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Middle Caicos Information

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Middle Caicos is the largest and least populated of the Turks & Caicos Islands. The island can be divided into three regions centralized around the local villages, each of which will be separately addressed below:

 

Conch Bar  Middle Caicos Turks and Caicos Islands

Conch Bar-Western region

Bambarra Beach  Middle Caicos Turks and Caicos Islands

Bambarra- Central region

Lorimers  Middle Caicos Turks and Caicos Islands

Lorimers – Eastern region

 

Middle Caicos remains the heartland of TCI culture including traditional straw craft, fanner grass basketry, native sloop building, model sailboat carving/racing, and bush medicine. With a population of 270 people, five churches are active – and the lifestyle of Middle Caicos stands proudly apart. With careful planning and consideration for local values, this island will continue to be an outstanding place to live and enjoy the natural beauty of the land and sea.

Nearly 50% of the island of Middle Caicos is dedicated to the International Ramsar Biodiversity Wetland Reserve, a major treaty preserved site dedicated to protection of habitat for the local flora and fauna. The birdwatching here is a treasure year round – eagles, hawks, terns, frigate birds, pelicans all fly close by comfortably and without fear. While the Reserve covers the bank or south side of the island, the commitment to wildlife and the unspoiled nature of Middle Caicos is a critical development goal across the entire island. The importance of eco-tourism, rather than mainstream tourism, will be crucial to the sustainable development of Middle Caicos.

Life on Middle Caicos is for the adventurous! Very limited infrastructure of any kind is in place. Water is supplied by rain collected in cisterns, locally called “tanks” - an important feature of your home here. With a small stable population the economics of a water plant and delivery service are not feasible. The same applies for small trades – plumbing, electrical, masonry, mechanics – and all tradesman are brought to Middle Caicos when needed. Since 2000, less than ten buildings have been constructed on Middle Caicos – but building costs and logistics have improved immensely with access for large cargo delivery, and roll on/roll off capacity for trailers and containers from Bellefield Landing in North Caicos. The completion of the causeway between the two islands has allowed Middle Caicos residents easy access to shopping and travel to other islands - and is a great spot for line fishing!

Historically, land values rose abruptly in 2006/2007, with steady increase in enquiries and sales, The big “boom” in real estate touted for North and Middle was a result of over-development in Provo, and the rush to find more available beachfront and waterfront. Unrealistically high prices were attained here for about six months until summer 2007, when property values drastically fell throughout the country. Prices continued dropping throughout 2008 and 2009 and sales came to a standstill. By late 2010, property prices stabilized but buyers still remained elusive - persistent in their questions yet non committal to actual purchase. It was not until 2012 that real estate sales regained momentum across the country. The ongoing political and economic changes in TCI with the UK direct administration helped buyers realize that the country is reviving, interest grew stronger and investment began again to enter the country.

On Middle Caicos signs for a better season began in mid 2011, and this firm completed several property sales late 2011 and early 2012. During 2013 and 2014 sales have quietly continued, with buyers much more active across all islands. On Middle Caicos we are pleased to have completed five sales for our clients. At this time, four homes are under construction in Middle Caicos – clear evidence of the opportunities available!

In the sections that follow, each of the three main regions of Middle Caicos will be outlined through pictures and text to bring to life the current situation and future possibilities, specifically focused on real estate information.

Platico Point old pier, Middle Caicos oceanfront
Old Pier at Platico Point, Middle Caicos

Conch Bar – Western region

Coastal view of Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

Pine Barrel boat landing, on the channel between Middle Caicos and North Caicos, is at the extreme west end of the island, and this is your arrival to Middle Caicos island. The causeway is a wonder, crossing a wide expanse of clear water with vast views on all sides, offering residents and visitors alike the convenience of linking the two islands. You will soon pass the entry to the famous Crossing Place Trail, where you can walk through to the shoreline and explore Blowing Hole – a natural water spout created with tide and wind. The walk along the shore includes sandy beaches and jagged cliffs, and truly inspiring scenery. Continuing east, watch for flamingoes as you pass over the small land bridge at Fish Ponds.

Private development is underway at Mudjin Harbour: the Blue Horizon Resort Vacation Community has residential lots overlooking the spectacular sweep of the bay. The lots here have underground services in place to each site, shared roads with a fee each year for maintenance, and a homeowners association in place. To date five private homes have been completed, along with the management building and the five rental cottages of the Blue Horizon resort. Property prices here are excellent value, given the infrastructure on site, with ridge view lots at $99,000 for just under an acre. A new restaurant opened in 2013 near the shoreline, adding more value to investment in a property here.

 

Conch Bar region, reef meets the island  of Mudjin Harbour, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

Conch Bar village is the largest by far, with roughly 75% of the island's population, and is located near the currently closed airport. There is a gas station, one restaurant and two bars, a primary school, a central government office, a health clinic, a police station and three churches. About half the homes are renovated century tabby wall buildings, and half cement block or wooden construction.

This western end of Middle Caicos has been settled close to the shore, and the resultant sea mist and spray take their toll on vehicles and buildings. With the reef literally at the shore, there is minimal protection from storm surges and weather, yet the sea breeze helps fights the notorious Middle Caicos mosquitoes and sand flies. It is a vibrant part of the island - sea cliffs, waves of surf rolling in, friendly and open local population.

