Conch Bar Caves, Haulover Plantation, Crossing Place Trail and Mudjin Harbour – just a few sites to see when you visit Middle Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands . . .
Once known as “Grand Caicos” and at about twice the size (55 sq miles) of Providenciales, with less than 250 residents, Middle Caicos is a fabulous island for those seeking adventure. After a 20 minute ferry ride from Provo to North Caicos and a half hour picturesque drive across the island you will arrive at the North-Middle Causeway.
A 10 minute drive along the paved road brings you to one of the most spectacular sites in the Turks and Caicos Islands – Mudjin Harbour. This amazing cove features rocky cays, cliffs and when the wind is blowing a dazzling show as the waves hit the small reef and cays just off shore. Home to the Mudjin Bar and Grill and the Dragon Cay Resort you may walk along the cliffs and enjoy the scenery and magnificent blue ocean below. A perfect spot for a picnic, the sandy beach below is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. Hike across the Crossing Place Trail (sturdy shoes are a must and bring plenty of water to drink) which will take you on an amazing 5 mile trek along the bluffs.
Continue down the main road from Mudjin Harbour (do not turn at “Conch Bar”) and drive through the airport parking area and you will come across the Conch Bar Caves National Park. This site is the largest above-water cave formation in the entire Caribbean. The National Park protects 15 miles of underground caverns. Settled by the Lucayan Indians, excavations of the caves speak to the history of these people. Today you can take guided tours through the maze-like caverns and corridors and marvel at the limestone architecture. There are approximately 35 Lucayan sites on Middle Caicos to explore. It’s best to call ahead to book a guided tour – 649-247-3157.
The last settlement at the end of Middle Caicos is Lorimers. It is situated along a lagoon inlet located at the very end of the paved road. This small village was once a thriving community in the Turks and Caicos Islands, today only a dozen homes remain occupied and the population is 25. Home to the sisal industry in the past, native traditions of boat building, basket weaving, bush medicine are alive and well. As you approach Lorimers turn left onto the dirt road, which will go for miles, and you will arrive at Wild Cow Run and see the entrance to the Haulover Plantation. As you walk through the property you can see a few buildings and part of an old kitchen.
Whether a day trip, a weekend adventure or a longer vacation, Middle Caicos has plenty to offer. An adventure seekers paradise in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Picture: Turks and Caicos Tourism Website – Middle Caicos Caves.
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