Some say the island of North Caicos feels like the Providenciales of old, before the boom hit. Rural, green, and charmingly slow-paced, North Caicos has its share of gorgeous powdery-sand beaches, but its lodging scene (other than rental houses) remains largely undeveloped. Pelican Beach is an exception, a 16-room seaside guesthouse that has an old-fashioned 1950s feel, with walls of knotted pine and curtains blowing in the breezes. Rooms are clean but basic, with white tile floors and ceiling fans. The white-sand beach is shaded by casuarina pines. The homey vibe is underscored by the delicious island-style meals (main courses $10–$20) served in the resort restaurant, prepared by Susie Gardiner, who owns and runs Pelican Beach. The Gardiners are happy to arrange an excursion, whether snorkeling or diving or bird-watching the island's pink flamingos and ospreys.