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“Small island, big time charm”
Review of Salt Cay

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Owner description: This island was once the site of a booming salt industry; now it's noted for its quaint seaside towns.
Reviewed 26 September 2014

Salt Cay is home to less than 100 full time residents, each lending their character into the fabric of this charming community, nestled between sea and salt ponds. Relics of the past blend seamlessly with grand plantation homes and beach bungalows. Have a drink at Island Thyme, rest your head at Pirate's Hideaway, rent a golf cart and catch the green flash.

1  Thank Doug F
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Reviewed 25 September 2014

We took the snorkel tour off our ship in Grand Turk. It was just OK. The coral did not look healthy, the fish were sparse, but the best part of the trip was the deck mate diving down and grabbing up and I do mean bear hugging a nurse shark. They swam to the surface and everyone got to pet and visit with the shark. Tame and friendly, it's true the skin is just like sand paper. This made it worth the price of the snorkel, about $70.

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

A ten minute, reasonably priced flight takes you to this island from Grand Turk. There are some very pretty buildings with a unique history. When I go again, I will rent a little electric car as it was a bit hot for walking! I enjoyed my lunch at Debbie's Bar, then walking past the lighthouse and along the beach-just me and the birds!

1  Thank Jackie M
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

My husband and I usually travel to Provo in the Turks and Caicos. This time we chose Salt Cay. The island is amazing. The people are fantastic. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility. It is a beautiful island without all the noise & the crowds. The North beach is truly spectacular. You might not see a single person on any given day at the beach. If you are looking for calm, romantic, great weather getaways.... go to Salt Cay. There isn't a whole lot to do, but if you want a day trip you can take the ferry over to Grand Turk for the day. There you can stock up on groceries or just do some sight seeing. There is great history on the island of Salt Cay. There are a few places to get odds & ends, but that's if they are open. The flight is 30 minutes from Provo & 5 minutes from Grand Turk. All in all... great trip & loved this Island. Will be back

3  Thank karlar15
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Likes:
- Mind blowing beaches, perfect water
- Unique history
- Friendly, caring locals
- Sense of going back in time/roughing it a bit: although Castaways/Porter's Island Thyme is definitely not 'roughing' it, you are still 'out there' at the edge of civilization.

Dislikes:
- Sad sense that this place will be either ruined by a large resort, or will slowly disappear as everyone emigrates due to economic conditions and infrastructure breaks down. There is no doubt that Porter/Haidee and the rest have a struggle on their hands, as there is ONLY the tourist economy to support life on the islands, with the salt trade industry gone.
- Getting there/back can be trying, but not difficult - with only 1/2 flights every few days, we had to charter our own flight. Once there, a plane blew a tire on landing so we were mildly inconvenienced on our return (had to wait for another plane). It is best to ensure your return isn't tightly governed by a connecting flight - as we would have been in trouble.
- As on any island with no economy, you can expect some element of idle drunk beggars. We saw none of this on Salt Cay and everyone we met was friendly, although during our exit from the airport we watched one guy ask for some money for beer, and then pretend that he was part of the airport fire staff. He was a little overly friendly with us in the sense that he wanted to 'help us' and this made us a little uncomfortable - even though he was very kind and friendly to us whenever we saw him during our visit.

3  Thank ed_travalia
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