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; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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).