Frequently Asked Questions

Chalk Sound - Turks and Caicos

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions (and answers!) about Turks and Caicos that will hopefully save you some time while doing your research on where to travel.

Is Turks and Caicos safe?

We never felt unsafe at any point in time on the island.  There are police stations located across the island.  According to the Turks and Caicos Tourism board, the Turks and Caicos Islands boast one of the lowest crime rates and highest crime-solved rates in the Caribbean.

Of course, it is better to be safe than sorry so you should always take precautions like locking away valuables in the safe in your room.  Staying near the resort at night is also a good precaution.

What currency is used on Turks and Caicos?

The US Dollar is the common currency in Turks and Caicos and is gladly accepted everywhere on the islands.  Most major credit cards are often accepted as well.

How many miles long are Turks and Caicos?

The primary tourist island of Provo is 23 miles long (and just 4 miles wide).  It is easy to get around the island in 30 minutes or less.  The other islands vary in length with North and Middle Caicos being the largest of the islands.

Where is Turks and Caicos?

Turks and Caicos is about 550 miles south of Miami, Florida which is about 1.5 hours by airplane from Miami.  Turks and Caicos is about 50 miles south of the Bahamas.  Technically, the Turks and Caicos islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean just north of the Caribbean Sea.

Is the water really that blue?

Yes.  When the sun is high over head and there are few clouds.  The water turns the most amazing shades of blue and turquoise that you will find anywhere.

How do I find Taylor Bay?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions and also one of the most difficult to explain.  We have dedicated an entire page to answering this.

What is the deal with tipping, gratuity, service fees, and taxes while in Turks and Caicos?

One of the most confusing things in Turks and Caicos can be how much to tip.  The problem is your bill comes and it includes taxes at around 11%, service fees of another 8% to 15%, and then a line for tip or gratuity.  We explain the service fees and tipping in Turks and Caicos right here.

Which side of the road do you drive on in Turks and Caicos?

Turks and Caicos is part of the British West Indies and follows the British tradition of driving on the LEFT side of the road.  This is the opposite of the United States where people drive on the right side of the road.

 

You can also read more information and other questions answered on our blog about Turks and Caicos.