turks and Caicos, and more specifically, Providenciales, has become one of the most popular Caribbean destinations for travelers looking for a quick, yet out of this world escape.

Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of approximately 40 islands. Consisting of eight larger islands and many small cays. This British Overseas Territory sits alongside the tropical Atlantic Ocean. 

In this Turks and Caicos Travel Guide, we’ll be guiding you through the Island of Providenciales. Providenciales is approximately 38 square miles, roughly 23 miles long and about 4 miles wide. “Provo,” as the locals like to call it, is the most inhabited of this archipelago and also where we spend most of our time. 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN TURKS AND CAICOS

Language – English is the official language throughout Turks and Caicos. However, with most immigrants being from Haiti and The Dominican Republic, you’re likely to hear some Haitian Creole and Spanish.

Timezone – The Turks and Caicos Islands are on Eastern Standard Time

Currency – The USD is the main currency in Turks and Caicos.

Are there ATM machines on The Island? Yes, there are plenty of ATM’s around the Island accepting all the usual forms of debit/credit cards.

Are Credit Cards Accepted? Credit Cards are accepted at all major establishments in Turks and Caicos. You WILL need cash for taxis, some tips and other smaller businesses.

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 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. And don't leave any valuables in your car. We have never felt unsafe in Providenciales.

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Traveling To Turks And Caicos

Which Airport Do You Fly Into?

When flying into The Turks and Caicos Islands, you’ll fly to the International Airport of Providenciales – PLS. There are smaller inter island airports that accommodate smaller Caribbean airlines, however PLS on the Island of Providenciales, is the main entry point for all major airlines. 

Although most flight routes involve one connection to reach Turks and Caicos, there are direct flights available from several cities in the Eastern and Southern USA. New York, Boston, Atlanta and Miami to name a few. And from Canada, Toronto and Montreal. A quick search on Skyscanner will give you a list of multiple routes from your area. You can also utilize their flight cost tracking feature to ensure you get the best deals.

Passports and Visas

All visitors traveling to The Turks and Caicos Islands must have a valid passport to enter. Your passport should be valid for a MINIMUM of six months from the date of entry into Turks and Caicos.

Travelers are usually given permission to stay UP TO 90 days in Turks and Caicos, provided you show proof of your return ticket. We mention this as we’re quite certain you won’t want to leave once you see all Turks and Caicos has to offer!

If there's only one thing you take away from this Turks and Caicos Travel Guide, please let it be this. Make sure your passport is up to date.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR PASSPORT IS UP TO DATE.  We have had friends denied boarding in Canada because their passport was expiring in 4 months. Regardless that their trip was only for one week, they were still denied boarding. No one wants this disappointment to ruin their travel plans.

Current Covid Protocols

Effective 1st April 2023 All visitors travelling to the Turks and Caicos Islands will NOT BE REQUIRED to show proof of the Covid-19 Vaccine.

Effective May 1,  2022. Visitors are NO LONGER REQUIRED to take a COVID-19 test before arrival or upload information to the TCI Assured Portal. Face masks are no longer mandatory on the Islands, however some businesses may ask you to do so.

Do You Need Travel Insurance?

You no longer need to show proof of insurance to enter The Turks and Caicos Islands, however, with the current state of air travel… Not only can flights get canceled leaving you out of pocket should you have to book an extra nights hotel, but also, accidents happen.

World Nomads offers simple and flexible travel insurance. Buy at home or while traveling and claim online from anywhere in the world.

Which Days Are Best To Travel?

Saturdays and Sundays are typically the busiest days to travel to Turks and Caicos. If at all possible, look at booking mid week to lessen your time in the customs line and also your departure check in lines. While it may not always be possible, be prepared, there will be longer lines and wait times than what you’re used to in larger, international airports. 

Guests arriving to Providenciales airport and entering the main international arrivals area. Your first point of entry to the airport.

The Providenciales airport is small, and understandably on these busier days of the week, lines can get quite long. We’ve arrived on both Saturdays and Wednesdays, and we haven't had to wait more than 45 minutes to at most, an hour and a half for customs, luggage and car rental pick up on the busy days. Of course, this all depends on how many other flights are arriving at the same time.

