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The dock at Bambarra, Middle Caicos.

Bambarra

Bambarra, Middle Caicos
Bambarra, Middle Caicos.

Along with Conch Bar and Lorimers, Bambarra is one of three settlements on Middle Caicos.

The second largest settlement on the island, nothing much happens in this sleepy village. Only two churches, a school, a few villas and some private residential homes are found here. No shops or restaurants are located here.

The current inland site of Bambarra, where the churches are found, once the site of the circa late 1700s George A. Gamble British Crown grant and subsequent plantation, and some ruins and field walls from this sea isle cotton agricultural attempt still remain.

The Valentine’s Day Cup Model Sailboat Race

Every year on the Saturday closest to February 14, the annual Valentine's Day Cup model sailboat race is held on the excellent and sheltered Bambarra Beach. This event is draws in people from across the country and is the only day of the year that could be considered “crowded” in Bambarra.

The beautiful model sailboats at the Valentine’s Day Cup.

Many of the boat models mimic the smooth lines and simplicity of the Caicos Sloop, a vessel that was essential to the Turks and Caicos in times past.

If you plan to visit North Caicos and Middle Caicos on the day of the Valentine’s Day cup, we advise reserving your rental vehicle well in advance, as availability is often limited. Likewise, the ferries from Providenciales tend to be quite busy, so consider arriving a bit earlier than usual to the dock.

Origin of the Name and History

Many of the residents on Middle Caicos and North Caicos are descendents of the Trouvadore, a Spanish slave ship that was shipwrecked in 1841 near East Caicos. Due to the fact that the slave trade was illegal in both the United Kingdom and Spain at this time, the ship was operating illegally and exact records of it's origin and route are not known.

Many Caribbean slaves had their ancestral origins from the western coast of Africa. Mali (located on the western part of Africa) is home to a large ethnic group called the Bambara (with a single 'r') people, and it's quite possible the slaves were from this group. This is a likely origin of the current name Bambarra.

This village is the namesake for Bambarra Rum, a rum-blender based in Providenciales.

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