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Where When How N/D 2017 - J/F 2018 : Page 150

GO BEYOND PROVIDENCIALES... VISIT OUR OTHER ISLANDS • • • NORTH CAICOS • • • THREE MARY CAYS NORTH CAICOS North Caicos is often referred to as the “garden island” of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), and has 2,500 permanent residents. The TCI Ferry drops you at Sandy Point where you can pick up your rental car from Al’s, Caribbean Cruisin', Easy, Nick’s, Scooter Bob’s THE GREAT HOUSE AT or Pelican Beach car rental. WADES GREEN PLANTATION Do stop at the Green Island Café for refreshments. About five minutes after you leave Sandy Point you’ll pass Cottage Pond on the right. The pond is actually a very deep vertical cave and is home to several water birds. Just past Cottage Pond you will come to a "T" intersection at the Whitby-Kew highway. Turning right takes you to the village of Kew and just beyond you can find Wades Green – the ruins of a 1789 Loyalist plantation. Take a guided tour by prearranging with a local guide, or take a self-guided tour with the help of pamphlets purchased from the National Trust. If you turn left at the "T" intersection, you are on your way to Hollywood Park at the next junction. Turning right at the park will take you into the seaside village of Whitby . Directly on Whitby Beach , find the Barracuda Beach Bar at the Pelican Beach Hotel. Turning left (westward) at the park you can follow a series of roads, to Pumpkin Bluff Beach and beyond, to snorkel at Three Mary Cays . As you continue eastward past Whitby, toward Bottle Creek, you will come to Flamingo Pond Overlook . The flock can reach about 1,000 members. You need strong binoculars to view the birds. Carrying on further east you will come to the turnoff for Horsestable Beach . Along the main road to Bottle Creek you will find gas stations and restaurants – and just before Major Hill you can make a pit stop at My Dee’s Restaurant . Bottle Creek is a picturesque village overlooking the water – take a slow journey through the village streets. Heading east after the village you will find Gibbs North Caicos Outfitters which offers DIY fishing kayaks and SUP rentals and the Last Chance Bar & Grill. Continue east along the shore of Bottle Creek looking out over the mangroves until you reach the causeway to cross over to Middle Caicos. GETTING TO NORTH CAICOS From Providenciales, pre-book a spot with TCI Ferry Service (1-649-946-5406). To catch the (passenger only) ferry, head for Walkin Marina at Heaving Down Rock. Please pre-book a rental car. 150 • • • • • NOV/DEC/JAN/FEB 2017/2018 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands”

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