If you are spending time on Provo and feel the need to get even further away from the hustle bustle (all relatively speaking of course), Salt Cay is a secluded and special place to spend a few days.
Travel: Caicos Express has flights a few times/week and the flight is only 30 minutes (only 3 passengers and the pilot on our flight, though the plane accommodates 9 passengers). When you arrive, it truly feels as though you have stepped back in time. We wrote an email to Haidee and Porter Williams telling them when we wanted to visit, and from there everything else was a breeze. Porter picked us up at the airport in a golf cart. We had a brief tour of the island; it is quite small so it didn’t take long,. Then we traveled up a few bumpy roads (golf cart is fine on those, bikes might be less comfortable, so we would
advise renting the golf cart) about a mile from town to the Castaway villas.
The accommodations: There are two buildings (Shipwreck and Crusoe), each containing two separate one bedroom suites, with kitchenette and bathroom with shower, so four one-bedroom efficiency units all together. Other than this property, there did not appear to be another dwelling anywhere in sight on the beach, so it is a very tranquil and special location. The accommodations are new and lovely, very beachy and whimsical, with a modern kitchen area, a really nice bath with tiled shower and a comfortable king bed which is raised a step higher than the living area, affording ocean views. The view from anywhere in the suite, in fact, is of beautiful water and Grand Turk in the far distance.
Pros: All of the above
Cons: There are few cons to speak of, perhaps more notes or observations. First, there is no wifi in the cottages, so if you are thinking of bringing a laptop or doing work, it may not be feasible. You can check your email using wifi at Island Thyme. Or, better yet, don't check your email! Second, the units, as with most on Salt Cay, do not have A/C, but there is a nice breeze, even in August. Finally, Castaway is a bit distant from town, about a seven-minute golf cart ride. On the plus side, it is a quiet and pristine spot. Just realize that you will be dependent on the golf cart to get to meals, etc.
Miscellaneous tips: Other than the cows meandering by, pausing at the French doors to glance in (we have a lot of pictures of cows, definitely not a place for the bovine-phobic), expect to have this area of the island and the lovely beach mostly to yourself. As it was off-season (August) when we traveled, the other three units were unoccupied. In busier seasons (whale-watching January to April), the cottages would more likely than not be all occupied, which might make a stay diverge slightly from our experience of complete solitude. The golf cart (rented separately, arranged via Porter and Haidee) allowed us to explore the island, which is well worth doing. Porter has a map and guide with some walking tours. We brought some cereal and sandwiches with us from Provo for breakfasts and lunches, and ate out for dinner at Island Thyme each night. The food was delicious (thank you Lolli) and the Williams were great hosts. While we were visiting, we looked at the Villas at Salt Cay, another property
managed by Haidee and Porter, which was also beautiful. We are thinking of returning in whale-watching season, this upcoming or the one after, and we are torn between returning to the lovely Castaways or perhaps trying the Villas which are right on Victoria Street and would enable walking to restaurants, shops and the dock from which the whale-watching tours and scuba and snorkel trips depart.
In sum: We would recommend Salt Cay for anyone who would like a decidedly slower pace, the speed a tenth of Provo at most, and an island that is as close as is possible to a step back in time. If you decide to visit, we would recommend doing as we did, after years and years on Provo, and writing an email to Haidee or Porter and see what they have available. Have fun!
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