East Bay Islands Reserve

Turks & Caicos

The beautiful, protected cays off North Caicos' northeast coast are a refuge for iguanas, birds and sea creatures. With sandy beaches and coral to the north, and mangroves to the south, they're delightful to explore in a kayak or boat.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Turks & Caicos attractions

1. Flamingo Pond

4.18 MILES

They can be elusive, but flamingos periodically flock to this big, brackish waterhole inland from the island's northern shore. There's a deck on a hilltop…

2. Wade's Green Plantation

6.87 MILES

Granted to Loyalist Wade Stubbs by King George III in 1789 as compensation for the loss of his Florida estate, this cotton and sisal plantation struggled…

3. Cottage Pond

6.93 MILES

This tropical blue hole (43m deep), formed by karst subsidence, is fed by the tides and connects to a much larger underground chamber. While it's not…

4. Three Mary Cays

8.45 MILES

While North Caicos doesn't offer the country's best diving and snorkeling, these three protected ironshore islets are surrounded by healthy coral, and can…

5. Pumpkin Bluff

8.78 MILES

Much of North Caicos' shore is mudflats, but this beautiful spot on the northern coast has lovely fine sand, and is excellent for snorkeling. A foundered…

6. Conch Bar Caves National Park

9.36 MILES

The largest cave system on dry land found anywhere in the Bahamian Archipelago, Conch Bar is accessible with National Trust guides on a pricey 30-minute…

7. Bambarra Beach

13.13 MILES

Bring a picnic to enjoy at the tables provided on this broad, fine-sand beach. The water is shallow a long way out, and usually calm, so it's a good…

8. Grace Bay Beach

19.65 MILES

Several kilometers long – the frequently boasted '12 miles' (19km) only applies if you measure the entire northern coast of Provo, which is, admittedly,…