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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Turks & Caicos - Right in the Middle

Grand Turk is the capital city and main cruise ship port, and 
Providenciales, known as "Provo", is the most developed. 

However today's post is about Middle Caicos, the largest, 
with the least population, and the most dramatic coastline. 



MUDJIN HARBOUR 



When visiting Turks & Caicos, make sure to spend a day on Middle Caicos in Mudjin Harbor - there's a lot to discover above and below the water. 

Mudjin Harbour offers three mile arc of pure white sand beaches against the backdrop of massive limestone cliffs. 


Blue Horizon Resort overlooks Mudjin Harbour, and offers the quickest way to access Mudjin Harbor Beach via a concrete walkway which leads right down to the beach. 



Another alternative path is hiking the historic Crossing Place Trail which once connected the Caicos Islands. If you choose the Crossing Place Trail, I would suggest getting an early morning start as the trails path winds across green hills, atop limestone cliffs, and below the cliffs are seven fantastic beaches to stop and refresh along the way. The trail path is easy to follow, and items you need to include for this hike are a good sun hat/cap, walking shoes and do not forget to bring lots of bottled water! 

(ˆ◡ˆ) - Travel Tip: When you reach Bambarra Beach, it will probably be deserted, and you have have the beach all to yourself. Relax on the picnic tables, and if the tide is low, walk the long sandbar to Pelican Cay
  





CORAL SUMAC 
There are a lot of these poisonous mid sized trees along the beach path at Blue Horizon Resort, and along the coast line on Middle Caicos. Touching the leaves causes a very nasty rash.  







Praying hands on Circle of Hope - Middle Caicos, Mudjin Harbor

(ˆ◡ˆ) - Travel TipThere's a lovely hidden beach behind the Blue Horizon Resort. Look for the stairway tunnel up a hill past the praying hands statue - the stairway goes through a cave out to the beach.  


DRAGON CAY


Dragon Cay at Mudjin Harbour is a spectacular natural wonder! Dragon Island is a rockly enclave which resembles a sleeping dragon, and it can be accessed by a soft pink sandbar at low tide, and when the seas are calm. 



Once out there watch out for waves as the surrounding rocks are sharp as knives - I would not advise climbing the sleeping dragon! 


For swimming or snorkeling, Dragon Cay has several shallow coves - one that I especially enjoyed is located between the large open faced cave above the beach and Dragon Island. The Cay jetting out into the ocean forms a natural lagoon offering protection from the breakers that roll onto the beach. 

Outside of the lagoon area, the beach has lots of broken shells along the coast line, and I wore water shoes to protect my feet. This area sits on top of the reef line which is close to the shoreline all along the coast. The current is very strong, and the outgoing tide literally pulls the sand from up under your feet. 


MIDDLE CAICOS THINGS TO DO:
Aside from visiting Mudjin Harbour . . . 
  • Daniel’s Cafe by the Sea - Absolutely the best conch on the island - Located at the east end of Conch Bar Village
  • Mudjin Bar & Grill at the Blue Horizon Resort - Spectacular views, fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits 
  • Middle Caicos Co-op Handicraft Shop
  • Conch Bar Caves
  • Haulover Plantation
  • Indian Cave

ABOUT TURKS & CAICOS (TCI)

This is a premier dive destination with one of the world's largest coral reef systems. Turks & Caicos is mostly undiscovered and is not overly developed tourism destination.

Turks & Caicos has very little rainfall compared to many other Caribbean islands, and while you won't find an abundance of lush scenery, the islands offer plenty of sunshine, clear turquoise waters, cool ocean breezes, and some of the best beaches in the 
region. 

The 40 cays and islands that make up Turks & Caicos draw travelers seeking a less touristy island destination, upscale lodging and dining, pristine beaches, an array of water sports, nature trails, underground caves, deep sea fishing, and from January to April visitors can spot humpback whales on their annual migration. 


Happy Travels,
Linda