Car Rentals in Turks and Caicos

Travelers in the Turks and Caicos Islands may opt for rental cars

Photo credit: © Brian Lane Winfield Moore
 

Car rental services are rarely available in Turks and Caicos on islands other than Providenciales and Grand Turk, but there are plenty of companies willing to rent you a car on these two main islands.

Renting a Car

On these islands, not only are car rentals available in abundance, but most tourists find them to be necessary. There is no public transportation on Providenciales, and the cost of taking a taxi everywhere can quickly add up.

Before you call to reserve your rental car, however, check with the resort you’re staying at. Some hotels have very limited parking and offset this with complimentary transportation to attractions nearby. If this is the case, you may be able to avoid having to rent a car during your entire stay. Rather, choose to do so on the days you’ll need to make longer treks to sites you want to see.

There are plenty of car rental companies to choose from in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but most tourists opt to rent with a name they are familiar with.  Big U.S. names like Budget, AVIS, and Hertz have branches on the island. 

Locally owned companies are available as well, and often at lower rates than the big names.  Some of the better known car rental agencies around Turks and Caicos are Grace Bay Car Rentals, Scooter Bob’s, Turks & Caicos National Car Rental, and Rent a Buggy.

The chart below lists the vehicle rental agencies located in and around Turks and Caicos.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location Island
Al's Rent-a-Car (649) 331-1947 Major Hill Road - North Caicos North Caicos
Avis Grace Bay (649) 946-4705 Grace Bay Providenciales
Avis Providenciales International Airport (649) 946-4705 Providenciales International Airport - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Budget Rent A Car (649) 946-4079 Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Caicos Wheels (649) 946-8302 Shops of Ports of Call - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Dutchie's Car Rental (649) 946-2196 Grand Turk Grand Turk
Easy Car Rental (649) 232-2137 Conch Bar Middle Caicos
Grace Bay Car Rentals And Sales (649) 941-8500 Grace Bay Road - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Grace Bay Rentals Grand Turk (649) 941-8500 Grand Turk Grand Turk
Hertz Mystique Car Rental & Tours (649) 941-5718 Airport Road - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Hertz Providenciales Airport (649) 941-5503 Providenciales International Airport - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Island Rent A Car (649) 946-4993 Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
K K And T's Auto Rental Services (649) 946-5575 Long Bay Road - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Matt Motors & Rentals (649) 941-7289 Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Mystique Car Rental And Tours (649) 941-3910 Off Airport Road - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Provo Rent A Car (649) 946-4475 Airport Road - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Rent A Buggy (649) 946-4158 Leeward Highway - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Silver a la Car Rentals (649) 241-6340 Whitby North Caicos
Silver a la Car Rentals (649) 241-6340 North Caicos North Caicos
Superior Auto Rentals North Caicos Office (649) 245-0481 Sandy Point Parrot Cay
Superior Auto Rentals Providenciales Office (649) 245-0481 Off Lower Bight Road - The Bight Providenciales
T C National Car Rental (649) 946-5952 Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Tc National Car Rental (649) 946-4701 Airport Road - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Thrifty Providenciales Airport (649) 946-4475 Providenciales International Airport - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Tony's Car Rental (649) 946-1879 Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Total Rent A Car (649) 941-3642 Airport Road - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Tropical Auto Rental (649) 946-5300 Tropicana Plaza - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Zoom Zoom Car Rental (649) 331-7429 Grand Turk Cruise Center - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South of Cockburn Town Grand Turk

The Cost of Renting a Car

While drivers under the age of 25 may be able to find a company that will rent them a car, 21 is the absolute minimum age limit when it comes to renting a car on these islands. Remember to bring a child safety seat from home if traveling with a young child. Rental agencies will not provide them for you.

Requirements and restrictions at each rental company can vary, but so long as you have an official driver’s license from your home country, you are legally allowed to drive in Turks and Caicos for up to three months. If you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly before making a final decision.

The following tables provide a good sense of what the cost of renting a car will be. The lowest rates in each table are only available from the least costly local firms when demand is low. The highest rates are what you might need to pay during the peak season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 30.00 $ 65.00
Full Size Car $ 40.00 $ 132.00
Compact Car $ 40.00 $ 90.00
Mid Size Car $ 50.00 $ 110.00
Light SUV $ 75.00 $ 130.00
Standard SUV $ 80.00 $ 180.00
Mini Van $ 90.00 $ 162.00
Heavy SUV $ 145.00 $ 160.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 180.00 $ 390.00
Full Size Car $ 240.00 $ 800.00
Compact Car $ 240.00 $ 525.00
Mid Size Car $ 300.00 $ 660.00
Light SUV $ 360.00 $ 815.00
Standard SUV $ 480.00 $ 1082.00
Mini Van $ 540.00 $ 750.00
Heavy SUV $ 870.00 $ 1040.00

Driving in the Turks and Caicos

When renting a car in Turks and Caicos, keep in mind that driving is done in the British style, on the left side of the road. The maximum speed limit on the islands is set at 40 miles per hour, though smaller towns tend to allow only a maximum driving speed of 20 miles per hour. Always obey posted traffic signs, and remember to give vehicles driving in roundabouts the right-of-way.

There are many older roads throughout the island that can be bumpy and unfavorable to drive on, especially on Providenciales. You can avoid these roads by sticking to the highway system, which is much more newly constructed than some of the older back roads.

Service stations in the area are luckily relatively easy to find. Take a glance at the list that follows for some locations. the table

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location Island
Fulford Gas Station -- 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North of Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Fulford's Service Station (649) 946-1231 Pond Street - Turks and Caicos Islands
Gas Station -- North Caicos North Caicos
Gas Station -- North Caicos North Caicos
Gas Station -- North Caicos North Caicos
Gas Station -- Maria Mai North Caicos
Kathleen's Seven Eleven (649) 941-5436 Leeward Highway - Five Cays Settlements Providenciales
Missick's Gas Station -- 0.8 mi. (1.2 km) North of Cockburn Town Grand Turk
Walkins Service Station (649) 941-5542
Wilfrey & Tony Variety Store (649) 941-7252 Five Cays Road Olympic Plaza -

Travelers looking to travel in style and at their own pace may find rental cars to be the perfect transportation option on Provo and Grand Turk.

As an island chain, rental car conditions can vary greatly in the Turks and Caicos, depending on where exactly you are. Once you have figured out your destination, narrow the information by selecting one of the local guides below.

Rental Agencies in Specific Areas
Guide to Grand Turk Rental Cars
Guide to Middle Caicos Rental Cars
Guide to North Caicos Rental Cars
Guide to Providenciales Rental Cars
 

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