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A yacht off Grace Bay with the civil ensign of the Isle of Man.

Getting to the Turks and Caicos Islands by Yacht

The Turks and Caicos Islands, and especially Providenciales, is a popular destination for yachts and pleasure boaters. Conveniently, Providenciales is also located halfway between Florida and Puerto Rico.

Aerial view of Turtle Cove Marina, Providenciales.

Unfortunately, the same shallows that provide the Turks and Caicos with plentiful conch and lobster also make navigation especially tricky. The steep bank pillar means that the depth goes from very deep to very shallow in a short distance.

All docks and marinas have shoal access, except for the Freighter Dock on Grand Turk. Vessels of up to 130 feet can be handled at marinas on Providenciales.

Charts

Proper charts are a necessity for navigating among the Turks and Caicos Islands . The foremost publisher is Waveyline Publishing, based in Grand Turk, which sells detailed charts of Providenciales and Grand Turk, plus overview charts of the complete Turks and Caicos archipelago.

Electronic charts containing Waveyline data are available for Garmin GPS chart plotters with the Bluechart Americas mapset, versions 7.5 and above. Paper charts can be ordered from Waveyline directly, and can be purchased on Providenciales from Walkin Marine.

Yachts in the Bight, Providenciales.

Customs and Immigration Information

Your initial stop once you arrive in the islands must be at a port-of-entry. There are several on Providenciales, and are listed below.

The harbormaster has the authority to grant leave to enter for one-week. If you wish to stay longer, you must visit the main immigration office located in town.

Marinas and Ports of Entry

Call ahead on channel 16 before arriving as customs officials are not stationed permanently at all ports.