Some travelers like to purchase a “Fast Pass” ticket for $75.00 – $100.00 in an effort to avoid these line ups. While we personally feel this money could be put to better use on our holidays, we fully understand why some travelers may prefer to avoid the longer wait time and pay for this faster service. You might still have to wait a little bit, but definitely not as long as you would in the general line up.

Pro Tip
On busy departure days, head to the second floor and enjoy a drink on the outside deck while watching the planes come and go. Makes for a much better departure experience than being crowded on the main level.
Airplanes lined up at Turks and Caicos Airport

Refer to our Day Of Arrival Checklist to get the most out of your first day in Turks and Caicos.

When To Go To Turks And Caicos

Average Temperature

The average temperatures on the Island of Providenciales range between 74° to 84°F (23°- 29°C) from November to May. December is typically the “coldest” month averaging around the 74°F. And, from June to October, 85° and 90°F (29°- 32°C). From our experience, we have felt the temperature reach the mid 90's (35°C), especially in the late summer months. 

The water temperatures are glorious year round. In the summer, 82° to 86°F (28°- 30°C) and in winter about 74° to 78°F (23°- 26°C). If you think those winter water temperatures are inviting you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven in the summer!

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High Season and Low Season

Just like any other destination, there is always a high season (busy season) and a low season (slow season). How this affects your travel will depend on you as an individual and what your travel needs are.

High season in Turks and Caicos, typically runs from December through to April (Spring Break/Easter Break). And low season from the end of June/July through October.

For more information about when to visit based on our own personal travels, read our full article on the Best Time To Visit Turks and Caicos.

Getting Around

From The PLS Airport To Your Accommodations

Upon arrival, you'll typically have three options to get from the airport to your accommodations.

  • Taxi
  • Resort Shuttle Bus
  • Rental Car

Access to all these options are directly outside the main exit of the airport. You will immediately see airport staff directing people towards taxi pick ups, resort shuttles, car rental pick ups and off site car rental shuttles.

Two white passenger vans waiting outside the airport to take passengers from Providenciales airport to Grace Bay.

Should you be taking a resort shuttle or rental car shuttle, try to keep a couple dollars handy for a tip. They do a lot of heavy lifting in the day and they do appreciate your tips and thank yous.

During Your Stay

The two easiest ways to get around are by taxi or by renting a car. We always opt to rent a car and here’s why. Taxis charge per person/per trip AND distance. Taxis are not metered like they are in North America. They charge anywhere from $10 – $20+ per person, one way, for most trips. You can see how this quickly adds a huge expense to your travel budget if you plan on doing some exploring throughout the Island.

For more detailed insights and practical tips, we invite you to explore our in depth transportation guides.

These resources are packed with valuable information to assist you in making the best choices for getting around Turks and Caicos.

What To Pack For Turks And Caicos

Clothing

When it comes to your wardrobe, Providenciales is your typical, “laid back vibe” kind of Island. 

For the most part, your daytime attire will consist of swimsuits and cover-ups for the ladies and trunks and t-shirts for the fellas. Heading out for dinner, you’ll find most establishments cater to a smart “island casual” style. Ladies in sun dresses or shorts and cute tops, men in nice shorts and a short sleeve button up. Similar to what you'd wear to a dressier summer BBQ.

Flip flops, sunglasses and a hat. All you need on vacation.

However, there are some great opportunities to get out the glad rags and take those Instagram worthy photos to show off your epic vacation to your friends. Places like The Infiniti Bar at Grace Bay Club, Indigo at Wymara Resort and The Shore Club. These are among some of the most photographed spots in Turks and Caicos.

Read our full article on what to pack to help keep those suitcases light and hassle free. We’ve even included a suggested packing list to help you on your way!

Packing Essentials

Here are a few of our favorite packing essentials that you may also want to consider adding to your suitcase.

Apple Airtags

It's no secret that air travel is a nightmare at the moment. In the event you need to check a bag, purchase an Apple Airtag. These have given us such peace of mind over the last few months of traveling. They're a little hard to find these days, so if they're available (either through this link or in your local Apple Store) pick one or two up when you find them.

Apple Air Tags Link

Reef Safe Sunscreen

It is so important that we do all we can to protect our reef systems around the globe. While you might feel you are only one person, you are still one person who isn't contributing to the harsh chemicals polluting these magnificent Turks and Caicos waters. Look for sunscreens that do not contain Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, but instead, contains only mineral UV-blocking ingredients. Products like Blue Lizard or Think Sport and Stream2Sea are much less harmful than other popular supermarket brands.

