This is the third year in a row that we have vacationed for a split week on Salt Cay/Provo in March so I will try to spare you with too many details this year – just highlights and some details to our slow start.
The past 2 years we were lucky enough to get to Salt Cay by taking the red-eye from Denver to Miami, morning flight from Miami to Provo and then the late afternoon flight to Salt Cay without any issues. This year we were not so lucky. Because of mechanical plane issues in Miami (we were stuck in Miami from 5:30am – 4:00pm), we were unable to make the flight to Salt Cay. We contacted Val from Turks and Caicos Reservations on Provo and Haidee with Porter’s Island Thyme on Salt Cay to help us cancel the flight to Salt Cay, cancel the room on Salt Cay, find us a room on Provo for the night, and find us a way to get to Salt Cay the next day. Of course, there were no flights to Salt Cay the next day and the flights were full to get there the day after. While we were on our way to Provo, Val & Haidee were able to get everything for us accomplished :-)! For the second year in a row, Val has been such a great help in finding us a room in high season with just a couple of hours notice. Val was even waiting for us when we finally arrived! Val & Haidee also booked a flight to Grand Turk the next day and set up a boat ride from Grand Turk to Salt Cay with Crystal Seas Adventures.
Val, Haidee, Daniel & Tim – thank you so much for all of your help in getting us to Salt Cay this year! We had another awesome time on Salt Cay and we will see you all again next year!
Crystal Seas Adventures has 2 boats this year – one based in Grand Turk for excursions (Capt Daniel) and one based in Salt Cay for excursions (Capt Tim). Daniel met us at the Grand Turk airport and drove us to the dock to meet up with Tim who took us over to Salt Cay. Tim is also known as the “Whale Whisperer”. We went with him last year on a whale watching excursion so we knew how good he is at finding whales! Living up to his nickname, when we were getting close to Salt Cay, Tim spotted a mother & calf. We took a detour and followed them for awhile before docking at Salt Cay. What a great way to start our adventures on Salt Cay!
We met up with Haidee & Porter at Porter’s Island Thyme who are the most warm, welcoming and generous people. We picked up or golf cart rental, and followed Haidee to our home for the next 2 nights. The first year we stayed at the Tradewinds, last year at the Villas of Salt Cay, and this year we decided on the Beach House South. Next year we hope to stay at Castaways on North Beach. We really enjoyed our stay at the Beach House. The location is great – ocean front views and close enough to town to walk, bike or golf cart. It is 2 levels with the living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry on the first floor and the bedroom (with 3 beds) and shower on the second floor. There are windows all around so you notice the nice breezes and sounds of the ocean. There is a balcony on the second level that has great views of the ocean, sunsets, whale watching, and stargazing! It had everything we needed.
After dropping off our luggage, we went back to Island Thyme for lunch. Their food/service/atmosphere is great for breakfast, lunch & dinner! We ended up eating all of our lunches and dinners there (had snacks we brought from home in our room for breakfast). After lunch, we spent the rest of the daylight hours exploring part of the Island by golf cart. We first headed to North Beach. It was late in the afternoon so I missed the best time of day to take pictures of the beautiful empty white sand beach and “aqualicious” water there but that didn’t stop the feeling of joy with being on one of the most beautiful beaches! We then did some exploring on the East side before it was time to head back for sunset. We watched sunset from the lighthouse bluff and then enjoyed a great dinner at Island Thyme (it was lobster night which included lobster bisque, lobster salad, and lobster kabobs). We finished it off with a key lime pie and some homemade ginger ice cream.