Salt Cay offers a different Caribbean experience than most people are used to. There are no resorts, only cottages and apartments for rent, and only a couple of restaurants and shops on this small island. It is a tight-knit community of Belongers and expats. People smile, say hello and stop for a chat. Even though you might stay only for a few days, you feel like you are a bit part of it, too. It is a much more personal experience that goes under the skin.
There are two main areas: the North and the South District. We stayed in the north and I personally liked this area more. It felt more central because it was closer to the dock and North Beach, but I'm sure I would have enjoyed staying in the south as well. There are only a few cars, but you can cycle, walk or rent a golf cart.
North Beach is the most beautiful beach of the island. We had bad luck with the weather and weren't able to swim because of strong wind and large waves. But it must be wonderful on a nice day and most of the time you will have it all for yourself.
I enjoyed discovering all parts of the island. I have to point out that we never saw another tourist at these places. My personal favourite was the southern tip: there is a beautiful sandy beach, even though probably not good for swimming, but it was nice to see how the waves from east and west meet. Close by there are lovely coves, which might be more suitable for swimming.
Also we visited the Northwest Point, which is not far from the dock and provides a dramatic view with the cliffs, waves and there is also a canon from the 18th century. Northeast Point is quite a walk without a golf cart, but worth it. You can enjoy beautiful views of North Beach all the way. I recommend visiting the highest point of the island on the east side with the plantation ruins, too. It provides nice views both of Balfour Town and the ocean.
The salinas were an interesting spot for me as they stand for the centuries when the salt industry defined Salt Cay. Hard to believe more than 1000 people lived on the island at those times. The salinas are nowadays a unique biosphere and a birdwatcher's dream.
And don't forget the donkeys, cows and chicken roaming around freely!
Visiting Salt Cay is like a leap back in time, a very special and personal experience.
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