Three Mary Cays

Turks & Caicos

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 be reached from the shore.

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1. Pumpkin Bluff


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…

2. Cottage Pond

2.17 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…

3. Wade's Green Plantation

2.72 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…

4. Flamingo Pond

4.28 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…

5. East Bay Islands Reserve

8.45 MILES

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…

6. Grace Bay Beach

14.68 MILES

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

7. Village at Grace Bay Museum

15.73 MILES

The Providenciales location of the Turks & Caicos National Museum is located in the Village at Grace Bay development and features some heritage buildings…

8. Long Bay Beach

16.14 MILES

This windy, less frequented beach on Provo's southern shore is ideal for kitesurfing.