A visit to the Salt Cay Island is like stepping back in time and seeing the world through a fresh pair of eyes. There are no paved roads and barely any cars; you are free to immerse yourself in the beauty and relaxation that the island affords thanks to its isolation.
Salt Cay is a part of the Turks Islands, one of two island groups that form the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. The island was once known for its booming salt industry which was later halted in the 1930’s. It’s more famous now with tourists, staying at nearby Luxury Resorts in the Caribbean such as the COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos, who come in search of unpopulated beaches, diving and whale watching.
At barely 1.6kms across, the island exudes a laid back Caribbean vibe; donkeys roam wild here while golf carts are the favoured mode of transport for its few inhabitants. Aside from the fantastic beaches, Salt Clay offers amazing opportunities to see marine life above and below the water thanks to its close proximity to the 7000 foot Columbus Passage. Also known as the Turks Passage, it is a deep channel that separates the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands.
Over 1500 Atlantic Humpback whales navigate the passage on their way to warmer seas to give birth every year between January and April. The passage is also visited by thousands of sea turtles and eagle rays. Diving is extremely popular here with several well-known sites for divers to explore along large coral reefs teeming with a multitude of tropical fish.
Salt Cay is a tranquil spot for those looking for peace and solitude or exploring the waters around the island and its sublime reefs. Whatever the motive, bring your swimwear and enjoy the sun, sand and turquoise waters of this Caribbean treasure.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+