North Caicos & Middle CaicosHotels, Resorts & Villas
La Dolce Vita on Hollywood Beach, North Caicos.
The tranquil islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos offer a quiet and laid-back atmosphere that’s becoming all too uncommon in the Caribbean. Found in the center of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, these two islands are the perfect destination for deserted white sand beaches and natural sights.
The accommodation choices on North Caicos and Middle Caicos are a bit more limited compared to the offerings on Providenciales. The
Pelican Beach Hotel on North Caicos and
Dragon Cay Resort on Middle Caicos are the only hotels (or resorts) found on the these twin islands. The majority of lodgings across both islands are vacation rental villas and suites.
With the exception of the village of Bottle Creek and Kew, most accommodations on both islands are either located on the beach or are within close walking distance of the beach. Some of the
natural and historical attractions may be a bit remote, and shops, restaurants and sights tend to be spread across both islands, so we recommend that visitors
rent a vehicle for at least part of their stay.
Complementary amenities such as bicycles, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and snorkel gear are often included at many of the vacation rentals, but if it’s important that you have the use of any equipment, ensure that it’s available before booking. Providenciales has a decent selection of
water sports and outdoor shops that sell beach toys, umbrellas, snorkel gear and more.
The Mudjin Harbour coastline on Middle Caicos.
You should consider stocking up on
food and supplies on Providenciales before traveling over to North Caicos and Middle Caicos. The small supermarkets on North Caicos actually have good prices, but selection can be limited, especially for meat, dairy, and gourmet products.
In the majority of cases, you’ll get the
best rates by contacting the hotel or villa manager directly. You should definitely do a little research online beforehand so as to have an idea of the going price.
Rental vehicles are somewhat more expensive than Providenciales (and in our opinion necessary), and some accommodations offer package rental car deals. Such a deal can save you quite a bit.
What Island Should You Stay On?
North and Middle Caicos are connected by a
causeway, so it doesn’t really make a huge difference. North Caicos does have the better selection of shops and restaurants, but Middle Caicos offers a bit more in terms of sights and beaches.
Many beachfront vacation villas on North Caicos are located in the settlement of Whitby.
Vacation house rentals are the primary accommodation choices on both islands. Keeping with the laid-back atmosphere, there are no Middle Caicos hotels, and only the small
Pelican Beach Hotel on North Caicos.
It takes about 25-40 minutes to drive from the central region of Middle Caicos to the supermarkets and gas stations on North Caicos. This 10-20 mile (16-32km) journey is almost entirely on paved roads.
If you’re looking for breath-taking and expansive views from your lodging, the locations of
Mudjin Harbour or
Bottle Creek should be considered.
There are no scheduled
domestic flights to either North Caicos or Middle Caicos. Both of our local airlines,
Caicos Express Airways, offer charter flights. Be aware that smaller turbo-prop aircraft are used for island hopping routes, and there may be luggage restrictions. Inquire before you book.
We highly advise that guests
rent a car for the duration of their stay, as there is no public transport and taxis are scarce. Many beaches and natural sights tend to be a bit isolated, so having a rental car will give you the freedom to explore the best of the islands.
Accommodation check in times normally coincide with the arrival times of your ferry or flight, and your property manager will usually meet your party when you land.
North and Middle Caicos experience the greatest
amount of rainfall of the islands in the Turks and Caicos, and as such do see large numbers of
mosquitoes at times.
Generally, the emergence of mosquitoes coincides with the
Atlantic hurricane season due to rainfall caused by passing tropical depressions. Wind typically disperses mosquitoes quickly, but the best time to visit is typically the winter months.
Sandy Point area, including the
marina where the
passenger ferry to Providenciales docks, can have biting midges (commonly referred to as no see ums or sand fleas) in the morning and evening. Mosquitoes repellents and precautions are appropriate for these pests.
Dining, Restaurants and Groceries
Sandy Point Beach on North Caicos.
There are several excellent
restaurants across North Caicos and Middle Caicos. The truth is that some of the best Turks and Caicos cuisine is found on our Garden Islands. You’ll definitely notice the difference in the national favorite dish of poached fish, peas and rice. On North and Middle, the fish is freshly-caught and the vegetables are locally-grown. On Providenciales, the chances are that the ingredients are imported.
Many of the vacation rental villas and suites offer full kitchens for those who’d like to cook. A few small
grocery stores are found on North Caicos. Prices are generally low, yet the selection of specialty items may be quite limited. If you’re planning to cook while staying on North or Middle Caicos, visiting one of the extensive
Providenciales grocery stores before island hopping to North Caicos. We advise using a cooler to transport perishables. The
Building Materials Do It Center (Providenciales) on Providenciales is the best place to check for coolers, umbrellas, and other outdoor vacation essentials.
The catch always varies, yet it’s easy to find fresh snapper and grouper for sale, and, when in season, conch and lobster. The vast majority of
farming in the Turks and Caicos takes place on North Caicos, so you’ll also be able to find fresh tomatoes, lettuce, papaya, plantains, squash, peppers and flavorful key limes.
Things to Remember:
There is a 12% tax on top of all rates.
A/C is not always included in the price and may be extra.