Middle Caicos


Middle Caicos is the largest island in the Turks and Caicos chain, boasting an area of 48 square miles and is also one of the least populated. Middle Caicos is famous for its lush agricultural industry, which produces herbs, cassava, okra, guava, tamarinds, apples and corn. The island is an adventurer’s paradise with extensive walking trails, coves and hidden beaches and concealed cave systems. A one mile causeway links North and Middle Caicos. North Caicos is accessed by ferry from Providenciales.

Hiking

Conch Bar Caves
Conch Bar Caves

The Crossing Place Trail, a hike which leads the walker 5 miles along the northern coast is a beautiful induction to the island. With the help of the Turks and Caicos National Trust, the Crossing Path Trail has been reestablished to mirror the route early traders took to move goods from the original settlement of Lorimers in the east to Crossing Place in the west of the island. At Crossing Place planters would wait for the tide to subside and cross the sandbars to North Caicos. The trail is part of a larger push to preserve the northern coastline of Middle Caicos, developing eco-tourism initiatives, which aim to incorporate more hiking and biking trails, interpretive information for caves and other areas, and nature guides.

Mudjin Harbors, a three mile stretch of limestone cliffs overhanging white sand beaches which cuts into the Crossing Place Trail running from Conch Bar Village. Swimming can be dangerous in parts of this stretch and other beaches such as the remote easterly Cedar Point and Bambarra Beach. Bambarra Beach plays host to the annual Valentine’s Day Cup model sailboat race. Middle Caicos also has a long tradition of fishing and with the help of local guides sea fishing, reef fishing and bone trips can be organized.

Caves and Parks


Middle Caicos has a number of beautiful cave systems which provide hours of exploration for families and other adventurers. Conch Bar Caves is the largest above-water cave system in the Bahamas-Turks and Caicos island chain and is a Turks and Caicos national park. The limestone caves feature stalactites, stalagmites and columns, along with pools that fluctuate with the ocean tide. As there are no pathways, a tour guide is advisable. The Indian Cave, an Indiana Jones-esque single gallery cave with vines and shrubs wrapping around openings and skylights, is home to many owls, bats, Cuban crows, yellows crowned night herons and anis, as well as a a number of tropical plants. Entrance is free.

Location of Middle Caicos


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