The transportation options for North Caicos and Middle Caicos at this time are limited to rental cars and jeeps, and taxis. There is no public transport of any kind. Attractions and stores tend to be spread over both islands, so it’s highly recommended that you rent a vehicle for the duration of your stay.
Due to the low population, light traffic, and the fact that the main roads are paved, most will find driving to be easy and stress-free. We do however recommend caution when driving on unpaved and poor-quality roads. In many of the low-lying areas, flooded potholes on dirt roads may be deeper than they initially appear to be.
Navigation on North and Middle Caicos is linear and not difficult, yet due to a lack of signage it can be easy to miss some of the attractions such as Cottage Pond, Flamingo Pond Overlook, and Indian Cave, so you’ll want to have a map. Maps are often provided by the rental agency, but supplies can be limited at times so consider printing your own North Caicos and Middle Caicos maps.
The speed limit is 40 mph (64 km/h) on highways and 20 mph (32 km/h) through settlements. Please drive slowly and carefully when traveling through settlements.
At this time, no rental companies offer scooters. Taxis are available, yet can be tardy and expensive.
Complementary bicycle use is offered at some hotels and villas. Due to the heat and travel distances, we recommend them as a main means of transportation only to serious enthusiasts.
Exploring Off Road
North Caicos and Middle Caicos feature many scenic yet unpaved roads, which can be quite fun to explore. It’s best to have a high-clearance vehicle when venturing on some of these routes.
Please keep in mind that the environment in the Turks and Caicos is sensitive. Please stay on established roads, and do not drive on the beach, mud flats, or wetlands.
The North Caicos—Middle Caicos Causeway
A 1-mile-long (1.6 km) causeway connects North Caicos to Middle Caicos.
The causeway was built in 2007, yet was heavily damaged in 2008 by Hurricane Hanna, which washed off the asphalt paving in sheets and generally reduced the width to a single rough track. The causeway has since been fully repaired, paved, and is open for traffic.
North Caicos has three gas stations: one near the Sandy Point Road and Kew Highway junction, and two in the region of Bottle Creek. Gasoline prices tend to fluctuate and are usually a bit high compared to Providenciales. The current average is about $7.63 a gallon (2023).
Middle Caicos does not have any operating gas stations.
- We drive on the left.
- Many drivers do not exercise due care and attention, especially operators of taxis (both legal and illegal).
- Don’t pick up hitchhikers or provide assistance to other motorists. If you think they need help, call the police on 911.
Typical Rental Requirements
- The minimum rental age is usually 21 or 24 (18 for scooters).
- Valid driver’s license is required. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is not needed, unless your license is not in English.
- A valid passport and credit card may be required.