East Caicos

Though once home to the Taino Indians and later a thriving cattle industry, East Caicos is now uninhabited. The south of the island is composed of channels and creeks crisscrossing wetlands, salty marshes and mangroves while the interior is dry with a mix of scrub land and dense bush. East Caicos is accessible by helicopter from Providenciales or by boat from any of the neighboring islands. Don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent if you make the trip!

East Caicos
East Caicos

Jacksonville, on the west of the island, was once the center of administration for a 50,000 acre sisal plantation, which provided the majority of the inhabitants on the island with work. It is possible to wander among the ruins of the town which includes an abandoned railway. Southeast from Jackonsville is Breezy point, where the employees of the East Caicos Steel company resided. White sand beaches run uninterrupted for ten miles along the north and east coasts of the island around these two points. Certain parts of the coast can be dangerous for swimming.

East Caicos is the fourth largest island in the Turks and Caicos Archipelago and holds the chains highest point – Flamingo Hill, which has an elevation of 156 feet. Flamingo Hill is in the interior of the island and it is possible to climb it. It is advisable to bring tough clothes as their can be a number of prickly plants along the way. The views from the top are spectacular.

The island is also famous for a series of caves which dot the interior landscape. In the past the caves were used for mining bat guano (manure), which was a popular fertilizer across the islands. The petroglyphs found in the caves provide evidence of early settlers on the islands. The caves can be found by following the railway tracks which were once used to transport the guano. There are four caves along the 3 mile track which is overgrown. Care should be taken to avoid the poisonwood trees.

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