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the calm and clear ocean water at Pumpkin Bluff Beach on North Caicos Pumpkin Bluff Beach, North Caicos.

Beaches of North Caicos

clear ocean water and the small beach at Pumpkin Bluff on North Caicos
The pristine ocean at Pumpkin Bluff Beach, North Caicos.

Due to the fact that the west, south and east sides of North Caicos consist almost entirely of mangrove wetlands and shallows, all the beaches on the island are found on the 10 miles (16 kilometres) north coast. Unlike many of the Middle Caicos beaches, the coasts of North Caicos are situated farther back from the barrier reef and deep water, and consequently are a bit more sheltered from the ocean swells.

Whitby Beach, Hollywood Beach and Pumpkin Bluff Beach are the best beaches on North Caicos, but minor amounts of floating and loose seaweed tends to be a bit more of a problem on North Caicos than on many of the other Caicos islands. If such conditions are present on North Caicos, Pumpkin Bluff Beach and Hollywood Beach are typically the least affected.

As is also the case with Middle Caicos, these coasts see very few visitors. You’ll likely have miles of beach to yourself.

Mosquitoes and Sand Fleas

See Turks and Caicos Mosquitoes.

These two pests can be quite a nuisance at times. The majority of the North Caicos beaches are largely protected from the regular trade winds, so the insects may run rampant after heavy rains.

Sandy Point Beach is typically the most affected. If the conditions persist, Horsestable Beach or one of the Middle Caicos coasts will usually be a suitable alternative.

Snorkelling

sparkling turquoise ocean water off Horsestable Beach on North Caicos
The water at Horsestable Beach.

Beach snorkelling sites on North Caicos are unfortunately quite limited.

Three Marys Cays is the main viable site. When the wind and ocean conditions are calm, the underwater sights around these three limestone ironshore islands are interesting. You won’t likely see anything large, yet colourful reef fish, sea fans, crabs and small amounts of coral can be seen.

Key Points

  • All beaches in the Turks and Caicos are public and free-to-use.
  • Fishing without a licence or in a protected area (national park or nature reserve) is illegal and carries fines and possible jail time. This includes the collection of conch, lobster, crab and shellfish.
  • Secluded beaches carry an increased risk of crime, both to person and property. Don't leave valuables in your car or on the beach unattended. Read our Safety and Crime section for more information.
  • Some beaches are very remote and there may not be any other people around to provide assistance in an emergency. Exercise caution and be aware of currents, surf conditions and hidden hazards.
Hollywood Beach
This calm and Casuarina tree lined beach ranges from decent to quite nice. One of the more secluded beaches on North Caicos, Hollywood Beach and the adjacent Three Marys Cays beach is a great place to explore.
Whitby Beach
One of the best beaches on North Caicos, Whitby Beach offers clean turquoise water and white sand. Casuarina trees line much of the coastline here and provide ample shade. Whitby Beach is centrally located and easily accessible.
Horsestable Beach
Horsestable Beach is the northeastern most beach on North Caicos. The eastern end of this beach near Bay Cay is quite scenic.
Pumpkin Bluff Beach
Several small scenic rocky hills break up the beach here into little coves and the rusted remains of a wrecked freighter ship half a mile off shore make for an interesting backdrop.
Three Marys Cays
Found on the north coast between Sandy Point and Whitby, Three Mary Cays are three tiny rocky islands right near the beach. The scenery is beautiful here and there is excellent snorkeling not far out. This area can be difficult to find, so be sure to check the map before journeying.
Sandy Point Beach
Found on the northwest end of North Caicos, Sand Point Beach is generally quite nice. A bit rocky in places, this coastline is a peaceful place to explore.