South Caicos: Sleepy Caribbean island becoming a luxury destination

South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands (CNN) — With about a thousand locals living on just over eight squares miles of land, the island of South Caicos is a delightfully sleepy Caribbean retreat.

Yet this pristine paradise is slowly waking up to its travel potential.

Life unfolds on the water here with livelihoods largely tied to fishing, so it’s no surprise that visitor pursuits are also centered on the cobalt Atlantic Ocean to the east and the calm turquoise shallows of the Caicos Banks to the west.

South Caicos is one of the eight main islands that make up the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory located 575 miles southeast of Miami.

There are just three resorts on South Caicos, two of which have opened since 2016.

There’s nearly nothing in the way of souvenir shopping and…

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