The Turks and Caicos Islands are one of the most beautiful beach vacation spots in the world. With its jewel blue waters and kilometers of sandy beaches, it attracts visitors who are looking to experience the pristine waters and best beaches in the world. While planning a beach vacation is one of the easier trips to plan, there are a few things to look out for when planning a visit to the Turks and Caicos.
Whether you plan to visit Providenciales, Grand Turk, or one of the other islands in the Turks and Caicos Islands read this guide before you go so your visit to the Turks and Caicos will be perfect!
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Trip to the Turks and Caicos
Mistake #1 When planning a trip to the Turks and Caicos is planning on local public transportation
Expecting good local transportation on the Turks and Caicos Islands is a big mistake. Local public transport essentially does not exist. When visiting, unless you are spending the whole time on a beach resort like Beaches and have round trip transfers included in your itinerary, you should rent a car to get around.
There are limited taxis, and the other way to get around besides renting a car is with a tour company.
Mistake #2 Packing too Much
Packing too much for your visit to the Turks and Caicos is a common beach packing list mistake. While you may be used to a warm climate and think you will want an assortment of clothing, the humidity makes everything sticky! Even jean shorts are quickly uncomfortable in the Turks and Caicos. Opt for men’s amphibian shorts and bring a thin pair of dress pants (for fancy evenings) and women, opt for sundresses. Don’t forget to bring Spanx or something else for under your dress. Your thighs will thank you!
Mistake #3 Americans attempting to visit without a Passport
The Turks and Caicos is not the same as the US Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico and passports are required for US Citizens wanting to visit the country. Advance visas are not required and are issued on arrival for most nationalities. Proof of onward travel is required in order to check in for a flight to the Turks and Caicos from most airlines.
The official currency of the Turks and Caicos is the USD. Maybe that is why some Americans mistake it for a US Territory. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels, grocery stores etc, but it is still very much a cash based island. Bring some cash with you or get some out at an ATM on arrival.
Mistake #4 Not bringing a hat and sunscreen and sunglasses.
The sun is very hot and burns quickly. Lots of sunscreen is available on arrival. Look for reef-safe sunscreen if you plan on going in the ocean. Wearing a long sleeve rash guard while snorkeling etc is a good idea.
While you are packing, being comfortable shorts that will not chafe your legs. Chafing cream is a good idea!
Mistake #5 Drive on the “wrong side” of the road
I like it joke that it is the wrong side of the road, locals refer to it as the “left” ( most countries drive on the right).
If you plan on renting a car, ensure you are aware that you will be driving on the left. Take note of the windshield wipers and turn signal as you are likely to hit the wipers a bunch of times!
While there are plenty of places to stay on the island, we recently returned from Beaches Resort and it was by far, the best family resort we have ever visited. I love that tips are not accepted and they take care of any need you can think of! I will have plenty more info coming soon!
Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She is passionate about sharing her experiences of traveling with children on adventurous family holidays around the world! She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.