Blue Lizard Sunscreen Link

Waterproof Phone Covers

This one is a no brainer! There's no doubt you are going to be splish splashing your days away in the fabulous turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos. And, there's no doubt you're going to want to capture as many moments as you can. These lightweight and easy to pack waterproof covers are ideal for all your water sport adventures.

Waterproof phone cases link

Is Turks And Caicos Expensive?

Yes, Turks and Caicos is known for its higher price tag, a reflection of its luxury offerings and the logistical realities of island life where nearly everything is imported.

From grocery shopping to dining out and even exploring the island of Providenciales, understanding the financial costs are key to a stress free and surprise free vacation.

While essentials and indulgences alike tend to be pricier than in many other Caribbean destinations, knowing what to expect can help you budget smartly and enjoy every moment. For a detailed breakdown of costs—from accommodations and meals to excursions and transportation—and practical tips on managing your budget, we created a comprehensive guide: Is Turks and Caicos Expensive?

Restaurants In Turks And Caicos

When you visit Turks and Caicos be prepared for some incredible and memorable meals. The cuisine is second to none if you ask us. From your favorite exotic Caribbean flavors to your simple home cooking, you’ll find something to tantalize every taste bud in Turks and Caicos.

What To Eat in Turks and Caicos

We can't call this a Turks and Caicos Travel Guide without mentioning Conch! Conch (pronounced “Kong – K”, not “Kon – CH”) is the local staple in Turks and Caicos. This mild flavored mollusk is a mix of salty and sweet with a somewhat chewier than calamari texture. Conch can be prepared in a multitude of ways. We encourage you to try as many as you can, it's delicious.

Some of the most popular dishes are:

  • Conch Salad
  • Conch Fritters
  • Cracked Conch
  • Conch Chowder
  • Curry Conch

From our experience, there appears to be some massive bragging rights for who boasts the best conch fritters on The Island. Each restaurant will tell you they own that coveted title. So it’s best you do your due diligence and to try as many as you can in Turks and Caicos. 

Da Conch Shack – We can’t mention conch and not talk about Da Conch Shack. Located in the Blue Hills area (you will need a car or taxi if you’re staying in Grace Bay), Da Conch Shack is a one of a kind beach bar and restaurant serving all your favorite conch dishes and other exquisite island favorites. From Cracked Conch, to Mahi Mahi with tropical salsa, be sure to add this to your list of must visit restaurants in Turks and Caicos. Wednesday nights are popular, hosting live music and entertainers. You can shop souvenirs, hot sauce and apparel at Da Conch Shack. This is also a fun location for some great photo opportunities. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as it fills up fast. 

The entrance to Da Conch Shack in Turks and Caicos

Where To Eat In Turks and Caicos

With an endless list of incredible dining options in Providenciales, we fully understand that choosing the best suited restaurants for you and your group may be a little overwhelming. We’re happy to share a few suggestions in our Turks and Caicos Travel Guide to help you make your selections. This is a small sampling of some of our favorites in Providenciales.

Fine Dining

Indigo at Wymara – What happens when you combine one of Turks and Caicos chicest resorts with one of Turks and Caicos most extraordinary culinary establishments? An unforgettable Five Star dining experience that will elevate your restaurant game for life. Indigo is a high end restaurant without the pretentious atmosphere. You will feel welcomed and you will enjoy a hearty and spectacular meal. We can not say enough about the exceptional food and service at Indigo.

Drinks at Indigo Wymara
Main entree at Coco Bistro

Coco Bistro – Make a reservation before you leave home! You will dine in the middle of a palm tree grove lit up with millions of twinkle lights. It's location is impossible to miss along Grace Bay Road as it’s painted the most vibrant, happy shade of bright coral. Arrive early and have a cocktail at the bar before being seated. Then feast the night away on some spectacular island cuisine. If you can't get a reservation visit their airstream food truck, Coco Van, located to the right of the parking lot. Coco Van takes your food truck faves to a whole new level.

