The Turks and Caicos Islands, also known as TCI, is a group of tropical islands located southeast of the Bahamas Islands. It is a beautiful island nation that’s becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. The secluded beaches, world class hotels and fantastic climate make the Turks and Caicos Islands an unrivalled destination for holidaying.
However, no visit to the TCI will be complete without seeing the amazing Conch bar caves. It is one of the main attractions in Turks and Caicos. The caves are located in the heart of Caicos, near the Conch Bar village. It is a large limestone cave system with a recorded history dating back to the 1800’s. However, on a global scale this cave system is considered mid-sized. The best way to explore this fascinating cave system is to stay at a nearby hotel. An ideal accommodation option is the Parrot Cay by COMO, a luxury resort set on a private island.
The recorded history of the Conch bar caves began with the mining for guano which began in the 1800’s. During that period Guano was immensely popular and was in demand as a rare fertilizer. Although, it is believed that many skeletal remains of animals as well as artifacts were found during the initial diggings for Guano, they were not preserved well. Visitors to the cave today can see the names and dates carved on the cave rocks by the early miners. The caves do not have a well-planned lighting system, a path or stairway, therefore visiting it would be quite adventurous compared to many other cave systems in the world. However, handheld flash lights and tour guides will help you explore this impressive cave. Visitors are advised not to touch the caves and formations, not to disturb the bats that live in the cave and always wear shoes or boots as some areas can be rough and slippery.
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