SALT CAY

Guide for Salt Cay

This is the island of the Turks & Caicos that “time forgot”…and, at the same time, it’s also the island you will always remember! Beautiful Salt Cay is a blending of contradictions…old and new, mystery and simplicity, solitude and solid community…that has conspired to create the magical patchwork quality of Salt Cay life. It is a reality unto itself, with isolated, sugar sand beaches, rugged iron shore coastlines and a unique pocket of local island history and traditions, which add depth and dimension to its island flavor. There are a number of historic landmarks around the island, as well as remnants of the old salt flats used to harvest the once critical resource. If the owners are on island, you can request a tour of the most historic building in the Turks and Caicos, the White House. The White House was owned by the Harriott family generations ago when the salt industry was in its prime. The two story, Bermuda style mansion was used for storing salt and home to the generations of families who lived there. Original antiques and collections still fill the rooms of the house. Salt Cay is virtually undeveloped and is a peace seeker’s delight. Many are surprised to learn that one hundred fifty years ago the island boasted almost eleven hundred residents and was considered the economic hub of the Turks & Caicos salt industry. Today it is a remnant of a life and a tradition not quite forgotten. Salt Cay whispers a haunting and wistful sonata of solitude among the abandoned ruins and relics of the past. Salt Cay Guide Contents (click to scroll)

  1. How to get to Salt Cay
  2. Things to do in Salt Cay
  3. Salt Cay Beaches
  4. Scuba Diving
  5. Snorkeling
  6. Salt Cay Accommodations
  7. Salt Cay Restaurants

 

Salt Cay Map

Getting To And From Salt Cay

Caicos Express Airways is the best way for you to get to the island of Salt Cay.  There are scheduled flights from Providenciales to Salt Cay on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Additional flights are added on Wednesday and Saturdays during the winter season. Chartered flights are available for travel at any time. (days and times vary by season)

Things To See And Do

You’ll be motoring around the island in a golf cart (that’s right… a golf cart!).  There’s no made-up attractions here, it’s all about history and nature.  Scuba Diving, whale watching (seasonal January 15 – April 15), bird watching, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, visit plantation ruins and sites of the Salt Industry of the 1800s, visiting the historic and restored ‘White House’ (a grand stone house, which belonged to a wealthy salt merchant), hiking, beach combing, Gibbs Cays stingray encounter, day trip to Grand Turk and sightseeing.
Ideas on things to do in Salt Cay:
  • Scuba Diving Packages
  • Gibbs Cay Excursion
  • Snorkeling (Bluff reef is considered to be the premier snorkeling spot off the beach)
  • Whale Watching Packages (seasonal January 15 to April 15)
  • Rent a golf cart for $85 a day or $600 a week with Porter’s Island Thyme
  • Rent a bicycle for $100 a weeks with Porter’s Island Thyme
  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Historic Tours (when host is on island)
  • Fishing
  • Sea Kayaking

About Scuba Diving in Salt Cay

Avid scuba divers looking for something different will definitely find it here in Salt Cay.  In addition to the big stuff you’ll see, scuba divers can discover the ship wreck of the Endymion which is located towards the southern side of the island.  It’s a 140 foot warship that sank in the islands in the l700’s, and what a fun dive it is.  Swim through the sunken vessel and look out for cannons and old rusted anchors.

Salt Cay Restaurants

  • Porter’s Island Thyme – Barefoot elegant dining at one of the most unique restaurants in the Turks & Caicos. Specializing in island events throughout the week! Wing Night, Pizza Night, Lobster Mania, Texas-Hold-em Poker and the WOLF! Porter’s Island Thyme has received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for 2012 & 2013. Phone: (649) 946-6977
  • Coral Reef Bar and Grill – Casual dining, serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Located on the ocean in front of Salt Cay Divers, specializing in quick healthy food. (649) 241-1009

Salt Cay Accommodations

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Castaway

At Castaway you will find unparalleled barefoot elegance on one of the most pristine beaches in the world. Your French doors open on to Salt Cay’s famed North Beach that rivals Providenciales’ world class Grace Bay, with one exception; you will have North Beach on Salt Cay all to yourself!

  • Luxurious king bed
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Free wifi
  • Beach chairs, bag and towel
  • Keurig coffee machine with complimentary pods
  • Beachfront deck for dining and relaxing
  • Continental breakfast

Tradewinds

A short walk or bike ride away from the island’s scuba diving headquarters, snorkeling and fishing, dining and dancing, and other water and land activities, TRADEWINDS Guest Suites is a lodging complex located on a spectacular sandy beach just south of Deane’s Dock on Salt Cay.

  • Restaurant on site
  • Dive shop on site
  • Home of Salt Cay Divers
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Half Way House

The Historic Half Way House is situated between the ocean and the Salinas, with porches on both sides. Doors and windows open wide to accept the cooling easterly trade winds. The house has beautiful views and frontage on both the ocean and the Salinas. Situated in the heart of historic Balfour Town, with accommodation for 6 people, the house has a convenient private location, in walking distance to 2 restaurants, beaches and the Island dock.

  • Wood ceilings
  • Dining and television viewing area
  • The kitchen is adjacent to the ocean, beside the front deck with a large grill, and covered dining and relaxation areas

Features

  • A visit to the historic "White House" is a must!
  • North Beach rivals Grace Bay - absolutely breath-taking, and there's no one on it
  • Go exploring on a golf cart, stop for a refreshing drink at Porter's Island Thyme or Coral Reef Bar & Grill along the way

TIPS

  • Visit during the month of February or early March to see whales! They breed towards the back side of the island, and whale sightings are very very common during this time of the year

BEACHES

North Beach

North Beach:  This is it… one of the highlights of the island.  One look at it and you’ll be saying ‘this rivals (or might be even better than) Grace Bay beach!’  It’s a stunning stretch of isolated beach with soft, powderly like sand, and turquoise waters that seem to go on forever.