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Middle Caicos Caves (Conch Bar Caves)

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  • Type: Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.0 (3.2)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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The largest chain of limestone caves in the Carribean, the Middle Caicos Caves (also called the Conch Bar Caves) provide a unique perspective on Turks & Caicos. With recorded history of the caves dating back to the 1880s, this chain of limestone wonders tells the story of the TCI's guano-mining period; carved names and dates from that era are visible inside the caves today. Based on discoveries of artifacts from the Lucayan people (the island's inhabitants circa the 1400s) in and around the caverns, it is believed that these caves may have once served as a shelter or religous site.

The Middle Caicos Caves (located about 24 miles east of Grace Bay) have a gated entrance and lack clear walking paths or light systems — you'll need a guide to show you the way. On a tour, you'll get the low down on stalagmites, stalactites and real-life bat caves found in the oily walls. Recent visitors to the caves recommend wearing non-slip shoes and warn that tight spaces may not fair well with claustrophobes.

The caves don't have official operating hours, so it's best to book your tour in advance. Expect to pay between $10 and $15 USD for a tour from Cardinal Arthur or the Middle Caicos Co-op.

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