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June 20, 2013 4:05 am Comments Off on An Enchanted Place to Make New Friends
The story of JoJo and Toffee
A friendship that will inspire us always
The Meridian Club on Pine Cay offers a unique combination of unearthly solitude and unpressured opportunities to connect with other club guests. Cocktail hour in the upstairs lounge tends to be special time to share island-exploring stories, browse through stacks of photo albums and bring some animated closure to a day of quiet reflection, and unhurried exploration. Guests flock to each other striking up lively conversations while indulging in chilled cocktails and mouth watering appetizers. Brimming with stories to share, an unexpected and enduring camaraderie is forged amongst strangers who hail from all corners of the world and whose shared experiences have intertwined and forever connected one to the other as a result of their time on this tiny Caribbean island.
Much like the human connections which have formed on Pine Cay, this perfectly-isolated haven in the Turks and Caicos was the setting for one of the best documented and truly incredible friendships.
It all started when a former Meridian Club manager, Francois de Vouvay, adopted a young Labrador/Potcake pup named Toughie in the early 80’s. This gregarious dog, renamed Toffee due to his dark golden color or perhaps Francois’ French accent, took easily to life on Pine Cay, taking long swims and frolicking on the shore. His antics soon caught the attention of a marine passerby.
JoJo, a young, Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) took interest in the canine and began swimming fairly close to the shore at Pine Cay to attract Toffee’s attention. Dolphins, by nature, are very social and choose to travel in pods; however, JoJo was a rare solitary dolphin who still craved interaction. When JoJo made an appearance, Toffee would excitedly swim out to meet the dolphin and the two would spend hours playing in the shallow water. The animated and friendly interaction stirred many guests at The Meridian Club to venture into the turquoise waters to join the pair for a once-in-a-lifetime swim.
Jojo and Toffee off the shores of Pine Cay
When Francois left the island, Kevin, the new manager adopted Toffee, and shortly after Kevin left the island Toffee was adopted by Tim Ainley and Cookie Kellar who moved him to Turtle Cove on Providenciales .
JoJo, missing his playmate, was quick to scout Toffee out, and took to following Tim’s boat when Toffee was on board. Toffee, delighted to be discovered, would jump overboard and the two would re-enact the exuberant play of their days on Pine Cay.
Over the years JoJo’s celebrity rose as local naturalist Dean Bernal’s long time friendship with the dolphin became the stuff of documentaries. In 1989, JoJo was declared a National Treasure of the Turks & Caicos Islands. That same year Dean was appointed as JoJo’s official warden having intercepted several near fatalities involving naturally-curious JoJo swimming too close to motorized equipment.
In 1995, Robin Williams talked about JoJo in the movie Dolphins: In The Wild and in 2000, Pierce Brosnan narrated an IMAX movie titled Dolphins – footage of JoJo’s playfulness captivated the world. Canine and cetacean remained friends throughout JoJo’s meteoric rise to stardom!
The story of friendship between JoJo and Toffee will live for years through those who were fortunate enough to witness the spectacle of dog and dolphin. In 1996 at 15 years of age, Toffee was laid to rest. He was taken back to his beautiful beach on Pine Cay to be buried in view of the Caribbean waters that were his first playground. A year following Toffee’s demise, a feature film titled Zeus and Roxanne starring Steve Guttenberg was released. It told an eerily similar story of a dolphin, Roxanne, befriending a dog, Zeus. Whether Toffee’s story inspired the screenplay, we will never know.
In recent years, JoJo has been spotted with his mate and son, JoJo Jr. or affectionately known as MoJo. JoJo continues to visit Pine Cay and was back – alone – playing off shore just a couple of weeks ago.
If you should be enjoying a quiet walk along the breathtaking beach on Pine Cay and happen to catch a view of JoJo, please be sure to share your story at cocktail hour when you get together with your new friends…and, if you think of it, raise your glass and drink to old friends.
A facebook page called Dean Bernal & JoJo the Dolphin has been established for those who are interested in following JoJo’s story.
