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North Bay, Salt Cay.

Beaches of Salt Cay

The little island of Salt Cay offers a surprisingly varied selection of beaches. Generally, the northern and western coasts offer sheltered beaches and bays, and the eastern side of the island is quite a bit rougher.

North Bay is by far the best beach on Salt Cay, with beautiful white sand, clear water and the occasional snorkelling reef.

Although there isn’t a huge amount of beach, Balfour Town Beach is often quite calm.

Due to being exposed to the east southeast trade winds, the remote Long Bay, South Bay and South Point are excellent for beachcombing.

Key Points

  • All accesses to the beach are free.
  • All beaches are public, including beaches in front of private residences.
  • Fishing without a licence or in National Parks is illegal and carries significant fines and possible jail time (especially for foreigners). This includes collecting conch and lobster.
North Bay
By far the best beach on Salt Cay, North Bay offers clear water, pristine sand and the occasional small reef for snorkeling. This beach is located about one mile from the main Balfour Town area.
Long Bay
A little bit more of a journey to get to than the other Salt Cay beaches, the ocean here is usually rougher than at the other beaches on the island. A great area to explore, this beach offers excellent beachcombing.
Balfour Town Beach
Most of the accommodations on Salt Cay are located close to this coastline. Although the water here is typically calm and clear, most of the coast is rocky, with only a few sandy patches. Decent snorkelling can be found offshore.
Northeast Point
Found at the far north end of Salt Cay, this area offers panoramic views, small sections of beach and low cliffs. A great area for sightseeing, exploring, and during the winter months, whale watching.
South District Beach
Located west of the South District area on Salt Cay, the majority of the coast here is rocky, but some sandy beaches can be found interspered between the cliffs. This is the best beach on the island for watching the sunset.
South Creek
The only wetlands on Salt Cay, South Creek is a great spot for exploring and kayaking. Although much too shallow for swimming, there are beaches and sand patches, especially at low tide.
South Point
Great for beachcombing and shell collecting, the far southern end of Salt Cay usually offers rougher waters on the eastern side of the point, and calmer off the west side.
South Bay
Found off the southeast end of Salt Cay, this small rocky bay’s main attraction is beach combing.
Whale House Bay
As is the case with the east coast, conditions here are usually rougher than those on the north and west coasts. The area is quite scenic and a great place to explore, take photos or beachcomb.