Well known for luxury Caribbean holidays, Providenciales or Provo, as it is affectionately known, is situated in the Caribbean, just below the Bahamas islands in the British West Indies, and only an hour and a half flight from Miami, Florida.
A British Crown colony with a thriving economy, modern conveniences, and jet service from many cities, Provo is the most developed of the eight inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos. Sought after for the luxury Caribbean holidays it provides, Provo boasts fabulous, white sugary sand beaches dotted with mostly low-rise Caribbean resorts and breathtaking turquoise waters.
Twelve miles of Provo’s shoreline is home to world-famous Grace Bay, one of the most widely acclaimed beaches in the world for luxury Caribbean holidays. Grace Bay has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as the “World’s Best Beach”, by World Travel Awards as the “World’s Leading Beach” for four consecutive years, as well as the “Leading Destination.” Trip Advisor named it “Best Beach and Sun Destination,” and “Top 3 in the Caribbean for Families and Romance.”
It is easy to see why travelers choose Turks and Caicos for their Caribbean vacations. Sunny days 350 days of the year, gentle easterly breezes, and calm, warm ocean water ranging from the mid-70s F in winter, to the mid-80s F in summer, entice visitors to the luxury resorts in Turks and Caicos year after year.
But Sunshine, magnificent beaches and aqua oceans aren’t the only reasons visitors embrace the Turks and Caicos Islands for their Caribbean vacations. Convenient air travel from many cities; a familiar language, economic, financial and legal system; a full-complement of convenient services; a safe island environment; modern facilities; quality health care; and a diverse range of activities including gourmet restaurants, an award-winning golf course, marinas and world-class diving, fishing and snorkeling are also available in this unspoiled paradise.
Yet, complete seclusion and privacy are never more than a few minutes away in this haven for luxurious Caribbean vacations. The Turks and Caicos Islands have so much more to offer, such as:
Currency: US Dollar, Most credit cards accepted, ATM service
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time, Daylight Savings Time observed April – October
Climate: Year-round sunshine (350 days/year), Prevailing easterly breeze from the Atlantic Tradewinds with temperatures 80-84 F from November to May and 85-90 F June to October. Water temperatures average 76 F November to May and 83 F June to October.
When planning your Caribbean holidays, keep in mind that Customs and Immigration requires that visitors have a valid passport, good for 90-days per visit without requesting an extended stay. All visitors to resorts in Turks and Caicos must hold a round trip ticket.
Visitors on Caribbean holidays arriving via international flights and connecting to any other TCI islands through Providenciales must first clear immigration and customs and claim baggage at PLS before making the connection through the domestic departure area at the Provo Airport. Limitations for duty-free Imports is $400 for residents and $60 for visitors.
All travel to and from the Turks and Caicos Islands is through Providenciales International Airport (PSL), a modern, full-service airport which welcomes dozens of international flights every week. Not only is it the primary airport for travelers on Caribbean holidays to Turks and Caicos, but it is also the gateway to the rest of the Turks & Caicos Islands and its luxury Caribbean resorts. Currently, it is under expansion and will provide for jumbo jet non-stop travel from major cities from across the globe.
All automobile drivers in the Turks and Caicos Islands are required to drive in the left lane.
A valid passport is required and visitors may stay for 90 days per visit without requesting an extended stay. All visitors must hold a round trip ticket. All visitors arriving via international flights and connecting to any other TCI islands through Providenciales must first clear immigration and customs and claim baggage at PLS before making the connection through the domestic departure area at the Provo Airport.
Duty-free Imports: $400 for residents; $60 for visitors and 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 1.136 liters of spirits or wine and perfume for personal use. No restrictions for travelers on the import of cameras, lm or sports equipment. To bring in firearms of any type (including spear guns and Hawaiian slings), you must have written approval from the Commissioner of Police. Controlled drugs and pornography are illegal.
Providenciales International Airport (PSL) is a modern, full-service airport. It welcomes dozens of international flights every week from North America, Europe and other Caribbean Islands. It is also the gateway to the rest of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Currently it is under expansion and will provide for jumbo jet non-stop travel from major cities from across the globe. Check the airport web site for up-to-date ight schedules and route maps. For luggage restrictions, individual airlines should be consulted.
Airport Code: PLS Latitude: N 21°15’ .6 Longitude: W 72°46’.7 (17° MBPV PLS N21 46.4 WO72 16.0 F-4, Jet A-1. 1100 - 2300)
Visitors from British Commonwealth countries, U.S., Canada and holders of an international driver’s license can drive for 30 consecutive days. Visitors from other countries must obtain a Visitor’s Permit at the Road Safety Department. All drivers are required to drive in the left lane.
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