We recommend that most visitors to Providenciales rent a car. This is due to a lack of public transportation, the high cost of taxis and the widespread layout of the island.
Providenciales has quite a few car rental agencies to choose from. Popular due to the low daily rental rates, compact and economy cars make up the majority of the local fleets, but full size cars, minivans SUVs, jeeps and the occasional pickup truck are almost always an option.
Most of the main roads on Providenciales are paved, so there’s usually no need for a 4x4 or a high clearance vehicle. There are however a few exceptions.
The scenic Turtle Tail area of Providenciales is only accessible by a several mile long unpaved road. The conditions here don’t prohibit cars, but a jeep or SUV will allow you to maintain a faster speed and shorten the journey time considerably. This is especially a consideration if you plan to stay at a villa in the area.
Be aware that rental companies will typically hold customers responsible for any damage that occurs when driving off road or on unpaved roads, and repair fees can be expensive in the Turks and Caicos. The remote locations also carry an increased crime risk. See Safety and Crime.
Rental options for luxury vehicles is limited compared to other destinations. Generally, what's considered a luxury option are large American SUVs, such as Suburbans.
You'll generally get the best rate booking directly. When comparing prices, it's important to know if Government tax is included, and what the included level of insurance is. Unlike in some states and countries, it's a requirement to hold at least third-party insurance in order to drive vehicles on public roads.