Middle Caicos Turks and Caicos Islands

On Middle Caicos there are a wide variety of sights to see... Bambarra Beach, Conch Bar Caves, Mudjin Harbour, Indian Cave, Crossing Place Trail, Haulover Plantation – pick two or three if you want a laid back day or find them all and really explore the island! The Middle Caicos Co-op Handicraft Shop and Daniel’s Café in Conch Bar offer a super rest stop, with fabulous seafood, local information and great souvenirs. Middle Caicos is very big, about three times the size of Provo but with only 300 people. It is an island to be savoured and many sights can be enjoyed for hours... remember, you can always come back!

A photograph of Dragon Cay at Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesDragon Cay at Mudjin Harbour is the most photographed natural wonder in the Turks and Caicos Islands

From Providenciales take a ferry ride to North and pick up your rental car at Sandy Point. Head out on the paved road through the village of Sandy Point, turn left onto the Kew Highway at the “T” intersection, about 10 minutes. Drive until you reach the next “T”intersection and turn right, then straight on for 20 minutes through the Major Hill and Bottle Creek areas of North Caicos. As you admire the view of Bottle Creek to your left, and wonder if the road ever ends, the pavement turns right and down the hill toward the Causeway. The pavement is rough, fear not and keep driving for another 10 minutes until the Causeway comes into view. Take your time and bump along slowly to Middle Caicos... the pavement begins again.

A photograph of dramatic bluffs and hidden beaches along the Crossing Place Trail in Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesDramatic bluffs and hidden beaches along the Crossing Place Trail in Middle Caicos

After another 10 minutes or so, your first stop is Mudjin Harbour. Turn left off the main road into the Blue Horizon Resort (note the cluster of blue roofs) head up the driveway and park by the cement path to the beach. It is a fantastic and beautiful location... hike, swim, wander for awhile. If you plan to hike the Crossing Place Trail bring sturdy shoes (sneakers) and lots of water. The trail is along the cliffs with seven beaches to explore.

On the way to Conch Bar find Indian Cave, a large cavern, no guide needed. Next destination is the Conch Bar Caves National Park, the largest above water cave formation in the Caribbean.

A photograph of Dragon Cay, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesGreat snorkelling at Dragon Cay but only on calm days in Middle Caicos

Stay on the paved road and do not turn left into Conch Bar Village but straight ahead, across the airport tarmac and onto a rough road into the brush, suddenly the gates at the cave entrance emerge. Conch Bar Caves National Park is best explored with a knowledgeable eco-guide. Bring a flashlight for self tours M-F 9-3, pay $10 at the park. Gate phone 247-3157.

By now, you are ready for your rest and info stop. Pass through Conch Bar Village and take the last turn left, if you reach the pond you’ve gone too far. Daniel’s Café and the Middle Caicos Co-op (closed Mondays) are clustered by the sea, a trio of pale yellow buildings with teal trim - hard to miss! Enjoy great local seafood, native dishes and the biggest collection of TCI Handicrafts, over 60 artisans, in the country.

A photograph of Indian Cave near Conch Bar, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesIndian Cave near Conch Bar, Middle Caicos can be explored without a guide

Back on the road, head east out of Conch Bar, toward Bambarra Village, staying on the windy paved road, floating through calm greenery and sea views, until you curve right and head up a hill into the village.

As you head back down the hill toward the sea, leaving Bambarra, just after the curve left, take the dirt road to the right and find yourself on the graceful expanse of Bambarra Beach.

The local Tiki huts on the beach shelter festivals (Annual Valentines Day Cup Model Sailboat Race) the casuarinas offer shade, the sand spit beckons you to walk to Pelican Cay, the shallows are wonderful for kids to play in the water and the boat pier is great for watching the fish below.

For those who must do it all in one day and want to go to the very east end of Middle Caicos - head over the hill through Bambarra and left onto the Lorimers Road. About 20 minutes and one left turn later just before Lorimers Village, you will be seeking the sign for the entry to the Haulover Plantation ruins. A pathway through the bush takes you to the ruins of one of the largest plantations ever in TCI.

A photograph of Conch Bar village, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesIn Conch Bar village find Daniel’s Cafe and the Middle Caicos Co-Op for souvenirs

In Lorimers look for the ‘signs’ to visit Middle Caicos’ living legend, Alton Higgs, for bush medicine lore and tours. Lorimers Landing is at the edge of the island amid the mangrove channels, with East Caicos in the far distance. Boat trips to East Caicos and Jacksonville can be arranged in advance.

Story by resident expert (cell +1-649-231-4884) Sara Kaufman.

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  1. All Inclusive Tours from Providenciales

    Island Tours and Excursions — All-inclusive tours of North and Middle Caicos with guide; snorkel cruises, deep sea fishing, all with experienced guides to fill you in on the history and culture of the islands.

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  2. Amphibious Adventures

    A photograph of the Middle Caicos Crossing Place Trail, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesHiking the Middle Caicos Crossing Place Trail with Amphibious Adventures

    An eco-tour company offering guided hikes and island exploration. Explore Middle Caicos and hop across to Joe Grant’s Cay and East Caicos. The guides at Amphibious Adventures have an excellent knowledge of the remote walking trails, natural history, and the caves of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Venture off the beaten path on day and multi-day adventures.

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  3. Blue Horizon Resort

    A photograph of Blue Horizon Resort overlooking Mudjin Harbour on Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West IndiesBlue Horizon Resort overlooks Mudjin Harbour on Middle Caicos

    Nature’s beauty, adventure and tranquility. A collection of tropical cottages and villas set on 50 acres of private land overlooking Dragon Cay at Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos. Wedding and honeymoon packages.

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  4. Daniel’s Café

    Welcome to Daniel’s, we serve the best tasting conch in the Turks & Caicos. Homemade bread, fresh local seafood & libations, great food, company, music and the seabreeze. Open from 11:30am Tuesday – Sunday. Please call for dinner reservations. Yellow buildings w/teal trim, at east end of Conch Bar Village on the seashore, hard to miss.

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  5. Forbes, Forbes & Forbes Ltd.

    Middle Caicos – Property Sales, Development & Research. A boutique realty company based in MIDDLE CAICOS with over 15 years of local expertise you can depend on. Generational land transfer claims and issues. Private client transactions with one-on-one focused attention. Valuations, comparisons, title security and survey/boundary issues.

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  6. Middle Caicos Co-Op

    Conch Bar Artisans Studio and Outlet. Over 60 artisans represented. Tours and demonstrations. Straw Hats, Conch Shell Art, Rope Rugs, Model Sail Boats, Conch Pounders. Support TCI Handicrafts! FREE Middle Caicos CALENDAR with $100 Purchase - while supply lasts!

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