The most popular form of transportation on North Caicos for tourists is, without a doubt, rental cars. Public transportation simply does not exist here, and taxis are not only expensive and hard to come by, but they run on “island time,” which often causes visitors to find their plans delayed. If you want to be in control of where you go and when you get there, a rental car is the best choice for you on your North Caicos vacation.
The requirements for tourist to rent a car on North Caicos are minimal. Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license from their home country, and they must be at least 21-years-of-age. Some agencies prefer their renters to be over 25, so you will need to confirm with your agency that you meet the age limit.
Check out the following chart that shows the few area vehicle rental agencies.
|(649) 331-1947||Major Hill Road - North Caicos|
|(649) 241-6340||North Caicos|
The cost of renting a car on the island will vary by agency, plus the type of vehicle you rent and the amenities you request will make a difference as well. The daily rate could range anywhere from $40 to $215(USD), but don't forget you will also need to pay the $16(USD) government tax. Insurance, which is recommended, will be an additional $10 to $20(USD).
North Caicos is connected to nearby Middle Caicos by a sandy causeway that allows tourists to travel back and forth between the two islands for optimal sightseeing. Though the causeway was poorly constructed initially, and incurred damage in 2008 during Hurricane Ivan, it is still drivable as long as you take your time and move with purpose. Because of this causeway, drivers will have double the opportunity to drive, giving them more practice getting around in a foreign country.
Road conditions are similar on both islands, with an infrastructure that has not been very well planned or laid out. For the most part, roads are rocky and gravely, and when you do encounter a road that has been paved, it has often fallen into disrepair, and is filled with cracks and pot holes. You won't find any traffic lights, and road signs are minimal. Directions are typically given using landmarks rather than street names, and it is best to bring a map with you whenever you hit the road.
Speed limits range from 20 to 40 miles per hour, though locals rarely adhere to the posted limits. You won't encounter much traffic on the islands, but when you do, expect it to be in the form of a local driving speeding by you.
Be sure to check the chart just below which shows some gas stations in this general area.
One final note about driving on North Caicos: it is done on the left side of the road like in Europe, so drivers from the United States will have to adjust to moving on the opposite side of the road.
It takes some work to adjust to driving in Turks and Caicos, but it is nothing that seasoned drivers can't handle. Add to that the ease with which rental agencies have set it up for tourists to be able to rent a car, and for many, this is the obvious choice.
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