Our world famous beaches may first entice you to visit Turks and Caicos, but once you are here our tropical landscape may well invite you to towel off the beach sand after a few days and explore our islands. A great way to do that is by bicycle.
A Turks and Caicos cycling excursion is made easy by our relatively flat roads and light traffic conditions. In this country free of traffic lights, you’ll encounter few interruptions as you tour the islands by bicycle. With almost constant tradewinds and 350 days of annual sunshine, the weather conditions will be in your favour too.
On Providenciales, we find that many visitors like to cycle from Leeward, the residential community located at the east end of the island and home to Blue Haven Resort. From there, cycle along the 12 mile route that runs parallel to Grace Bay Beach all the way to historic Turtle Cove. There, you’ll find a number of restaurants where you can refresh yourself with a cool drink – our own Kitchen 218 restaurant is located directly on the way so you can enjoy lunch on the beach deck.
When you’re ready for a more challenging ride, head to beautiful Chalk Sound. You’ll travel some modest hills, navigate a few winding roads and discover Chalk Sound National Park, a turquoise coloured lagoon, at the end of your journey. The popular Las Brisas restaurant located on the shores of Chalk Sound provides a convenient venue for lunch.
Providenciales is also home to the recently established Turks and Caicos Cycling Club. If you are a cycling enthusiast, you can learn more about the club and its events, and meet some of the members. Contact the club by visiting www.turksandcaicoscycling.com
Another great way to truly experience Turks and Caicos is to visit some of the other islands that make up our Caribbean archipelago. Big Blue Unlimited and Caicos Cyclery offer guided cycling trips on North and Middle Caicos. They will organize transfers on the ferry and then guide you along the scenic and peaceful roads that wind through the sister islands. both also rent bicycles. Learn more about their services at www.bigblueunlimited.com and www.caicoscyclery.com.
While cycling is a great way to explore Turks and Caicos, it’s also important to be mindful of a few safety tips. There are no paved bike lanes on the roads here. Do not expect motorists to give way for you, and keep in mind the roads are also being navigated by tourists in car rentals who are not accustomed to driving on the left hand side, and who are not always familiar with the roads.
Many resorts, including our own Alexandra Resort and our sister properties, Beach House and Blue Haven Resort, offer complimentary use of pedal bikes. Many of our bikes are equipped with baskets and we provide helmets as well. These bikes are best suited for traveling short distances and on flat, paved roads. They are perfect for a jaunt to the grocery store or the shops at Regent Village and Salt Mills. Contact our concierge to reserve a bicycle and have fun exploring the island!