It was time to get away from the glitz, glamour, and pull of the big city. I boarded a plane and found my way to Turks and Caicos. Which is wonderfully great for a vacation, but there are others there, others with their big hats, sunscreen white noses and screaming kids either pushing off the cruise ships or jostling for a lounge seat on Grace bay (that is if you stay at one of the hotels on Grace bay--).. I needed less, much much less... So I googled 'Off the beaten path'. And what do I see but a wonderful tiny 2mile island 30 minutes off the coast of Provo. -Salt Cay- I flew into a tiny airstrip on Caicos express. As of my visit the plane- a 8 seater Cessna flys in twice on Monday and Fridays and once on Wednesday. That fit the bill for my need for less people and relaxation to a tee. Candi the owner of Pirates Hideway was there with a nice gentleman/island guide Cozi to meet the plane and take me on a golf cart back to the hideaway. Candi had a wealth of knowledge of the orgins of the island, the current political situations, and the best ways to relax here. Two other wonderful ladies were there as well to pick up people that were staying on the island. Debbie from Salt Cay Divers/island tours (as well as a wonderful casual ocean front eatery), And Heidi the owner of Island Thymes(a wonderful casual bar/restaurant--you have to try the almond crusted snapper--better then any ny eatery!!) as well as manager of small island rental properties. Yes. When you land you are far removed from anywhere you have ever imagined. You are brought back to the basics of life and relaxation. The roads are sand/dirt. There are several really really friendly donkeys, and a couple of cows that meander up and down the streets. Little families of chickens walk on the sides of the roads. Yes there are roosters that remind you that its time to wake up and enjoy the splendor of nature. The hideway is on the south portion of the town it has a nice pool to cool down after a long hike or a strenuous day snorkeling/sun bathing. On a walk home late one night after enjoying a wonderful fish dinner at Debbies I walked off the property and onto the road next to the salinas and looked forward. The island is relatively flat and there were stars--- more stars then I have ever seen from straight ahead to the sides over the ocean to behind me I was engulfed in another world of bright twinkling lights. You even saw the Milky Way, Orion even had all the stars so that he really did look like Orion!!.. The next morning I decided to go exploring the soft sand of the North beach and the Rocky east beach. There were no footsteps in the sand. There was no one. The ocean was three different shades of turquoise. Beautiful Conch shells litter the white sand (make sure you go to Debbies for Conch night!!), gorgeous corals, natural bridges over the rocks, and serenity. Just the gentle sound of the waves meeting the shore. As you get to the south portion of the island you see a gentle inlet from the ocean into the island and the beautiful mangrove forest and nursery for the baby ocean fish. Out a hundred yards in to the ocean is the Columbus Channel. Every day I saw humpback whales blow or breaching. Debbie has a nice excursion where you take a small boat out to get close to these gentle giants. Amazing doesn't even come close to the bond you feel with life and with nature. Its like your very own survivor show only its you and the sea... I saw two donkeys grazing further up the hill and followed the footsteps back to the small town.. There are less then a hundred people on the island. Three main eaterys --Debbies, Island Thymes, and Pats (all who are amazing ladies that can make fabulous fish, conch, lobster or just a burger!!!).. Just remember that this is a small island and although fish is plenty it costs alot to bring fuel, basic cooking supplies, and spices to the island and the costs you incur correspond with this.. I always felt welcome by the islanders, ex pats, and fellow travelers. By the end of the trip most even knew my name!!... So come call any of the nice ladys and look up saltcay.org. and find yourself in the most basic of ways...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pirates Hideaway Guest House and accommodations in Salt Cay is a stone's throw from the ocean with a private freshwater swimming pool nestled in a tropical garden. Stroll the historic salt raking villages and see all the donkeys, rustic coastline and white powdery sandy beaches. Excellent diving and snorkeling spots. Pirates Hideaway is comfortable with friendly service, great stories and we will pick you up from Salt Cay airport for short ride to Pirates hideaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pirates Hideaway Hotel
- Pirates Hideaway By The Sea Guest House On Salt Cay Turks And Caicos