Our visit to Salt Cay was awesome. We experienced the magic of the sleepy and charming Island. The part-time and full-time residents were all so welcoming and some of the nicest people we have met in our travels (I believe there are currently only 63 residents). Whether it was eating, diving, whale watching, walking, biking, or golf carting, we always got a friendly hello, wave or had some great conversations. It started off with attending the community fundraiser Valentines Dinner/Dance. We had just arrived from a really long day of travel but we wanted to meet the residents and other visitors. What a fun night – the majority of residents were there and most of the visitors attended too. What a tight knit community!
Debbie Manos-Been (has been a resident > 17 years) set up everything for us – really friendly, very hardworking, “can get anything you want done for you” attitude and has a terrific memory (never wrote anything down but remembered requests for all visitors ie whose coming for dinner, bikes needing flats fixed, beach towels needed, what day you wanted to whale watch, dive, rent golf cart etc). Debbie set up our travel from Provo to Salt Cay ahead of time (we paid at the Provo airport - $160pp RT), met us at the airport, set up where we stayed, set us up with attending the Valentines dinner, set up our scuba diving, whale watching, and golf cart rental. She runs a tab for you and you pay at the end of your stay. If you need anything, she is definitely the person to go to. Food and other supplies come from Grand Turk or Provo – not all of them make it when expected. Somehow Debbie makes it work when this happens.
There are 2 restaurants open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Coral Reef Bar & Grill (run by Debbie) and Island Thyme (run by Porter and Haidee Williams). You need to let them know during the day where you will be eating for dinner and what you will be having. Both places have really good food for all meals (it surprised me how good the food was at every meal – great homemade desserts too). Wednesday night was Conch night at Coral Reef – it included conch chowder, conch fritters, conch ceviche, and cracked conch. It was all delicious. You can find the residents eating there too and socializing at the bars within the restaurants. When a part-time resident arrives on Island, other residents have a welcome back meeting for them at one of the bars. It was another great way to meet the residents. Haidee from Island Thyme also met arrivals at the airport and let us know about a welcome gift they have when you visit – she was super nice, so easy to talk to and very informative about the Island history and other residents. At Island Thyme, you run your own tab - you write down what you ate/drank during your stay and give them the tab & payment at the end. Where else does that exist?