North Bay is definitely the nicest beach on Salt Cay. A few rock break up the perfect sand in places, but they don’t detract from the natural beauty. Some decent little reefs can be found close off the coast.
5 star rating for North Bay by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
North Bay is the best beach on Salt Cay.
Found off the north coast, this 1.75 mile (2.8km) beach is the largest and by far the best beach on Salt Cay. A few coral heads can be found in the water here, but much of the coastline offers a clean sandy bottom and pristine beach.
Ocean surface conditions can be a little choppy at times due to the eastern trade winds, visibility is however typically quite good.
To find a site, simply look for one of the darker patches off the beach. It’s easy to see the reefs from on shore against the clean sandy bottom.
The reefs off North Bay Beach feature a beautiful combination of yellow sea fans, fire coral, and leafy stinging coral, and schools of bluehead wrasse, French grunts, parrotfish, and blue tangs. Queen triggerfish, black durgons and angelfish can be seen gliding by as well.
The larger creatures include the occasional barracuda, southern brown stingrays, and spotted eagle rays.
There are two ways to get to North Bay Beach, traveling by road (follow the road that heads north 660ft (200m) west of the
airport), or by taking a scenic 1 mile (1.65km) walk along the coast from Balfour Town. There’s lots to
explore, so take plenty of drinking water.
driving, take the north turn off of the road between
North District and the
Salt Cay Airport. This road leads straight for 1500 feet (440m), then arrivals at a T junction with a road which parallels North Bay. At this point, simply pick a beach path that looks appealing.
The hiking path from Balfour Town leads along an incredibly scenic route, which leads along
Balfour Town Beach,
Little Bluff Lookout, and through costal vegetation, at which point it reaches the western side of North Bay.