Welcome to our Turks and Caicos real estate guide. Here you’ll find information on locating and purchasing real estate, and building a home. For short term vacation rentals, see Providenciales Villas and Where to Stay in the Turks and Caicos.
On a global scale, the Turks and Caicos is a very small country, with total landmass amounting to only 300 square miles (616 square kilometres). However, much of this area includes protected tidal wetlands and nature reserves, so buildable area is far less.
Due to the overall quality and quantity of the beaches, Providenciales is currently home to the majority of the population and development in the country.
As the name may suggest, the Turks and Caicos consists of two closely adjacent archipelagos: the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands. Both island groups are situated on a limestone plateau that rises abruptly 11,000 feet (3,300 meters) from the Atlantic ocean floor, however the 6,000 foot deep (1800 meter) Turks Island Passage separates the two island groups.
Vibrant reefs surround almost the entirety of both the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands, and the ongoing bioerosion of these reefs by marine animals such as the parrot fish continually feed the spectacular beaches that define the Turks and Caicos.
The general geology of the country is similar to the neighbouring Bahamas island chain, with very low elevations, extensive wetlands, and prevalent Karst Process geomorphological features.
The Turks and Caicos is a British Overseas Territory, and there are no restrictions on foreign individuals owning real estate. However, it's important to note that foreign companies and trusts are not able to own real estate.
It’s important to be aware of residency status and eligibility before investing in the country. Depending on investment amount, a residency permit or a Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) may be granted. After a legal residency of five years and if one holds indefinite leave to remain (typically a PRC), it’s possible to apply for British Overseas Territory Citizenship (Turks and Caicos Islands). This status confers a passport, however be aware that voting and certain business rights are restricted to those who Turks and Caicos Islander Status (also commonly referred to as Belonger Status), a status that can be very difficult to obtain regardless of residency length.
Vacant land, detached single family residences, condominiums and multi-unit residential townhouses are available on Providenciales. The options on the other islands in the Turks and Caicos, due to their limited development, are largely limited to either vacant land or detached single family homes.
As to be expected, beachfront and oceanfront land commands a price premium. Prices for such land on the less-inhabited islands is typically significantly less than on Providenciales and Grand Turk, however the price ratio on each island between inland and oceanfront remains roughly the same.
The easy accessibility of the Turks and Caicos Islands to North America makes us a top choice for retirees and those want to buy a second home to escape the cold of winter.
The local Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association (TCREA) offers an online multi-listing service, covering many of the local properties listed with estate agents. However, it's important to note that this is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other parcels and units listed solely on an agent's site. In addition, especially for smaller-value land, parcels are listed for sale direct by owner, through signs on the property or through advertising (it's common to advertise locally on Facebook due to the low cost).
If you’re looking to live or work temporarily in the Turks and Caicos, there’s a wide range of long-term rental and lease properties. Many of these are town homes and condominium units, which offer shared amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and maintained gardens, often in great and convenient locations.
There are general residential-zoned parcels to choose from, as well as lots in organized residential developments that fall under a homeowner association (HOAs).
Leeward is found on the northeast side and features some of the finest undeveloped beachfront lots on the island. Chalk Sound and Silly Creek are surrounded by an incredibly-scenic lagoon and wetlands. Long Bay Beach is another site and one of the finest kiteboarding location in the Caribbean. Blue Mountain, situated on the highest point in the country, offers incredible vistas over the northern barrier reef and water.
There’s also a wide selection of condo, waterfront and canal lot listings on Providenciales.
If you’d prefer the simplicity of a condominium, there’s availability in beachfront resorts and interior townhouse complexes. Many condos can be rented out through the onsite management when the owners aren’t in the islands for additional income. There are many single bedroom studios and units with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms to choose from.
Several of the expansive mansions on Provo have been featured in major international publications such as Forbes, and many are favoured by celebrities visitors as vacation destinations.
If you’re looking for more than a few acres, the islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos offer the best choices. There are sites on secluded beaches and coasts, acreage in the inland tropical forests, and homes in the quaint settlements.Due to the low levels of development on these two islands, many beautiful sites are located in remote areas that are accessed by long and unpaved roads.
Many of the best British-Bermudian colonial houses in the Turks and Caicos are on the island of Grand Turk. These buildings feature hand-cut limestone block construction, tropical hardwood interiors and a prime oceanfront location.
On the east side of the Grand Turk, there’s both villas and undeveloped real estate available, much of which is either beachfront or situated on a coastal ridge on the bluffs overlooking the ocean.
Salt Cay and South Caicos still exhibit an old Caribbean atmosphere, yet access and investment is increasing. South Caicos has just welcomed a new luxury accommodation: the East Bay Resort.
The Turks and Caicos now supports quite a few real estate brokers, and several international agencies are represented locally.
If you’re looking to purchase directly from the property owner, it’s possible to have a local lawyer oversee the transfer and ensure that governmental requirements are met.
For larger projects, developers typically opt to work with a single realty firm to handle property sales, or may form a dedicated entity whose sole purpose is manage sales.
See Building a Home.
For those who want to build their dream house, the construction options in the Turks and Caicos are greater than ever. Due to the rapidly expanding luxury villa market on Providenciales, there is a wide selection of architects, engineers, project managers, and contractors to choose from.
Once you choose a property to build on, construction can begin after government planning approval has been received.
If you’re considering starting a business in the Turks and Caicos, there are many commercial properties for sale and for rent. Options include a unit at a retail and professional plaza at Grace Bay or Leeward Highway, or complete and detached commercial properties.
Much of the industrial-type zoning and businesses in the Turks and Caicos are found in the South Dock region of Providenciales. To get a better understanding of the island’s locations, see the Providenciales districts map.