South District Beach is a quiet coast located on the southwestern side of Salt Cay, and near the South District residential community. The beach is essentially the continuation of the Balfour Town Beach coast. Some of the villas and homes at South District front this beach, yet there are stretches that are undeveloped, giving a secluded atmosphere.
Being on the lee side of Salt Cay, South District Beach is typically calm, with clear ocean water. The ocean floor off the beach is primarily old coral rock shelves, yet some sand patches are interspersed amongst the rock at a few spots. The beach gradually improves to the south.
Low soft marine limestone cliffs line nearly the entirety of the coast. A narrow band of white sand beach follows most of the coast, with slightly wider sections between the cliff outcroppings. At higher tides and when there’s an ocean swell, not much dry beach exists, yet there are many sandy spots on the cliffs above.
The South District coastline is an excellent place to watch the sunset and look for the fleeting “green flash”, as there’s an uninterrupted view of the horizon to the south.
The old coral gullies off the beach offer interesting snorkeling, and there are small reefs of sea fans and small coral heads.
When visiting the South District Beach and area, it can be a good idea to continue to the scenic South Point and South Wells region. Along with the colorful coastal vegetation, the stalwart Turks and Caicos donkeys can often be seen wandering the seaside bushlands. The track leading south can be rough in places, but the typical Salt Cay golf cart is capable of the journey.
It’s very easy to access this beach. Follow the main road along Town Salina (Victoria Street) south. After passing the South District village, the road will be close to the coast. There are many paths and roads to the coast between the oceanfront villas and houses. Simply find a spot that’s appealing. There’s not much natural shade on South District Beach.