Smart Casual Dining

Bay Bistro – A beach front restaurant located directly on Grace Bay Beach at the Sibonne Beach Hotel. Book a table in the sand or on a romantic corner on the deck. This delightful spot will not disappoint if you’re headed out for a special occasion. The food is incredible (not to mention the view). From Seared Yellow Fin Tuna to Conch Wontons, this little gem will be the perfect setting for a night to remember under the stars.

Table settings at Bay Bistro
Dessert at Mango Reef

Mango Reef – A large open space restaurant located at the Turtle Cove Marina, Mango Reef is ideal for large groups and romantic date nights. Watch boats come in after a day at sea and dine on some of our favorite dishes on The Island. After dinner, stroll around the marina and chat to the boat Captains cleaning up their catch. You might even see a sneaky shark or two enjoying the catch of the day too!

Casual Dining

Turks Kebab – If you’re looking for a healthy, hearty and delicious meal that doesn’t break the budget, then look no further than Turks Kebab. Turks Kebab is a casual outdoor dining restaurant that, although is not waterfront, still boasts plenty of island charm and breezy, beachy vibes. Open air seating under a bright and light pergola sets the perfect stage for your equally bright and full of flavor meal.

Dining at Turks Kebab
Bartender and Mango Daiquiris at Hemingways

Hemingways – Tucked just off the beach at The Sands Resort, Hemingways boasts delicious, hearty food with plenty of affordable options. An ideal spot for families to satisfy the whole gangs appetite or for any sports fan looking to watch the big game at the bar. Keep your eyes open for Jojo The Dolphin in the water and ring the bell when you see him! Oh, and they also make a mean Mango Daiquiri.

Tribe – Thriving on healthy, organic and home made everything, do not let this “good for you” spot fool you into thinking it's only for the health conscious. From baked fresh breads and pastries to “Sunday Roast” specials, Tribe is a gem of a quick and easy, full of flavor restaurant located on the upper floor at Ports of Call Plaza. Also, if you call them the day before you're leaving The Island, they'll make you an “Airport To Go Box” that you can take through security and eat while you're waiting for your flight.

Brunch at Tribe.

Thursday Night Fish Fry

Should you feel like something a little more local and “outdoor market like”, head to The Island Fishfry located next to Mr. Groupers. Every Thursday night, food vendors and local artisans set up their goods to be sampled and celebrated along side musical guests and fun. While most vendors accept credit cards, take some cash just in case.

For more restaurant reads and write ups, head to these great articles.

Accommodations

Probably one of the hardest tasks in planning your trip to Turks and Caicos is deciding where to stay. Our aim in this Turks and Caicos Travel Guide is to offer a few suggestions to help narrow down your options.

The main hotel and resort area in Turks and Caicos is located along Grace Bay Beach. This is where you’ll find the majority of resort style accommodations on The Island. This is most likely where you’ll be looking to stay for your first visit. 

Photo courtesy of The Ritz Carlton Turks and Caicos

As we're sure you're aware by now, prices for rooms in Turks and Caicos are usually quite high. Our advice would be to use websites such as TripAdvisor to keep an eye out for promotional and seasonal deals. Tripadvisor lists multiple booking sites and various pricing options for each of those specific sites. Booking.com is also a great site with its vast array of filters you can select for your search. Also, Booking.com only allows people to review properties if they’ve actually stayed there.

Hotels

Here’s a small sampling of select beachfront hotels at varying price ranges to give you an idea of what you’re looking at when booking. These popular options are all located directly on Grace Bay Beach.

Lower Price Range:

The Sands At Grace Bay – Popular for families.

Royal West Indies Resort – Popular for families and couples.


Mid Price Range:

Seven Stars Resort – Popular for families, couples and weddings. Also boasts a fabulous spa.

The Palms Resort – Popular for families, couples and weddings. Also boasts a fabulous spa.


High End Price Range:

Grace Bay Club – Still popular for families and couples with separate adults only pool section.

The Ritz Carlton – The newest hotel in Provo. Popular for families and couples with separate adults only pool.

Feel free to email us with any questions you have about the above hotels.

All Inclusive Resorts

There are four main All Inclusive Resorts in Turks and Caicos. The Alexandra Resort (Grace Bay), Blue Haven Resort (Leeward), Club Med (Grace Bay) and of course, the world renowned, Beaches Resort (Grace Bay).

Photo courtesy of The Alexandra Resort, pool area.

