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the view of the colonial cannon and ocean from the peak of Little Bluff Lookout Little Bluff Lookout and Northwest Point, Salt Cay.

Day Trip to Salt Cay

breaking wave at North Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos
North Bay Beach, Salt Cay. Although much of the Salt Cay coastline is rocky to varying degrees, North Bay offers a beautiful and typically sheltered beach.

The tiny Salt Cay provides a unique experience; a Caribbean island unmarred by tourism.

As part of the Turks Islands, Salt Cay is found 70 miles (114 km) southeast of Providenciales. The island has a population under 100.

Salt Cay’s primary draw is its world-renowned diving, but the historical salt salinas and buildings, beautiful coastlines and overall atmosphere are in our opinion just as much of an attraction.

The cay is laid-back and quiet, and there simply isn’t the bustle and crowds that so many other destinations have. You can often have miles of secluded beach to yourself.

Booking Your Trip

sand and seashells at Balfour Town Beach
Balfour Town Beach, Salt Cay.

Planning your trip is easy. You simply need to book airfare ($180 roundtrip, 2015) and transportation. We recommend renting an off-road golf-cart ($60), but it’s possible to cycle or walk. The island is 2.6 mi sq (6.7 km sq).

See Getting to Salt Cay and Getting Around Salt Cay for more details and business information.

Overnight Stays

sea salt in the salinas at Salt Cay in the Turks and Caicos
The main Town Salina, with the White House in the background.

Depending on your interests, you may want to consider staying overnight or for a few days.

If you simply want to see the island and historical sights, one day is typically sufficient (if you have a rental cart). However, if diving or whale watching are important, you may want extra time on Salt Cay.

The only accommodations on Salt Cay are rental villas, and these tend to be reasonable in price when compared to the Providenciales offerings.

See Salt Cay Hotels and Villas.


Caicos Express Airways is the only airline to offer flights to Salt Cay. Salt Cay Rentals and Pirates Hideaway provide off-road golf cart and bicycle rentals.

Salt Cay Divers is the foremost dive and tour company.

There are a few small shops and restaurants where cold drinks and food can be found.