Many believe that Sleepy Salt Cay is the best kept secret in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This quaint island, a mere 2.5 square miles, is the ultimate get away from it all! The real charm of visiting Salt Cay is the overwhelming sense you will get of being transported in time.
A good place to start your discovery of Salt Cay is the island’s own web site. Here you’ll find information on all there is to see and do on this tiny hideaway (for a glimpse into what life is really like here check out this great blog by the owners of the charming Island Thyme Bistro).
The centre of the Bermudian Salt Industry, from the late 1600’s, the island nurtures a lingering presence of the Salt Industry. From the proud olden wind mills that guard the mournful Salinas, to the stately White House which is still owned and preserved by descendants of the original Bermudian Salt Rakers, Salt Cay has an awesome story to share.
Explore distinctively Bermudian styled homes and mingle with the friendly local community who will happily share a tale or two about the days ‘when salt was king’. In Salt Cay you are likely to make home in a charming Bed and Breakfast and experience true island hospitality. With fewer than eighty (80) inhabitants, even our visitors are greeted by their first name in this island paradise.
Visit the ruins at Taylor’s Hill and discover one of the most breathtaking views on the island. This is an ideal spot for whale watching, a favorite pastime for visitors during January and April when migrating humpback whales populate the azure waters of Salt Cay. But giant humpbacks are not the only visitors to the island that you may enjoy watching. This quiet and tranquil environment is also a popular rest stop for migrating birds and serious bird watchers will tell you they are very happy with their sightings in Salt Cay!
The natives of Salt Cay are as charming below the water as they are above! The island is a divers and snorkelers paradise. Enchanting tropical fish will usher you to some of the regions most exquisite coral reefs and whisper tales of the past as experienced divers explore the wreck of the Endymion – an un-salvaged 17th century British warship about 40 minutes south of Deannes Dock. Serious divers take on the challenge of the nearby 7000 foot vertical wall or just delight in swimming with whales in season.
There is something for everyone in Salt Cay. Whether you lounge on our sun-kissed shores, or comb the beach for iridescent seashells, frolicking in our turquoise waters or curl up in a hammock with a book. Be sure to treat yourself to island/international cuisine at one of the local beach side eats and be entertained by the parade of island birds. The island is a treasure trove of authentic island experiences!
Recommended as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, time stands still in Salt Cay, waiting for you!
Tours and Activities on Salt Cay
Salt Cay Restaurants and Bars