The Alexandra Resort and Blue Haven Resort are sister resorts and you can shuttle between the two.  While The Alexandra is located directly on Grace Bay Beach, Blue Haven Resort is located at The Blue Haven Marina in the Leeward neighborhood.

We stayed at The Alexandra Resort several times before it became an All Inclusive and loved it. We haven’t stayed as an all inclusive for no other reason than we like to explore and try all our new and old favorite restaurants around Providenciales. If you’re a couple looking for an All Inclusive, we’d suggest The Alexandra because of its location in central Grace Bay, then pop over to Blue Haven to check out the food at Fire and Ice or Salt. Enjoy the view of the marina and The Leeward Channel while picking out your favorite yacht.

Club Med is always a popular choice for singles and/or fun loving couples and small groups. While some say it's decor is a little dated, their overall experience has always been positive. There are multitude of on site activities along with water sports and excursions available to guests.

Beaches Resort is part of Sandals Resort family and as you'd expect, no details are left out at this resort. Very popular for families with all the events and activities catered to the kids. Beaches sits on a massive stretch of Grace Bay Beach and is conveniently located to most amenities should you feel the need to leave the resort.

Villa Rentals

As we like to travel down to Turks and Caicos multiple times throughout the year, we usually opt for a vacation rental through VRBO. This allows us to keep our accommodation costs a little lower each visit. We know our way around The Island, so being a few minutes from the beach isn’t a deal breaker for us. There aren’t many areas that are far from any beach, so should you choose this option, know that you’re only a few minutes away from your nearest beach access point. 

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Since the pandemic a few of our favorite “go to” guest house rentals have unfortunately become long term rentals and no longer available to rent short term. This is a little disappointing as we'd hoped to review them on this website, but sadly, not to be. We do look forward to exploring new rentals and sharing those thoughts with you on our accommodation reviews page. We’ll do our best to build this list back up again, but it will take time so please be patient with us.

Luxury Vacation Rentals

Now, we can't talk about Turks and Caicos accommodations and not talk about luxury vacation rentals. There's a reason Turks and Caicos is high on the list of celebrity travel plans. We're not saying you have to be a celebrity to enjoy these immaculate rentals, we're just saying, that Turks and Caicos is equipped with some of the most spectacular luxury villas around. 

For those who much prefer a luxury lifestyle of travel, we suggest you take a look at some of the sensational properties from Top Villas.

Turks and Caicos vacation rentals

The majority of these high end vacation rentals can be found along the incredible shorelines of Grace Bay Beach, Leeward Beach and Long Bay Beach. And for those who prefer a little more seclusion, you'll find just what you're looking for in and around the Chalk Sound area.

Things To Do In Turks And Caicos

Now to the best part of our Turks and Caicos Travel Guide! The fun and adventure that awaits you in these glorious Islands! There is something for everyone in Turks and Caicos. Whether you're interested in floating your days away in the beautiful water or cliff jumping with a private boat charter, Turks and Caicos has it all! Be sure to add some of these activities to your One Week Turks and Caicos Itinerary.

Beaches

Let’s face it. This is why you’re coming to Turks and Caicos isn’t it? And who can blame you?! Not us! Home to some of the most incredible beaches and clearest, turquoise water you’ll see on this side of the hemisphere, Turks and Caicos does not disappoint when it comes to beaches.

Stunning turquoise water and white sandy beach in Turks and Caicos

From the vast and magnificent, world renowned Grace Bay Beach to the untouched seclusion of Taylor Bay, we’re sure you’ll find your own perfect piece of Paradise.

If this is your first trip to Turks and Caicos, be sure to check out our full beach write ups by popping over to our 11 Best Beaches In Providenciales article. For now, you can start planning your beach day adventures by adding these popular suggestions below.

Grace Bay Beach
Grace Bay Beach Turks and Caicos

The heart of it all, GBB is situated between Leeward Beach to the east and Bight Beach to the west. Plenty of room for everyone on Grace Bay.

sapodilla bay
Shallow waters of Sapodilla Bay Beach

Sapodilla Bay is a beautiful stretch of glorious white sand and clear, calm water. Quite popular now but still a great spot for a beach day.

bight reef beach
View from the deck at Somewhere Cafe

Snorkel for free at the Bight Reef. This protected reef is a great spot to see sea turtles and tropical fish. Located in front of Somewhere Cafe.