May 21, 2013 2:18 am Comments Off on Pine Cay Project Announces Sciences Grant to H. J. Robinson High School, Grand Turk
Grant creates new opportunities in sciences
Over $600,000 provided in Turks and Caicos Islands education grants since 2002
Pine Cay Project today announced its grant for $11,171 to H. J. Robinson High School to permit the high school’s purchase of advanced equipment for the school’s science laboratory. The new equipment will permit the delivery of science instruction that includes interactive learning experiences using state-of-the-art scientific technology.
H. J. Robinson High School, the only government high school on Grand Turk, serves 415 students in forms 1-5. The high school’s application to Pine Cay Project stated that the new equipment would improve students’ knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced science through tactile, hands-on learning activities. Examples of the types of new equipment to be acquired include oxygen gas sensors, dissolved oxygen sensors, carbon dioxide sensors, photosynthesis tanks, barometers, radiation sensors, and measures for temperature, pH, gas pressure, and voltage. To make maximum instructional use of the new equipment, the school expects to deliver specialized training to current science teachers.
Commenting on the new learning opportunities, Pine Cay Project Chair Elizabeth Pickman stated: “With these new instructional tools, the students of H. J. Robinson High School will be able to convert their learning of scientific concepts and skills to deeper scientific understanding. These opportunities will permit the emergence of capable, committed young scientists.”
In her letter to Pine Cay Project, Hon. Akierra D.M. Missick, Deputy Premier, Minister of Education Youth, Sports and Culture states, “Pine Cay Project continues to prove true our theme this year which surrounds success through partnerships. On behalf of the Government of TCI, I am pleased to extend our thanks to the Pine Cay Project for its continued efforts and we look forward to further similar initiatives which will strengthen the education of our children.”
About Pine Cay Project
Pine Cay Project has recently made a series of grants to TCI schools to create or improve their science labs. Residents of Pine Cay, a private island getaway, formed Pine Cay Project in 1989 for the purpose of improving student learning across the Turks and Caicos Islands. Over the past 10 years, Pine Cay Project has awarded approximately $600,000 in grants to TCI schools, the TCI Community College, the Turks and Caicos National Museum, the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (for its summer environmental science program), and other organizations. Members of the Pine Cay Project board include George Bunting (Baltimore), Marie Landel (Boston and Paris), Carlton Mills (Provo), Elizabeth Pickman (Washington, DC), Beverly Plachta (Pine Cay), David Rochat (Chelsea, Vermont), Jay Saunders (Provo), and Terry Smith (Buffalo, New York).
May 1, 2013
To read the newspaper article please visit TCI Journal.
April 26, 2013 5:23 pm Comments Off on When Fishing Tales meet Kite Tails on our Private Island Getaway
The Story Of A Meridian Club Staff Member
JR “Junior” Delancey wins Annual Kite Flying Competition
If you tell JR Delancey to “go fly a kite,” not only will he gladly accept, but he’ll go on to build some of the finest kites in the Turks & Caicos Islands, and then on to repeatedly win the Annual Kite Flying Competition.
Some will tell you he was born to fly kites, others will argue that the man was born with a fishing rod in his hand … and if you continue asking, you will find that JR “Junior” Delancey is also an accomplished calypso musician and keyboardist with his latest CD titled “Where are all the young men gone?” soon to be released.
So who is this man who possesses so many talents?
JR Delancey is in charge of fishing excursions and charters at The Meridian Club on Pine Cay. Working his way up from cleaning and maintenance duty when hired in 1983, to ultimately becoming responsible for running the resort’s fishing charters, he is in charge of organizing up to 2 daily fishing trips for guests staying at the secluded island resort in the Turks and Caicos. Trips to the nearby tidal flats in pursuit of the elusive bonefish, or further out into the deep blue in search of bigger game fish such Blue Marlin, Sailfish or Mahi-Mahi, are JR’s domain. He loves the thrill of the hunt, the adrenaline rush of the catch, and the sweet success of not only meeting, but surpassing, his guests’ expectations. Ask JR where he is at his happiest, and he’ll answer without a moment’s hesitation, “when I’m fishing”.
