North Caicos, the Green Island
Duration: Half Day
Comprising 40 islands and cays in the Atlantic Ocean, the Turks and Caicos Islands are the epitome of Caribbean paradise. Only eight of the islands are inhabited and they are all equally beautiful, each boasting beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery whilst retaining their own individual charm. This excursion will give you the opportunity to explore North Caicos, the greenest and lushest of all the islands − by land and water.
Known as the ‘Garden Island’ of the Turks and Caicos Islands, North Caicos’ lush vegetation and agricultural success is due to its abundant rainfall and fertile soil. Extensive farms were once situated close to the settlements of Bottle Creek, Whitby, Sandy Point and Kew. Agricultural production is relatively small here today, but the island still provides the majority of locally grown produce to the Turks and Caicos population. In recent years there has been a growing interest in local cuisine and organic foods, which has led to a demand for local produce.
After arriving at North Caicos Island by boat, you will visit the Wades Green Plantation, one of the most successful plantations of the Loyalist era. The well-preserved, 18th century ruins of the great stone house, slave houses, outbuildings, and surrounding walls still remain on the land, which was formerly a ‘sea-island’ cotton plantation. There is also a lookout tower which provides beautiful panoramic views of the island and beyond.
Stretching 12 miles long and approximately 5 miles wide at its widest point, North Caicos is the third largest island in the Turks and Caicos. As a result of its lush flora, wildlife flourishes here. The vibrant natural ecosystems of mangroves, swamps, sandy beaches, secluded cays, woodlands and coral reefs support a huge variety of birds, butterflies, animals, reptiles and marine life. One of the most abundant creatures found here is the West Indian Flamingo. These spectacular birds were once on the verge of extinction, but numbers have steadily increased due to legal protection of both them and their habitats. North Caicos now hosts the largest flock in the Turks and Caicos Islands at Flamingo Pond Nature Reserve. You are also likely to spot pelicans, herons, ospreys and frigate birds throughout the island.
One of the main tour highlights is a visit to Cottage Pond, a large freshwater pool surrounded by ferns and tropical vegetation. This deep, seemingly endless blue sink hole is part of a fascinating underwater cave system which has already been explored by intrepid divers.
This diverse adventure will enable you to enjoy a day of natural beauty, discovery and history on one of the Turks and Caicos’ most beautiful emerald isles.
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The tropical island nation of Turks and Caicos has become the fastest-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean. According to the State of The Industry Report 2016 released by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the number of international visitor arrivals to the islands in 2016 totalled 453,612, which was a 17.5 per cent increase compared to the previous year.
Providenciales in Turks and Caicos has been declared the best island in the world by leading travel website TripAdvisor's annual Travellers' Choice Awards. The picturesque island climbed up from its No.2 ranking last year and knocked Ambergris Caye in Belize off its two-year-running top spot, and even out of the top 10.
A development agreement has been signed by the Turks and Caicos Islands government and Desarrollos Hotel Group for the construction of a brand new $224 million hotel, resort, casino and spa complex in Turks and Caicos. The resort will be situated the famous Grace Bay beach on the island of Providenciales and work is expected to commence this November.