Situated in the string of cays between Providenciales and North Caicos, Pine Cay is privately-owned and has low density residential development. The main feature of the cay is its spectacular two mile long north coast beach, which definitely ranks as one of the top beaches in the country. Pine Cay offers a very quiet and laid-back atmosphere.
Today the island is home to the secluded Meridian Club resort and about forty private residences and vacation villas. The island has a no car policy, so electric golf carts and bicycles are the main means of transport.
The terrain of Pine Cay is quite flat, with the low density salt-resistant vegetation common to the coastal areas of the county. The island supports a small population of the endangered Caicos Pine (not to be confused with the common and invasive Casuarina that thrives on much of the coastline), but the populations of this rare tree has been declining. Total landmass is about 800-acres.
Pine Cay is actually connected at this time to Water Cay by a 450 foot wide patch of sand and light vegetation, and Water Cay is likewise connected to Little Water Cay (Iguana Island), so it’s possible to walk along the beach for the entire five miles to Little Water Cay.
Like its Parrot Cay neighbour, Pine Cay has several brackish ponds, an unusual sight in the dry Turks and Caicos. These ponds are a haven for a diverse range of bird life.
The group of small islands between Providenciales and North Caicos were reputed to be the sanctuary of pirates in previous centuries and Pine Cay was very likely a base due to the semi-fresh ponds in an otherwise parched archipelago.
The usual way to get to Pine Cay is by a 15 minute boat ride from Providenciales, but the island does have a 2500 foot paved airstrip for private planes and charters flights.