So, it’s somewhat unexpected that the man who rules the sea so assuredly should also dominate the sky. JR Delancey has been taking home the top prizes in the Annual Kite Flying Competition in the Turks and Caicos in every year he has entered. The event is held over the Easter weekend at Horse Stable Beach in North Caicos, Governors Beach in Grand Turk and at the Regatta Village in South Caicos. JR competes in the North Caicos event on Horse Stable Beach. This breezy beach is located 1.6 miles East of Whitby on the North coast of the island.
As a child, JR became interested in flying kites as it was something that all the children did. Back then, they held their kites together with a paste made of flour and water, and JR loved the process of painstakingly creating a kite, modifying it to be stable (and more importantly, hold together) and then setting it free to join the birds flying overhead. And the thrill hasn’t diminished over the years.
JR won his first competition in 2010. He took home 2 trophies: one for the biggest kite, spanning 4 feet, and the other for the smallest one at merely 6 inches tall. And he has since gone on to compete in the 2011 and 2013 events, each time outdoing his previous entries. In 2011, he entered 2 kites and took home a staggering 7 trophies. And just a few weeks ago in the 2013 competition, JR won 2 trophies. This time, the trophy for the largest kite was awarded for his mammoth 6.6ft creation, and the trophy for the smallest kite was won for his adorable, yet flight-worthy kite measuring only 10 inches.
As if to prove that his kites don’t just win in North Caicos events, JR asked his daughter to enter the 2012 competition in Providenciales and fly his creation (he was on a fishing excursion on Pine Cay!). While she may have lacked some of her father’s techniques and experience, the 5- foot kite took home the “Best Looking Kite” trophy, securing JR’s reputation as master kite maker.
Not one to rest on his laurels, JR is already planning his entry for the 2014 competition. Notwithstanding the risk of extreme rope burn and flyaway kites – the physical demands are truly painful – he would like to enter a whopping 7-foot kite to once again win in the” Biggest Kite” class. So what’s the secret to winning each year? JR won’t tell. He did divulge that there is much more to building and stabilizing a kite than most people assume. It’s his passion for precision that ensures he is always flying a winner!
JR Delancey is a modern renaissance man, balancing his passion for fishing, kite building and music recording. Guests of The Meridian Club on Pine Cay in the beautiful Turks and Caicos islands are in for a rare treat when they sign up for a fishing excursion with this man of so many talents.
March 28, 2013 6:17 pm Leave a Comment
The Reef Ball Project
Protecting the Fresh Water Supply on Pine Cay
The Meridian Club and the Pine Cay Owners successfully implemented a reef ball project in late-2012. The new artificial reef at Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos, has become a unique and favorite snorkeling and diving destination for guests.
Coral reefs are fragile ecosystems and easily fall prey to global warming, harmful fishing practices and natural weather patterns. In this particular case, the need to create an artificial reef arose when a nearby resort development opened two pathways through the barrier reef in the waters surrounding Pine Cay in order to create passage for construction materials delivery. These dual gaps within the reef structure compromised the water flow between the islands.
The newly-opened pathways diverted high levels of water towards Pine Cay. Within months, the onslaught of saltwater to Pine Cay began to threaten the natural freshwater supply on the island by steadily increasing salinity levels. And, if the holes in the proverbial dam were not plugged soon, the fragile water lens on the island would be devastatingly compromised.
The owners association on Pine Cay undertook the costs and responsibility to re-create the reef by deploying concrete balls in both affected areas. The balls, approximately 5 feet in diameter, are made from a mixture of cement, pea rocks, sand and water and are hospitable to coral growth; the molds are grooved with small holes which provide ideal shelter and habitat for smaller fish and marine life.
