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One of the single most common questions that prospective visitors to the Turks and Caicos have is what their vacation costs will be. Here we’ll explore approximate costs of accommodations, dining, transportation, and groceries.
Yes. The Turks and Caicos is expensive. However, it’s not excessively so when compared to other English-speaking countries in the topical Atlantic and Caribbean, including Barbados, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Aruba, and the Cayman Islands.
A great feature of the Turks and Caicos is that our beaches, coastlines, and national parks are free to access. In fact, of our list of 18 Best Attractions, the only site that has an entrance fee is Conch Bar Caves, which is necessary to support tour guides that prevent vandalism and disturbances to the bat species that reside in the cave.
Another consideration when planning a budget-minded vacation is when to visit. Like most tourism destinations, the Turks and Caicos has varying busy and slow times, with accommodation fees that reflect such fluctuations. Typically, the December-January festive season, and the spring break months tend to have higher prices than the late January and the September to early November Hurricane Season.Below we explore some hypothetical stays and various types of accommodations, with estimates of their cost. Keep in mind that prices constantly change, and specials also may be available at times. Another consideration are taxes. Government-mandated accommodation tax of 12% is applied to stays, and restaurants and activities may incur tourism taxes and gratuities.
|Estimated Vacation Costs|
|4 day budget-minded getaway at a hotel for 2 adults, including a compact rental car for stay, dining out, and a half day public boat cruise. Airfare is not included.||$2000|
|1 week budget-minded stay at a villa for a family of 5, including rental minivan for stay, 1 half day public boat cruise, horseback riding excursion, dining out once per day, and groceries. Airfare is not included.||$7500|
|1 week stay for a couple at a luxury beachfront resort, including a rental Jeep Wrangler for stay, half day private charter, day trip to North Caicos and Middle Caicos, horseback riding, dining out. Airfare is not included.||$9000|
|1 week all-inclusive stay for a couple at a Beaches Turks and Caicos (normal rates, not holidays). Airfare is not included.||$10000|
|1 week all-inclusive stay for a family of 4 at a Beaches Turks and Caicos (normal rates, not holidays). Airfare is not included.||$14000|
|1 week stay at a beachfront luxury villa that can accommodate up to 10 guests, including a full size rental SUV, and a full day private charter, groceries, and dining out a couple times. Airfare is not included.||$19500|
Wymara resort, which is located on the beautiful Bight Beach on the western side of Grace Bay Beach, is a luxury resort with a great ambiance and is a good representation of a 5-star resort on Provo. Onsite are two restaurants, a spa, and a beautiful beach.
The studios and suites at Wymara feature contemporary styling, and there are two restaurants onsite: the elegant Stelle, and the beachfront and casual Zest. Amenities include a fitness center, water sports equipment on the beach, and a beautiful pool.
The Bight Beach offers a slightly different perspective to Grace Bay, as it has some snorkeling reefs near shore and is a bit more sheltered. Lush sea grass beds grow a bit off the beach, which are home to turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, and starfish. Several hotels and resorts are located on and near the Bight Beach.
|Wymara Resort Rates|
|Low Season Rates||$635 per night|
|Peak High Season Rates||$1425 per night|
The expansive Beaches Turks and Caicos all-inclusive resort is one of the most popular resorts in the country, and definitely offers by far the greatest collection of restaurants and activities of any accommodation. Attractions include 20 restaurants, a water park, a great selection of water sports, and huge pools.
Beaches is made up of four “village” enclaves: Caribbean Village, Italian Village, Key West Village, and the French Village. Room options are quite wide, with everything from one bedroom garden studios and suites, to beachfront villas with multiple bedrooms.
There’s often a bit of sticker shock when initially seeing the prices for Beaches, yet keep in mind that rates include unlimited dining and drinks, tipping isn’t encouraged, and there’s plenty to do. If guests don’t opt to do offsite excursions or charters, there typically isn’t much in the way of additional vacation expenses (not including airfare of course!). Below are a generalization of both high season and special rates.
|Beaches Resort - All-inclusive|
|Low Season Rates - 1 Week for 2 Adults||$8400|
|High Season Rates - 1 Week for 2 Adults||$11000|
|Low Season Rates - 1 Week for Family of 4||$9400|
|High Season Rates - 1 Week stay for Family of 4||$16000|
Alexandra Resort is a very popular all-inclusive on Grace Bay, and an example of a beachfront all-inclusive that is not the expansive family-oriented Beaches Turks and Caicos or the adult-only Club Med Turkoise. The Turks and Caicos has about 10 all-inclusive resorts, and there’s a large variance in the sizes of the accommodations, their atmospheres, and what is included with stays.