Snorkeling

The world's third largest barrier reef rests just a mile off shore creating the most magical underwater escape for snorkelers. As you know, Turks and Caicos is home to some of the clearest, crystal blue water there is, and you can rest assured, that makes for an incredible snorkeling adventures. From tropical fish in every size and color, coral flowing in the current and endless caves and caverns, you name it, you'll see it in Turks and Caicos.

If you've read our #1 Best Turks and Caicos Snorkeling Tour, you'll know we are huge fans of the half day snorkel excursion offered by several tour companies in Providenciales. For both value and fun, we had to include this in our Turks and Caicos Travel Guide. This public tour is high on our must do list for first time and repeat visitors.

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Whether you choose a public or private tour, these excursions offer so much more than just snorkeling. You will learn a lot about the history in Turks and Caicos and visit other areas you wouldn't otherwise have a chance to see if traveling by yourself.

If our mention of cliff jumping at the intro of this section got your blood pumping, then we recommend you take a private charter. Our friends at Silly Creek Watersports and Ocean Frontiers TCI know just the spots!

Sunset Sail

Probably one of the most romantic things to do in Turks and Caicos is head out on a sunset sail off Grace Bay Beach. There are many tour companies offering this experience, including the ones we have listed above in the snorkel section.

Turks and Caicos Guide sunset sail on Grace Bay beach

However, if you're interested in something a little more upscale for that special night out, then we highly recommend the Lady Grace Sunset Sail which operates out of The Ritz Carlton Resort. Step aboard this luxury catamaran and enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, while taking in the spectacular views and breath taking sunset.

Sip champagne, toast a loved one and take in some of the most spectacular sunsets Turks and Caicos has to offer.

Lady Grace also offers a Half Day Reef Snorkel.

Scuba Diving

From those looking to learn to dive and get open water certified, to those interested in week long dive excursions, Turks and Caicos offers a wide variety of diving options at all levels of expertise.

Scuba divers in the caribbean. Crystal clear water with yellow fish and lots of coral.

As you'd expect with such clarity in the water, The Turks and Caicos Islands make for some out of this world diving conditions. With nearly 70 miles of reef and a wall which in some areas is a sheer vertical face, there's no denying that Turks and Caicos boasts some incredible diving opportunities.

According to The Museum of Turks and Caicos, it is estimated that over 1000 shipwrecks have met their fate in the waters surrounding Turks and Caicos. While only two in the area have been properly documented (Molasses Reef Shipwreck and HMS Endymion), this certainly leaves a lot of exploring and discovery open to those with a thirst for adventure.

Be sure to plan ahead and book in advance to ensure availability on the days you're traveling. Reach out to your hotel or vacation rental for their suggestions. Diving companies may offer their in water training and refresher courses in your resort or one close by, should they not have facilities on site.

While Scuba Diving is still a Bucket List excursion for us, our friends (and avid scuba divers) in Turks and Caicos recommend Flamingo Divers, Dive Provo and Aqua TCI.

Kayaks and Paddle Boarding

Take advantage of the calm waters in Turks and Caicos by heading out on a kayak or paddle board. Most, if not all the resorts, offer free non-motorized water sports. If it's your first time trying these activities the beach attendants will help you get started. And if you're a more advanced adventurer, be sure you're familiar with the safety guidelines regarding incoming and passing boats in your area.

Kayaking in the mangroves in Turks and Caicos

If you're not staying in a resort and wish to try this, there are a few companies that offer kayak and paddle board rentals who will meet you at their recommended location to drop off and pick up the equipment.

Big Blue Collective is a very reputable tour company which offers a variety of paddle board and kayak tours including the ever popular, Eco Kayak Tour of the shallow mangroves across the Leeward Channel. Baby turtles and baby sharks… (you're singing the song now aren't you!) are among the many, many incredible sights and marine life you will see and discover on this tour.

They also offer rentals for paddle boards and kayaks on a first come first serve basis.

Parasailing

If it's a thrill and an epic view of Turks and Caicos you're after, then definitely book a parasail tour!

Views from the sky parasailing with Key To The Sea, Turks and Caicos

Myself being afraid of heights and not a good swimmer, you can imagine how anxious I was to do this excursion for the first time. Byron, of course, raring to go! I can honestly say, without a doubt, it's an incredible feeling being high in the sky overlooking all the turquoise hues and seeing dolphins playing near the reef! We've since “flown” more than once and we'll keep doing it each visit!