Weighing almost 500 lbs each, the 200 reef balls were deployed in key areas to stem the destructive pathway of the new water flows. Creating the artificial reef was a slow and laborious process; a balloon was inflated inside each ball allowing it to float, and then the ball was carefully towed to the drop off location. Marine engineers positioned each ball over the deployment area and the balloon was then slowly deflated. As the reef ball began to sink to its final resting place in the approximately 6ft of water, engineers continued to fine-tune its position. The final reef ball was dropped in September 2012.
Now, only a few months later, the proactive actions of the Pine Cay owners association have been rewarded with restored fresh water levels, thriving artificial reefs that are ideal for snorkelers and divers, and a thoughtful restoration of a fragile ecosystem.
Nature is easier forgiven for cutting a destructive swath through the fragile coral reefs, but it’s harder to understand the motivation of those who put profit before protection. Pine Cay has a delicate ecosystem nurtured by the steady patterns of the natural world around it and the owners of this private island retreat in the Turks and Caicos archipelago take the stewardship of this delicate balance seriously.
The reef ball project has been a triumphant success for Pine Cay thanks to the vigilance and desire of the homeowners to protect what nature has worked so hard to create. The freshly restored ecosystem provides wonderful snorkeling and diving adventures for guests at this private island getaway in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
March 12, 2013 10:44 pm Leave a Comment
If fishing is a religion, and fly fishing is its high church, then Pine Cay in the Turks and Caicos must be heaven.
The shallow flats around our private island and neighboring cays are home to the bonefish, one of the most sought-after sport fish in the Caribbean.
Weighing up to 19 pounds and growing to 35 inches, the silver bonefish, is pound for pound said to be the strongest and fastest moving of any saltwater fish – a hooked bonefish can swim more than 25 miles an hour (a trout can can make a sprint of 5 miles an hour).
Fly-fishing for bonefish in Turks and Caicos is an almost sublime experience. Imagine wading in warm, shallow turquoise water, or cruising the shallows on a flats skiff.
Where to go bonefishing near Pine Cay
It’s often said that bonefishing is a lot more like hunting than it is like most other forms of fishing – you have to first find the fish, which can be difficult, as their silver-grey color makes it easy for them to blend into the shallows and flats.
Bonefish generally appear when the tide comes in. They eat shellfish, crustaceans, and other animals found in the sand of the flats.
Caicos Bank, to the south of Pine Cay, is a large area of wadeable flats that is, perfect for exploring with our guide in a skiff in search of prime bonefishing spots. The Bank side of Pine Cay, accessible from land, is also great for do-it-yourself bonefishing.
What to bring
While equipment and gear can be arranged through the Meridian Club. However, if you’re an experienced angler and you want to try fly-fishing for bonefish in the Turks and Caicos, here are some hints on what to bring:
- Fly Rod – 7-9 wt.
- Fly Reel
- Weight-forward floating fly line and 9-12 ft. tapered leaders with 10 lb. tippet
- No. 4-6 tan Gotchas or Crazy Charlies are typical bonefishing flies
- Polaroid sunglasses with amber lenses
- Hook hone to keep hooks sharp
Make sure all of your gear is salt-resistant and created specifically for saltwater fly fishing.
You’ll be out in the sun for quite a while, so sunscreen and a hat are a must.
The Meridian Club runs it’s own charters with our experienced guide, JR.
If you’re looking for an off-island outfitter we recommend:
- Silver Deep: Arthur Dean – 649-946-5612 or Paula – 232-5612 (Bone and Deep Sea)
- Catch the Wave: Ed Misick – 649-941-3037 (Bone or Deep Sea)
- Daren Bain – 649-242-4327 (bone fishing only)
February 6, 2013 10:44 pm Leave a Comment
The Meridian Club on Pine Cay is a private island resort in the Caribbean. It has developed a quiet reputation for secluded beach vacations with an environmentalist sensibility. Two miles of private white-sand beach and a private airstrip with only 13 beachfront hotel rooms … hooked already? Check out The Meridian Club rates!
Still, many people have a lot of questions about the private island hideaway that is The Meridian Club on Pine Cay. Here are some of them:
Where is Pine Cay?