Moving east away from Conch Bar, toward the central region of the island, huge swathes of property are still registered as generational land that is slowly being sorted out. At Platico Point the reef emerges and pulls fully away from shore. Waterfront, roadside and interior lots are available in the Platico Point area, with a magnificent ironshore coastline. Waterfront prices from $200,000 per acre, back lots from $100,000 to $35,000 per acre further inland. It is an isolated area, with wonderful views to the reef and a stable ironshore that could permit docks.

Just past this area the curve of Bambarra beach begins...and the central region of Middle Caicos.

Bambarra – Central region

Bambarra boat landing, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
Bambarra beach Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

The central region of Middle Caicos is characterized by a several high ridges in the middle of the island and by the grand sweep of Bambarra beach with four miles of curving white sand lined with casuarina trees. The reef is well off shore and the bay is shallow, with lovely coral heads to explore. The main fishermen’s landing is nestled on the sheltered east end of the bay, with a large government pier and boat ramp area accesible. One of the best public beach facilities in the country, with tiki huts, picnic shelter, latrines and the sand spit out to Pelican Cay, is sited on Bambarra beach.

The shoreline of Bambarra beach is truly spectacular, with gorgeous interior view lots running up into the ridge land and incredible one acre lots on the beach, this is the centre of the Middle Caicos property market. This development zone was approved in the mid 1980’s and nearly one hundred individual lots have been surveyed and sold, although only eight homes exist to date. Vacant beachfront lots asking price is currently from $225,000 to $250,000/acre, and ½ acre lots off the beach asking $80,000. The plentitude of beachfront lots available at this time brings these very reasonable prices, and further means that combining contiguous lots for a small resort or inn would be possible - and a great potential development.

The village of Bambarra sits proudly on the northern ridge, with fresh breezes and views in all directions and the turquoise sea sparkling down at the shore. A 15 minute walk of 4 minute ride brings you to the beach. Bambarra village currently has roughly 50 residents, with many traditional homes built at the turn of the century - thick “tabby” walls, low doorways and wooden shutters. Bambarra boasts many wells, with some well water suitable for irrigation and construction. All of the property in and around Bambarra village is privately owned, but much of it remains generational land. Listings are currently on the market in Bambarra village, price range $30,000 to $60,000 for vacant lots, with old ruins and walls visible.

The far eastern curve of Bambarra beach is ironshore coast, along an extremely shallow bay with only a narrow strip of land between the sea and the huge Farmcreek pond salina. Archeological traces of several Lucayan and Taino settlements have been found in this Bambarra beach region. To hike out to Gambol Point, where fires were lit to guide the sailing sloops home, is a great day’s outing that places the whole curve of Bambarra beach in front of you. For those seeking beautiful beachfront in a quiet, safe community for a sensible price, this is where to purchase.

Lorimers : Eastern region

Lorimers Boat Landing, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

The inland eastern region of Middle Caicos was heavily utilized during the plantation era, with many ruins still in evidence. Lorimers was the biggest village in TCI at the turn of the century although at present only six families make their home there. The mangroves on the creek and pond edges are Lorimer’s special feature, along with the wild exposed east end beaches. This village has numerous ruins of traditional homes scattered in the bush, and has more named streets than any other village in TCI. The village is also the access point for the famous Increase plantation, on land close to South Caicos, at the ‘back” of Middle Caicos island on the banks.

The original “Kings Road” runs straight into Lorimers from Pine Barrel Landing, and various lots are available for sale along the road. Some of the highest land in Middle Caicos is in this eastern area, an area of rough indigenous bush, with remnants of stone walls from traditional farming days and interior ponds. Access to the Windward passage, between East and Middle Caicos, and on to South Caicos is via a winding route across the creeks and sand bars, with birds and fish as common companions. Sea kayaking and small boat fishing, exploring the inlets of East Caicos and appreciating the rich bird life are major attractions of the eastern region.

Along the coast moving east, at Half Creek, government land has been set aside since 1997 for a development to include marina, luxury hotel and villas. To date, no listings for lots in this development have come onto the market, nor has any actual construction begun beyond creating the road access. In 2008, a fabulous new beach was established in this bay due to sand movements in the twin hurricanes that year. The Haulover Plantation area nearby, with ruins from the original homestead, now belongs to the National Trust and the walking tour is good.

The EastWind development group created the easternmost road on the island in 2005, and has since constructed underground power infrastructure. This is a wild and isolated region of Middle Caicos, magnificent pristine Caribbean wilderness. A special offer is now available to purchase the contiguous roadside lot at $25,000 with a purchase of any beachfront lot – a great deal for two acres of land at $200,000. The east end of Middle Caicos is a good 30 minute ride from the airport in Conch Bar, set on a prevailing wind shore, extremely private and fabulous for kiteboarding!!

This information has been prepared by Sara J. Kaufman, manager of Forbes Realty TCI. The firm specializes in personal realty services. Please contact her directly for further details, with your questions, or for assistance.

Email : sara@forbesrealtytci.com
Cell Tel : 1-649-231-4884
Tel/Fax : 1-649-946-7071


 

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