Explore the islands of North and Middle Caicos for at least one day while visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands. Discover some truly amazing beaches and a variety of landscapes, local villages and historic sites. The pace of these islands is relaxed and friendly, the hospitality warm and generous. North and Middle Caicos lie at the heart of the Turks and Caicos Islands but this doesn’t mean that life has ever been easy here. Tough industries like cotton, sisal and guano mining have all come and gone over time. Tourism is not the enterprise you see on Provo. Many residents still live directly off the land and sea or commute to neighbouring islands for work. The vibe is chilled and for many it will always be a place to be proud of.
THE MAIN HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTH AND MIDDLE CAICOS
- The tranquil Cottage Pond Blue Hole
- Discovering history at Wade’s Green Plantation Ruins
- Counting heads at the Flamingo Pond Nature Reserve
- The views across Bottle Creek
- The bluff and beach at Mudjin Harbour
- Exploring the Conch Bar Caves National Park
- Seafood and hospitality at Daniel’s Café
- Supporting the handcraft co-op shop
- Walking deserted Bambarra Beach
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
The main highlights of North and Middle Caicos are tremendous. Dare to venture off the beaten path and discover more of the archipelago’s magic. Explore places like Pumpkin Buff and East Bay Cay. Hike along nature trails including the historic coastal ‘Crossing Pace Trail’ which starts in Conch Bar. Or brave the inland ‘Garden Walk’ to Nanny Pond. Curious travellers may find themselves at end of the paved road in the tiny settlement of Lorimers on Middle Caicos where 18th century cotton plantations once thrived. Unpaved roads lead you further to Haulover Plantation and Half Mile Creek. Continue along the beach known as ‘Wild Cow Run’ to the Windward-Going-Through where the mesmerizing waters around Dickish and Joe Grant’s Cays await. Intrepid explorers can wade the shallow sand bars between these cays to experience some of the most spectacular beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Birders will delight at the different species that come and go throughout the year. North and Middle Caicos offer some of the best birdwatching the in Turks and Caicos Islands. The seasonal ponds, tidal creeks and tropical dry forests provide good habitat for a variety of birds.
The number of bright pink flamingos in the Flamingo Pond Nature Reserve fluctuates as the birds travel between the islands. White Cheeked Pintail Ducks and American Grebes will frequent pools and flooded ditches. Egrets are a common sight and Osprey’s can be found at regular intervals along the coast like sentinels on watch. The nesting cliffs around Mudjin Harbour near the village of Conch Bar are an excellent place to observe the majestic long tailed tropic birds as they perform their mating rituals. The small sparrow hawks and king birds are also easily spotted on the telegraph wires or roadside trees. But the Nighthawks, Antillean Bull Finches, West Indian Whistling Ducks and the Key West Quail Dove are much harder to find and local knowledge can be essential.
Bird-watching can be part of your day to North & Middle Caicos or the main focus of your trip. Join eBird to share your sightings and contribute to international bird knowledge and conservation. A good pair of binoculars or a sight scope is essential. Long light weight clothing can also make bush walking more comfortable and provide protection from mosquitoes in the wetter months. A neat photographic book about bird watching in the Turks and Caicos Islands by Richard Ground provides an excellent visual reference and there are many other birding resources available including articles by Kim Mortimer in the locally published ‘Where, When, How’ magazine.
Amphibious Adventure Travel designs customized itineraries to North and Middle Caicos. The islands are reached in a thirty minute boat journey either via the North Caicos ferry or by private vessel. Knowledgeable guides will accompany you from Provo and ensure the day runs smoothly. Contact our team to set up your own Turks and Caicos experience.
All inclusive adventures from Provo start at US$1,100 for two people.