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Caicos Cays: Getting There & Getting Around

The Caicos Cays are reachable by boat, private plane, or air taxi; Pine Cay has a tiny airstrip that's used by island homeowners and Meridian Club guests. Guests staying 7 nights or more at Pine Cay's Meridian Club enjoy complimentary air-taxi transfers from the Provo airport and boat transfers to and from the island. The charter company Global Airways (tel. 649/941-3222; www.globalairways.tc) also flies to Pine Cay. The Parrot Cay resort arranges taxi and boat transfers for its guests from the Provo airport. A number of the uninhabited cays, such as Fort George Cay and Little Water Cay, are destinations on many local tour-boat operators' half-day and full-day beach excursions.

North Caicos: Getting There & Getting Around

You can fly to the North Caicos airstrip on Air Turks & Caicos (formerly Interisland Airways) (tel. 649/946-4999; www.airturksandcaicos.com); the 10-minute flights from Provo run Monday and Thursday only and cost $90 round-trip. The charter company Global Airways (tel. 649/941-3222; www.globalairways.tc) also flies to North; call for updated fares.

We prefer to take the ferry to North Caicos; it's more convenient and cheaper. TCI Ferry Service, run by Caribbean Cruisin' Ltd. (tel. 649/946-5406, cellphone 649/231-4191; www.caicosproperties.tc/TCIFerryService.html; $40 round-trip, cash only), offers a ferry service that travels between Provo's Walkin Marina (Heaving Down Rock, Leeward) and North Caicos five times a day from Monday to Saturday and makes three trips on Sunday; the trip is 25 to 30 minutes long. Otherwise, you can get to North Caicos by chartering a water-taxi from one of the many tour-boat operators in the area; it's not cheap, however. Try Big Blue Unlimited (tel. 649/946-5034; www.bigblue.tc; $300 one-way; boat can accommodate up to eight people); the trip takes around 35 minutes. For ground transportation, call Gardiner's Taxi (tel. 649/946-7141).

Causeway Linking North & Middle Caicos

A long-awaited causeway linking North and Middle Caicos opened in late 2007, replacing the weekend ferry service between Bottle Creek on North Caicos and Middle Caicos. The 40m (130-ft.) causeway was dedicated to two men, Marco Delroy Williams and Javern Stacey Misick, who died when their boat sank in the creek in January 2007. Note: The causeway was severely damaged during the hurricanes of 2008; it has since been reopened, although residents complain that repairs were rudimentary and while crossable, the causeway still needs work.

Middle Caicos: Getting There & Getting Around

The minuscule Middle Caicos airstrip no longer receives flights from Air Turks & Caicos. The charter company Global Airways (tel. 649/231-0045; www.globalairways.tc) will fly you there for $500 one-way; the flight takes approximately 15 minutes. A much less expensive way to get to Middle is to take the ferry from Provo to North Caicos and then rent a car (or hire a taxi) and drive through North Caicos to Middle -- that way you get to experience North as well! A great way to see Middle Caicos is on a full-day "Heart of the Islands" eco-tour ($275/per person) or bike trip ($255/per person) with Big Blue (tel. 649/946-5034; www.bigblue.tc). Middle Caicos native and guide extraordinaire Cardinal Arthur (tel. 649/946-6107; cellphone 649/241-0730) offers ground transportation, island and cave tours, boat excursions, and fishing expeditions.

South Caicos: Getting There & Getting Around

Air Turks & Caicos (tel. 649/946-4999; www.airturksandcaicos.com) flies daily to South Caicos from Provo; flights cost $116 and take 20 to 25 minutes. Taxis are available at the airport.

Grand Turk: Getting There & Getting Around

Most people fly into Providenciales and then take a short flight on a domestic airline into Grand Turk International Airport (also known as J.A.G.S. McCartney International Airport). Several daily flights between Provo and Grand Turk are offered by Air Turks & Caicos (tel. 649/946-4999 or 649/946-1667 on Grand Turk; www.airturksandcaicos.com). The flight from Provo to Grand Turk takes 25 minutes and costs $135 to $160 round-trip.

On Grand Turk you can rent cars (as well as scooters, bicycles, and snorkeling gear) at Tony's Car Rental (Grand Turk International Airport; tel. 649/964-1979; www.tonyscarrental.com). Cars and jeeps cost $70 to $95 a day, scooter rentals cost $40 a day, and bike rentals are $20 a day. Tony's also offers scooter tours of the island.

Taxis are always available at the Grand Turk airport, and drivers are more than happy to give visitors a tour of the island; expect to pay around $50 to $60 for a 45-minute island tour.

Salt Cay: Getting There & Getting Around

The notoriously tiny airstrip at the Salt Cay airport has been lengthened and resurfaced -- but you still need to arrive during daylight hours; the airstrip is not lighted for night. Air Turks & Caicos (tel. 649/946-4999 or 649/946-6940 or -6906 on Salt Cay; www.airturksandcaicos.com) and fly to Salt Cay from Providenciales. Or you can charter a flight with Global Airways (tel. 649/231-0045; www.globalairways.tc) or Caicos Express (tel. 649/244-1407; caicosexpressairways@tciway.tc).

Air Turks & Caicos offers daily flights between Provo and Salt Cay; the flight takes 30 minutes and costs $160. Contact Global for schedules and fees.

A government-subsidized ferry runs between Grand Turk and Salt Cay, weather permitting, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (leaving from South Dock -- the island's only dock, by the way). The trip takes an hour and costs $12. You can also hire a private boat operator to take you between Salt Cay and Grand Turk (as long as the seas aren't too rough). Hire a boat charter with Salt Cay Adventure Tours (tel. 649/946-6909; www.saltcaytours.com). Cruise-ship passengers who arrive in Grand Turk can also contact Salt Cay Adventures to arrange day trips to Salt Cay.

No one needs a car to get around Salt Cay, which has more donkeys than cars to begin with; it's the perfect place for getting around on foot, by bike, or by golf cart. Contact Salt Cay Riders Golf Cart Rentals (tel. 649/244-1407; two-seater golf carts $65/day, $350/week; credit cards accepted).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.