Stretching from the northwest of Provo to the tip of North Caicos are a small group of barrier islands. These unassuming little gems- emeralds surrounded by settings of finely powdered shell beaches and warm, blue waters are some of the prettiest little sites in the country. From the air, they take on the appearance of a delicate necklace suspended between the two points of land. 

Little Water Cay, Water Cay, Pine Cay, Fort George cay. Parrot Cay, Dellis Cay these names include both uninhabited wild life preserves (the domain of the T&C national Parks) as well as award- winning and internationally recognized luxury resorts.  

Each islands is blessed with blessed with beaches and swirling sands flats leading out shallow coral reefs. While some islands have limited access, others are made accessible by day trips from Providenciales. Be sure to visit the Turks islands rock iguanas at little Water Cay or Fort Cay.  

Only Pine Cay and Parrot cay are inhabited.   




The Caicos Cays
Little Water Cay | Parrot Cay | Pine Cay |
French, Ambergris and Great Sand Cay 

Little Water Cay 

This modern island is to become a modern nature resort, with a reminder that the island has been set aside as a nature reserve for the Turks Island Iguana and a variety of bird life. 

Parrot Cay  
Local legend purports that female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read stayed here in the 1720's lending the original name, Pirate Cay. An 18th century house is on this 300 acre private island, and a prestigious modern resort is on its way to create an island paradise with all modern facilities. A lavish resort and villa project is currently on hold.  

Pine Cay 
A private island is home to a small cadre of homeowners and seasonal residents. The prestigious Meridian Club offers visitors a total get-away vacation. No phone, no TV, no automobile, just peace, nine miles of nature trails and miles of pristine beach.   

Pine Cay has several distinctive zones of vegetation, shared mainly by Palmettos and Pines. Tropical birds and Iguanas inhabit most of the island. On the island's northern end there are many freshwater lakes with species of salt water fish, a legacy of Hurricane Donna in 1960. Pine Cay was also the sit of an ancient Lucayan settlement, and in the 18th and 19th century was an excellent hideout for pirates.  
French, Ambergris and Great Sand Cay 

There are more than two dozen other small islands and cays scattered throughout the archipelago. These uninhabited rocks each exhibit a distinct personality. French Cay, on the southwest corner of the Caicos Bank, is widely worshiped for its superb wall diving.The mountains you see on the Ambergris Cays are the huge piles of conch shells left by the local fishermen.   

Great Sand Cay, south of Salt Cay, is a desert paradise. Iguanas and curly-tailed lizards roam the prickly pear-decorated landscape. Turtles nest on its broad sand beaches. Nurse sharks gather by the thousands in the shallow lagoon during their season. On one end of the island, a great stone arch has been carved from the lime stone by the flow of the water, standing in mute testimony to the sea's power.   

On some islands the Turk's Head Cactus, the national flower, grows prolifically. On others, thousands of terns nest. Most are surrounded by coral gardens in one form or another.   

Some 178 species of birds are found in the Turks and Caicos and these protected, isolated islands allow them to breed and live unmolested. In many ways, these tiny islands form the sustaining, natural heart of the Turks and Caicos.

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