Let’s be really clear. It is very likely that everything is more expensive on Turks and Caicos than it is wherever you are from especially if you are from the United States. Grocery store prices are no exception. The prices are expensive not because every restaurant and grocery store on the island are trying to price gouge you, it is because everything has to be shipped in to these tiny islands. The shipping is also in relatively small amounts for these grocery stores which drives the price up even more.
We came across these great photos taken at the local grocery store on Providenciales in 2014. These photos will give you a really good idea of the prices for regular food items.
Shopping at the grocery store will save you money in the long run over eating out for every meal on Turks and Caicos. The cost to create a meal is lower at the grocery store which is normal. But the items at the grocery store can still be relatively expensive. Below is a cost comparison between some of the items you will see in the photos linked above and our local prices for the same items.
Wine $14 on Provo ($7 local)
Boneless Strip Steak $17.29/lb on Provo
Laundry Detergent $6.45 on Provo ($4.99 local)
Coffee $7.35 on Provo ($3.99 local)
Granny Smith Apples $3.10/lb on Provo ($1.79/lb local)
Cereal box $11.45 on Provo ($3.99 local)
Mustard $2.59 on Provo ($0.99 local)
Beefaroni $2.09 on Provo ($0.79 local)
Miller Lite 6-pack $16.99 on Provo ($5.99 local)
As you can see many of the items that you can find at your local supermarket cost double or more at a grocery store in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
You can save money by shopping at the grocery store and preparing some meals for yourself rather than going out to restaurants. But you may not save as much as you think given some of the prices in the grocery store.
Either way, have fun and enjoy the beautiful beaches and waters of Turks and Caicos. You are on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.