Especially impressive during a higher than usual ocean swell, this is a great place to explore, beachcomb and birdwatch. Snorkeling is excellent during calm conditions. The nicest coastline and wetlands are found west of the light tower up the beach. This area has a greater than normal crime risk due to the isolation.
4 star rating for Northwest Point National Park by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
This scenic section on Providenciales is comprised of two protected areas side by side: the Northwest Point Marine Natural Park, and Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve. The main points of interest here are the rugged rocky coastline (locally called “iron shore”), and small coves. Many different types of birds can be seen around here, such as Ospreys, Brown Pelicans and Terns. Northwest Point is an ideal place to spend an afternoon exploring some of the natural features of the Turks and Caicos.
Ironshore at Northwest Point Marine National Park.
The Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve covers two inland salt water ponds. The ocean side front pond is a shallow muddy salt flat that is ringed by mangrove trees, and is probably the best bird watching spot on Providenciales. Flamingos, Great Egrets, Reddish Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Oyster Catchers, Stilts and many other types of birds can be seen here at various times throughout the year. The easiest way to get to the front pond is to walk about a half mile south along the coast from the main peninsula with the light tower at Northwest Point, and then cross through about 150 feet of light brush to reach the pond. The interior pond is completely surrounded by mangroves and is inaccessible.
Tri-colored Herons, Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve.
The Northwest Point area is not a great place for swimming. The water tends to have hidden sharp rocks, large amounts of sea urchins, seaweed, and can be quite rough at times. However, when conditions are calm, excellent snorkeling can be found off the western side of the point. Fishing is illegal in the Northwest Point Marine National Park, as in all national parks in the Turks and Caicos.
Wilson's Plover chick, Northwest Point Pond Nature Reserve.
To get to Northwest Point, follow Millennium Highway all the way out to the end. Enter the small one lane track right after the entrance to Northwest Point Resort. There is a small sign that says “Natural Park”. After one mile, the road reaches the coast. The track continues for about half a mile along the beach before ending at the point, but it’s probably best not to attempt to drive this last part with a car as road surface conditions are poor and most vehicles (including most rental 4x4s) will get stuck in the soft sand.