The lack of public transportation on Providenciales (often shortend to Provo) means that if you aren't going to rent a car for your stay, taxis will be your main mode of transportation. Before you flag a local driver down, it is important that you take the time to familiarize yourself with how to taxi system works in this, Turks and Caicos most tourist-driven town.
Although there are no taxi stands on Providenciales, the abundance of cabs making their way through the busy city streets means you'll easily be able to procure a ride in almost any situation, but most especially when you are making your way around some of the area's most popular tourist destinations. On the off chance that you are unable to find a cab on the street, you can have your hotel or restaurant call one for you.
Check out the chart below to find contact information for local cab companies.
|Majestic Taxi and Tours||(649) 231-7901||Providenciales|
|(649) 231-6279||Thompson Cove - Providenciales|
|Sea Breeze Taxi & Tours||(649) 245-9651||4.3 mi. (6.9 km) West of Grace Bay|
|(649) 231-0658||Leeward Highway - Providenciales|
|Taylor Taxi and Limo Services||(649) 231-0266||Leeward Palms - Providenciales|
|Unique Taxi & VIP Services||(649) 244-7823||Leeward Highway - Grace Bay|
Taxis on Providenciales are governed by the Road Traffic (Taxi-Cab) Regulations, which sets for rules like the fact that taxi drivers are required to have a specific license in order to drive, and their vehicles must meet certain standards. These rules are in place to keep everyone safe, and to help with ease of travel. One rule allows drivers to charge per person, rather than offering one set rate to the entire vehicle of passengers. For this reason, many taxi operators choose to drive vans so that they can pick up as many passengers at once as possible. Not every taxi operator charges per person, so it is important that you always discuss fares with your driver before disembarking.
Although local regulations require that drivers prominently display their rates in the vehicle, this is rarely done and is yet another reason to settle on a rate with your driver before the taxi starts moving.
As a general rule, it will cost $3(USD) per mile for every two passengers, plus a $0.50(USD) charge for every bag stored in the trunk after the first two bags. Children under the age of two ride for free when accompanied by paying adult. If you have to run some errands, or ask your driver to stop and wait on you for any reason, you'll likely be charged an extra $5(USD) per 15 minutes of wait time.
The following chart lists some typical cab fares for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 36.00||None||Grace Bay|
|$ 36.00||Grace Bay||Blue Hills|
|$ 40.00||Grace Bay||Caicos Conch Farm|
|$ 29.00||Grace Bay||Northwest Point|
|$ 40.00||Turtle Cove Beach||Northwest Point Resort|
|$ 39.00||Five Cays Bay||Northwest Point Resort|
|$ 30.00||Providenciales International Airport||The Bight|
|$ 7.00||Providenciales International Airport||Grace Bay|
|$ 20.00||Providenciales International Airport||Blue Hills|
|$ 32.00||Providenciales International Airport||Northwest Point Resort|
|$ 15.00||Providenciales International Airport||Miramar Resort|
|$ 40.00||Providenciales International Airport||Long Point|
|$ 36.00||Providenciales International Airport||Long Bay Beach|
|$ 23.00||Providenciales International Airport||Taylor Bay|
|$ 23.00||Providenciales International Airport||Taylor Bay Beach|
|$ 86.00||Providenciales International Airport||Caicos Conch Farm|
|$ 67.00||Caicos Conch Farm||Northwest Point Resort|
...a guided tour of the island...
One of the trainings that taxi drivers on Providenciales go through teaches them the art of a driven tour. If you haven't signed up for a guided tour of the island before you arrive, you can opt to hire your driver to pick you up at a later time to take you around and show you the sites. This allows you the chance to have a more personalized tour with a local who can offer interesting insights an tell stories you might not have the opportunity to hear otherwise. There is no set cost for these tours, so you'll have to negotiate the fee with your driver, but you'll probably pay $100(USD) or more for a few hours.
Whether you hire a driver for a tour or are just hopping in to get from one point to the next, make sure to tip your driver accordingly. A 15 percent gratuity is the norm, but never hesitate to tip more if you feel your driver has earned it.
Hiring a driver to get around this bustling Caribbean town is easier than other places in the Turks and Caicos Islands, an many tourists have no trouble taking advantage of the service. If you'd like to avoid renting a car, this is perhaps the best town in the island chain the make that happen.
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