Scooters are a fun and classic way to explore a tropical paradise, and are a great way to get to and from the beach.
Several businesses on Providenciales rent single and tandem scooters. Many of the local shops are found in the tourism region of Grace Bay, and within walking distance of most of the resorts and hotels.
Scooters and mopeds are easy to ride, and local rental companies are able to give a quick lesson and answer questions on operation before you venture onto the streets.
RideTCI, located in central Providenciales, now offers motorcycle rentals and island tours on Harley Davidson and Kawasaki touring bikes. Riders must be a minimum age of 25, be in possession of a valid motorcycle license, and have experience with full-size motorcycles.
Half and full-day motorbike rentals are available as well.
The Turks and Caicos unfortunately has a higher proportion of poor drivers than is typically experienced in the United States and United Kingdom. As is also the case with cycling, it’s best to be aware of the road safety considerations.
Scooters are generally safe to drive in the tourism districts of Grace Bay, the Bight, Turtle Cove, and Leeward, however, we advise avoiding the hectic road conditions of Leeward Highway and South Dock Road.
The scenic regions of Chalk Sound, Taylor Bay, Sapodilla Bay and Silly Creek are accessed by the above mentioned routes, so if you’re staying at a vacation villa in these areas, we recommend going with a car.
Some residential regions of Providenciales are accessed by unpaved roads, including parts of the Long Bay, Turtle Tail and Discovery Bay regions. It’s generally not pleasant to drive a scooter on an unsurfaced and dusty road.
We highly advise that you review Driving in the Turks and Caicos for information on hazards, traffic signs and roundabouts.
You may also be interested in Districts and Areas of Providenciales for information on the island layout and distances.
Unlike some other Caribbean destinations, scooters tend not to be any less expensive to rent than economy level cars, especially considering that many rental scooters and mopeds are suitable only for a single rider.
Depending on the type of machine, rates range from about $55 per day for a basic variant to $90 for a speciality scooter such as a tandem Vespa.
We advise reserving your rental well in advance of your visit, as scooter rental fleets are limited. Daily and weekly rates typically available.
Government tax and third party liability insurance may be added to posted rental rates, so confirm before you book. The use of helmets is typically complimentary.
Minimum renter age generally depends on the insurance carrier of the vehicle rental agency. The majority of local businesses require a minimum age of 25 to rent (the same for a car), however, a few companies do have a lower requirment age of 21.
Guided scooter tours of the sights and beaches of Provo are offered by a few of the local rental companies. Lunch and complimentary accommodation pickup is typically included with tours.
Your guide will be able to provide info and insights on the sights, and you can simply enjoy the ride without having to consult the map.
Tours start at about $150 per person.