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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 with her husband, Clifford, 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.