Passenger ferries are the typical way to travel between the islands of Providenciales and North Caicos, and are the favored means of transport whether you’re visiting our central Garden Islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos for the day, or are staying overnight. Both islands have an
airport, yet there are no scheduled flights to either island.
Visiting North Caicos and Middle Caicos from Providenciales on a
day trip is one of our top recommend activities, and it’s easy to plan your adventure.
There are no scheduled ferries suitable for transport of cars or vehicles. The regular ferries are small passenger vessels that carry 15-50 people.
Caribbean Cruisin’ is the foremost service, and operates several vessels in their signature blue and yellow color scheme. This service offers the most scheduled ferries per day.
MV My Girl operates one smaller vessel, which is suitable for about 12-15 persons.
Reservations and Booking
Aerial view of the Caicos Cays between Providenciales and North Caicos.
Both ferry services are $25 per person, one way, and $50 return fare.
Reservations are not typically required, simply arrive at the dock 20-30 minutes prior to departure.
Tickets may only be valid for one day, so select the one way fare if you’ll be returning on a different day. On North Caicos, fares may be purchased at the ferry.
The ferries are typically punctual and depart within about 10 minutes of scheduled times. On normal days, and if you are aware of the departure location, arrival at the dock 15-20 minutes prior to departure is sufficient. If you haven’t been on the ferry before, we advise allowing for extra time.
If you’re traveling with a large group, we advise contacting the ferry in advance to ensure sufficient space.
If you’re traveling on the day of the Valentine’s Day Cup sailboat race, we advise arriving a minimum of 30 minutes early in order to secure a spot on the ferry. Caribbean Cruisin’ will typically run multiple vessels to accommodate any extra passengers, yet there may be delays.
Luggage and Excessive Cargo
Both ferry services technically have luggage weight restrictions, yet these are rarely if ever enforced.
If you’ll be transporting oversized items such as a
paddle board, or may be bringing large amounts of cargo, we advise contacting the ferry in advance of your journey.
Bicycles are typically welcome.
Middle Caicos Ferry
There are no scheduled ferries to the island of Middle Caicos. North Caicos and Middle Caicos are connected by a
road causeway, so it’s possible to drive across both islands. Day trips and tours to either island simply start on North Caicos.
The Heaving Down Rock ferry dock on Providenciales for the North Caicos ferry.
On Providenciales, the ferry departs from
Heaving Down Rock Marina (Walkin Marina), which is on the far eastern end of the island. It’s very easy to find this area on Providenciales – simply follow
Leeward Highway to its conclusion. If you continue past the Gateway to Grace Bay roundabout, the dual carriageway Leeward Highway transforms into a paved road with one lane in each way, yet continues in the same direction. There are small road signs indicating the way at the Grace Bay roundabout, and near Heaving Down Rock.
Caribbean Cruisin’s ferries depart from inside the marina area itself, in front of the blue and yellow building off to the right of the road, where the floating docks can be seen. This structure is the ticket office.
MV My Girl Ferry Service simply docks where the road ends at the water, and is technically outside of Heaving Down Rock Marina at the public government boat-slip area. There’s a short floating dock. Purchase fares at the ferry boat.
On North Caicos, Caribbean Cruisin’ vessels dock at
Sandy Point Marina, a small and sheltered marina at the north-western point of the island. A small restaurant,
Higg's Café, is found here. Sandy Point Marina is the more popular dock, and
rental car agencies and tour companies will typically expect pick up here unless specified otherwise.
MV My Girl lands at
Bellefield Landing, an undeveloped freight port near the settlement of
Kew. This is a more convenient dock location for many North Caicos residents, yet is less popular for tourism and day trip visitors.