Turks and Caicos
Car Rental Guide

A bunch of Turks and Caicos car rental companies serve Provo including a few well-known companies: Avis, Budget (both at airport) and Hertz.

Vacations are all about relaxing and that's what beaches are made for, right!


I can spend endless days lazing around on the beach. But getting out and about, seeing the sights and having fun can be relaxing too.

When on the islands, that's my second favorite thing to do.

On Provo, you have a few transportation options, but for my money the best deal is to rent a car.

It's the only way to access the whole island... and there's plenty to see!

You can rent cars from compact to luxury, Jeeps, SUVs, mini-vans, bicycles, scooters and limousines too!

If you have kids, you can even rent baby car seats and other baby necessities from Baby Equipment at 649-941-3568 day / 649-941-5326 evenings / fax 649-941-5164.

Turks and Caicos Car Rental-Why Rent a Car?

If the only sightseeing you want to do is between the beach and the pool bar then you certainly won't need a car...

But the hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and marinas are a bit scattered and... Provo is bigger than you might think.

Taxi vans serve the island, but tend to be pretty expensive even for short trips... especially if you're the type that likes to hit a new bar or restaurant every night.

Also, they are notorious for being slow to pick you up.

The main reason is to explore all the awesome, secluded beaches and for general convenience when experiencing all that Provo has to offer. Renting a car just helps make the most of your vacation time.

I recommend you get a 4wd Jeep if you plan to visit some of the remote beaches on the northwest, west and south shores of Provo--especially Malcom Road Beach.

The roads are not developed and can be a bit sketchy and bumpy.

Rent-a-Buggy :: 649-946-4158 :: has been around for 18 years and specializes in jeeps with 24 hr service and maintenance.

Rental Rates

Turks and Caicos car rental rates run about $40 to $80/day, but you also have to pay a $15 government tax.

Be sure you make a reservation a few months (maybe even 6 months) in advance of the peak winter season.

Most Turks and Caicos car rental companies provide airport pickup service and many offer free mileage as well.

Grand Turk Car Rentals

On Grand Turk, restaurants, bars and shops are centrally located so you really don't need to rent a car unless you want to explore all the beaches that surround the island.

Tony's Car Rental is your only option ($70-95/day). He has bicycles and scooters too. Office: 649-946-1879.

Gecko Shuttle

The Gecko Shuttle is a red mini-bus that provides a pretty decent service.

The Gecko runs up and down the island between Grace Bay and Turtle Cove about every half hour stopping at all the hotels, restaurants and bars, shopping centers, the supermarket and golf course.

Rates:

Single trips: $4
Day Pass: $14
3-7-10-14 Day Pass: $25-$58
Family Pass (4 or more) 1-14 days: $28-$135

Kids ages 5-12 are less and under 5 years rides free.

You can also rent the Gecko by the hour for groups or wedding parties, etc. and they offer several tours: Island Tour, Conch Farm, Rum Tasting, Pub Crawl.

Schedule:

Every day all year:

Sunday to Wednesdays: 9:00a.m. - 12:00a.m.
Thursday to Saturdays: 9:00a.m. - 2:00a.m.

Personally, I like the Gecko and it's pretty darn convenient for hopping around town, but it won't take you to any of the many Provo beaches and I just like being able to pick up and go when ready and be able to get to places off the beaten path.

If you're perfectly happy hanging out at your hotel with maybe just a trip or two to the shops and bars, then the Gecko will work great for you. But if you like to get out and explore, take day trips, go fishing or diving then get a car.

Remember, when renting a car: Drive on the LEFT side of the road!

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