First let me be clear, the only reason I am giving the Pelican Beach four stars instead of five is in recognition that some visitors might expect more amenities. My wife and I consider our experience "six stars out of five" because our quiet stay was exactly what we wanted.
Susan and Clifford are wonderful hosts. The rooms are simple and well maintained, but there is no television or phone. The wireless router is rather new at the hotel and Susan let had no problem with allowing me to use it. The location on North Caicos is wonderful, you step out from your room right onto the beach.
Susan is a very good cook, her conch fritters and island lobster are superb (the island lobster is kind of a cacciatore dish, I loved it and I'm not especially fond of lobster). There are very few guests at the hotel, so make sure to let Susan know in the morning if you will be dining at the hotel. Breakfast was the usual fare and served al fresco. I don't know of a better way to drink coffee than by the sea. Dining is rather expensive on the islands due to their remoteness. Sandwiches and lighter fare is available at the Barracuda Beach Bar which is also located at the hotel. I recommend the local brew, Turks Head Lager, a good island beer. My wife and I had breakfast and dinner at the hotel, we had packed meal bars to nibble on during the day as we explored the island and beaches.
North Caicos is everything that Provo is not, quiet and un-touristy. The beaches and coastline are stunning. My wife and I were looking for a quiet trip away from the world and that is pretty much what we got. It was a busy if we bumped into six people during a day spent exploring the beaches and coast line. Some folks come over from the resorts on Provo for the day, we were *very* happy spending our time away from the crowds.
There are a few small groceries on the island, but it is best to come prepared. We had a pair of binoculars that was handy for spotting the flamingos at Flamingo Pond. We brought our own snorkeling gear to use from the beach and thought we would arrange a reef trip when we arrived. The weather turned windy and the surf became rough so we never made it out to the reef but we did get some snorkeling in at Pelican Cay on Bombarra Beach on Middle Caicos. Susan can arrange for a car rental at the hotel. Be warned that the condition of the causeway between North and Middle is very rough after the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. I took it very slow in an economy car, a jeep would have been handy.
My wife and I hope to travel to North Caicos again and look forward to another stay at the Pelican Beach Hotel.
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