I was joking about the caution signs and safety fencing. There's nothing like that. Just this little trail of dirt and exposed limestone. Just the kind of thing you would bomb down on a mountain bike, or rush into like the silly dog in that photo. See that small hole in the path about 20 ft. ahead of him? Doesn't look too scary, does it.
But rushing down this particular trail on a bike could cause you some sudden anxiety:
That would be a good brake and reflex check, I think. Maybe a biking shorts check, as well.
This sinkhole is typical for limestone geology. There are groups of these scattered throughout the islands. Some of the ones on Middle Caicos have signs of early inhabitants. They are big enough to live in full time.
This one is not very wide across,but the sides are so steep it would be difficult to climb out if you ever fell in. A couple dozen broken bones would probably complicate it, as well.
It's maybe 50 feet deep, with some real uninviting water in the bottom.
I tried to take a "vertical pano" series, but I messed up the bottom one by changing angles. So....this is two-thirds of how deep it is, just imagine a dark cave under the rocks filled with some highly stagnant looking water.
If La Gringa Suprema would have taken just a few more steps to her right in that photo, she would have been standing over the thin ledge you can see in this photo a little better:
She was unaware of what it looked like directly below her at the time. She was pretty busy yelling at me and the dog to get back away from the edge. She gets nervous about these things sometimes.
So, this is not what we would recommend for a swimming hole.
It's not the Grand Canyon by any means. But it's still big enough that you wouldn't want to stumble across it by accident going down a path in the dark.