Soon after the sun rises, its light illuminates the ivory coloured strip of sand that winds gently along the eastern coastline of South Caicos. Void of the typical commercial trappings of many Caribbean resorts, the beach awaits. It’s pristine, unpopulated and offers a blank page on which to write a story of marine adventure and fun in the sun.
A wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days in life but for many couples it is also a stressful time, and one that leaves both bride and groom exhausted after months of planning. It is no surprise then that couples look forward to having a relaxing and stress free honeymoon following their nuptials.
Many regions of North America have recently experienced exceptionally frigid weather, producing frozen lakes and rivers and a wintery landscape that have left people longing to escape the cold. If you are one of those winter weary people with a desire to see blue skies and water, this video of South Caicos beaches in Turks and Caicos should inspire you.
All Photos By: Heidi Hertler, Ph.D., School For Field Studies Alum
East Bay Resort invited Heidi Hertler, Centre Director for the Centre for Marine Resource Studies on South Caicos to guest write a blog about Turks and Caicos diving on South Caicos. East Bay Resort was fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with the school to assess the conditions of the coral reef for scuba diving at Christmas 2017 and for winter 2018 diving excursions. As Heidi reports, the news is good!
The Turks and Caicos Island, along with most of the Caribbean, recently received a “one-two” hurricane punch. The effects of Irma and Maria will undoubtedly impact that area for quite some time. Reconstruction on land has begun, but how did local reefs fair these storms? Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and highly productive ecosystems on Earth. Despite the ecological complexity and high biodiversity of coral reefs and the organisms associated with them, they are particularly sensitive to impacts from a series of phenomena like storms and land based activities.
Hurricane Irma dealt a heavy blow to some parts of South Caicos in September 2017 but two things escaped her impact – East Bay Resort (which sustained only nominal damage and is already re-opened) and the barrier reef surrounding the island.
With regards to the condition of the coral reefs of South Caicos, Heidi Hertler, the Director of the School for Field Studies, posted this message on Facebook on December 2:
“The coral reefs of South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, are some of the most beautiful and diverse in the area. The School for Field Studies (SFS) has been studying this system for nearly 30 years. Yesterday, three SFS scientists visited some of the dive sites in the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park. Although the area recently experienced two devastating storms, the reefs survived and are in great condition – corals are healthy and fish plentiful. Huge thanks to the East Bay Resort for providing transportation and surface support for this visit.”
December brings two things in Turks and Caicos; the arrival of winter and the end of hurricane season. Warm temperatures and sunny skies largely prevail from December – April, making it one of the best times to visit South Caicos.
The average day time temperatures during winter months tends to range between 80 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenings tend to be a bit cool, so a light wrap or sweater is often warranted for those choosing to dine al fresco.
Caribbean vacation planning typically follows a predictable process – identify a location, select a resort and book airfare. Once these details are sorted, your imagination likely takes over as you start to ponder what types of activities and experiences you will be able to enjoy. This process can quickly become time consuming and expensive.
At East Bay Resort, we understand your ultimate vacation goal is to relax and have fun. So when it’s time to plan things to do in South Cacios before your stay with us, be assured that most activities can be enjoyed at our doorstep – and many of them for free!