We generally don’t recommend cycling as your main means of transportation on Providenciales. This is due to a combination of factors, including the lack of dedicated (or even shared-use) cycle lanes, reckless drivers, and the intense sun. However, many tourists do cycle in the
The Bight and
Turtle Cove regions.
Serious local cyclists do at times travel on
Leeward Highway and on other busy roads on Providenciales, yet we strongly recommend that visitors avoid the traffic and bustle of these areas.
Generally, cycling can be summarized as follows. If you’re staying in Grace Bay, most destinations (such as shops and restaurants) are within walking distance. Anything else, such as some
attractions or other
beaches, is too far for the casual cyclist. Moreover, there are poor facilities for securing your bicycle (no cycle racks anywhere), so theft may be a problem. Although technically illegal, many cyclists ride on the pavement (‘sidewalk’ for American visitors). Cycling on the road itself can be dangerous because of speeders and poor drivers.
Several resorts provide cycles free or for a small fee, and can also be rented in the Grace Bay and Turtle Cove areas.
Booking and Reservations
Unless you're looking to rent a specialty bicycle, reservations are not typically necessary.
Some of the local shops offer delivery of bikes to accommodations, but keep in mind that the main cycling area on Provo are Grace Bay, Leeward, the Bight and Turtle Cove, and the majority of other regions on the island are unsuitable for cycling.
It isn’t difficult to navigate the central tourism area of Grace Bay, however, guided tours are available upon request.