The coast at the Crossing Place Trail and Norbellis Coves, Middle Caicos.
The Beautiful and Wild North Caicos and Middle Caicos
Found in the centre of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, North Caicos and Middle Caicos are the heart of the country and the perfect escape for the adventurous traveller.
With a combined population of less than three thousand, day to day life is laid-back and quiet. These two islands make up the majority of the land mass in the country, so the density of development is quite low. A drivable causeway connects North Caicos and Middle Caicos, and travel between islands is easy.
Many of the nation’s finest natural tourist attractions are found on these two islands, including caves, blue holes and the majestic limestone cliffs of Mudjin Harbour Beach.
The main draw of North and Middle Caicos are the beaches, coastlines and wetlands. There’s a vast amount of unspoiled Caribbean wilderness to discover.
Both islands offer beautiful and varied beaches, none of which have seen any large-scale development. From the sheltered white sands of Bambarra Beach to the remote Cedar Point, there’s always a beautiful location to discover. Where else could you spend days exploring untouched Caribbean coastline?
The view from the top of the cliffs at Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos.
Majestic Mudjin Harbour
The high limestone cliffs, sea caves and turquoise hues of the breath-taking Mudjin Harbour is considered one of the finest landscapes in the Turks and Caicos. Incredible at any time, the vistas here are especially impressive when the ocean swell is high.
Many visitors take a day trip from nearby Providenciales to Middle Caicos simply to experience this majestic coastline.
The main gallery and skylights at Indian Cave, Middle Caicos.
Caves and Blue Holes
The Karst geological system of dissolution certainly left its mark on North and Middle Caicos in the way of caves, blue hole and sinkholes.
Conch Bar Caves, the largest non-submerged caves system in the Bahamas – Turks and Caicos Islands archipelago, is found on central Middle Caicos.
Smaller yet nevertheless beautiful, the skylights and open galleries of Indian Cave is another great spot to visit. Papayas grow through the various openings and wild ficus tree roots drop down from the ceiling like vines.
On North Caicos, the Cottage Pond blue hole is a mysterious site. This perfectly round pond is over 250 feet deep, with cave systems branching off the bottom.
As the garden islands in the country, North Caicos and Middle Caicos were home to quite a few cotton and sisal plantations in previous centuries. Two such historical sites are open for tourism.
After the American Revolution, displaced loyalists, many of which were tobacco and cotton planters, were granted land in the budding Caicos Islands to compensate for losses sustained during the war. Once in the islands, they attempted to raise crops once more. Cotton was the usual choice, and the country’s Sea Island Cotton, was well received abroad.
However, it wasn’t to last. After a few decades, hurricanes, erosion and infestations brought an end to the industry.
Wade’s Green near the settlement of Kew on North Caicos is the best-known and best-preserved example of a Caicos plantation in the country. Although overtaken by dense vegetation in places, much of the Great House, Overseer’s House, kitchens, slave quarters and field walls still remain, waiting to be explored.
Blue Horizon Resort, Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos.
Villas and Accommodations
Keeping with the quiet nature of the islands, there are no large hotels or resorts. Each island has a small hotel, however, the majority of accommodations are beachfront rental villas and guest houses.
Whether you decide to book a lodging and spend your entire vacation on the islands, or simply make a day trip by ferry from Providenciales, there’s always a tranquil landscape awaiting on North Caicos and Middle Caicos.