Facts

Location

The Turks and Caicos Islands are located only 575 miles southeast of Miami and 90 miles north of Haiti. They are situated between 21 degrees and 22 degrees latitude and between 71 degrees and 72 degrees longitude.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are a small archipelago of eight major islands and many uninhabited cays. The islands are surrounded by some 230 miles of virgin coral reef. This combined with miles and miles of unobstructed, unpopulated white sandy beach, makes the Turks and Caicos Islands one of the most sought after Caribbean destinations on the market today. Divers were first to discover the islands as the long barrier reef which protects the Islands is home to a multitude of wildlife and magnificent coral formations. The breath-taking wall dives make the islands a very popular dive destination.

Getting here 

From The United States

Providenciales is serviced by American Airlines (800-433-7300) with three flights daily in and out of Miami and additional weekly flights from New York and Boston. US Air is flying daily to Providenciales from Charlotte, North Carolina. British Airways serves Providenciales from London Gatwick once a week. During the high season (December 15th to April 30) charters provide service from many major cities in the Unites States and Canada.

Flight time is approximately one hour and twenty minutes from Miami to Providenciales. For those of you wishing to travel outside Providenciales to the other islands, connections are easily made with a variety of local carriers.

From Canada

Direct flights from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax (coming in February, 2012) Via Air Canada  Phone:1-888-247-2262
Direct flights from Toronto, Montreal Via WestJet.  Convenient connections from Western Canada.
Flight time is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from Toronto…….closer than the cottage country.

Airport Code for Providenciales is PLS

The following airlines serve TCI from abroad:

American Airlines www.aa.com
Delta www.delta.com
British Airways www.britishairways.com
Jet Blue www.jetblue.com
US Airways www.usairways.com
Air Canada www.aircanada.com
WestJet www.westjet.com
Continental Airlines www.continental.com
Charter flights are available from Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale

Direct Flights originate from:

Toronto
New York
Charlotte
Atlanta
Miami
London, England

Seasonal Direct Flights operate from the following in addition to the once mentioned above:

Ottawa
Montreal
Halifax
Philadelphia
Boston
Dallas

Ground transportation

There are several car rental companies. In order to rent a car in the Turks and Caicos Islands you must be at least twenty one years of age and must hold a valid driver’s license. We drive on the left side of the road.

Taxi in the Turks and Caicos Islands charge per passenger.

Car rental agencies

Grace Bay Car Rentals www.gracebaycarrentals.com
Avis www.avis.com
Hertz www.hertztci.com
National www.tccarrental.com

When renting from Grace Bay Car Rentals, if you mention that you are staying with us (they will contact us to verify) you will receive a 10% discount.

Currency

The unit of currency in the Turks and Caicos Islands is the U.S. dollar. All major credit cards are widely accepted.

Groceries

There are several supermarkets including IGA and a gourmet market owned by IGA, plus numerous small convenience stores. These stores carry a wide variety of goods and you will find most items available on island.

Medical services

Providenciales has four general practitioners in private practice and a government clinic. The government hospital is located in Grand Turk. There are two hospitals in TCI one on Grand Turk and one in Providenciales.

Language

English is the language of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Climate

High temperatures vary from 95° (F) in the summer to 80° (F), 27° (C) in the winter. The almost constant island breezes keep the heat at bay and make the island temperature feel cooler than thermometer readings. September and October are the hottest months of the year.

Marriage licenses

Getting married in the Turks and Caicos Islands is becoming a popular trend (not to mention the numerous possibilities for romantic and secluded honeymoon locations). In order to get married in the Turks and Caicos Islands you must be in residence for at least twenty four hours before the ceremony takes place. A marriage license costs $50.00 and may be obtained from the Chief Secretary’s office in Providenciales or Grand Turk. You can arrange to be married in a civil ceremony by a marriage officer appointed by the Government or, if you prefer to be married in a church, you can contact any of the churches on the island. Almost every denomination is represented. Ceremonies can be performed in a variety of romantic settings including aboard a sail boat.

*some information taken from  http://tcsafari.tc/Turks_and_Caicos_information.htm