Getting around Providenciales can be both difficult and expensive if you don't have a car, and it's for this reason that we recommend that you rent one, at least for part of your stay.
We drive on the left, as in the UK and Commonwealth countries. Roundabouts are frequently used, and there are no stoplights anywhere in the country. The speed limit is 40 MPH on highways, and 20 MPH through settlements. Other drivers on the road can be dangerous, so you are advised to remain alert. Be prepared for cars to stop suddenly in the road or cut in front for no apparent reason.
Many roads have recently been paved and are in good condition. These roads are gray on the map. Dirt roads are tan, and very rough trails accessible only by jeep are dotted tan.
There is no public transportation anywhere in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Illegal 'jitney' services under the guise of a 'Bus Service' operate in the form of a small minivan, but you are advised to avoid these completely. Apart from the fact that they are illegal and not licensed, the drivers drive extremely dangerously (stopping in the middle of the highway to pick up passengers), and are known to overcharge anyone who appears to be a tourist double or even triple the fare.
Most visitors should rent a car or jeep. Most attractions, except for the beach and shops, are almost definitely out of walking distance of your hotel, and taxi fares will add up.
Scooters should be rented with caution, due to the danger posed by other drivers. Generally, you should probably avoid renting a scooter on Providenciales. On our other islands, scooters are much safer, and on Grand Turk, they are an excellent form of transportation (due to the low density and 20 MPH island wide speed limit), although be sure to wear a helmet and sun cream.
More information can be found at Driving in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
We don't recommend you cycle in Providenciales. This is because of a combination of reckless drivers, no cycle lanes, and intense heat.
However, several resorts and villas provide complimentary cycles, and many tourists do cycle. More information on recommended routes, estimated times, and where to rent can be found in our cycling section.
There are usually taxis waiting at resorts to take you where ever you need to go, but if you're elsewhere, you'll probably have to call for one. Taxis, at least from the airport, do not generally try to drive up the fare (by taking a long route), as they are more concerned with returning promptly to the airport to pick up other passengers. Most taxis are metered, but it's a good idea to confirm the cost to your destination before beginning your journey. Although there is a government fixed rate for taxis, be advised that not all taxis are honest and it's recommended that you agree on the fare before setting off. Tourists can expect to pay a minimum of $35 for a ride from the Providenciales International Airport to the Grace Bay area (more than two passengers and extra luggage may incur an additional fee).