The pristine ocean at Pumpkin Bluff Beach, North Caicos.
Due to the fact that the west, south and east sides of North Caicos consist almost entirely of
mangrove wetlands and shallows, all the beaches on the island are found on the 10 miles (16 kilometres) north coast. Unlike many of the Middle Caicos beaches, the coasts of North Caicos are situated further back from the barrier reef and deep water, and are consequently a bit more sheltered from the
Hollywood Beach and
Pumpkin Bluff Beach are the best beaches on North Caicos, yet minor amounts of floating seaweed and
sargassum tend to be a bit more of a problem on North Caicos than on many of the other Caicos islands. If such conditions are present on North Caicos, Pumpkin Bluff Beach and Hollywood Beach are typically the least affected.
As is also the case with Middle Caicos, these coasts see very few visitors. You’ll likely have miles of beach to yourself.
Three Marys Cays is the main viable site. When the wind and ocean conditions are calm, the underwater sights around these three limestone ironshore islands are interesting. You won’t likely see anything large, yet colourful reef fish, sea fans, crabs and small amounts of coral can be spotted.
Mosquitoes and sand fleas are two pests which can be quite a nuisance at times on North Caicos. The majority of the North Caicos beaches are largely protected from the regular trade winds, so the insects may run rampant after heavy rains.
Sand fleas, or no see ums, are the common local name for biting midges. These tiny insects are not actually fleas.
All beaches in the Turks and Caicos are public, and free-to-use. The law does not guarantee access across private property.
Fishing without a licence or in a protected area (national park or nature reserve) is illegal and carries fines and possible jail time. This includes the collection of
conch, lobster, crab and shellfish.
Secluded beaches carry an increased risk of crime, both to person and property. Don't leave valuables in your car or on the beach unattended. Read our
Safety and Crime section for more general information.
Some beaches are very remote and there may not be any other people around to provide assistance in an emergency. Exercise caution and be aware of currents, surf conditions and hidden hazards.