Resort Report

  • A Phoenix on North Caicos March 24, 2021 Bottle Creek Lodge opens again. By Jody Rathgeb~ Images Courtesy Bottle Creek Lodge Here’s a new adage for the Islands: You can’t keep a good tourist site down. Proof? Bottle Creek Lodge on North Caicos, which has opened to guests for the third time in nearly 30 years. The new Bottle Creek Lodge, under the ownership of Jim ... Read more about this post
  • Selective Packing March 24, 2021 The nitty-gritty of filming the East Caicos Expedition documentary. By Matthew Matlack ~ Photos by Matthew Matlack and John Galleymore Filming the East Caicos Expedition documentary was a thrilling endeavor. I had not been camping in years, I had just one experience under my belt filming in caves (which had a gift shop with snacks at the ... Read more about this post
  • People of the Islands March 24, 2021 Telling “A Caicos Sloop Story.” Story and Photos By Michael P. Pateman, Ph.D. and Vanessa A. Forbes-Pateman In the Summer 2019 Astrolabe, we introduced “People of the Islands.” This project seeks to tell the story of “Islanders” through a first-person narrative. The various interview topics include boat building, food/cooking, bush medicine, island migration, cultural traditions, music, dance, ... Read more about this post
  • In Plain Sight March 24, 2021 Treasures on the beach. By Melissa Heres, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies The beach has always been a special place for me, linking the land we traverse every day and the incredible ocean environment that looms below. This link, if it could talk, could share so many stories. The stories of how rocks have eroded ... Read more about this post
  • An Osprey Day March 24, 2021 Ready for the unexpected. Story & Photos By Lorna Rae Daniel-Dupree, Lorna Rae Photography Broken away from the mainland at West Harbour Bluff tands a sheer, sharp faced coral rock—a 30-foot high tower protruding out of the ocean. Nestled on top, safe from human intervention, perches an osprey nest complete with  a pair of chicks. It is January ... Read more about this post
  • Sunsets and Island Time March 23, 2021 A perfect pairing. Story & Photos By Ben Farmer, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies “Is it pretty tonight—the sunset?” “I’ve never seen a bad one.” This is a dialogue between two characters in Carl Hiaasen’s novel Skinny Dip. One character, Joey, is temporarily blind after a harrowing experience at sea, and Stranahan is describing the evening Florida ... Read more about this post
  • The Green Invader March 23, 2021 New reporting hotline for green iguana sightings. By B Naqqi Manco, Acting Assistant Director of Environmental Research & Development, DECR Our very special endemic Turks & Caicos rock iguanas Cyclura carinata was recently down-listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) category from Critically Endangered to Endangered. This is due largely to decades of ... Read more about this post
  • Pandemic March 23, 2021 How much of Taino depopulation was the result of disease? By Lindsay Keegan, Betsy Carlson, Michael Pateman and Bill Keegan Today’s “Talking Taíno” is brought to you by the letters R and N. First R—not the pirate’s favorite letter (which actually is the C)—but R0 (“R naught”), the mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease ... Read more about this post
  • The Birth of an Airport March 19, 2021 Providenciales’ international airport started out as a handmade runway. Story & Photos By Bengt Soderqvist Pre-COVID-19, the Providenciales International Airport was bustling with flights from around the world, especially on weekends during the busy winter/spring months. In 2019, nearly half a million visitors arrived on the 9,199-foot runway and passed through the singular terminal building. International airlines ... Read more about this post
  • TCI in World War II January 3, 2021 The Fauna, Part II 1942 By Captain Eric Wiberg In the Summer 2020 issue of the Astrolabe, the author detailed the first part of the tale of the Fauna, a 1,272-ton Dutch steamship. The Fauna left New York on May 6, 1942 destined for Grand Turk with a crew of 29 men and a load of cargo, ... Read more about this post
  • Modern Crusoes January 3, 2021 The rest of the story. By Jeffrey Dodge In 2017, the Astrolabe published a story I wrote about 19 Californians who went to East Caicos in 1940 with the intention of establishing a utopian colony there. (See: https://www.timespub.tc/2018/01/modern-crusoes/). Since that article was published, I have been contacted by descendants of the group’s leader, Richard Irvine. They’ve shared ... Read more about this post
  • Living Outside the Box January 3, 2021 TCI’s sea, sand, sun and safety entices buyers. By Kathy Borsuk 2020 feels like a year of boxes. We’ve tried to stay in our “home” box as much as possible. We’ve communicated via our “phone” box or our “computer” box while peering at the boxes that hold our family, friends’ and colleagues’ faces. We’re entertained by looking ... Read more about this post
  • Back in Time January 3, 2021 Salt Cay is a remnant of the “Old Caribbean.” By Debbie Manos One side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a corporate nostalgia for the past. The global upheaval and massive changes of 2020 have many yearning for the “good old days.” In the Turks & Caicos Islands, there is a place referred to as “the island ... Read more about this post
  • One Small Splash for Man January 2, 2021 SCUBA diving revolutionized ocean exploration for all. By Carmen Hoyt, The School for Field Studies Late one summer night, nearly 51 years ago, half a billion people watched in anticipation as Neil Armstrong was the first human to step onto the moon. An event embodied by the phrase “One small step for a man, one giant leap ... Read more about this post
  • Coming Home to Winter January 2, 2021 Shore birds rebound after Hurricane Irma. By Eric F. Salamanca, Elise Elliot-Smith, Caleb Spiegel, Jen Rock, Craig Watson, Bryan N. Manco and Lormeka Williams ~ Photos By Eric F. Salamanca The Piping Plover is a rare shorebird that breeds in the United States and Canada and migrates to the southern US, Caribbean and Mexico for the winter. The International ... Read more about this post

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Marta Morton, owner/operator of Harbour Club Villas (www.harbourclubvillas.com) took this photo of the native Turks & Caicos rock iguana on Bay Cay. This endemic animal is being threatened by the invasive green iguana. See article on page 36.

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