A short boat ride from Grand Turk, visiting the 2.6 square mile island of Salt Cay is like taking a step back in time. The colonial-era and Bermudan buildings speak of a bygone era, and the small population of just under 75 residents continue a quiet way of life.
There are few cars on the island, golf carts are favored but most residents and visitors travel the island by bicycle. It is customary to give way to the local horses, donkeys and chickens roaming free.
The East Coast of the island is rugged with a big surf. North Bay Beach is a favorite with powder-like white sandy beaches and gentle waves. There are a handful of restaurants that offer fresh fish dishes and traditional Turks and Caicos specialties.
Salt Cay’s name is derived from the island’s long history with sea salt production.
Popular attractions include whale watching during the months of January through April. Remains of a whale-watching station are testament to the frequency of their passing.
There are no major hotels or resorts on Salt Cay. Visitors enjoy the many Bed and Breakfast options or choose to rent an island home and explore the beach and sea life, and wander among fossils of the seventeenth-century salt industry.