MIDDLE CAICOS, TURKS AND CAICOS
The ruins of Arawaks and the Lucayan Indians villages can be found here, as well as ruins of the plantation era. About 270 people live here in the villages of Conch Bar, Bambarra and Lorimers. The residents of Middle Caicos lives at one with nature maintaining the idyllic untouched appeal.
Measuring forty-eight square miles Middle Caicos is undoubtedly the largest of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Here one can escape to the emerald cliffs overlooking rocky coves, beaches fringed by casuarina trees or explore the massive above-sea-level caves and the six-century primitive ruins.
At least 38 Lucayan sites were found on Middle Caicos. Evidence of settlements date back to 750 AD and archaeologists believe that as many as 4,000 Indians once lived on the island. Recent expeditions revealed that Middle Caicos was likely the central point of Lucayan Indians civilization. Those digs unearthed fossils and artefacts, among them a wooden a “duho” or ceremonial stool.
A considerable number of implements typical of the Lucayan Stone Age were also found in the Caicos Islands. In the 1880s two wooden stools and some crude bedsteads made of forked sticks and boughs were found. In 1978 a site containing a Taino ball court unknown elsewhere in the Lucayan islands, was excavated. The Conch Bar Caves are of great beauty, easy to enter and must have been excellent shelters and dwellings, as it is no rare occurrence to find small fresh water lakes in them.
Then there are the soft green slopes overlooking the stunning Mudjin Harbour, a three-mile long section of coastline. Originally called “Bermudian Harbour”, high limestone cliffs and a scattering of beaches stretch from Conch Bar Village to the far northwest point of the island.
Come join the revelry as locals gather annually on Bambarra beach for the grand Crab Fest, Valentine’s Day Cup sailboat racing, Middle Caicos Day and a host of other fun events. Experience authentic TCI culture on display, island cuisine and various contests all while jiving to live island music. Beach parties, straw weaving competitions, and domino tournaments are served up warm with freshly roasted corn and bon fires to chase the chill away.