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Tradewind Guest Suites on Salt Cay
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salt Cay
Reviewed February 24, 2008

I've written a longer review about the island, so my comments here relate specifically to our stay at Tradewinds. Expect basic, clean, nothing fancy and you will not be disappointed. Our 'deluxe' unit had a fridge, microwave, and stove. The bed was lumpy, the sheets were worn but clean. There were holes in the window screen which allowed 'no see-ums' to eat us alive at night. There are no clothes washing facilities, except a laundress who charges $10 per load. It was windy while we were there, so we were never too hot, never needed to try the a/c unit in the bedroom. The shower is of good size which always ran well and the towels were bigger and thicker than expected. There is a screened porch and bicycles included, which are very handy for getting around. Tradewinds is very close to the dive shop, Coral Reef, and Island Thyme.

It was not practical for us to travel with a supply of food, so we sent Debbie a list of provisions well in advance. Our order did not arrive, so we had to scrounge for things amongst the locals. This was very annoying, as there are few groceries available in the local shop, and the price of food in the restaurants is high. Debbie did her best to help us out. During your stay, you keep a tab of what you have consumed at the restaurants, and settle up at the end. Although this is a laid-back way to do business, you lose all sense of what you have spent and it's all too easy to run up a big bill.

Here is what we learned from our trip:
- If you can afford it, charter a plane from Provodencialies to Salt Cay. You will save yourself endless hassle and stress.
- If you have to take the speed boat to/from Grand Turk, you will get very wet on the crossing.
- Try the hambuger at Coral Reef, and Debbie's key lime pie.
- The food at Island Thyme is more posh and the atmosphere is better in the evening. Try the key lime cake with coconut ice cream, and Porter's margaritas are world-class. Avoid the Wolf if you value your liver.
- The island is going to be redeveloped into the Caribbean's largest resort over the next few years, and the donkeys will leave, so go now if you want to see it in its natural state.
- Order bread from Nettie's and it's delivered hot in the morning.
- We spent a week at supposedly prime whale watching season, but were disappointed. You need to go for 10-14 days to be sure of good sightings, but do not expect to have the snorkeling experience with them. This is a rare event, contrary to what you may read.
- Bring a suitcase of food and insect repellent and seasickness pills.
- The best thing about the island is the friendly community of locals. The worst is the lack of even basic necessities and the trash strewn everywhere.
- Bring twice as much money and half as many clothes as you think you need.

If we go back to Salt Cay, we'd probably stay somewhere with more amenities and a pool.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2007

We just returned from Salt Cay and the Tradewind Guest Suites. From the minute we arrived until the minute we left, everyone was really great... willing to go the extra mile to make sure we were comfortable.

The suite was more than adequate, and we enjoyed watching the sunsets from the oceanfront deck. If you're looking for a big resort with swimming pools and room service, keep looking. If you're looking for relaxation, world-class snorkel/dive experiences and terrific people, then Tradewind is for you. We're already planning our return for "whale-watching season."

The food and drink at the Coral Reef Bar & Grill (a three-minute walk) consistently exceeded our expectations, and the service was excellent. This was true no matter the time of day. Make sure you also try Deb's homemade ice cream.

The people of the island are warm and friendly. During the week we were all over the island in the golf cart - the beaches, the reefs, the bluff, the burros and cows - all amazing! (You gotta watch out for the burros and cows - you share the road with them...and they have the right of way!)

Make sure you get down to "Pat's Place" for the cracked conch. It's the best I've ever eaten. In addition to the cafe, Pat has an island grocery store, and can also arrange for the use of a local cell phone.

There are historic homes, inns, etc., that are in the process of restoration. If you're really lucky, maybe you'll run into Dan, and he'll show you the work he's been doing.

We spent a lot of time snorkeling – there are coral reefs everywhere.....not more than 10-15 feet off the surf in some places. You put your face in the water, and you're right on top of fish. I can hardly wait to get back there.

We took the ferry to Grand Turk one day - a great excursion! The ferry leaves Salt Cay (the dock is right next to Tradewind) at 7:30 am and leaves Grand Turk at 2:30 pm for the return trip to Salt Cay.

The visit to Salt Cay and our stay at the Tradewind Guest Suites was a fantastic experience for us. We look forward to our return.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2006

Visited the Salt Cay in November 2006, we stayed at the Tradewinds Guest Suites and had a wonderful vacation. If you are a diver this is an ideal location for you! The hotel was just a short walk to the dive operation and you are close to everything else you could possibly need on the island. Don't expect a resort experience, this is a no frills vacation, (no pool or room service). There is however great diving and fantastic food!

If you stay at the Tradewinds be sure to email Debbie before you go, she will set you up with anything you need and let you know what your room has in the way of a kitchen or kitchenette. We recommend that you bring some food so you don't have to eat out for every meal. The food is a bit pricey on the island but worth every penny.

The Tradewinds offers bicycles for you to tool around on and that is all you need to explore the entire island. The north beach is absolutely beautiful! The belongers on the island were all extremley friendly and seemed to always say hello when you pass by on your bike. We especially liked the cows and mules that roam the island freely.

If you go make sure to bring sunblock and bug spray and be ready to see some great diving. We had a dolphin visit us while we were down and enjoyed them jumping and playing next to our boat. Dive masters Graham and Ann were wonderful, very patient and easy to dive with.

If you want relaxation, peace and quite this is the place for you!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2006

TradeWind provided simple yet perfect accomodations for my recent trip. Air conditioning consisted of opening or closing the windows a little as the Trade Winds blew gently 24/7. Air conditining is available if the Trade Winds ever die.
Debbie, the wonderful lady who runs the place, also operates an excellent cafe just a short walk away (and near the dive shop).
Diving is very nice, people are very friendly and competent. I'm running out of superlatives to describe this little piece of paradise.
Would I return? Yes, we're going back this winter and hope to also see whales. Last year we were early for the migration but did see one right offshore during breakfast.............Very exciting!

Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed September 15, 2006

We had a wonderful time in Salt Cay in January and have started planning a return trip for next March. We highly recommend it for people who like to dive and relax. We found the Tradewinds Guest Suites to be quiet, comfortable and very convenient. We could hear the ocean at night and see it when we first walked out of our door in the morning.

Debbie, who picked us up at the airstrip and took care of us throughout our stay, was especially accommodating. When we ran out of important prescription medicines, she helped us track some down at the tiny local clinic, and when I didn't feel up to taking a long boat ride to Grand Turk one day she arranged for me to go out nearby with just a couple of dive guides -- it turned out to be a highlight of my trip.

Salt Cay isn't fancy, but it was perfect for us, so small and friendly that you know almost evenyone on the island, including the dogs, in the first 24 hours.

For food, we especiallly loved Pat's Place. She'll arrange to pick you up at Tradewinds, but we enjoyed the 15-20 minute walk across the salinas and under the amazing stars.

2  Thank Tentcamper
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Reviewed July 28, 2006

Wonderful suites with kitchens right on the west facing beach. Close to the dive boats and restaurants. Plenty of lounges and hammocks on the beach, bicycles to use, helpful owners.
Highly recommended.

Stayed: March 2004
3  Thank pamitu
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Reviewed February 13, 2017
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Victoria Street | (north section of town 1/2 block to the Deane's Dock), TKCA 1ZZ, Salt Cay
Location: Caribbean > Turks and Caicos > Salt Cay
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Salt Cay
Number of rooms: 5
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