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South Caicos

This 8½-square-mile (21-square-km) island with a population of only 1,200 was once an important salt producer; today it’s the heart of the country's fishing industry. You'll find long, white beaches; jagged bluffs; and quiet backwater bays. Life here is slow-paced and simple. Driving around the island, you'll pass through its largest settlement, Cockburn Harbour.

In contrast, you'll see construction all over the island. As your plane comes in to land, you can't miss the Caicos Beach Club Resort & Marina perched on a hill; it has changed developers several times and its doors remain shut. Seven buildings are in various stages of completion, but no progress has been made in some time.

The major draw for South Caicos is its excellent diving and snorkeling on the pristine wall, which drops dramatically from 50 to 6,000 feet just off the south and east coastline facing Grand Turk; there’s an average visibility of 100 feet. It is a treat enjoyed by only a few, as there are no dive operators currently on island. Big Blue Unlimited out of Provo, however, offers diving excursions. The alternative is to explore one of the nearby cays or lie on one of the many lovely beaches as well as partake in a day or two of fishing.

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