Alexandra Resort is part of the Turks and Caicos Collection, which allows for guests staying at any one of their Providenciales hotels to access and use the amenities of the others. The other hotels in the group are Blue Haven Resort at Leeward, and the Beach House at the Bight Beach, which offer differing settings to the Alexandra. Blue Haven Resort is also located near the wetland sanctuary of Mangrove Cay in the Princess Alexandra National Park, with its great paddle boarding and kayaking, and Beach House is near some beautiful beach snorkeling reefs.
|Alexandra Resort - All-inclusive|
|Low Season Rates - Studio||$560 per night|
|Low Season Rates - One Bedroom Oceanfront||$680 per night|
|Peak Holiday Rates - Studio||$1162 per night|
|Peak Holiday Rates - One Bedroom Oceanfront||$1200 per night|
Kokomo Botanical Resort is a small inland micro resort that combines great rates with an excellent onsite restaurant, high levels of service, and a complimentary beach shuttle service to the Bight Beach, where there are amenities for their guests.
The resort consists of standalone villas which surround the central pool and restaurant, which offer a bit of privacy and are perfect for families. The restaurant, WE Grill + Wok, serves an international fusion cuisine that attempts to incorporate the freshest local and imported ingredients as possible.
|Kokomo Resort Rates|
|Low Season Rates - Two Bedroom Villa||$196 per night|
|Peak Holiday Rates - Two Bedroom Villa||$460 per night|
The central Grace Bay region is home to both beachfront and inland hotels, and as may be expected, the inland accommodations usually have much lower rates than those on the beach. The inland hotels are typically less than a five minute walk from the beach, so they tend to be quite busy.
Villa del Mar is a contemporary condo resort, and within a short walk of Grace Bay Beach and many restaurants. It’s a convenient place to stay for those who want to be in Grace Bay, yet don’t want to pay for a beachfront room. As is the case with nearby hotels such as Ports of Call Resort, Island Club, Inn at Grace Bay, and The Oasis at Grace Bay, it may not be necessary to rent a car for the entirety of your stay due to the many restaurants and shops within walking distance.
|Villa del Mar Rates|
|Low Season Rates - Studio||$273 per night|
|Low Season Rates - One Bedroom Penthouse||$495 per night|
|Peak Holiday Rates - Studio||$500 per night|
|Peak Holiday Rates - One Bedroom Penthouse||$1065 per night|
Hakuna Matata is an example of an inland and mid-sized vacation villa that offers a modern atmosphere and sleeps 7 people. Such a rental can be a great budget-minded option for a large family or couples travelling together, as the effective per-person nightly rate can be less than $60, yet the accommodations are comfortable, clean, and contemporary.
For an inland villa, a rental car is almost always a necessity. However, All of the islands in the Turks and Caicos are quite small, so the beaches, restaurants, dining, and typically only a few minute drive away.
Most vacation villas are found in one of a few residential neighborhoods, including Leeward, Long Bay, the Bight, and Turtle Cove. It’s best to know a little about your area before booking, as nearby beaches and tranquility vary.
|Low Season Rates||$399 per night|
|Peak Holiday Rates||$750 per night|
Serenity House is a good choice for a large beachfront villa that typically rents for a little less than one of the new luxury properties. The house is spacious and has six bedrooms and sleeps twelve. The villa boasts of a top-tier beachfront location that features the rare combination of both perfect sand and water as well as nearby snorkeling reefs.
Large beachfront and water front vacation rentals can be a really good option for large family getaways. Many such villas typically offer plenty of space, a pool, and kayaks and paddle boards. The full kitchens make it easy to prepare meals, which can also save quite a bit over dining out.
|Low Season Rates||$1857 per night|
|Peak Holiday Rates||$3143 per night|
Villa Shambhala is an elegant 5 bedroom mansion beachfront on incredible Long Bay Beach, and is a good representation of the mid and upper luxury property rental segment. This villa features a great complement of amenities, including a pool, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and lounging spaces, umbrellas, beach chairs, kayaks, paddle boards, and gated entry.
Villa Shambhala is located on an incredible stretch of secluded beach. Long Bay has is a bit different from Grace Bay, with finer white sand and shallow ocean depths and the area is exceptional for kiteboarding.
|Low Season Rates||$1700 per night|
|Peak Holiday Rates||$6000 per night|
The Turks and Caicos has a great restaurant scene, especially for fine dining. Prices are high, yet there’s less of a disparity between plate prices in the Turks and Caicos and major US cities than there is for groceries and other expenses.