We've had fantastic experiences with the crew from Key To The Sea Parasailing. You can book a public tour, where they'll pick you up on the beach, or private tours, should you wish to head off with your group of friends.

You can access them through these links or keep your eyes out for the crew along Grace Bay Beach. They are easily spotted in their florescent t shirts branded with the company name.

Horseback Riding In The Ocean

If it's a Bucket List Excursion in Turks and Caicos you're after, then this is definitely for you. Provo Ponies is a must if you're looking for that perfect setting of white sandy beaches and magnificent horses splashing through turquoise water. Head off on a morning or afternoon ride and create amazing memories to last a lifetime.

The amazing staff at Provo Ponies standing on their horses in the turquoise water in Turks and Caicos

We absolutely love heading out with Provo Ponies! It's truly a wonderful excursion and even more so if you're an animal lover like we are.

Each horse has it's own silly and fun loving personality (you can read their bios here). You'll be introduced to your suitable match and learn the basics before heading to the beach. If you're lucky, you'll get to ride Turtle, the most gorgeous gentle giant of them all (well, they're all gorgeous, but he's just out of this world gorgeous). That's him in the far right of the photo attached.

If you plan on adding this to your list of things to do in Turks and Caicos, be sure to book well in advance. They fill up fast, so better to book sooner than later. Book directly on their site at Provo Ponies.

Provo Ponies is a horse rescue operation who care for these horses as though they are their own children. Provo Ponies require guests weight upon booking to suitably match their horses with riders. Horse welfare comes before anything else with this company. From safety for riders AND the horses, Provo Ponies is hands down, our number one choice in Providenciales.

ATV Adventures

If you're looking to explore Providenciales and enjoy a little extreme fun at the same time, take advantage of an ATV or The Love Buggy Tour around The Island. It's always such a hoot seeing the little red buggies out and about!

The cutest red buggies tour around the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos

You'll hit some gorgeous, remote places you might not otherwise find if you were touring by yourself. The Love Buggy Tour stops for lunch and and a few refreshments along the way.

There are multiple ATV excursions available in Providenciales. Always do your research and book with a certified company to ensure you're in the safest hands. All safety equipment is provided. These tours travel as a group around Providenciales, on main roads to more remote gravel roads. For your safety, you will be with a guide at all times.

Walk Puppies On The Beach

Yes, you read that right! You can take puppies for walks on the beach!

Potcake Place K-9 Rescue is a non profit rescue organization operated solely by volunteers. The volunteers rescue numerous stray puppies and kitties throughout The Island and give them a chance at a forever home. They %100 rely on tourists to help socialize these little bundles of fun!

Potcake Place is located in The Salt Mills Plaza in central Grace Bay. You line up in the morning (we recommend you go much earlier than when the rescue opens for a better chance of getting a puppy) you get assigned a puppy along with a beach bag of treats, toys, poop bags, water and a bowl. Then you get to take the puppy to the beach!!!

They’ll play with you in the water, nap with you on your beach towel, nip at your feet and all the other great things puppies do! They are the most popular kids on the beach, quite the attention grabbers! It’s honestly one of our favorite things to do on The Island and why we needed to include in in our Turks and Caicos travel guide.

After a few hours they’re tired out and it’s time to go back to the rescue for baths and naps. It’s such a wonderful activity partake in. If you’re an animal lover, this is a must do adventure.

Courtesy of Saltmills Plaza Turks and Caicos, an image of front facing shops.

Shopping In Turks And Caicos

Souvenirs and Trinkets

While you won't find any mega shopping malls in Turks and Caicos, you will find some extraordinary boutiques and local artisan shops offering exquisite island jewellery, trinkets and other fashionable wares.

Most of the boutiques are located in the main Grace Bay Area. We suggest you check out these areas in our full Turks and Caicos shopping guide if you're looking to do a little shopping for friends and loved ones. Click the links to view on google maps.

  • Salt Mills Plaza
  • Regent Village
  • Ports of Call Plaza
  • Grace Bay Market
  • One Season Grace Bay Plaza
  • Caicos Plaza

If you're planning to do a little grocery shopping during your trip to Turks and Caicos, our guide to the main grocery stores in Grace Bay will steer you in the right direction.

