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South Caicos

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South Caicos

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Nicknamed The Big South, South Caicos is located in the Turks and Caicos Islands at the edge of the Caribbean. Due to its central location, being a hub for shipping/commerce, and having the longest runway in the nation, it was the most populous of all the islands until the 1980s when it was surpassed by Providenciales. This is ironic considering it is a bit of a backwater now, which few visitors attempt to get to. However, the people (all 1800 or so of them) are friendly and welcoming and it would be a shame to miss it.

South Caicos is roughly 8.5 square miles, with a finger of a peninsula jutting north, and most of the settlement (Cockburn Harbour) in the south west on the largest natural harbor on the TCI. Bell Sound lies to the West

Get in[edit]

The easiest way to get to South Caicos Airport is on InterCaribbean (formerly Air Turks and Caicos) or Caicos Express Airways, which will cost $80 round trip from Provo or less from Grand Turk. There isn't much to the airport on South Caicos: a small shed and a half-finished terminal building.

Ferries from Provo go three days a week. $100 return

There is also a Dominican boat that makes regular trips between South and Puerto Plata, DR via Grand Turk. It is possible to hitch a ride for a fee, but it's not really a passenger boat. The journey is made about every 20 days and takes about 9 hours.

Get around[edit]

No taxis or public transport. Only one company rents cars. Bicycle travel would be good, if you can arrange it.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The School of Field Studies supported by an American university, offers classes in marine biology.
  • It offers some of the clearest visibility wall-diving (20 feet to 7000 feet)
  • The old salinas (salt ponds)
  • Many relatively large fishing fleets are based here
  • District Commisioner's house - ruins
  • Plandon Cay Cut Beach (and other beaches)
  • Donkeys!

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Highland House ruins
  • Bird-watching, especially at Highlands Estate.
  • Sailing regatta in May
  • Tour of South Caicos Seafood Processing Plant
  • Walk through Cockburn Harbor

Buy[edit][add listing]

It's the Bonefish capital of the islands.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Lobster - fresh catch
  • Conch
  • Scale Fish

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Only one hotel, the Ocean and Beach Resort. Others, like Sail Rock (luxury villas, only two completed/sold) and East Bay Resort are not yet finished. Private apartment/villa rentals do exist.

Get out[edit]

South Caicos would be the best jumping off point to visit uninhabited East Caicos.

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