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East Caicos

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East Caicos

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East Caicos is an island located in the Atlantic Ocean and the fourth largest island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is the only island of the Caicos region to not have any form of modern development, having been uninhabited for over one hundred years. It is separated from Middle Caicos by Lorimar Creek, a small passage that can only accommodate small vessels. To the South is South Caicos.

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East Caicos is very remote and very difficult to access. The only way to get onto the island is by a small boat service, but due to the lack of interest the cost can be very expensive. It is highly recommended that you take an experience guide with you as the waters around East Caicos can be very difficult to traverse, because of the large marshland areas found on the island, East Caicos can,at times, have an enormous amount of mosquitoes running amok so bring your flick!

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East Caicos has an area of roughly thirty-two square miles, making it the largest uninhabited island in the Turks and Caicos. About half of the Island is flat saline tundra with multiple mangrove marshes, with the other half being the typical low bush forest that is common in the region. The northern and eastern coasts are almost completely beach, untouched by man in over a century, and are collectively over ten miles long.

Several scenic cave systems can be found throughout the island and although they may not be as extensive as the ones found on the island of Middle Caicos they are more visually impressive. East Caicos has more blue holes than any other island in the Turks and Caicos. These blue holes vary quite a bit in size; a two hundred diameter example can be witness nearly one mile away from the coast, boasting barracudas and other open water fish. In the center of East Caicos is Flamingo Hill, the highest point in the country. Standing At 156 feet you can see many of the different scenery found throughout the country, along with nearly fifteen miles of the treacherous barrier reef that surrounds the island.


Owls and small bats have been seen dwelling in the cave systems of East Caicos, there are also multiple different species of open water fishes living around the coast of the island. Wild donkeys can be found here as well. East Caicos use to be the home of indigenous cattle, but they were hunted to extinction by outsiders.

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