Cottage Pond on North Caicos The Cottage Pond blue hole, North Caicos.
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Cottage Pond

Sandy Point Road, North Caicos
Visiting Information
Free entry, no tickets needed.
Visit Duration
Self-guided tours typically take 5-10 minutes.
Opening Hours
Always open.
Good to Know
No restrooms are onsite. No personnel or lifeguards onsite.
Editor's Comments
For most, this scenic deep sinkhole pond does not offer much. It’s a free and easy stop off of Sandy Point Road, so we recommend that those on a day trip to North Caicos take a few minutes to see it.
4-star rating for Cottage Pond by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
Aerial view of Cottage Pond on North Caicos
Cottage Pond is likely the deepest blue hole in the Turks and Caicos.

Cottage Pond is found close off of Sandy Point Road on North Caicos, and is a 150-foot (45 m) diameter and 250-foot (76 m) deep naturally formed submerged sinkhole.

The feature is technically referred to as a blue hole, and the geological action that created it is called the Karst process. Sea level can greatly affect blue hole formation, which is probably why the Middle Caicos Ocean Hole (likely the widest blue hole in the world), found 19 miles (31 km) away has a similar depth.

Cottage Pond is somewhat tidal and distantly connected to the ocean, likely through the porous limestone substrate of the Caicos Islands plateau and very small fissures. The surface of this pond offers about 20 feet (6 m) of relatively fresh water, which is largely a reflection of the freshwater lens thickness found in that region of North Caicos. Under this lens is a halocline mixing layer, and below that, the water is similar in salinity to the ocean.

For most visitors, Cottage Pond really doesn’t offer much other than the sights of a small scenic pond. However, the site is the perfect opportunity to see a tropical blue hole. It offers quite a few interesting features for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers, and it definitely warrants at least a quick stop.

Above: Cottage Pond and the surrounding tropical dry forest on North Caicos.   Top right:  Top left:  Cottage Pond is a great spot for bird watching on North Caicos as it’s easily accessible. It’s common to see ducks, warblers, gnatcatchers, and as shown here, Least Grebes.   Bottom right:  Top right:  The Cottage Pond blue hole on North Caicos.  

The Bottom is Explored

In the past, the depth and structure of Cottage Pond was a mystery, however, in 2001, the bottom of Cottage Pond was reached by the Caicos Cave Project cave diving team.

Due to the depth of the feature, it was necessary to use complex diving techniques and gas mixtures in order to reach the bottom. During these explorations, it was found that past 140 feet (43 m), Cottage Pond opens into a much larger cave. A unique species of marine remipede, christened Kaloketos pilosus, was also discovered during subsequent dives.

Visiting Cottage Pond

Cottage Pond is located on Sandy Point Road, which is the main paved road that leads for about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the Sandy Point Marina ferry dock.

The entrance for Cottage Pond is located on the eastern end of the road, about 0.75 miles (1.2 km) from the T-junction (near the small gas station) of Sandy Point Road and Kew Highway.

It’s very easy to miss the entrance to Cottage Pond when traveling southeast from Sandy Point due to the direction the road sign faces.

Cottage Pond does not have any safety handrails or paths. Be aware when visiting with children.