Some of the well-known beachfront restaurants on Providenciales can be quite expensive compared their lesser known competitors, and in many cases you’re simply paying for the ambiance. Here are some example prices of what we believe are good local representations of common dishes.
|Restaurants and Dining|
|Pizza - Large Pepperoni||$22 (Pizza Pizza)|
|Fried Chicken - Takeout Meal||$10 (Pizza Pizza on Leeward Highway)|
|Burger and Fries||$14 (Bay Bistro restaurant)|
|Local-style Fish Dinner||$22 (Mangrove Bay Restaurant)|
|Gourmet Takeout Lunch||$22 (Cocovan)|
|Gourmet Takeout Lunch||$22 (Cocovan)|
|Bone-In Rib Eye Steak Dinner||$48 (Opus restaurant)|
|Locally-caught Lobster Dinner||$34 (Mango Reef restaurant)|
Food and grocery prices are high in the Turks and Caicos, especially for perishables and imported alcohol. Graceway IGA is the largest supermarket in the country, and typically has a great selection of products, produce, and meat. Graceway Gourmet is located in the Grace Bay region and is smaller, yet still maintains a good inventory, and also offers a salad bar and a great menu of prepared foods.
Several discount and wholesale grocery stores can be found in the Downtown area of Providenciales, including Sunny Foods and Quality Supermarket. Prices tend to be lower at these stores, yet much of the stock is dry goods.
|Kellogg's Corn Flakes (12oz/340g)||$6.49|
|Cadbury's Chocolate Bar (2.6oz/75g)||$2.19|
|Whole Chicken (raw)||$9.00|
|Beer - Guinness (6, 12oz/350ml bottles)||$18.99|
|Beer - Heineken (6, 12oz/350ml bottles)||$18.99|
|Beer - Turks Head (6, 12oz/350ml bottles)||$11.49|
|Coca-Cola (6, 12oz/350ml cans)||$5.39|
A boat excursion to our amazing uninhabited cays, beaches, and reefs is one of the best things to do in the Turks and Caicos. There are many options, from shared cruises, to private charters on a wide array of vessels.
Shared half day combination snorkel/beach visit trips start at about $90 per adult and $45 per child. Typically, snacks and drinks, and the use of snorkel gear is included.
The Turks and Caicos also has some great private charter options, and the additional cost can be worth it in many cases. Private charters allow you to spend the day how you’d like, and often go the extra distance to visit the best places in the Turks and Caicos. Half day excursions on a smaller center console boat start at about $650, and tours on more spacious vessels such as power catamarans and Axopar powerboats are $800-1000. Larger yachts with enclosed cabin space and air conditioning begin at about $3000-4000 per half day.
|Boat Charter and Excursions|
|Public Half Day Beach and Snorkeling Cruise||$90 per adult, $45 per child|
|Private Charter - Small Vessel||$890 per half day, $1450 per full day|
|Private Charter - Large Yacht||$3200 per half day, $4900 per full day|
A great way to spend a day in the Turks and Caicos is to take a day trip to the tranquil and sparsely-populated islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos. Commonly referred to as the Garden Islands, these two islands are connected by a road causeway.
It’s quite easy to plan your day adventure. Simply check the North Caicos ferry schedule and port location ( Heaving Down Rock on Providenciales and Sandy Point Marina on North Caicos) so you’ll know where and when to go, reserve your rental car, and do a little online research of the beaches and attractions so you’ll know what you will want to see.
|Day Trip to North and Middle Caicos Prices|
|Estimated Day Trip Total||$300 for 2 people|
|Car Rental||$75-90 for a car or small SUV|
|Return Ferry Ticket||$55 per adult, $30 for children under 9|
|Gas||About $6.50 per gallon, trips typically use under $30 total|
|Lunch||$18 for sandwiches, $25 for local seafood|
|Entry to Conch Bar Caves||$20 per person|
For most guests visiting the Turks and Caicos, having a rental car for the duration of your stay is the best option for transport. Economy class cars start at under $40 per day. It often makes sense to pick up your rental upon arrival at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS), which saves a costly taxi trip.
Compact cars aren’t the only rental option. There are mini vans, SUVs, large sedans, and even upgraded Jeep Wranglers, which can be a lot of fun!
If you’d rather not drive, or want a ride for dinner, Conch Cab is a new ride hailing service that features an easy to use app. Conch Cabs are significantly less expensive than taxis, but do have government-imposed limitations on where they may operate, which primarily prohibits them from transporting guests to and from the Providenciales airport.
|Car Rental and Taxi Prices|
|Compact Economy-class||$38 per day rental|
|Mid-sized SUV||$98 per day rental|
|Jeep Wrangler||$100 per day rental|
|Upgraded Jeep Wrangler||$120 per day rental|
|Luxury-class SUV||$190 per day rental|
|Airport to Grace Bay Taxi Fare||$28 for two people|
|Conch Cab in central Grace Bay||$5 per person|