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Providenciales hosts a wide range of luxury resorts, many of which are located directly on the world-famous Grace Bay Beach. There’s a perfect choice awaiting, whether you’re looking for the extravagance of one of our larger resorts, or the laid-back ambiance of a smaller getaway.
The array of budget options in Turks and Caicos isn’t as extensive, yet there are some great choices as well. The best value hotels tend to be found a little inland, yet are still within easy walking distance of the beach.
Many of the beachfront condominiums also function as a resort. The individual units in the complex may be privately owned, yet they are rented and overseen by resort management. Depending on the complex, the distinctions between a full-service “resort” with housekeeping, and a rental “villa” can be a bit blurred, as in some cases the units are rented by the owner, and guests may not have access to the full range of resort amenities. However, the accommodations shown here tend to have full-time front desk staff and concierge, housekeeping, and onsite restaurants and dining.
The Turks and Caicos is primarily a beach destination, and almost every hotel and resort on Providenciales is either on or within easy walking distance of an incredible beach. The famous Grace Bay Beach is of course one of the top coasts in the world, yet the island’s lesser known beaches likewise offer exquisite white sand and clear turquoise water.
The majority of the island’s luxury hotels are located on the consistently-spectacular Grace Bay Beach, or to a lesser extent, the Bight and Turtle Cove areas. These amazing beaches are all part of the Princess Alexandra National Park.
The popular beaches and coasts of Leeward Beach, Taylor Bay, Sapodilla Bay, Chalk Sound and Turtle Tail do not have any resorts, and private vacation rentals are the only accommodation choice.
It’s important to be aware of what actual beach your prospective accommodation is on or near. Some establishments are quite liberal in their descriptions, stating a Grace Bay location when in reality the famous coast can be miles away. Providenciales boasts many incredible beaches, some of which offer advantages over Grace Bay, but be aware of what you are paying for.
See Regions of Providenciales for an overview of the island’s layout and distances.
Providenciales isn’t a very large island, and except for the remote Amanyara Resort and Northwest Point Resort, all resorts and hotels on the island are within a 15-minute drive of the Providenciales International Airport (PLS).
Providenciales isn’t the only option for the perfect Turks and Caicos resort. Grand Turk offers several quaint inns and hotels, South Caicos recently welcomed two new luxury resorts, and there are some small accommodations situated on the beautiful landscapes on North Caicos and Middle Caicos.
If you’re looking for the height of tranquility, consider one of the all-inclusive resorts on our boutique islands, such as the COMO Parrot Cay Resort on Parrot Cay, and the Meridian Club on Pine Cay. These unique private island destinations offer luxury and seclusion, and are a favored retreat for countless celebrities.
The lesser-populated islands in the country exhibit a unique laid-back island atmosphere—an experience rapidly disappearing from the Caribbean. The secluded beaches on our lesser-populated outer islands are paradise—and it’s an unforgettable experience to discover them.
Our recommendation is that you consider how you’d like to spend your stay. If simply enjoying the beach and pool is your ideal vacation, then definitely look at paying up for the ease and views of a beachfront property.
On the other hand, if you want to get out to the sights and attractions, lesser-known beaches, take an island day trip or just explore, your dollars may be better spent on a car rental and activities.
Due to our small island sizes, all main hotels (apart from a few business hotels located Downtown and in some other areas) in the Turks and Caicos are within walking distance of the beach.
If you’re looking to save on your Turks and Caicos vacation, there are several ways to save.
Special packages occasionally do offer the best rates, but you’ll typically get the best price by doing a bit of online research to get a basis on the going rate, and then negotiating directly with the accommodation. This process saves the resort third-party commission fees, which they are happy to share with you.
The time of year definitely affects rates and availability. If you’d like to visit during the “busy season”, we advise booking far in advance. Resorts in Turks and Caicos often offer specials during the end of summer “low season”, which can be as much as 50% off the winter “high season”.
Several of the condominium resorts in the Turks and Caicos have privately owned units, which are rented out for most of the year as short-stay accommodations. These rooms may be overseen and rented either by the resort, or a separate owner or manager. If you do not book through the resort, be sure to inquire what’s included with the stay as some amenities and services such as waters sports equipment, complimentary breakfast, or transport may be not be included. Likewise, check-in may not take place at the resort’s front desk.
There are some great scuba diving packages offered by local resorts in partnership with a dive shop, and these deals can save quite a bit over booking separately.
Diving enthusiasts should also consider the Club Med Turkoise all-inclusive resort at Grace Bay, which offers great water sports and scuba amenities with most stays.
Avid kiteboarders will likely want to be near the unrivaled kite spot of Long Bay Beach, which is one of the top locations in the Caribbean. There’s only one resort on the beach, The Shore Club, yet there’s also a great selection of beachfront and inland vacation rentals.
Nearly all hotels in Providenciales feature swimming pools and air conditioning, and many rooms also have kitchenettes.
Most Turks and Caicos resorts are family-friendly, and many feature kids camps and activities especially geared towards children.
Club Med Turkoise, the oldest Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resort, is the single adults only accommodation in the country.
Many of the larger Turks and Caicos hotels maintain a fleet of non-powered water sports equipment for guests to enjoy, including ocean kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, Hobie Cat sailboats, and snorkel gear.
Beaches Turks and Caicos can be a great option for families, and has an unparalleled array of things to do, including a water park, game arcades, and water sports. This resort only offers all-inclusive vacations, with rates to match.
Due to the lack of public transportation and the abnormally high cost of taxis, we generally recommend that visitors rent a vehicle for the duration of their stay. However, certain regions are a bit more supportive of pedestrians. Providenciales does not have a city center. Most tourism-related businesses, such as restaurants and shops, are found on the inland Grace Bay Road.
As development continues, central Grace Bay offers an increasing number of restaurants, shops and grocery stores within walking distance of local accommodations. Consequently, it’s definitely an option to go without a rental for at least part of your stay.
Found to the west of Grace Bay is The Bight. This area is home to a beautiful beach, a snorkeling reef, and both resorts and rental villas.
Unfortunately, stores and dining are generally a bit too spread out to be pleasant for walking.
Several places to stay are found at or near Turtle Cove. Albeit much smaller than Grace Bay, restaurants and limited shopping is located around the marina enclave.
Although the nearby beach isn’t quite up to the standards of the island’s top coasts, the island’s best accessible shore snorkeling is at the adjacent Smith’s Reef.
A 12% government tourism tax is applied on top of rates, and some resorts charge a 10% service fee and/or 5% facility fee. All other taxes and fees, including “city tax”, are not government sanctioned.