Providenciales offers a great selection of places to stay. Here you’ll find an overview of what’s available, information on rates, help on deciding region of Providenciales to choose.
There are three basic types of accommodations offered on Providenciales: Resorts and hotels, all-inclusive resorts, and rental villas and guesthouses.
The traditional hotel and resort is the most popular option on the island. Resorts tend to be found in the best locations, and complimentary usage of non-powered water sport equipment such as Hobie-Cat sailboats, kayaks and paddle boards is often included for guests.
If you want to simply relax and not have to worry about transport, finding out where to dine and what to do, an all-inclusive resort may be the best choice for your stay. There are three such resorts on Providenciales, each with different price ranges.
Villas typically offer more privacy and space than resorts do, and per-person rates can be better for larger groups.
You’ll often get the best rates by directly contacting the accommodation. You should definitely do a little research online beforehand so as to have an idea of the going rates, but if possible, talk to the accommodation’s manager. Booking reservations in the way can be a great deal for everyone. The lodging doesn’t have to pay listing or finder’s fees, and they’re be happy to pass some of the savings onto you.
Like many vacation destinations, the Turks and Caicos experiences high and low seasons throughout the year. Rates during the winter months and around holidays can be as much as 25% to 60% higher than in the fall or late summer.
Accommodation in the Turks and Caicos tends to be more expensive than the equivalent in the United States. Prices per night range from around $130 to more than $1000 for hotels and resorts. Villas are generally rented by the week (negotiable), and range from $800 to $18,000.
When booking, be aware that there is a 12% Government accommodation tax on top of all rates, and there may be additional charges. This is sometimes stated as being included in the price, and hotel rates on sites such as Booking.com include this. However, prices quoted on villas sites typically exclude this tax.
Beach front resorts and villas command premium pricing. You’re typically able to save quite a bit if you’re willing to drive or walk a short distance to the ocean.
Having a flexible travel schedule will also help to get the best deals. Accommodations and airlines want to make the most off their products, and reservation rates for near-term vacancies is typically 25%-50% off, especially during the low season.
When considering a condominium, be sure to confirm what amenities and extras are included with your reservation. In some cases, booking through the condo’s “resort” management will access to a greater range of amenities than booking with an individual unit’s owner.
Vacation packages, typically pairing airfare and accommodation, can offer savings. However, with a little work, it’s often possible to find equal or better prices with a little online searching.
If you’re looking to spend the majority of your trip on a certain water sport such as diving or Kiteboarding, one of the activity-specific travel packages offered by local companies should definitely be considered. In the case of kiteboarding, a specific package will often include amenities such as a lodging near the prime kite spot of Long Bay, transport options, and easy access to local kiteboarding support, lessons and information.
The Turks and Caicos typically grants 90 day visitor visas, however this can usually be extended if desired.
If you’re looking to spend an extended period of time in the country, it makes sense financially to look for a long-term rental. Monthly rentals of inland condominiums and apartments can be had for around half the price of short-term vacation rentals.
Outside of the high season, long-term arrangements can often be made for lodgings that typically rent as short-term holiday accommodations.
Providenciales is a relatively small island, but even as such there are several distinct regions on the island.
You should consider your transport options. Central Grace Bay is the only region where you’ll easily be able to walk to stores, restaurants and other necessary businesses. If you stay elsewhere, you’ll likely need either a rental vehicle or taxis.
Below are the main areas where accommodations are found.
Found on the northeast point of Providenciales, the largely residential Leeward area offers beaches that are almost up to the calibre of Grace Bay, but tends to be a bit quieter. Many villas are found here and it’s a very short drive to the amenities and businesses of Grace Bay.
The Turtle Tail and Venetian Roads region is found off the central south side of the island. A peninsula separated from the interior of Providenciales by scenic shallow wetland ponds, a single unpaved dusty (and rough in places) road leads into this region and it can be more than a 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) drive to some of the villas here. Much of the coastline here that fronts the ocean consists of low limestone cliffs, but quite a few small beaches can be found.
Located conveniently in the centre of the island, Turtle Cove is adjacent to the excellent snorkelling of Smith's Reef. Along with several restaurants, Turtle Cove Marina is found here. If you have a rental vehicle, Grace Bay and the main supermarkets on Providenciales are within easy access.
The Chalk Sound area is home to the majority of rental villas on the island. Along with the brilliant Chalk Sound National Park, the beautiful and peaceful Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay beaches are found here. It’s a 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) drive from Chalk Sound through an industrial area get to Downtown Providenciales, and from there it’s an additional 6 miles (9.7 kilometres) to Grace Bay. Only a few restaurants and small shops are located around here.
Long Bay offers a great beach (the best in the country for kiteboarding) yet remains relatively quiet and secluded. No restaurants or shops are found here, so you’ll have to make the short drive over to Grace Bay. Be aware that some of the interior Long Bay Hills villas can be located almost 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) from the beach.
Home to the highest point on Providenciales, the small community of Blue Mountain and the adjacent Thompson Cove Beach offer a range of vacation villas. Although centrally located, beach accesses and overall quality here isn’t great.