When you picture paradise, your fantasy probably looks a lot like the Island of North Caicos. We have the closest thing there is to year-round perfect weather, with an average of 830 F (280 C). Even in the summer it rarely goes above 870 F (310 C) during the day and a comfortable 720 F (220 C) at night with no humidity to speak of. Maybe it’s nature's location of the Island of North Caicos at N 21055’ Latitude and W 71058’ Longitude that assures this perfect weather.
With 41 square miles of space and only 1,500 people on the island, you'll have plenty of breathing space. The Island of North Caicos is about 12 miles long and 5 miles at its widest point and is the lushest of all the Turks & Caicos Islands. Its vibrant natural ecosystem of birds, butterflies, reptiles, salinas, mangroves, coastal cays, barrier reef, miles of unobstructed sandy beach and woodland vegetation are truly inspiring.
Osprey off the beach
See the various fruit trees - mango, sapodilla, sugar apple and papaya, along with coconut trees that grow throughout the island, and are fed by a rainfall of about 40 inches per year. Most people live in the settlements of Bottle Creek Village, Kew, Whitby and Sandy Point, which are inviting places to check out the local culture. For some local history, check out the ruins of old Loyalist plantations, the grandest of which is Wades Green, with its extraordinary woodland vegetation or the caves near Sandy Point where Lucayan artifacts were uncovered. Don’t forget Cottage Pond on the road to Sandy Point where you’ll find a large pool of tropical vegetation and a source of pirate stories. You may even come across intricate crafts such as detailed straw-work that are still practiced on this island.
Entrance to Wades Green Plantation
Turks and Caicos Islands host many species of birds, butterflies and other wildlife, including migrating whales offshore. About 100 species of birds make the islands their home and another 100 are migratory.The Island of North Caicos boasts the largest flock of Pink Flamingo in the islands of Turks & Caicos. There are flocks of flamingos at Flamingo Pond and Mud Hole Pond. You’ll find families of ospreys that nest off the beaches at Three Mary Cays, and a wide variety of other birds on the islands' extensive nature reserves and sanctuaries. There are about 35 species of butterflies including the Leafwing, Caribbean Buckeye and Gulf Fritillary. You’ll see Curley Tailed Lizards and, after a rainfall, Anole, while Iguanas on the nearby East Bays Cays are an example of the natural diversity of this green lush island.
To the northwest, Three Mary Cays National Park protects cays with osprey populations and is also a great spot for snorkling - there are three small cays right off the beach. To the northeast of the island, East Bay Islands National Park protects three uninhabited cays with captivating beaches and iguanas. While, Ramsar Site Sanctuary covers the southern part of the island, with marsh and wetlands, along with breeding sites for lobster, conch and fish.
We have coastal cays and magnificent woodlands; glittering white beaches and miles of living coral reef. And, of course, there’s the water – clear, calm and brilliantly turquoise. No wonder the Island of North Caicos is widely known as the "Breadbasket of the Turks and Caicos Islands" or the "Emerald Isle" – all “Beautiful by Nature.”