North Caicos receives more rainfall than the other islands (relatively speaking), so it’s often referred to as the garden isle. This makes it a favorite of seabirds, like ospreys and West Indian whistling ducks. While previously the seat of government, this exceptionally calm and quiet island is now known for its beautiful beaches and West Indian flamingo colonies.
Where: North Caicos is east of Providenciales and northwest of Middle Caicos.
How to Get There: A ferry runs from Walkin Marina in Providenciales to North Caicos several times per day. There is no transportation on the island, so renting a car is necessary.
Don’t Miss: Flamingos often frequent Pumpkin Bluff pond in droves. From Pumpkin Bluff Beach, visitors can view the remains of a sunken cargo ship just offshore.
Where to Stay: Pelican Beach Hotel (www.pelicanbeach.tc) is on an idyllic beach, yet has a small restaurant on the premises. Rates start at $125 per night.
More Info: Turks and Caicos Tourist Board (www.turksandcaicostourism.com), Beach Hotel TCI Ferry Schedule (www.tcimall.tc)
Photo Caption: Pumpkin Bluff Pond gets its name from its orange tint.