The shallow channels of South Creek.
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South Creek

Salt Cay
Beach Information
Do Not Take Shells or Coral
Do Not Touch Fish or Coral
Dogs Must be on Leash
No Lifeguard
No Open Fires
Editor's Comments
South Creek is a shallow and scenic tidal lagoon. The area does not excel for swimming, yet is perfect for kayaking, birdwatching, photography, stand-up paddleboarding, and general exploring. Bonefishing can also be excellent.
5-star rating for South Creek by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
The beach at South Creek.

South Creek is a beautiful and sheltered marine tidal wetland system, located on the south-eastern coast of Salt Cay. This small wetlands area offers mangroves, sandy channels, and exposed sand flats at low tide. Although the water in the area is quite shallow and unsuitable for swimming or snorkeling, South Creek is a pleasant place for exploring, kayaking, and birdwatching.

At low tide, varied sand patterns are revealed, and interesting sea creatures are easier to spot.

A complex and deep underwater cave system is located on the southern side of the interior lagoon. Like many of the underwater cave systems in the Turks and Caicos, the cave at South Creek is tidal, and can be dangerous.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding

The wetlands at low tide.

South Creek is the only wetlands paddling site on the island. Kayaking is a bit limited in extent yet beautiful nonetheless. We highly suggest that you check the tides and plan your adventure at high tide.

The area really isn’t suitable for stand-up paddleboarding as the majority of the waterways are too shallow for the fin on the board.


As the main wetland on Salt Cay, South Creek excels as a birdwatching site. Ospreys, reddish egrets, great egrets, tricolored herons, stilts, and terns are common sights. A bit rarer, American kestrels, mangrove cuckoos, yellow-crowned night herons, and snowy egrets are also around.

Flamingos are unfortunately not as much of a regular sight as they are on the Caicos Islands.

Getting Here

South Creek is easily accessed from the east side of South District. Both of the main streets in this settlement terminate on the edge of the wetlands.

The exterior coast here consists of low cliffs and loose rocks piled by historic hurricanes. This area is aptly named Prickly Point!