Explore Other Turks And Caicos Islands

As we mentioned at the beginning, we would be focusing on Providenciales for this Turks and Caicos travel guide. But should your vacation allow you the time to explore some of the other Islands, we definitely encourage you to do so.

Cruise ship docked at Grand Turk. Image supports Ultimate Turks and Caicos Guide.

To get to North Caicos 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.

Here are more insights and full details on Island Hopping From Providenciales during your stay.

And that's a wrap on our Ultimate Turks and Caicos Travel Guide.

If You've Made It This Far, THANK YOU!
Ultimate Turks and Caicos Guide Authors, Kerry and Byron
We hope this Ultimate Turks and Caicos Travel Guide has given you some useful and insightful information to help plan your next trip. We will continue to update and add to this guide each time we visit “The Beautiful By Nature, Turks and Caicos Islands”.

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About The Authors

Hello, we're Kerry and Byron Glover, the founders of Corks and Tacos - Your one stop guide to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

We've been traveling to Turks and Caicos multiple times per year since 2014 and we created this website to share our love and passion for Turks and Caicos with you. We provide you with useful travel planning tips and give you a "real person" perspective on all the wonderful things this Island has to offer. We look forward to you exploring our site and gaining valuable knowledge within our resources for your next vacation. We’re sure you’re going to love Turks and Caicos just as much as we do! Read our full story...

10 thoughts on “Ultimate Turks and Caicos Travel Guide – Providenciales”

  1. I’ve been to many of the islands but I haven’t been to Turks and Caicos yet. It looks and sounds beautiful with so many things to do. I was happy to read that driving was quite easy on the island. That’s one of my biggest fears when travelling, as I travel alone and I’m never sure if I should drive or note.

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    • There are only a handful of main roads that us as tourists have to travel on to find the fabulous spots in Turks and Caicos, so it definitely makes it easy to drive, even by yourself.

      Hope you get to add it to your travel list soon!

      Cheers!
      Kerry and Byron

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  2. We have been to so many of the Caribbean Islands. Just the other day we were talking and said we will have to make it to Turks and Caicos. So this post was very timely! We might actually look to visit in off-season and avoid the crowds. As scuba divers, you know where you would find us! A great overview of all the things that we as Canadian too will need to think about.

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    • You won’t be disappointed if you book that trip! Thankfully Providenciales is never as “busy” as you’d see in some other Caribbean Islands during high season. So much beach, so little time as they say LOL! You will love diving in those clear turquoise waters…. so incredible….
      Keep us posted if you end up booking!
      Cheers
      Kerry and Byron

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    • Thanks for stopping by Rhonda! With the water being so crystal clear, Turks and Caicos makes for some amazing diving! You might need to add it to your list of adventures!
      Cheers!
      Kerry and Byron

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  3. We’re headed to Turks and Caicos for the first time next week and I’ve been looking for a website just like yours. Thank you so much for your details and suggestions, covering every topic I’ve had questions about! I feel much more prepared and excited for our trip since finding your site.

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    • We love hearing this! Thanks so much <3 You're going to have the most amazing time. TCI is just an incredible place.... We have so much more to add to our site, but we're delighted you found some useful tips and suggestions! You might just have to book another trip next year too! Have a fantastic time and enjoy all that insane turquoise water!

      Cheers from us!
      Kerry and Byron

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  4. Hey Kerry & Byron,
    I was thrilled to have come across your wonderful and indepth website. You guys covered all the bases and answered all aspects of questions and concerns I had about the island. Myself, my husband and our close friends are heading to Providenciales from Atlantic Canada April 2024. Thank you so very much on all the great tips, places to eat, excursions, shopping, groceries, and of course the beaches! We are so excited and looking forward to our trip. Is it April yet? 😂

    Cheers! 🥂

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    • Hi Val! Thank you so much for the kind words!! We love to hear this <3 Please know that we just want everyone to love TCI as much as we do! Whether you plan to do a little or a lot, you're going to have an amazing time!! Feel free to reach out anytime if you have questions! We're only happy to continue gushing about Turks and Caicos LOLOL!! Have the best time and have a rum punch for us!!

      Cheers from us!
      Kerry and Byron 🍹

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