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