The accommodation choices on North Caicos and Middle Caicos are a bit more limited compared to the offerings on Providenciales. The Pelican Beach Hotel on North Caicos and Blue Horizon Resorts on Middle Caicos are the only hotels/resorts. The majority of lodgings across both islands are vacation rental villas and suites.
The islands have low levels of development, and most rental accommodations are found in the settlements of Whitby, Bottle Creek, Sandy Point or Kew on North Caicos, or in Conch Bar or Bambarra on Middle Caicos.
With the exception of the village of Bottle Creek and Kew, most accommodations on both islands are either located on the beach or are within close walking distance of the beach. Some of the natural and historical attractions may be a bit remote, and shops, restaurants and sights tend to be spread across both islands, so we recommend that visitors rent a vehicle for at least part of their stay.
Complementary amenities such as bicycles, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and snorkel gear are often included at many of the villas, but if it’s important that you have the use of any equipment, ensure that it’s available before booking. Providenciales has a decent selection of water sports and outdoor shops that sell beach toys, umbrellas, snorkel gear and more.
You should considering stocking up on food and supplies on Providenciales before travelling over to North Caicos and Middle Caicos. The small supermarkets on North Caicos actually have good prices, but selection can be limited, especially for meat, dairy, and gourmet products.
In the majority of cases, you’ll get the best rates by contacting the hotel or villa manager directly. You should definitely do a little research online beforehand so as to have an idea of the going price,
Rental vehicles are expensive (and in our opinion necessary), and some accommodations offer package rental car deals. Such a deal can save you quite a bit.
North and Middle Caicos are connected by a driveable causeway, so it doesn’t really make a huge difference. North Caicos does have the better selection of shops and restaurants, but Middle Caicos offers a bit more in terms of sights and beaches.
It takes about 25-40 minutes to drive from the central region of Middle Caicos to the supermarkets and gas stations on North Caicos. This 10-20 mile (16-32km) journey is almost entirely on paved roads.
Generally, the emergence of mosquitoes coincides with the Atlantic hurricane season due to rainfall caused by passing tropical depressions. Wind typically disperses mosquitoes quickly, but the best time to visit is typically the winter months.
The Sandy Point area, including the marina where the passenger ferry to Providenciales docks, can have biting midges (commonly referred to as no see ums or sand fleas) in the morning and evening. Mosquitoes repellents and precautions are appropriate for these pests.
There are several excellent restaurants across North Caicos and Middle Caicos. The truth is that some of the best Turks and Caicos cuisine is found on our Garden Islands. You’ll definitely notice the difference in the national favourite dish of poached fish, peas and rice. On North and Middle, the fish is freshly-caught and the vegetables are locally-grown. On Providenciales, the chances are that the ingredients are imported.
Many of the vacation rental villas and suites offer full kitchens for those who’d like to cook. A few small grocery stores are found on North Caicos. Prices are generally low, yet the selection of specialty items may be quite limited. If you’re planning to cook while staying on North or Middle Caicos, visiting one of the extensive Providenciales grocery stores before island hopping to North Caicos.
The catch always varies, yet it’s easy to find fresh snapper and grouper for sale, and, when in season, conch and lobster. The vast majority of farming in the Turks and Caicos takes place on North Caicos, so you’ll also be able to find fresh tomatoes, lettuce, papaya, plantains, squash, peppers and flavourful key limes.