Mudjin Harbor is a three mile long section of coastline off the north of Middle Caicos and is considered by many to be the finest landscape in the Turks and Caicos. High limestone cliffs and interspersed beaches continue from Conch Bar out to the far northwest point of the island.
The name for this area was originally "Bermudian Harbor", after the country it resembles. Over time, the name "Bermudian Harbor" was distorted to "Mudian Harbor", and finally to Mudjin Harbor.
The main access to Mudjin Harbor Beach is located right inside the Blue Horizon Resorts. A small car park is located here and a 500 foot (150 metre) concrete walkway leads down to the beach. Several of the defining features of Mudjin Harbor are found in this vicinity: a large open-faced cave above the beach, an overlook at the top of the cliff, and the rocky Dragon Island. Most visitors tend to spend several hours here, as there’s so much to see and explore.
Another great way to experience Mudjin Harbor is to walk the historical Crossing Place Trail. This hiking path leads across the hills, beaches and cliffs of the area and was part of the link that traditionally connected the Caicos Islands.
Although impressive at all times, Mudjin Harbor is especially so during high surf. The Caicos Islands sit on an underwater plateau that rises about 8000 feet (2500 metres) from the surrounding ocean floor, and the edge of this plateau is directly off of Mudjin Harbor, unlike the rest of the Caicos Islands coastline. Because of this, the ocean swells break right off the beach.
Mudjin Harbor isn’t really an excellent place for swimming for several reasons. Although some decent spots can be found in the small cove between Dragon Island and the open-faced cave, waves, rocks, and sea urchins are common in other places. Also, because of the nearby reefs, sharks can sometimes be seen close to shore. Although these are mainly relatively harmless Reef Sharks, swimmers usually don’t like to share the water!
The barrier reef is quite close to Mudjin Harbour, and consequently the snorkelling can be exceptional. However, ocean conditions aren’t always agreeable and more often than not are too rough. See North Caicos and Middle Caicos Snorkelling.
Waves, currents and sharp rocks can be a hazard to people who attempt to wade out to and climb Dragon Island. In typical calm conditions, a sandbar leads out to Dragon Island, but large waves can cause a powerful backwash around the island. Also, razor sharp rocks are found all around, so great care should be taken so as not to fall or get washed off the island.
Although obvious, caution should be taken when climbing the cliffs around Mudjin Harbor. Many small holes and loose rocks are hidden in the vegetation along tops of the cliffs.
Another minor concern for visitors is the poisonous Coral Sumac. This mid-sized tree can cause a nasty rash if touched and is quite common inland along the north coast of Middle Caicos. Many Coral Sumac trees grow along the first 200 feet (60 metres) of the beach path from the car park at Blue Horizon Resorts, so watch out for them. See Poisonous Plants, Insects and Animals in the Turks and Caicos Islands.