We walked the coast today from Blue Horizon – a sensitively done resort development near Conch Bar – along the old Crossing Place trail as far as the Blowing Hole. The Blowing Hole was a hole into a sea cave which produced a geyser like spout in the right sea conditions. Apparently a piece of rock has since broken off and now it forms a hole into a sea arch instead. Despite this it’s still an impressive place.
The walk is along the coastline which is punctuated with a series of sandy coves and rocky promontories. The old road predates the causeway and ferry and was the main route across the sands to North Caicos. Now it is a narrow track at best, sometimes just a barely discernible path. It’s got a sense of remoteness but it would be hard to get lost – just keep the sea on one side and the land on the other. As a walking trail it’s largely fine, though locally the opinion is that it needs some clearance, the age-old debate as to whether trails should be clear and marked or more of an ‘adventure walk’.
The plants along the route are certainly different from those further back in the bushland, sea sprayed, these are coastal, salt tolerant species. The thin soils and well-drained limestone or the sand dunes add to the harshness of the environment.