Providenciales, or Provo, is the main island in the Turks and Caicos and that’s where most if the restaurants, spas, shops and other attractions are. And of course Provo is home to Grace Bay Beach – the world’s best beach.
But you want to know a secret – there are some great beaches in North Caicos and Middle Caicos, too. These two islands are real gems and a bit of a throwback in time.
North (as we call it) is the ‘garden island’ because it gets more rain and they actually grow more stuff over there. There are a couple of small villages (Bottle Creek, Whitby, Kew) where you can get a bite to eat and catch up on the local gossip. The people there are super friendly. And the beach is magnificent. Try Horsestable Beach for a real treat. On North you can see a few historical sites, like Wade Green’s Plantations, or look at the flocks of flamingos that call Flamingo Pond home.
From North, you can drive (or take a taxi) over to Middle, which is really another step back in time. It’s a much larger island area wise but probably less than 500 people live there. Its major attraction is the beach at Mudjin Harbour, where there are also a series of caves you can explore. For a real treat, head up toward the settlement of Conch Bar and sit for a while at Daniel’s Cafe on the beach. You can even see the humpback whales from there some days (while they make their seasonal migration from December – February through the TCI).
Take the ferry to North Caicos for a day trip to islands and a step back in tropical time.
The folks at Caribbean Cruisin’ make it easy to get to North, and then on to Middle, with their fast and comfortable ferry service. It’s about a 25 minute ride (past some great small islands – Pine Cay, Parrot Cay) from their dock at Leeward/Walkin Marina in Provo to Sandy Point Marina in North Caicos. From there you can hire a car, rent a scooter, or find a taxi driver to show you around.
So while there is no shortage of things to do and see here in Provo, if you want to see another side of Turks and Caicos, consider a day trip to North and Middle.