Pine Cay is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, which is a small British Overseas Territory located in Caribbean, southeast of the Bahamas and about an hour by plane from Miami.
Pine Cay lies to the northeast of Providenciales, the westernmost island in the Turks and Caicos, and the main commercial and transportation hub.
Can I fly my plane to Pine Cay’s private airport?
Yes! We’re a private island with an airport, so if we have space to put you up, private pilots can fly in for an overnight stay or a vacation.
Pine Cay paved runway is 2500 feet long with an unpaved 1000+ foot buffer to the east and clear approaches in both directions. Parking space is available adjacent to the airstrip for up to 10 airplanes. No airport landing or parking fees are charged.
Is there fresh water on Pine Cay?
Since we’re proud of our eco-stewardship, we’d like to point out that, for the most part, The Meridian Club on Pine Cay is a sustainable operation, and this means that we do not pipe or ship in water from other parts of the Turks and Caicos islands.
Instead, we rely on a wonder of nature – a natural freshwater lense, forty feet deep, that lies beneath our resort. Amazing as it may seem, fresh rain and groundwater is lighter than the saltwater below and so floats atop of it. Rainwater replenishes our subterranean oasis.
What’s the weather like?
A constant breeze and relatively low humidity (60%) means that we have perfect weather. Temperatures range from the low 80’s in winter to above 90 degrees in the summer.
Come visit, relish in the privacy of your own retreat, and enjoy a life that’s free of stress.
January 28, 2013 5:08 pm Leave a Comment
The Story Of A Meridian Club Staff Member
Introducing Floyd Forbes
The best part of any holiday is the opportunity to try new foods and drinks. While Caribbean rum isn’t exactly a foreign item to most people, drinking it in on Pine Cay surrounded by the murmur of the ocean a few feet away is an experience one will likely remember forever.
Floyd Forbes is the bartender at the Meridian Club and has been part of the scene since 1969 when he started working as a handyman and property maintenance until the hotel opened in 1973. As a novice behind the bar, Floyd quickly learned and excelled at the art of bartending and as his tenure grew, so did his responsibilities which ranged from head of the commissary to head of food and beverage. Over three decades later, Floyd is still the master at the bar and is responsible for cocktail service before dinner and for bar service on the pool deck throughout the day. His specialty drinks are just that – very special!
Cocktail hour at the Meridian Club starts about 6:00pm and takes place in the upstairs lounge each night when dinner is scheduled to be served indoors. Guests often show up early as they are eager to meet up with their new found friends at the club. The library bar offers abundant seating, and a balcony overlooking the pool.
Be prepared to receive a warm welcome and a tasty appetizer such as piping hot conch fritters, Caribbean-inspired hummus and pita chips, fresh salsa and crispy tortilla chips and other equally delicious finger foods. Cocktail hour in the upstairs bar is an entertaining episode of dinner party-style mingling, gossip sharing, looking through books and photo albums featuring pictures of guests over the years as well as renovations to the Club, engaging in a game of darts or mancala, and introducing new arrivals to those who have been on the island for several days. As you look through the various albums, you are bound to see some familiar faces. It shouldn’t surprise you to see that some of these people are seated around you at the bar, sipping on one of Floyd’s signature cocktails.
Come early to cocktail hour as Floyd is a terrific encyclopedia of the history and happenings on Pine Cay and guests are thoroughly entertained by his reminiscings. If you are the wagering type, consider yourself warned: do not challenge Floyd to a game of darts!
