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Getting to North Caicos and Middle Caicos

North Caicos and Middle Caicos are the two largest islands in the Turks and Caicos, and are sparsely populated. On this page you'll find information on getting to both islands.


See also Domestic Flights and Ferries.

Regular scheduled ferries depart from Heaving Down Rock Marina, Providenciales and arrive at Sandy Point Marina, North Caicos. You then drive across to Middle Caicos.

This is the easiest and most cost effective way to get to North and Middle Caicos. This service is offered by two operators and usually runs several times a day, seven days a week. The ferry trip usually takes about forty minutes each way and tickets can be purchased at the dock before departure. Return fares cost $50 (January 2013). The leading main local ferry company is Caribbean Cruisin'.

The Providenciales - North Caicos ferry arriving at Sandy Point Marina, North Caicos.

The Causeway

See also Getting around North Caicos and Middle Caicos.

A one mile causeway road connects North and Middle Caicos, so it's easy to travel between both islands and they function more as a single island.

Unfortunately, the causeway is in poor condition. This is because of a combination of extremely poor construction and Hurricane Ike (2008). The causeway looks bad but it's drivable (just go slow).

Distance from Sandy Point Marina, (far west on North Caicos) to Lorimers (far east on Middle Caicos) is 32.1 miles (51.6 kilometres).

Driving over the North Caicos - Middle Caicos Causeway.

Another operator provides charter services, suitable for larger groups of people.


There are no scheduled flights to North or Middle Caicos.

Since the introduction of the ferry and the causeway, demand for flights dropped significantly and the route was no longer profitable for local airlines.

North Caicos Airport (NCA) is still open for charter flights and special occassions, but Middle Caicos Airport (MDS) has been closed.

Charter flights may make sense for groups of about 6 people or more.

Flight time from Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is about 10-15 minutes.