A small unique island in the Atlantic, Salt Cay has seen next to no tourism related development. The main visitor draws are centred on the surrounding marine environment – scuba diving and whale watching.
Salt Cay is a great place for travel, outdoor and nature photography. The island has a very low number of residents and doesn’t get many visitors, so you’ll likely have the salinas, wilds and miles of coastline to yourself when exploring.
Several spectacular beaches and interesting coastlines are found on Salt Cay. North Bay has the best swimming and snorkelling conditions, but all of the sites offer something. Long Bay, South Bay and South Point at times are great for beachcombing. South District Beach is the best for watching the sunset, and it’s hard to beat the hiking potential of the Northeast Point area.
Sandy paths and tracks lead to countless scenic landscapes on Salt Cay. On one side of the island are the wetlands of South Creek (a haven for bird life) and low salt-resistant hedges of South Wells, both of which are interesting and colourful landscapes. The northern half offers higher ground, with rugged bluffs and hills.
Walking, cycling and off-road golf carts are the typical methods of getting around.
You’ll want to take plenty of drinking water with you when venturing into the outback. The tropical sun can be quite intense.
Salt Cay’s previously thriving sea salt production industry has definitely left its mark on the island. As the industry expanded over the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the network of low stone dividing walls in the natural interior salt ponds became massive. Gates, sluices and windmills pumps facilitated water movement, and an efficient system evolved over time. Much of this remains to be discovered by modern visitors.
Feral (yet friendly!) Turks Islands Donkeys can be seen wandering the island. The hardy animals have out of work since work in the salinas stopped in the 1960s.
Nightlife mainly revolves around specials and events at one of the few local restaurants. There are no cinemas, nightclubs or casinos.
A new annual event is Salt Cay Days. This celebration takes place in Balfour Town in spring and attracts revellers and watercraft from throughout the Turks and Caicos.