The Ins and Outs of Flying to Turks & Caicos
January 30, 2020
There is no question that winter is the perfect time to getaway to a tropical location. There are many reasons why the Turks and Caicos Islands are consistently rated the top destination in the Caribbean. The island enjoys a consistent year round temperature averaging in the 80’s (F). The springtime is considered their rainy season and the winter months are slightly cooler. The peak travel time is December through March so if you plan to visit during those months be sure to make your arrangements and reservations early. April through November often offers more options for reservations and special offerings.
The commercial flights plentiful and easy. New York, Atlanta, Miami, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas and Charlotte are just a few of many locations that offer a nonstop flight right into Providenciales (PLS). Within these locations there are also multiple airlines that offer fast and smooth options to get you to the TCI. Southwest Airlines offers two low-cost nonstop flights from Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale. American Airlines offers nonstop direct flights from Dallas, Miami, Charlotte, Boston and seasonal service from Chicago. United Airlines offers nonstop flights to the island from Newark, Chicago, and New York City. Finally, Jet Blue offers nonstop service between New York City, Fort Lauderdale and Boston.
The Turks and Caicos Islands is a popular destination for private planes, having ranked third in the Caribbean region for arrivals in 2014. Providenciales has two modern fixed-base operators (FBO), each with onsite immigration and customs personnel. Both have newly-constructed and separate terminals and aprons from the main Providenciales International Airport (PLS). The choices are Blue Heron Aviation and Provo Air Center.
Amenities at both FBOs include the full range of aircraft services, general and crew lounges, catering, and concierge services. The FBOs also have office and business centres with WiFi, printers, phone and fax service, computers, and a conference room. Both sites allow and have a facility for pets.
US, British and Canadian citizens do not need a visa when traveling to TCI. All travelers must have a round trip ticket and a passport for entry. Please visit the Ministry of Border Control and Labour website for more information on which countries may require a travel visa and how to apply.
The U.S. dollar is the currency of choice and most places of business accept credit cards. Be sure to let your bank and credit card company know you are traveling so your TCI purchases don’t get flagged as unusual activity. ATM locations are plentiful and easy to access.
Taxis can get pricey on the island and a great alternative is to get a rental car. Be very aware that they drive on the opposite side of the road and make sure you feel comfortable being able to adjust. There are many fun areas to explore that are reachable within a short drive. The Turks and Caicos are unbelievably photogenic and you will have your followers getting complete FOMO over your IG feed.
Guests of The Shore Club will be met at the airport by one of our greeters who will make sure you are placed in the right taxi. If you prefer private transportation, just let our concierge know, and we can arrange that for you too! Guests of the Villas at The Shore Club have private airport transportation included in their stay.