One of the larger inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos and a part of the Caicos Islands archipelago is called SOUTH CAICOS. With a total size of 8.2 square miles, it is the seventh largest island in the nation and the fourth most populous (21 sq km). When the Turks and Caicos Islands still relied heavily on their sea salt industry, South Caicos occasionally generated more salt than the entire nation’s other islands put together.
There are just 1,139 people living on the island today, and it is a calm area (2012 Census).
Geographically speaking, South Caicos is the last island in the Caicos Islands group to the east.
Low hills and dry land make up the majority of the topography.
Cockburn Harbour, the island’s largest town, received its name in 1840 following an official visit by Sir Francis Cockburn, the Bahamas’ then-governor.
Many of the oldest structures in Cockburn Harbour, which feature Bermudian architecture and cut limestone block construction, pay homage to the nation’s British Colonial past.
Another holdover from the era of the salt industry is the presence of donkeys and horses today.
Excellent reefs may be found in South Caicos that are great for snorkelling and scuba diving.
The main diving operation on the island is Reef Divers, which has its headquarters at the East Bay Resort.