South Caicos is a lovely, charming island that, if you're not careful, will steal your heart. This was our third trip over to the Big South and we will be going back again and again, planning to make our home here for a part of each year. Our first trip was just a day trip, but the last two years we spent five glorious days each trip enjoying the magic of South.
TCI in general is a wonderful place to holiday and Providenciales (Provo) with it's fabulous Grace Bay, along with the many resorts, golf couse, casino and shopping, etc, is by far the main tourist destination. But for the adventurous day trips are possible to the neighbouring islands of North and Middle Caicos.
However, for the really adventurous take a 20 minute flight (Air Turks and Caicos) or a 90 minute ferry (Caribbean Cruisin) to South Caiocs. Either way you will be transported back in time to a friendly, quiet and quaint Caribbean island that time seems to have forgotten.
Yet before the days of the airport and Club Med on Provo, South Caicos was the going concern of the Caicos islands. They had the only international airport, a fuel depot, a US coast guard station, a thriving fishing industry not to mention that HRH Queen Elizabeth II visited back in 1966 (the annual regatta in May of each year celebrates this event). Also for well over two hundred years South Caicos had a big part in the TCI's salt industry which ended in the early 1960's, and many of the historic builds are still standing, some in the process of being restored.
The International School of Field Studies is also on South where marine biology students from many different universities study in this unique school for a semester.
There is presently one hotel, South Caicos Ocean and Beach Resort (managed by Cleo Cox) with it's great ocean side location (and view) along with good rooms, a friendly atmosphere and a good restuarant, The Dolphin Grill. There are several other resturants in town serving local foods and Darryl Forbes' Sunset Grill is very much a favourite of ours. Cleo and Darryl are both very friendly gentlemen who will ensure your time on South will be the best it can be. The local stores, of which there are several, can provide most everything you would need.
There are also three developments on South in various stages of completion. The East Bay Resort is all but ready to open, The Caicos Beach Club Resort, midisland at High Point, has been under construction for a while but hopefully will open some time in the next few years.
On the northern portion of the island Sailrock Development is building private villas (with two finsihed and one under conctruction) along with a Great House/Hotel complex (with accompanying beach villas) which are all about to start construction early next year.
All of this bodes well for South as there are limited tourist facilities at the moment but that is most likely to change as amenities are added with more people visiting.
But for the moment the biggest attraction, along with the friendly people, is the beauty and wide open space which allows you to simply get away from it all. Arrange for local guide Tim Hamilton to tour you around the island in his boat and you will quickly get a sense of the tranquility of this beautiful place. Any beach you choose to visit will almost guaranteed to be yours alone, with the possible exception on a few of the many local wild donkeys (there are also a number of horses ambling about the town) from the salt industry days.
For us, the peacefulness and serenity of South Caicos is it's charm and attraction. Sit out at night away from the lights of town and you will be dazzled by the array of stars seemingly so close you feel you could reach out a pluck one for the sky.
The other reviews of South give a good idea of the island but nothing compares to coming over and spending time here to appreciate this little piece of paradise.
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