Tourists visiting Grand Turk will be able to also plan an overnight stay on nearby Salt Cay if they plan their schedule just right thanks to a ferry that runs between the two islands on a limited basis. The ferry is cheap to ride thanks to government subsidies, and is known for its smooth sailing.
...plan at least one overnight stay...
The ferry that operates out of Grand Turk has one purpose, and one purpose alone: to get people to and from Salt Cay. Salt Cay is an underdeveloped island off the coast of Grand Turk with a small population and a niche in the tourism market which draws people in as they work to truly get away from it all. Because of all of these things, getting to Salt Cay is actually quite difficult to manage, even by air plane.
The Salt Cay Ferry, named the Buckaneer, helps to make the island more accessible. The ferry sets sail from the ferry dock on Salt Cay on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:00 a.m., then returns from Grand Turk at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Because of this schedule, day trips are only really possible from Salt Cay to Grand Turk. In fact, many locals use the ferry to stock up on supplies at local retail shops. Those traveling from Grand Turk to see Salt Cay will need to plan at least one overnight stay. The trip takes 30 to 45 minute depending on the weather, and costs $12(USD) per person.
Familiarize yourself with the choices for water transportation below.
|Front Street - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North of Cockburn Town||Grand Turk|
|Salt Cay||Salt Cay|
Thanks to the use of a ferry, travel between Grand Turk and Salt Cay is made just slightly easier. While the service is mainly meant to get visitors to Grand Turk from the nearby isle, if you play your cards right you can plan a trip to Salt Cay from Grand Turk as well.
|Location Served||Dock A||Dock B||Company||Frequency|
|Cockburn Town||Salt Cay Ferry Dock||Grand Turk Ferry Dock||Salt Cay Ferry||3 to 4 days per week|
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