Ultimate travel guide to South Caicos
By Hannah Barnard on 1st March, 2018
One of the smaller inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos, South Caicos is a hidden gem and is one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Located forty miles southeast of Providenciales, South Caicos is known for its seclusion and exclusivity.
Getting to South Caicos
South Caicos is easily accessible via daily scheduled 25-minute direct flights on InterCaribbean Airways, TCI Ferry Service, private charter and private boats. This three-and-a-half-mile island provides a truly intimate experience and allows for one to discover natural beauty in a remote, tranquil environment.
Activities + watersports on South Caicos
With temperatures averaging between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit year-round—South Caicos provides an ideal climate for snorkeling and scuba diving. The reef systems off South Caicos have remained largely untouched by humans, and are thought to be the healthiest and most vibrant in all of the Turks and Caicos Islands, featuring over 50 species of coral in addition to numerous sea creatures including sea turtles, mahi-mahi, spotted eagle rays, snapper, and grouper. Whether you prefer paddleboarding, bone fishing, kayaking or hiking there are plenty of exhilarating ways for you to spend the day discovering the magic behind South Caicos’ picture-perfect backdrop.
Fish for your supper – where to eat
In addition to South Caicos’ many recreational outdoor pursuits, the island boasts a thriving fishing industry. Fresh conch, lobster, and fish are caught daily, processed, packed and distributed for both local and international consumption. Indulge in this fresh, locally caught seafood served with a Caribbean flair at Sailrock Resort, South Caicos’ premier boutique resort.
Whether you prefer the locally caught Caicos Bank Red Snapper or the delectable A La Minute Smoked Mahi Mahi, every dining experience at Sailrock Resort’s Great House Restaurant and newly opened The Cove Restaurant + Beach Bar delivers approachable dishes with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients combined with a unique, new-age twist. Combine that with the gorgeous views of both the Caicos Bank and Atlantic Ocean, and you will quickly discover the ambiance that sets South Caicos apart from other islands.
Throughout the years, South Caicos has retained the authentic Caribbean appeal that has become increasingly hard to find. The main settlement in South Caicos, the historic Cockburn Harbour, has a fascinating pirate history and was essential in the 17th-century salt trade.
In South Caicos, nature prevails with uncrowded, white sandy beaches, nature reserves, oceanside bluffs, quiet backwater bays and salt flats teeming with pink flamingos. South Caicos is also proudly home to The School for Field Studies, where students and faculty work in collaboration with the South Caicos community to conserve diverse marine resources and establish a sustainable economy for the island residents. With a local community that is just as welcoming as the miles of pristine beaches, South Caicos exudes a certain charm that entices one to visit over and over again.
Where to stay on South Caicos
Positioned on the pristine sandy beaches of South Caicos is the luxury boutique resort – Sailrock Resort. With Ridgetop Suites elevated above the shoreline and Beachfront Villas steps from the ocean, Sailrock Resort gives new meaning to unparalleled service and exclusivity in a luxurious out-island setting. Sailrock Resort boasts two beaches and varying ocean environments with the Caicos Bank to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east that offer appealing options to all guests. Discover Sailrock Resort’s Na Spa, world-class restaurants, Great House infinity pool and a plethora of complimentary activities, including paddleboarding and kayaking today! For further information visit sailrockresort.com
Explore this untouched, secluded paradise and discover Turks and Caicos’ hottest new destination for yourself.
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