Seven things to know before visiting Turks and Caicos - Grace Bay area

1. Bring your passport - Turks and Caicos is a British Overseas Territory where US Dollars are the official currency.

2. Taxi's are very expensive, renting a car is relatively cheap.  A round trip to a restaurant four miles away literally cost $80 dollars (total) - almost as expensive as dinner for two, and a lot more expensive than grabbing an ice cream cone in town.

3. There are no traffic lights on Turks and Caicos.  You drive on the left side of the road. Speed limits are low so I felt pretty comfortable driving on the left side of the road for the first time.

4. Grocery shopping is quiet expensive - Bottle of Absolut Vodka - $43, Sun Chips  $9, Six cans of Coca Cola - $10. Prices are generally more than double of what you'd pay in the USA.  Suggestion - Bring food and snacks with you, and pick up some booz at Duty Free on your way to the island.  

5. Restaurants are expensive - typically $35 - $40 for a main course.  The good news is they are exceptional.  Highlights for us were - Magnolia's (perched on a beautiful spot in Turtle Cove), Mr. Grouper (a local joint with great food - expensive considering they serve on plastic plates, but the food is excellent0,  Bay Bistro  (on Grace Bay beach - beautiful view and great food) MAKE RESERVATIONS BEFORE YOUR TRIP

6. IMPORTANT - Over the last two years a mini crime wave has hit the island with people being robbed walking on the quiet streets at night, and villas being broken into.  Suggestion - stay at a hotel or condo complex with a security guard at the entrance, and take taxi's or your rental car at night.

7. Grace Beach on Providenciales (Provo) is 12 miles long and consistently rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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