South Caicos is a relatively small island, and cycles can be used as a primary means of transportation. Sailrock Resort and East Bay Resort, the island’s two main resorts, provide complimentary bicycle usage, and cycles are available for rent in Cockburn Harbour. Sailrock Resort offers mountain bikes for guests instead of the more typical ‘beach cruiser’ resort bikes.
Most of the roads in Cockburn Harbour are paved, along with the road leading to East Bay Resort. Sailrock Resort is a further distance away on the northern peninsular, located approximately 5 miles (8 km) from central Cockburn Harbour.
Unless you’re an avid cyclist, we’d generally recommend a scooter or jeep rental instead of cycling. There are no dedicated cycle lanes or paths, however, the road traffic is a fraction of what’s experienced on Providenciales, and many roads are limited to 20 mph (32 km/h).
Booking and Reservations
Bicycles are available for complimentary use at Sailrock Resort for guests staying at the property, and mountain bikes are available for rent from East Bay Resort. When renting from one of the rental shops in Cockburn Harbour, it’s highly recommended to reserve in advance. For rentals for non-resort guests, cycles can usually be delivered free of charge to your hotel or villa, or to the ferry dock.
The intense sun can lead to dehydration, so take plenty of water with you, and always wear a helmet. We’d also advise a pair of sunglasses for dust.
Traffic in Cockburn Harbour, the island’s main settlement, is limited to 20 mph (32 km/h). Within the block layout of this town, some roads are give-way junctions, whereas others have a right-of-way. There are typically walls and trees which can obscure your visibility splay, so we advise that you slow down as you approach junctions in order to watch for traffic.
Coasts and Beaches
South Caicos has some truly beautiful beaches and coasts that are highly recommended to visitors. Be advised that some of the paths are quite sandy, and cycling can be somewhat more difficult than on a normal unpaved or paved road.
Maps and Distances
Sailrock resort is located about 5 miles (8 km) from central Cockburn Harbour and around 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the airport.
East Bay Resort is located about 1 mile (1.6 km) from central Cockburn Harbour and about 2.5 miles (4 km) from the airport.
Plandon Cay Cut Beach is one of the most scenic areas in the country, and it’s highly recommended that you visit. This is about 2.5 miles (4 km) north of Sailrock Resort, but is around 8.5 miles (14 km) from East Bay Resort.
Things to Remember
- We drive on the left.
- Wear a helmet and sunglasses.
- Be aware of junctions in Cockburn Harbour, as visibility is reduced.
- Take water with you, as the sun is extremely intense.