Jeep on Fourth Street on South Caicos.

Getting Around South Caicos

rental Jeep Wrangler at South Caicos
Exploring South Caicos with a Jeep Wrangler. Many of the roads outside of Cockburn Harbour are unpaved.

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 East 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.

Cycling

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.

Much of South Caicos is quite flat, and cycling can be an interesting way to explore the island.

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.

Car Rental Companies

Harbour Adventures Rentals
Harbour Adventures offers jeep and scooter rentals on the island of South Caicos. Their rental shop is located 30 seconds away from the ferry port, and they offer free delivery and drop-off at villas, hotels and resorts.
Seaview Rentals
Car rentals 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.

Bicycle 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.
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