Middle Caicos is located in the Caribbean.
Middle Caicos is around 3 times bigger than Providenciales but has a mere population of 300 permanent residents. it is the largest island that can be found in the Turks and Caicos islands. You can get there by taking the ferry from Providenciales to North Caicos and then driving across North Caicos to the causeway.
No public transport and no car rental agencies are based on the island.
There is an extremely wide variety of sights to see on Middle Caicos such as Bambarra Beach, the Conch Bar Caves, Mudjin Harbour, Indian Cave, the Crossing Place Trail and Haulover Plantation.
- Conch Bar Caves- The Conch Bar Caves are one of the only caves open for visiting by tourists other than the Indian Cave. It is the biggest above water cave system in the whole of the Turks and Caicos (and some say, the whole of the Caribbean). This cave gets its name from nearby Conch Bar village. The Conch bar cave is made of limestone created by many years of dissolving of soft limestone due to somewhat slightly acidic water. There are a couple of local guides (e.g. Rasta) who can take you into the caves and explain the stories of each part. They usually provide flashlights. It can be around $30 per person for a 1 hour guided tour. Group tours for a lower price are available.
- Haulover Plantation sits just up the road from Lorimers - the road feels a bit desolate, and the sign was tilted and almost fallen off when we went. Not many visitors come here! Aside from the rickety lookout post just by the road, there is around a 30 minute walk into a lookout post closer to the main ruins. Because so few walk it, beware of walking into spiders' webs!
- Lorimers is the last town on the road, with many pretty abandoned houses. Watch out for a well decorated house in the village with poetry painted on signs and many collected buoys.
- The Crossing Place Trail was a path walked by slaves from one end of the island to the other. It was well-maintained at one point, but few walk the whole length and most is overgrown now. The part of the path by Blue Horizon Resort leads to a blowhole and past a secret beach (a stone stairway leads into the ground and emerges on the beach below).
- Indian Cave is just off the road (on the ocean side of the road) that is parallel to the unused airstrip (just after the Blue Horizon turn off). There is a tiny sign that's easy to miss. It's not even a 2 minute walk into the cave. The cave is picturesque with many vines falling down through holes and dappled light from above. Flashlight not necessary. Lots of mozzies!
- Bambarra Beach is accessed from a turn off just before the village of Bambara (just before the road curves sharply). The beach has a few tiki huts, and a small jetty but no facilities. It is possible to walk/swim out to the island, but it's a long swim!
- Long Bay on the East Coast has a wild, windswept beach after you've driven down a long, empty, rough road (past the end of the power poles) and into a group of pine trees. Some views of East Caicos from here.
- Dolphus Arthur Fishing is based in Bambarra.
- The Middle Caicos Co-op is a non-profit promoting traditional handicrafts and income for local artisans. It is right next to Daniel's Cafe.
Surprisingly, but there are only two places to eat on the island. Mudjin Bar and Grill is closed in the evenings except for reservation, and closed on Sundays. Daniel's Cafe can be closed in the slower season. Take food from Provo - most places have a kitchen.
- Mudjin Bar and Grill, (toll free: 649-946-6141). Mudjin bar and grill is a modern-styled restaurant, found in the luxurious Blue Horizon Resort. It has a great location with a stunning view over the beach (and Dragon Cay) and a fresh and fun menu. It's a great stop for lunch when staying on the island and has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. edit
- Daniel's Café by the Sea, (toll free: +1 (649) 946-6132). Daniel's Cafe by the Sea is located on the beach at Conch Bar Village. It serves seafood and local Turks and Caicos dishes such as cracked conch and pan fried fish. Make sure to call ahead of time for groups and dinner reservations. edit
This really is the end of the line as the road dries up into dust in Long Bay. There isn't much further to go to from here!