The eastern beaches and coastal cliffs of South Caicos are one of the greatest
landscape photography regions in the Turks and Caicos.
White marine limestone cliffs, reaching heights of about thirty feet in places, hide small coves and beaches.
Highlands Bay and
Valley Bay Beach are two of the larger beaches in this area. In addition to these sites, the ruins of Highland Estate and livestock wells can be seen inland close by.
The extreme northern point of South Caicos,
Plandon Cay Cut, offers truly unparalleled water hues, with breath taking ranges of blue, turquoise and topaz. Several different
natural geological actions account for the amazing palette here.
The entire east coast of the island is perfect for flotsam beachcombing. Because of the adjacent
Turks Islands Passage and an unusual upwelling that takes place in the area, there's always interesting and strange finds to be had.
Due to the largely non-existent tourism market on South Caicos, road signage and developed beach accesses are absent.
Other than East Bay, all beaches on the island tend to be difficult to find, and many are only accessible by unpaved (and easily overlooked!) roads and tracks. We advise printing our
South Caicos map for reference.
Several of the beaches on South Caicos are difficult to access. Many are down rough dirt tracks that require a 4x4 to navigate.
All accesses to the beach are free.
All beaches are public, including beaches in front of resorts and private residences.
Fishing without a license or in National Parks is illegal and carries significant fines and possible jail time. This includes collecting conch and lobster.
Secluded beaches carry an increased risk of crime. 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.