The perfect islands for the adventurous, North Caicos and Middle Caicos offer deserted coastlines, ocean cliffs and caves waiting to be explored. Having seen very little development, these two islands conspicuously lack the bustle of Providenciales and Grand Turk, and you’ll often have miles of beautiful beach to yourself.
As North Caicos and Middle Caicos get the most rainfall of all the islands in the country, trees tend to be taller (the grass definitely is greener!), and ruins of what used to be some of the largest plantations in the Turks and Caicos can still be found hidden in the dense vegetation.
Amazing settings for kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, the sheltered mangrove channels, lagoons and waterways of North and Middle Caicos are incredibly scenic.
North Caicos and Middle Caicos are best discovered on your own. Many interesting sights are only a quick stop off the main road that travels through both islands. Simply look over our list of beaches and attractions, decide what you want to see, and begin your journey.
Norbellis Coves on the Crossing Place Trail, Middle Caicos.
North Caicos and Middle Caicos present the all-too-rare opportunity of largely uninhabited Caribbean islands that are safe and easy to discover by vehicle. Back roads lead to countless spectacular beach, coast and wetland sights.
4x4 vehicles and jeeps are the best for exploring the outback, yet are not necessary. Most roads, including unpaved routes, are in good condition, so it’s possible to reach nearly all destinations in any rental vehicle.
Due to the lack of public transport on North Caicos and Middle Caicos, we highly advise that guests rent a car or jeep for the duration of their vacation on the Garden Islands. Vehicle rentals are easy to book, and can be picked up and dropped off at the ferry docks or airports for convenience.
Exploring the cays around North Caicos and Middle Caicos by boat.
Although North Caicos and Middle Caicos don’t have the established water sports and boat tour businesses that can be found on Providenciales and Grand Turk, it’s always possible to charter private excursions on the water.
Boat cruises can be arranged either from North Caicos and Middle Caicos, or a custom tour can be booked from Providenciales. No matter where you’re staying in the Turks and Caicos Islands, an excursion on the water is one of our recommended top things to do.
The limestone cliffs and beaches of Mudjin Harbour.
Bonefishing and bottom fishing are likewise great. The shallows that lead off the southern sides of the Caicos Islands offer world-class flats fishing, with bonefish, tarpon, and barracuda. There’s also conch and lobster fishing with snorkel gear—an exciting way to catch dinner.
Some of the best hiking routes in the Turks and Caicos are found on these islands. The Crossing Place Trail is the main developed path, yet fascinating and beautiful uncharted routes can be explored on the remote coastlines and wetlands. Such sites include the open Haulover Point salt flats and the flotsam-covered Wild Cow Run.
Most visitors stay on North Caicos, but that's simply due to there being a wider range of hotels and villas available. Middle Caicos does have the Dragon Cay Resort and several other rental villas, but the restaurant selection is more limited than North Caicos.