The second largest island in all of Turks and Caicos, it can take a lot of work to figure out how you'll get around to see North Caicos in its entirety, which measures in at over 72 square miles. Not only that, but it is known for being a secluded destination that, while certainly not impossible to get to, does take a bit of extra planning.
It takes a few steps to get to North Caicos, no matter where in the world you are traveling from. Though there is an airport on the island, unless you work with just the right charter company, you'll have to fly first to Providenciales and then hire a charter to get there. Sailing a private water craft, or visiting as part of a Caribbean cruise is also an option, but people who choose both of these methods will first have to stop on Providenciales as well.
Although buses are not optional for tourists on North Caicos, if you don't feel confident driving yourself around, you can easily hire a taxi to take you from place to place. Perhaps the more affordable option is to rent a car, and will be necessary if you want to take the Causeway across to Middle Caicos. To connect with Providenciales and Middle Caicos, ferries are a great option to look into.
North Caicos Airport (NCA) is a small facility located on the island of North Caicos; however, it is no longer in use commercially as ferry services have grown in popularity. From international locations, tourists will fly to the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) with such airlines as Delta, Jet Blue, US Airways, and American Airways from large hubs within the United States. From there, you can charter a six-passenger plane to North Caicos, or take the ferry, which you can read about below.
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The interesting thing about North Caicos is that despite being an island, it really does not cater much to pleasure sailors. There are no marinas or advertised anchorage points, and there is no official port of entry here. Thus, most yachters will stop on Providenciales, take care of the legal aspects of sailing internationally, then risk sailing over to North Caicos without much of a plan regarding where to dock, or take the ever-important ferry. Click here for more.
It is only recently that cruise lines have been adding Turks and Caicos more regularly to their itineraries, and unfortunately none of them stop at North Caicos just yet. Currently, they dock on Providenciales, and those who would like to see other islands will have to, again, make use of local ferry services.
There are pros and cons to renting a car on North Caicos, but most tourists end up going for it in the end. Not only does it save them taxi fare, plus the burden of waiting on a driver who doesn't necessarily worry about getting to you on your time, but also it allows them the freedom to move around as they place. Road conditions on the island are not ideal, but they are drivable. Click here for more details.
For just $3(USD) per person, per mile, you can get anywhere you need to go on North Caicos and not have to worry about navigating roads that are unknown to you. All you have to do is hire a cab driver to get you there. There are a few additional charges to be aware of, and you can spend a little extra and hire your driver to take you on a tour. Lear how when you click here.
North Caicos is one of the few islands in the chain the benefits from the use of regular ferry services. This island connects to Providenciales with North Caicos several times daily on a catamaran operated by Caribbean Cruisin' called TCI Ferry. If you'd then like to spend some time on Middle Caicos, there are limited trips between the two islands with Dale Marie Ferry. Get full schedules and price lists here.
Visiting North Caicos most definitely takes some planning, but anyone who wants to can easily pull it off. Just know that you'll have to put in a little extra effort to reap the reward of a stay on this magnificently beautiful and charming island.
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