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Camping on one of the many beautiful and uninhabited Turks and Caicos Cays.

Camping in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as an endorsement for camping in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Visit Turks and Caicos Islands®, it's editors, and contributors make no claim as to the safety or legality of this activity. Persons are advised to make their own decisions regarding camping or backpacking in the islands independently of this article or other resources on this website.

Camping on an uninhabited Turks and Caicos cay.

Outdoor camping is becoming increasingly popular in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sometimes this is due to necessity, such as on some of the uninhabited islands, cost issues, availability, or simply the experience.

The practice of camping isn’t as established in the Turks and Caicos as it is in other countries. For these reasons, we believe that it’s very important that those interested in the activity discuss their plans with someone familiar with the wilds of the country for advice.

Facilities

There are no campgrounds or campsites in the country. In addition, there aren't any public showers and only a handful of public toilets throughout the country.

We do not recommend camping as an inexpensive means of accommodation simply due to the lack of facilities. However, with proper preparation, it’s a great way to experience the unique and secluded landscapes of the archipelago.

Beach camping is popular, but it should be noted that open fires in National Parks are prohibited. In addition, there are heavy fines (and possible jail time) for littering.

Locations

Campsite on East Caicos.

It’s not feasible to camp on any of the main Providenciales beaches.

Camping directly on the beach of one of the small cays or Middle Caicos beaches is the most popular site choice. Sand flies can be a problem, but this varies by location and season. Inland campsites can be seriously impacted by mosquitoes.

There are nearly one hundred small and uninhabited cays and rocks in the Turks and Caicos, many of which make for amazing camp sites.

Camping in National Parks and Nature Reserves

Camping in National Parks and Nature Reserves is permitted within designated 'camping zones'. However, none of the National Parks and Natures Reserves have designated camping sites. There are also no facilities provided.

Guidelines

  • Bring plenty of drinking water. We recommend an absolute minimum of one gallon (3.8 litres) per day per person, however, if hiking or another strenuous activity is planned, you’ll likely want two gallons (7.6 litres) per day.
  • Be prepared for mosquitoes and sand fleas. Many of the interesting cays and islands can have overwhelming numbers of these pests. If your adventure is planned for during the rainy season, you may want to pack mosquito head nets in addition to repellent spray.
  • Due to the ever-present occasional mosquito, we recommend using a proper tent and not sleeping in the open.
  • Do not drink unfiltered sources of natural fresh water.
  • There are very few filterable natural fresh water sources in the Turks and Caicos. A compact and effective camping-style water filter is definitely a great addition to your kit, but natural fresh water sites are few and far-between. It’s impossible to rely on these sources without prior knowledge of the locations and quantities available.
  • Be prepared for intense sun. Along with sun screen, a hat and long sleeve clothing, consider bringing a shade shelter.
  • Ensure that you clean up your camp site and that you do not cause any damage the environment.

Safety and Crime

We don't recommend that you camp on Providenciales. This is due to a wide range of factors, including the increased risk of crime and wide availability of different accommodation available on Providenciales.

We are not aware of any reports of crimes against tourists who have camped on other islands. This does not mean that it does not happen, simply that we are not aware of any reports.

Supplies

Building Materials (Providenciales) has a wide range of tents and other camping supplies such as portable grills.

Local Tour Companies

Some local businesses offer camping as part of their tours, such as tours to East Caicos. See Outdoor Adventure Guides.