Located in the string of cays between Providenciales and North Caicos, Pine Cay is an 800-acre privately-owned island. It was the site of the first tourist development in the charming archipelago that is the Turks and Caicos Islands and is home to a relatively small number of private homes, and The Meridian Club. With the exception of a settlement of Taino Indians that likely date back to the 11th Century, Pine Cay had no permanent population until The Meridian Club was built in the early 1970s.
Named after a small forest of endemic and endangered Caicos Pines (Pinus caribaea var. bahamensis), a subspecies of the Caribbean Pine, the island is less than a mile wide, and only two miles long. Despite its small size, the island has over 9 miles of trails to explore and a breathtaking 2-mile stretch of white sand beach. The ideal place for beach walking, the island is connected to its neighbors, Water Cay and Little Water Cay meaning that, when the weather permits, it is even possible to walk the beach for 5 miles to the end of Little Water Cay.
Unusually, Pine Cay is home to fresh water lakes and during WW2, submarines used Pine Cay for their water supply. The island is even said to be the place that Christopher Columbus stopped to gather fresh water enroute to Cuba. It’s because of this fresh water, that the island is blessed with a diverse birdlife not usually seen in the Caribbean. Island trail walks regularly reveal nesting areas during migratory periods. There are also over 100 plant varieties on the island, including an ancient mahogany tree and two varieties of native orchid.
The island is home to a private Marina as well as its own small Airstrip, making The Meridian Club one of the original and first fly-in Caribbean vacation destinations. It is the ideal location for private pilots looking to overnight or stay on a peaceful island. With a no-car policy, the only way to get around is by foot, bike or electric golf cart. All of these options are perfectly manageable given the relatively flat terrain of the island.
Undeniably raw in its nature, the owners of Pine Cay are committed to maintaining a laidback lifestyle on the island. Relaxation, sunrise watching and stargazing are high on the list of priorities, yet there is enough adventure to satisfy even the most determined wanderlust. Cycling, nature trails, fishing, kite surfing, snorkeling, diving, sailing… this is a place that offers a return to a life well-lived.