the road to East Bay Resort and the Highlands on South Caicos Road to the Highlands, South Caicos.

Getting Around South Caicos

a quiet road in the settlement of Cockburn Harbour on South Caicos
All of the main streets in Cockburn Harbour are paved.

South Caicos is quite a small island, with a total landmass of about 8 mi² (21 km²). Rental cars, bicycles and walking are the main transportation choices for visitors. There are no buses or public transport of any kind.

If you’re stopping by South Caicos on a day trip, we highly recommend renting a car so that you’ll be able to get to all of the main sights with ease. However, for those who are staying overnight for multiple days, bicycles may suffice for everything other than visiting the beautiful coasts of the remote northern peninsula.

If you're arriving on South Caicos by air, be advised that the airport is located about 1.6 miles north of Cockburn Harbour, and not within walking distance of any of the hotels or resorts. Taxis are not normally waiting at the airport.

The passenger ferry from Providenciales lands at Cockburn Harbour.

Due to the low numbers of visitors to South Caicos, the selection of rental cars is quite limited. We advise arranging your vehicle well in advance of your arrival to ensure availability.

Nearly all of the roads in Cockburn Harbour (the main settlement) are paved. However, the routes out to the remote and scenic coasts of Highlands Bay, Long Beach (Sailrock Beach) and Plandon Cay Cut Beach are unpaved and require a bit of care in a few places when driving due to loose rocks.

Although South Caicos isn't extensive, navigation can be a little confusing in places. We recommend printing our South Caicos map before your journey as road maps are not locally available.


beach cruiser bicycles on the salina road near the East Bay Resort on South Caicos
Beach cruiser bicycles from the East Bay Resort.

For those staying multiple days on South Caicos, bicycles can be a great means of transport for the central town and salina regions of South Caicos.

Elevation changes are minimal and most roads are easily traversed by bicycle.

As is the case throughout the Turks and Caicos, the sun and heat can be intense at times. Be sure to protect yourself from the sun and bring plenty of drinking water.

Road Conditions and Traffic

South Caicos is a very quiet place and doesn't have the multitude of reckless drivers that Providenciales has.

As a British Overseas Territory, we drive on the left. The maximum speed limit is 40 mph (64 kph), yet the limit in settlements (which include nearly all paved roads on the island) is 20 mph (32 kph).

For more information, including details specific for American, Canadian, and British drivers, see Driving in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

rental van at Bell Sound on South Caicos
A Ford Freestar rental car at Bell Sound, South Caicos.

Key Points

  • We drive on the left.
  • Many drivers do not exercise due care and attention, especially operators of taxis (both legal and illegal).

Typical Rental Requirements

  • Minimum rental age is usually 21 or 24 (18 for scooters).
  • A valid drivers license required. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is not needed, unless your licence is not in English.

Rental Companies

Cham-B Groceries
Found in central Cockburn Harbour near the main ferry dock, this little grocery store offers one of the largest selections of supplies on the island. Although mainly stocking dry goods, there is a small selection of fresh produce, dairy, and meats available. One of the best places on the island for purchasing cold drinks or snacks. Also provides bicycle rentals.
Seaview Marina
This business offers marine and fishing supplies and is convenient and centrally located fuel station for motor vehicles and watercraft. If no one is around, inquire at the adjacent Seaview Supermarket.
Seaview Rentals
The only car rental business on South Caicos. There’s a limited selection and number of cars available, so we recommend that you book in advance. Inquire at the Seaview Supermarket near the main Cockburn Harbour dock.
South Caicos Airport (XSC)
The South Caicos Airport (XSC) is a small regional airport with a 6000 foot (1830 meter) asphalt runway. Several scheduled flights from Providenciales and Grand Turk land here each week.
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