Meridian Club Specialty Cocktail Menu
Pine Cay Punch – light rum, dark rum, pineapple, orange, grenadine
Club Meridian – Canadian Club, melon liquor, Gran Marnier, pineapple
Pine Cay Cocktail – gin, Gran Marnier, grapefruit
Iguana Colada – melon liquor, pineapple, Coco Lopez
Pine Cay Smile – coconut rum, dark rum, Tio Pepe, orange, pineapple
Gombay Smash – dark rum, coconut rum, Triple Sec, pineapple, lemon syrup
Yellow Bird – white rum, crème de banana, Galliano, pineapple, orange
Pine Cay Breeze – melon liquor, vodka, crème de banana, pineapple
Mai Tai – white rum, Triple Sec, amaretto, pineapple, lemon
Pine Cay Iced Tea – vodka, gin, rum, tequila, lemon, coke
Toasted Almond – amaretto, Kahlua, half and half
Zombie – white rum, dark rum, amaretto, Triple Sec, lemon orange
Tropical Delight – vodka, crème de coconut, pineapple, cranberry, orange
Rum BBC – Baileys, banana, Coco Lopez
Caicos Express – white rum, dark rum, Kahlua, cream
Mambo Special – dark rum, coconut rum, Triple Sec, lemon orange, pineapple
Caicos Calypso – light rum, Tia Maria, crème de coco, milk
*** Most specialty cocktails are priced at $13 ***
December 3, 2012 9:06 pm Leave a Comment
A Homeowner’s Perspective
Introduction to the Island
I first came to the private island of Pine Cay, with my wife, in the late 1980’s to indulge our passion for bonefishing. Her eyes opened wide when she saw that it wasn’t just another rustic fishing camp of the kind we had visited on countless occasions in various out-of-the-way locations around the globe. This place was (and still is) unique – seclusion, safety, a top notch restaurant and all of the comforts of home; not to mention a gorgeous jewel of an island with a friendly staff and a wonderful environment for children. Oh, and excellent fishing to boot. We returned several times over the next couple of years, with our children and other family members, and found ourselves enjoying it more each time. Although we had never considered owning a vacation home outside of the U.S., after a few visits we began looking at several properties that were for sale on Pine Cay.
Becoming a Member of the Community
Members of the Board of Governors of the homeowners association were very helpful in explaining the process and requirements for joining the association. We negotiated a mutually agreeable purchase price for an existing home, applied for membership in the homeowners association and, since we had become acquainted with a many members during our several visits, were delighted to find ourselves approved fairly quickly.
The Following Years
We’ve now been homeowners for over 20 years and have never regretted our decision to own property on this private island hideaway. The Turks and Caicos Islands have changed significantly over the years. Providenciales (“Provo”) is a far different place than when we first came here. Some of the changes have been constructive – better medical care and other important services, many good restaurants and a variety of well-stocked stores for example – but it is a very busy place as opposed to the peaceful, laid back island it was years ago. Some would say it grew too much, too fast. While change is inevitable and Pine Cay has changed a bit too, the character of the island and resort has remained the same. There are several more homes on the island now and almost all members have the usual assortment of modern conveniences in their houses, including telephones and internet capability. However, development is strictly controlled (and carefully planned) because we all care about preserving the privacy and natural environment that brought us here in the first place. There are no crowds, honking horns, or blaring music. Travel on the island is by foot, bicycle or electric golf cart. The hotel still has 13 rooms. Our beaches are pristine usually very private and often deserted. Some three quarters of the island is dedicated “green space” and will remain as such. The sense of peace and tranquility is unmatchable.
The Benefits of Home Ownership
The Meridian Club has excellent management and a professional security staff to watch over our homes while we are not here. There is also a highly skilled maintenance staff on island year-round to address problems that may occur, which is tremendously reassuring to homeowners who reside far away much of the year. When we come to Pine Cay, the housekeeping team opens and cleans the house in advance so we need only relax from the rigors of today’s air travel. Management will also stock the refrigerator if we wish, although many members now stop at the IGA on the way from the airport or take a Club boat over to Provo on the regular weekly grocery shopping trip. We, like many other members, have our own boat, which enables us to go fishing, snorkeling, diving for conch, shelling and exploring on our own. Pine Cay has an accomplished Marine staff to deal with engine maintenance and repair for those of us who are not mechanically inclined. There are member docks, a fuel supply on island and boat storage facilities. The Meridian Club hotel operation enables members to enjoy this wide range of important services at a lower cost than otherwise. Some members choose to rent their homes through the Club’s rental program to further mitigate expenses. The membership of the Pine Cay Homeowners Association is diverse, encompassing people from a number of different countries and many different backgrounds. Despite these differences, it is a congenial group bound together by a common “sustainable” vision. We have formed a number of fast friendships here with fellow members and Turks and Caicos Islanders alike. Our children, and now our grandchildren, continue to visit regularly.
