Turks and Caicos on a Budget

March 2018–Turks and Caicos Islands


Let’s be honest, coming to Turks and Caicos on a budget is difficult, but it is definitely doable. It’s by far the most expensive Caribbean Island I’ve visited, but it also takes my reward for the most stunning Caribbean Island I’ve explored. I recently spent four nights in Providenciales, the most developed and populated island in the Turks and Caicos, for a relaxing beach getaway. I knew coming to the Islands would be expensive but with a few travel tricks, I managed to pinch my pennies and enjoy the beautiful island on a budget.

Tip #1

Choose a hotel off the beach. Most hotels are located on Grace Bay Beach and start at $300+/night and go much higher from there, averaging around $600/night. Hotels nearer to the airport or away from the beach are less that $200/night. Many of these hotels also offer a shuttle daily that heads down to Grace Bay Beach at your convenience.

The Lodgings Hotel
The Lodgings Hotel

Tip #2

Rent a car. Getting around the Providenciales is really easy. It’s a small island, at only 38 square miles (98 km sq). Renting a car enables you to view the many beaches, pop into shops, drive to restaurants, and of course explore places you wouldn’t otherwise see. Driving around the island is fun! I found many rocky roads, tucked away from the main road, with hidden beaches and beautiful views.

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Budget Rental Car

Tip #3

Bring snacks along for the day, and buy food from the grocery stores. Eating out really busts the wallet with most plates averaging $20-$40, and a much needed island cocktail for $10-$20. Save your money for one meal out a day by packing snacks and a having a kitchenette/refrigerator in your room. I usually pack cliff bars, peanut butter to-go, and nuts when traveling. When I arrive I’ll pick up water, bread, fruit, lunch meat, and a few other necessities to for quick and easy cheap meals.

My travel snacks

Tip #4

Buy a bottle of wine/alcohol at duty free before you board your flight. Drinks were really expensive on the island, and their traditional rum punch was no exception. So if you like your cocktails, come prepared!

Road Wine

Tip #5

Travel during low season. Like any tourist destination prices are much lower during the off-season. Turks and Caicos is no exception. Low season for this island is around June through November when the temperatures are high, and hurricane season is threatening. I should have taken my own advice for this tip, but instead traveled during a typical American ‘spring break’ where prices are at there highest.

‘High Season’ but still quiet

Tip #6

Travel with a group of people and book a vacation rental home. Although the prices for rentals can be a bit high, when you can split the cost with others, you’ll be saving yourself some money for adventures! The rental homes are all around the island, from the beaches, to the highest point in Providenciales. Most, if not all, I saw were well maintained and suitable for a vacation home.

Rental Home on Long Bay

Tip #7

Plan ahead, and book early. The island is small and can fill up fast, especially during high season. Another piece of advice I should have followed for myself, as I struggled to find a suitable hotel with a reasonable price. I did succeed though, and was very pleased with my hotel near to the airport.

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Path to Pelican Beach

I truly enjoyed my budget holiday in Turks and Caicos, and hope you can do the same!

Turks and Caicos–Worth The High Prices?

March 2018–Turks and Caicos Islands


There’s no way to sugar coat it, Turks and Caicos is an expensive Caribbean Island. Actually, the most expensive Caribbean Island I’ve visited. So why choose Turks and Caicos? I’ll give you a five reasons, if you need some convincing.

  1. Fresh Conch. Straight out of the Caribbean Sea into my mouth…I mean your mouth. Or take me with and we can share. 🙂 I also had the BEST blackened grouper I’ve ever tasted, that was worth the trip right there!
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    Seafood Platter With Conch Fritters and Cracked Conch

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    Best Blackened Grouper I’ve Tasted
  2. TripAdvisor just named ‘Grace Bay Beach’ the #1 Beach in the World. It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Words and photos don’t give it justice, you just have to experience it with your own eyes.

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    Grace Bay Beach
  3. Not only is Grace Bay Beach stunning, there are many of beaches around the island more private, and just as grand. My favorite was Long Bay Beach.

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    Long Bay Beach Sunrise
  4. There is an abandoned ship two miles from the shoreline of Long Bay Beach. This is my number one reason why I need to go back. I didn’t realize this could be visited by jet ski and explored, until my last day. I’m fascinated by it, and would make a second trip just to explore this.

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    Look Closely For The Abandoned Ship
  5. If you’re looking for a relaxing, quiet getaway, this is the island for you. It’s far from being a loud, party island. I was there during ‘high’ season, and found myself wondering just exactly where everyone was hiding.
Beach Tranquility

Expensive as the Turks and Caicos Islands may be, I would recommend a short visit if you’re looking to find some pure, clean, gorgeous beaches with white sand and turquoise waters.

Views From The Top

March 2018–Turks and Caicos Islands


There’s a good reason why I always book a window seat. Even though it’s a little more squished, and you have to bug other passengers to move in and out, it’s completely worth it! Whether it’s a bright, sunny day, a night flight, or approaching sunrise/sunset the view from the top never disappoints.

Yesterday mornings flight was no different. Looking out the window on my flight from Fort Lauderdale to Turks and Caicos I was in awe. The views were breathtaking! Blue, turquoise, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean were beneath me.

I’ll go ahead and say it, this was the BEST view I’ve had from an airplane. My eyes were happy and my camera was clicking. Enjoy a few unedited shots and let me know if you’ve seen a view similar or better!