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. Driving from Sandy Point Marina (western North Caicos) to Lorimers (eastern Middle Caicos) is the longest drive in the country at 32 miles.
Coming from Providenciales, and despite only being a short 30 minute ferry ride away, you'll instantly notice that North Caicos is lusher and greener. Due to the geography of the Caicos Islands archipelago, North Caicos captures a far greater share of the rainfall drifting in from the Atlantic.
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. If you're staying on Providenciales, several companies offer day-trip packages to tour the sights and attractions of these twin islands.
North and Middle Caicos are great places to sample authentic Turks and Caicos cuisine. Several restaurants are found across the two islands, and these eateries feature dishes with freshly-caught seafood locally grown produce.
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.About the Islands The North Caicos Ferry Day Trip from Providenciales Restaurants
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 sand and sea?Beaches of North Caicos Beaches of Middle Caicos
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.
If you’re looking to stay at one of the most incredible settings in the Turks and Caicos, there are several vacation rentals to choose from.Discover Mudjin Harbour
In September 2017 two major storms, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, struck the Turks and Caicos. The islands in the Turks and Caicos sustained varying levels of damage, with South Caicos, Salt Cay and Grand Turk seeing the most destruction.
The islands of Providenciales, North Caicos, and Middle Caicos have been repaired and refurbished, and hotels, restaurants and businesses are operating as normal. The beaches, ocean, and reefs are as beautiful as ever. Most visitors would never notice that two category 5 hurricanes had struck.
Of all the islands in the country, North Caicos and Middle Caicos were affected the least by the storms, due to their northern location in the archipelago. Comparatively limited damage was sustained, and the two islands are fully operational.Hurricane Information
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 (previously inhabited by the Tainos, a Lucayan group of people) 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 attraction. This perfectly round pond is over 250 feet deep, with cave systems branching off the bottom.Indian Cave Conch Bar Caves Cottage Pond
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 attractions 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. A few decades, hurricanes, erosion and infestations brought an end to the industry. After the plantation days, the small villages of Kew, Whitby, Bottle Creek and Bambarra, supported by small-scale fishing and agricultural, replaced the organized cotton and sisal fields.
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.Wade's Green Plantation Haulover Plantation History of the Loyalist Americans
Keeping with the quiet nature of the islands, each island offers a single small hotel and several rental villa and guest house accommodations. Unlike the neighbouring and busy island of Provo, there are no large hotels, all-inclusive resorts, or spas.
There are so many beautiful and tranquil coasts to stay on, from the impressive Mudjin Harbour, to the white sands of Whitby Beach and Bambarra Beach.
Due to the limited tourism activity on the islands, vacation rental reservations are often made directly with the lodging’s owner. Booking in this manner brings the added benefit of cost savings.
Guest amenities can vary a bit. A few of the more-luxurious accommodations feature swimming pools and the complimentary use of water sports equipment, other lodgings, although comfortable, have a limited selection of extras.
One of the larger private vacation villas offers the perfect getaway for a family or large group. Such beachfront rentals are complete with a pool, outdoor amenities, and several bedrooms. Many of the boutique lodgings are found on secluded beaches that rarely see visitors, so you’ll likely have exclusive use of your own private beach.
If you’re looking to keep your vacation costs down, there are several budget-oriented options to choose from. A single bedroom at a local bed and breakfast, or inland suites can be booked at a great price.North Caicos and Middle Caicos Hotels, Resorts and Villas
The marine environment of North and Middle Caicos is undeniably beautiful. It’s tremendously varied as well. There’s the shallow mangrove channels teeming with wildlife, the amazingly turquoise Bottle Creek Lagoon, the rugged cliff coastlines, and spectacular beaches. In short, there’s always something to explore.
Due to the extensive wetlands, the kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on North and Middle Caicos is the finest in the country. These shallows and sounds also lend themselves well for bonefishing and kiteboarding. Underwater, there are many Interesting snorkelling sites close off the beach.
If getting away from it all and submerging yourselves in nature is your idea of the perfect vacation, the tranquil islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos are the ideal destination for you.
Another way to enjoy the natural beauty is to take a boat cruise to the untouched cays between North and Middle Caicos. The views of Bottle Creek Lagoon and the East Bay Islands National Park are unparalleled.Snorkelling Kayaking Stand-up Paddle Boarding Kiteboarding Fishing
Both flights and passenger ferry services are offered to North Caicos.
The 35 minute ferry ride between Providenciales and North Caicos is an attraction in itself the route journeys past several pristine cays, all of which feature incredibly-scenic beaches. The last cay you'll see before North Caicos is the luxury celebrity destination of Parrot Cay. If you’d rather travel by air, a short island hop from Providenciales International Airport can be arrange through a local airline.
If you’re to visit North and Middle Caicos for the day from Providenciales, consider consulting both our day trip travel guide and weather forecast to get the most from your holiday.
If you’d rather let someone else do all the work, select from one of the organized tours offered from Providenciales.Planning Your Day Trip Tours Flights and Ferries
North and Middle Caicos are a great destination to explore by car. As relatively small islands, it’s difficult to get lost, yet the surrounding wilderness offers a sense of adventure. The islands have some of the friendliest people in the country, so you don’t have to look far for directions.
A paved causeway connects North Caicos and Middle Caicos, so getting around is easy.
It’s easy to plan your adventure. Review our sights, beaches and attractions, check the maps, book a rental car, and experience the natural splendour of the Garden Islands.Transportation and Rental Cars Exploring by 4x4 Driving in the Turks and Caicos
The local birdwatching is excellent. All of the Caicos Islands feature marine wetlands, however the vast majority of the red mangrove population in the Turks and Caicos are located on North Caicos and Middle Caicos. Almost 150,000 acres of protected national park and nature reserve surround the two islands.
Flamingo Pond on North Caicos, a short stop near the ferry port, is seasonally home to hundreds of pink West Indian flamingos. Throughout the island, you'll see flocks of other wild birds, including our national bird the Brown Pelican.
The complex wetland eco-systems supports great diversity of life, and you’ll see sharks, turtles, conch, fish, land crabs, herons, egrets, pelicans, ducks and more.
Although designated viewing areas and hiking trails are non-existent, roads lead past countless scenic ponds, coasts and wetlands, so access is simple.Flamingo Pond Overlook