At the present time there are an uncustomary number of properties for sale on Pine Cay. While this might raise concern for someone who is thinking of buying property and joining the association, that would be a mistake. The fact is that most of the sellers are in their 70s and 80s. After thoroughly enjoying the island for many years (some were among the earliest homeowners on Pine Cay), they have reached the stage in life where circumstances have (or may soon) interfere with their ability to continue coming and/or enjoying Pine Cay. Thus, this in an unprecedented opportunity for someone interested in becoming a part of this unique community, and enables one to choose from a variety of properties in different locations with a wide range of prices. There are several undeveloped parcels on which one can build a home to suit personal preferences. The existing homes on the market run the gamut in terms of size, style and features. Presently, there is no place else in the Caribbean where one would have such a range of choice in purchasing property on a private island.
The only regret we have is that we didn’t come to Pine Cay sooner. It is a truly special place.
November 22, 2012 4:06 am Leave a Comment
One of the most common questions we hear at The Meridian Club is, “Aside from the beach, what else is there to do on Pine Cay?” There is so much going on in that question, we don’t know where to start!
Yes, it’s true the beach is spectacular. I have had the good fortune of working with The Meridian Club, in various capacities, for the past ten years. On one trip, which was more of a social nature, I met a new homeowner on the boat back from Pine Cay to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. He was so excited about his home that he offered details about his methodical research for the “perfect island house.” The greatest criteria was it had to have a nice beach, both in its natural appeal and limited population. He searched for many months and took several visits throughout the Caribbean, and eventually found there is nothing better than Pine Cay. To him, it is the perfect beach hideaway.
There is an abundant list of activities on Pine Cay. What tends to happen is after our guests arrive, they make their way to their unit (beach suite, cottage or private home) and then go out to the beach where they tend to stay for the next week – reading books, taking walks, snoozing through a nap (or two.) At Pine Cay we allow the guests to inquire about activities, instead of interfering with their solitude on the beach or at the pool, so unlike large hotels and resorts what you can do on Pine Cay may not be so obvious. Here is the list of activities included in your room rate.
- Jogging and walking
- Paddle boarding
- Shelling and Beachcombing
- Bird Watching
- Library and board games
- Shuffle Board
Sight-Seeing on Pine Cay
Available at a separate cost: Deep-Sea Fishing; Bone fishing; Bottom Fishing; Scuba Diving, Sunset Cocktail Cruises, Spa services.
Excursions at a separate cost: Fort George Cay, Glow Worm Cruise, Turtle Watching, Little Water Cay, Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay.
Only on Pine Cay
So you might be saying to yourself, “I can do some of those things nearly anywhere in the Caribbean”, and you might be right about that. We do have many other activities that are unique to Pine Cay. The most popular and widely discussed is the outdoor drive-in movie night, using golf carts. It’s the night of the week guests are most likely to get to know each other. Some of our other activities have drawn attention from Steve Bennett of Uncommon Caribbean fame. He was enamored by our bell, and the “call to action” in On-Site Pine Cay: What’s With the Old Bell at The Meridian Club? and was equally found on our airstrip, enjoying it as a 12-year old might, in Uncommon Attraction: Colwes Field on Pine Cay, Turks & Caicos
So, whatever you fancy – water sports, interesting diversions or authentic Caribbean experiences – you can find it on our little 800-acre island, on Pine Cay in Turks & Caicos.
Melanie Alexander is an avid traveler, having visited over 75 countries and 38 states, taking international trips 3-15 times per year over the past thirty years. As a travel & hospitality marketing/sales professional, she has visited over 30 Caribbean islands and finds Pine Cay offers the most charming Caribbean experience, with an ideal pristine beach.