I spent a week at the "Pirate's Hidaway". Our group of seven rented "Blackbeard's Quarters" and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The listing description and photos are accurate and thorough. The only thing ambiguous is the location - the homes are located in the "Southwest district" of the island, maybe 100 yards from the sea. It's a convenient location with easy access to the beaches, three restaurants, dive shop and small stores. Our preferred mode of transport was by bicycle. The property was clean and well maintained. Our hostess Candy was especially attentive and helpful. She had our fridge stocked prior to our arrival, gave us a tour of the island and pointed out all the major destinations, and was a fountain of information on the island sites and history. She is a knowledgeable and attentive host who will ensure you have anything you need for a pleasant stay. There are no bad beaches on Salt Cay, but a trip to the north west point is well worthwhile. It's the beach all others aspire to be - pristine white sand, crystal clear turquoise water, and not anther soul in sight. Debbie's restaurant has good specials on Sunday and Wednesday (Ribs and conch respectively), Porter's has good pizza on Fridays, and make sure to visit Ms. Pat's restaurant too before you leave. Try both Ms. Pat's and Debbie's key lime pie! The dive shop is small but has an attentive staff who'll make sure you have an enjoyably diving and/or whale watching experience. Going whale watching with marine biologists conducting research on the whales was a gratifying and informative experience. The dive sites have impressive reef formations and are generally most beautiful when looked at up close - their beauty is in the coral variety more so than other inhabiting wildlife. Most of the dive sites are over reef walls. The shallow water offered the best experience, so don't spend all your dive at 100' on the wall and miss the activity on the shelf at 40'! The best experience of the trip was diving off the south coast and hearing the hump back whales sing. They had to be within a mile of us. We stopped exploring the dive site, leveled off and just listened to them for 15 minutes. It was a touching experience. Returning to the surface, Salt Cay is a lazy little island with plenty of charm. It's safe (we never locked our doors and wandered to each corner of the island), friendly and relaxed in atmosphere. The history of the island is palpable and adds to the experience.
- 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 can help plan your flights from Providenciales which is only 75 minutes from Miami, Florida. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pirates Hideaway Hotel
- Pirates Hideaway Guest House On Salt Cay Turks And Caicos