American airlines flies from JFK directly to Provo. Liz and I usually take an early (6:50am) Saturday flight out of JFK. The flight is a little under three hours with no problems. With such a short flight; time flies by quickly while I read my kindle and Liz reads one of her magazines.
I rented a car from Grace Bay Car rentals, but there are others on the island such as Budget & Avis. They drive on the left in Turks which get's some getting used to. Your car rental person meets you at the airport and gives you the key to your car. When returning back to airport, you park your car at that same parking lot in front of airport gates and leave your keys with the lady in that booth in the parking lot.
It's easy to navigate around the island and easy to follow the map that the rental company gives you. There are no traffic lights, only roundabouts and it really is mainly 1 main road on the island. If you stay at one of the more popular resorts, the grocery stores and main restaurants are walking distance therefore you may only want a car rental for a few days for any island exploring you may have.
I've been flying in to the International Provo Airport (PLS) in Providenciales for years, but our friends had never heard of the place. So when I looked at flights in early December where we could celebrate our anniversary and found that the flights here were wide open, that's where we went. Flying on a pass was cheap so our friends came along too. Fortunately we all had our passports already so we could do this on a moment's notice
When we wanted to return on Sunday, the mid-day American Airlines plane didn't take off from Miami, so everyone that paid got back on the last flight, but since we flew on passes we had to stay another day. Not a problem for us, but we had to pay for our friend to fly back Delta so he could get to his job.
International Airline Service to Turks & Caicos Islands
*Air Turks and Caicos, Scheduled air service between the Turks and Caicos Islands and Cap Haitian, HAITI 7days per week, Puerto Plata/Santiago, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 7 days per week, Montego Bay, JAMAICA 4 days per week.
*American Airlines Daily from Miami and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. From JFK to Providenciales Sat & Sun
*BahamasAir: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday from Nassau to Providenciales.
*British Airways: from the LHR to the Providenciales, Sundays with a stop in Nassau Bahamas.
*Delta Airlines: From Atlanta to Provo daily except Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
*US Airways: Service from Charlotte to Providenciales on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. U.S. and Canada
The Providenciales Airport is quite small but provides several direct flights to Provo from the states. American Airlines, British Airways and Air Jamaica are big carriers that fly into Provo. AA has two to three flights a day to Provo.
The airport itself is pretty well organized and we didn't have any problems checking in for our flight. Retrieving baggage was slow on our way down but hey it's "Island Time".
Taxis can be pricey if you let the hotel do the arranging. We learned this after we had paid $60 to get to the Conch Festival. Call the taxi yourself and negotiate a price.....you find it's much cheaper.
Walking the beach was a favorite activity of ours in Provo. We walked the beach every day at sunset and during the day we explored the island on foot. Walking in the sand is great exercise as well. Our walks usually took us anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours down the beach. We spent some times collecting shells, splashed in the water, visited other resorts and saw some amazing sunsets and a full moon.
Our resort provided a free shuttle to the resort from the airport as well as the return trip to the airport. The shuttle was a large van that held 8 people comfortably along with luggage. The drive was less than 15 minutes from the airport to the hotel.
Okay so I always recommend renting a car, so much easier to explore, and it's true for Provo. Not all of the roads are paved, some are "improved" roads which means it is compacted limestone and will be a rough ride. Even others are impassable for non-4x4 vehicles.
In any case, it's not expensive to rent a small car (under $300 for a week).
I would highly recommend NOT renting the cheapest car, which will be a Diahatsu charade. Go for the next size up at least. Our Charade didn't even make it one full day without a serious flat tire and that was only driving on the paved roads!
The Diahatsu Sirion we were given after the flat was way way way better! Power windows and locks, better pickup, although not much bigger.
No need to worry about petrol, we used less than $20 worth in the entire week.
You may not "need" a car but you will like the freedom to come and go as you please, or go pick up some beer/wine/rum for your room or check out a new place for breakfast, or whatever.
I heard from other people that taxi rides are around $20 each way, so over a week a rented car will be worth it!
Plus it's super fun to drive on the left!
When getting a Taxi or Limo to take you anyplace, get them to give you the price before you get into the vehicle. Make sure you are specific in your request so that they can't say it was per person or that was for the first mile, etc. They do try to take advantage of tourists.
Unless you plan on doing a lot of exploring on your own, I'd recommend a taxi from the airport ($18 to $25 US) to your hotel. After that, some resorts are close enough to walk. Other excursions can easily be arranged by taxi. In our case of a full day on a private beach, the boat pulled right up to our hotel's beach instead of leaving us at the marina which was a 40 minute drive away. Very nice. Renting a car is definitely optional.