The Pumpkin Bluff area offers several small scenic beaches interspersed between limestone bluffs and cliffs. Although this section of coastline isn’t extensive, the spectacular water and clean sand here make for what is probably the finest beach for swimming on North Caicos. At low tide, there is a continuous beach at the bottom of the low cliffs, essentially connecting all of the beaches on North Caicos.
Although centrally located, Pumpkin Bluff Beach is secluded, easily missed, and tends to see very few visitors.
Despite almost entirely having succumbed to the elements now, the bow of a wrecked freighter still remains on the barrier reef 2,800 feet (853 m) from shore. This vessel was the River Arc, an abandoned drug running tanker ship that appeared in the Turks and Caicos and drifted onto the reef.
Scenery and Wildlife
The scenery of the drive to Pumpkin Bluff from Sandy Point Marina (where the passenger ferry previously arrived) is quite nice. Several inland saline ponds are passed, including Mangrove Pond, Mud Hole Pond (more scenic than the name suggests!), Moore Hall Pond and Pumpkin Bluff Pond.
The ponds in the Pumpkin Bluff region are a haven for the larger wading birds. Although sightings are not quite as predictable as they are at Flamingo Pond Overlook, it’s common to spot flamingos, reddish egrets, tricolored herons, and yellow-crowned night herons. In the thick surrounding vegetation of sabal palms and silver buttonwoods, mangrove cuckoos and Cuban crows can be seen as well.
Prospect of Whitby
A small abandoned hotel, the Prospect of Whitby, is located on the eastern edge of Pumpkin Bluff Beach. This failed hotel has gradually become overtaken by dense vegetation. Hidden in the jungle are about a dozen rooms, a swimming pool, tennis court, dive shop, lobby, and support laundry and restaurant kitchen facilities.