Known in the past as the "Garden Island", North Caicos has been the bread basket of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Today most people refer to it as the "Emerald Isle", due to its lush greenery.
Located 12 miles Northeast of Providenciales, North Caicos consists of four settlements, Kew, Bottle Creek, Sandy Point, and Whitby.
Its abundant rainfall which accounts for its rich and fertile soil, makes it ideal for agriculture. Years ago fine sloops were built to transport crops from the farms to the other islands.
The island is home to the largest flock of pink flamingoes that nest in the Flamingo Pond reserve. In addition, there are osprey nests located at Three Mary’s Cay on the northern coast of the island.
Other points of interest on the island include Horse Stable Beach, the new festival village,Pelican Point and Wades Green Plantation ruins.
IN 2007, a new causeway was opened which links North and Middle Caicos by road. Travellers can now drive the full length of these islands. MIDDLE CAICOS
Middle Caicos, the largest island in the Turks and Caicos chain, is 48 square miles and has an outstanding area of natural beauty as well as having the UK’s largest Ramsar sites for protected wetlands and possibly one of the largest areas of natural habitat left in the Caribbean.
The three settlements of Conch Bar, Lorimers and Bambarra have a combined population of 277 residents.
The settlement of Conch Bar is home to the largest above ground cave network in the Northern Caribbean. These huge limestone caves feature stalagmites, stalactites, bats, owls and salt lakes that link to the sea.
The remains of huge Lucayan Indian settlements can also be found on this island. One site that was excavated in 1978, contains a Lucayan Ball Court, unknown elsewhere in the Lucayan islands.
For nature lovers, a frigate bird colony on the southern end of the island is home to flamingoes, egrets and sand pipers while just offshore, a large blue hole features an abundant variety of marine life. PINE CAY
The home of the Prestigious Meridian Club, Pine Cay is a private cay with nature trails and miles of pristine beach. It is 800 acres, less than one mile wide and two miles long. It is the only cay that has fresh water lakes, a legacy left behind by Hurricane Donna in 1960. The atmosphere is peaceful with no cars allowed, instead residents use golf carts or bicycles. Pine Cay is an exclusive community, which consists of 20 houses occupied seasonally by the select few.
The cay was also the site for the first tourist development in the islands planned in the 1950's but came into operation in the 1970's.
Parrot Cay,originally thought to have been named Pirate Cay is home to the luxurious Shambhala Resort and Spa. Privately owned, local legend has it that it was here in the 1720's celebrated pirate, Ann Bonny came with her men when her captain, Calico Jack Rackham was hanged PROVIDENCIALES
Located on the western side of the Caicos archipelago is the island of Providenciales, locally called ‘Provo’.
This island which is 38 sq. miles has become a paradigm for the successful co-existence of unspoilt natural beauty and commercial development. Many have attributed Provo’s success as a magnet for discerning wealthy retirees to the respect that the local community holds for the environment.
Provo, holds many of the treasures that the government officially recognizes as representing the very best of the country’s traditions. One such treasure is Jojo, the bottle-nosed dolphin who can be found swimming the turquoise waters of the Grace Bay area.
Other points of interest include the Cheshire Hall and the Rice Plantation Ruins as well as the only Conch Farm found in the world.
Today, Providenciales has the largest population in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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