As the largest and most populous island in the chain of islands that makes up Turks and Caicos, Providenciales is also the most visited of the group. As such, its transportation options are plentiful, allowing tourists a large berth of choices to make, ensuring they can create the getaway of their dreams.
Providenciales serves as a hub for international transportation amongst the other islands in the chain, welcoming all manner of transportation to bring tourists in for the vacation of their lifetime. Whether you choose to fly, hire a charter and sail aboard a private yacht, or stop by for a quick visit aboard a cruise ship.
What Providenciales lacks in public transportation is makes up for in the form of rental cars and taxis. One ferry also serves as a gateway to North Caicos, South Caicos, and Middle Caicos for tourists who want to island hop.
Despite the fact that there are over 40 islands and cays in this chain of islands, there are only two international airports. Fortunately for tourists who have plans to spend their time on Providenciales, one of the airports is located in the middle of the island, close to the south coast. The airport's official title is the here.(PLS), but is also sometimes referred to as the Provo Air Center. The airport here is a modern facility that welcomes dozens of international flights from the United States, Canada, and Europe each week, and many of the largest commercial airlines make the journey. Read more
Providenciales is the first stop for most sailors, not only because it is a popular tourist destination, but because there are several ports of call where sailors can meet with customs officials and handle all of the legalities. Click here to learn all about what it takes to sail to this destination.
Thanks to the hazardous reef that surrounds the island chain, Turks and Caicos is not popular amongst large cruise lines. Still, cruises do stop at Grand Turk on occasion, and tourists absolutely set on visiting Providenciales can hop on a flight from the to the . The flight is offered by , or you can pay a little extra and charter a private flight with Global Airways. It takes about a half an hour to fly, and though prices vary, you'll likely spend less than $100(USD) per person.
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Renting a car is the most highly recommended form of transportation on Providenciales, thanks to the lack of public transit and the high cost of taxi services. Although renting a car can get pricy if you reserve a large, luxury vehicle with extra amenities, if you go for the bare minimum you may be able to find a deal for around $50(USD) a day.
Once you get behind the wheel, you'll find that Providenciales has fairly descent roadways, and the recent addition of street signs has made getting around even easier. Be wary of other drivers, since locals are known for their erratic behavior, and always be sure to wear a seat belt. Click here to learn more about rental cars on Providenciales.
Taxis on Providenciales are loosely governed, so it is up to you to make sure you've found a licensed driver and you settle on a rate before you take off. Each taxi operator has the right to assign his own fares, but overall you can expect to pay about $3(USD) per mile for every two passengers. Drivers are also trained to give tours, and are full of information about which restaurants you should eat at and which attractions you should see. For more details about taxis on Providenciales, click here.
Officially, there is no public bus system on Providenciales, but tourists do need to be aware of an illegal “jitney” service that can often be seen roaming around town. This bus, though it can probably get you where you nee to go on the cheap, is illegal and known for their reckless driving. Stick to taxis and rental cars, even when you're traveling on a budget.
Being that such a large number of islands make up Turks and Caicos, you might imagine that there are a huge number of ferry services available to the public. Unfortunately, at this time, that is not the case. That does not mean, however, that such services are non-existent. From Providenciales, there is one ferry service called Caribbean Cruisin' that travels to North Caicos several times a day. The ferry leaves from the on Providenciales, and arrives at on North Caicos just 30 minutes later. The trip costs between $25 and $40(USD). Once on North Caicos, tourists who would like to further their travels can take the causeway over to Middle Caicos. Also, on Fridays and Sundays, Caribbean Cruisin' also offers one 90 minute trip to South Caicos for between $45 and $110(USD).
A trip to Turks and Caicos' most popular tourist destinations means that there are a wealth of transportation options available to you. You can travel by air, by land, and by sea all in one short trip and it is just part of the adventure.
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