The ferry typically arrives at
Sandy Point Marina on North Caicos. Your rental car and agent should be waiting steps from where the ferry lands. Maps are typically included with the rental, but you may want to print our North Caicos and Middle Caicos
Explore North Caicos and Middle Caicos! A road
causeway connects both islands.
When departing North Caicos, we advise arriving at the dock 20-30 minutes prior to ferry departure. Rental cars are typically dropped off where they were picked up.
Sunday is not the best day for a day trip to North Caicos and Middle Caicos, as the ferry schedule is limited, and many shops, gas stations, and restaurants are closed. All other days of the week are great.
It’s a fun ferry trip on its own. Depending on the weather and tides, you’ll either take the highly scenic northern route on the open water, where you’ll see all the small cays between Providenciales and North Caicos, (including
Little Water Cay,
Dellis Cay, and
Parrot Cay), or the southern route on the
Caicos Banks. Usually, the captain takes the northern route as it’s faster, but hopefully you’ll get to experience both.
There are several ferries per day, and the earliest journey will of course give you the most time to explore. If you take the first and last boats of the day, you’ll typically get to experience a spectacular
sunrise and sunset on the journeys.
There are no car ferries between Providenciales and North Caicos suitable for day trips. There are likewise no scheduled flights to North and Middle Caicos.
Waves breaking at Cedar Point Beach, Middle Caicos.
There’s no public transport on the islands, so we recommend renting a car or jeep. Rental vehicles are usually older and not all features may be working, yet they’ll get you around fine. A map is sometimes included, but you may want to print our North Caicos and Middle Caicos
maps to ensure that you'll have them.
If you consult the map and research the sites that you’d like to visit, it’s simple to navigate across the two islands as the road layout is quite linear. If you’d like to venture into a bit of wilderness, see our guide to the
back roads of North and Middle Caicos.
Middle Caicos offers many spectacular landscape and coasts, and foremost of all is
Mudjin Harbour. This bay has high limestone cliffs, scenic rocky islands and small caves. The area can be especially impressive when the ocean swell is up.
Conch Bar Caves, Middle Caicos.
Conch Bar Caves, also on Middle Caicos, is the largest non-submerged cave system in the entire Bahamas-Turks and Caicos archipelago. It doesn't have the paths, stairs and lighting that many tourist attraction caves have and is quite interesting. Nearby is the free-to-access
Indian Cave, an open gallery system with many skylights.
Haulover Plantation on Middle Caicos, and
Wade's Green Plantation on North Caicos. Both of these are interesting, yet they are simply ruins. These sites do not indoor museums or gift shops. Haulover Plantation is free, whilst Wade’s Green Plantation has a nominal entry fee.
Cottage Pond, on North Caicos, is an interesting quick stop. It’s a 250-foot diameter bluehole in the middle of the island. It’s distantly connected to the ocean, and a few new species have been discovered in it.
It’s easy to book directly yourself. You only need to reserve the rental vehicle, and arrive at the ferry dock on Providenciales on time.
Caribbean Cruisin' is the primary ferry operator. You don’t have to book ahead, yet it’s just a quick phone call so we recommend reserving. Tickets are $50 return (2018) per person.
For car rentals, see our
Getting Around North Caicos and Middle Caicos article. Pick one of the companies and give them a call. In our experience, they all tend to have similar prices, which range from around $75 to $85 for a standard size car per day. If you have a group, try to call a few days ahead, as only a few companies have vans and they may not be available.
A Few Tips
Sometimes you may need to call ahead to ensure that
Conch Bar Caves and
Wade's Green Plantation are open, as the tour offices don’t have fixed hours. See the individual attraction pages for contact information.