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DRAGON CAY, MIDDLE CAICOS Pass through Conch Bar Village and take the last turn left. If you reach the pond you’ve missed the Middle Caicos Co-op . Clustered by the sea, a trio of pale yellow buildings with teal trim is a great spot to take a break, watch whales in season, and shop the largest collection of authentic TCI handicrafts in the country, at your finger-tips. The Valentines Day hand-carved model sail boat fleet is on display. Artisans are on-hand for demonstrations. Back on the road, head east to Bambarra Village , staying on the paved road, which curves right and heads up a hill into the village. As you head back down the hill toward the sea, leaving Bambarra, just after the curve left, take the dirt road to the right and find yourself on the graceful expanse of Bambarra Beach . The most easterly beach on Middle is called Wild Cow Run . It is way off the beat-en path but well worth the trip. Head over the hill going through Bambarra and turn left onto Lorimers Road. About 20 minutes and one left turn later, just before Lorimer’s Village , look for the sign for the entrance to the Haulover Plantation Ruins . Carry on past the ruins, across the salina and turn right at the T junction. You will find yourself on an expanse of beach that extends south and overlooks East Caicos. It’s unlikey you’ll be sharing this beach with another soul. MIDDLE CAICOS INFORMATION Take the ferry from Providenciales to North Caicos. Rent a car to drive across North Caicos to the causeway which takes you to Middle Caicos. • • • SALT CAY • • • er historic salt plantation home on Salt Cay. Government House is being restored. The Salinas are impossible to miss. Once shallow bodies of brackish water, they were convert-ed to saltpans. The hand laid stone dykes and canals are impressive. One of the windmills, once used to push saltwater into the drying pans, has recently been rebuilt. HOW TO GET TO SALT CAY Salt Cay can be reached via Caicos Express Airways. Or via interCaribbean flights from PLS to Grand Turk plus a ferry to Salt Cay. SALT CAY INFORMATION Salt Cay Divers -649-241-1009 I I I I I I I I I With less than one hundred folk (and nearly that many donkeys), Salt Cay’s vibe is a result of the diverse population. Turks & Caicos Islanders, Americans, Filipinos, Grenadians, St. Lucians, Europeans, Dominicans and Haitians all live and work on this little 2.5 square mile, triangular shaped island. Although inhabited by Lucayan Indians when Ponce de Leon arrived in 1512, Salt Cay was uninhabited from about 1520 until Bermudians arrived in the 1600s. The island then enjoyed a period of prosperity as one of the world’s premier pro-ducers of salt . In the 1920s and 30s the salt trade came to a halt in the TCI. Many Salt Cay visitors come for the annual migration of Humpback Whales , who cruise through the Turks Island Passage every year from January to April. It’s possible to have in-water ‘soft’ encounters with the whales, or go on whale watching excursions. The diving is fantastic, and Salt Cay has access to some of the best snorkelling in the Turks Islands. You can go bonefishing , without a guide, right off shore (with just a fishing license easily purchased at the DCs Office). Salt Cay is popular with bird watchers , as several rare seabirds are spotted here reg-ularly. You can also do a bird excursion from Salt Cay to Great Sand Cay. For history buffs, The White House , built by salt-baron Alexander Harriott, stands next to the last remaining boat house and salt shed on Salt Cay. Boats still shelter here after a day of fish-ing. The Brown House (Sunnyside), is anoth-PARROT CAY Local legend purports that female pirate Anne Bonny stayed here in the 1720s, hence the original name -Pirate Cay. Now home to the 5-star Parrot Cay Resort & Spa (COMO Hotels & Resorts). Keith Richards, Donna Karan, Bruce Willis, Cristi Brinkley and numerous other celebrities own homes on this exclusive island. PARROT CAY INFORMATION For information on getting to Parrot Cay, visit the resort's website. PINE CAY This tiny, private island is home to a small cadre of homeowners and seasonal resi-dents. The Meridian Club offers visitors a totally relaxing getaway vacation. No • • • • • 149 Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at SUMMER 2017

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