is an island in the Turks and Caicos Islands
. West Caicos has an area of , and has been uninhabited for over a century. The island is home to the 500 acre (2 km²) Lake Catherine, a protected wildlife reserve, filled with pink roseate flamingoes, manta rays, sea turtles and other indigenous wildlife.
In the 1890s, West Caicos was cleared for sisal
plantations, which was a major crop of the Turks and Caicos Islands
. On the island are the ruins of Yankee Town, which was the of centre of industry on the island. Remains of a railroad still exist.
At least two attempts have been made to purchase the entire island. The first was made by Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo
, his intent was to use it as a hideaway. However, he was assassinated before the purchase was made. In 1972, an oil company tried to purchase the island to build a refinery, and built an airstrip. The deal was not made, and the airstrip remains to this day.
A new effort appears to be well underway to develop the island into a private high-end resort reserve, billing itself as 'West Caicos Reserve'. This effort is apparently targeted toward high net worth individuals
, as it is integrated with an exclusive 125 room Ritz-Carlton
Resort/Spa and Marina. The anticipated opening of this community was to be mid-2008. However, due to the collapse of Lehman Brothers
, the financers of the project, all construction work was halted in September 2008.
The West Caicos seawall
drops off to over 7,000... Read More