South Caicos is a bit more remote than the other main islands in the Turks and Caicos, as its separated from the Turks Islands by the twenty mile wide Turks Island Passage, and is bordered on the western side by the uninhabited East Caicos and the sparsely populated Middle Caicos. Flights are currently offered to South Caicos from both Providenciales and Grand Turk, and a passenger ferry service runs from Providenciales as well.
Started in mid-2012, a small passenger ferry route connects South Caicos and Providenciales. Run by Caribbean Cruisin', this service operates twice weekly and covers the 45 miles journey in about 90 minutes. Return rates are $99 for adults, $45 for children (2015 prices). Some baggage limitations may apply, but are typically ample. Ferries depart from Heaving Down Rock Marina (Walkin Marina), Providenciales and arrive at the main settlement of Cockburn Harbour on South Caicos.
The fastest way for visitors to get to South Caicos is by domestic flight from Providenciales or Grand Turk. interCaribbean is currently the only airline offering scheduled flights, with several daily.
For information on connecting through Providenciales, check out Getting to Providenciales. You'll find visa and passport requirements (nationals of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom do not require a visa), flight information and local connections.
Our advice is simple: If you're travelling light, the flight is the better choice. However, if you have several pieces of large baggage, choose the ferry.
Due to the small size of the island hopper planes flown by the local airlines (typically a Beechcraft King Air or Britten-Norman Islander), luggage hold space on flights is often quite limited.
The Government Dock in Cockburn Harbour is a port of entry. If you’re planning to visit South Caicos by yacht, we recommend contacting Seaview Marina in Cockburn Harbour for information on the area and facilities.