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.
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Pelican Beach Hotel
Pelican Beach, North Caicos
Our Rating Neighborhood Pelican Beach Phone 877/774-5486 or 649/946-7112 Prices Winter $165–$195 double, $390 2-bedroom suite; off-season $125–$155 double, $250 2-bedroom suite; extra person $45/night; ask about meal plans Units 16 Amenities Restaurant, beach bar, bikes, excursions Web site Pelican Beach Hotel Other Closed Aug 20–Oct 25