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GO BEYOND PROVIDENCIALES... VISIT OUR OTHER ISLANDS • • • SALT CAY • • • THE WHITE HOUSE ON SALT CAY With less than one hundred folk (and nearly that many donkeys), Salt Cay’s vibe is a result of the diverse population. Turks & Caicos Islanders, Americans, Filipinos, Grenadians, St. Lucians, Europeans, Dominicans and Haitians all live and work on this little 2.5 square mile, triangular shaped island. Although inhabited by Lucayan Indians when Ponce de Leon arrived in 1512, Salt Cay was uninhabited from about 1520 until Bermudians arrived in the 1600s. The island then enjoyed a period of prosperity as one of the world’s premier pro-ducers of salt . In the 1920s and 30s the salt Salt Cay is popular with bird watchers , as several rare seabirds are spotted here regularly. You can also do a bird excursion from Salt Cay to Great Sand Cay. For histo-ry buffs, The White House , built by salt-baron Alexander Harriott, stands next to the last remaining boat house and salt shed on Salt Cay. Boats still shelter here after a day of fishing. The Brown House (Sunnyside), is another historic salt planta-tion home on Salt Cay. Government House is being restored. The Salinas are impossi-trade came to a halt in the TCI. ble to miss. Once shallow bodies of brack-Many Salt Cay visitors come for the ish water, they were converted to saltpans. annual migration of Humpback Whales , who The hand laid stone dykes and canals are cruise through the Turks Island Passage impressive. One of the windmills, once used every year from January to April. It’s possible to push saltwater into the drying pans, has to have in-water ‘soft’ encounters with the recently been rebuilt. whales, or go on whale watching excursions. HOW TO GET TO SALT CAY The diving is fantastic, and Salt Cay has Salt Cay can be reached via Caicos Express access to some of the best snorkelling in Airways. Or via interCaribbean flights from the Turks Islands. You can go bonefishing , PLS to Grand Turk plus a ferry to Salt Cay. without a guide, right off shore (with just a SALT CAY INFORMATION fishing license easily purchased at the DCs Salt Cay Divers -649-241-1009 Office). I NORTH CAICOS Turks & Caicos Islands MIDDLE CAICOS PROVIDENCIALES WEST CAICOS TCI Ferry Services -Passengers to North Caicos 3-5 departures daily and to South Caicos two days a week 649-946-5406 / / 158 • • • • • MAY/JUNE 2017 “Where When How -Turks & Caicos Islands” TU RK S I SL A AMBERGRIS CAYS ND Caicos Express flies to Grand Turk and Salt Cay 649-941-5730 / PA SS AG interCaribbean flies to Grand Turk and South Caicos 649 946-4999 / 649-331-3404 / E Y CA A Y OT C AY RR LIS C AY PA L GE C Y DE OR NE CA I R GE P TE A RT W FO LE TT LI ATLANTIC OCEAN Ferry Service Flights EAST CAICOS CAICOS BANKS SOUTH CAICOS GRAND TURK SALT CAY

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