Attractions on Salt Cay

A person planning a getaway on Salt Cay typically does so because it seems a remote place to get away from the hurried pace of life back home.  What they will discover when they arrive is that, yes, it is a relatively secluded island, but there are also plenty of things to do there.  Aside from the north shore beaches, there are also several historic and government landmarks that shouldn't be overlooked, and plenty of ways to spend exploring the outdoors.

Salt Cay Beaches

North Beach

You'll discover a good group of beaches to consider visiting on and near the island. Snorkeling is available at some of the beaches, if some members of your party are so inclined. You can click on the beach names for more detail concerning that particular stretch of sand.

South Point: South Point can be found by heading south west on Salt Cay. The dirt road leading up to the beach can be hard to manage in your typical vehicle, so a jeep or another vehicle with four-wheel drive and good suspension is recommended.

A second alternative that beach-goers can consider is North Beach. Not only is North Beach powdered with ivory white sand, but hidden within the sand is a wide variety if colorful sea glass and shells, which make for lovely natural souvenirs. Of course, one can not overlook the crystal clear blue waters and the shady trees that dot the land scape.

Balfour Beach: Recently, Salt Cay has become more and more popular amongst tourists on the hunt for secluded beaches from which to play and catch a glimpse of the glorious humpback whale. As a result, some of the island's beaches have become more populous than they would have been in the past, but Balfour Beach remains an exception.

The island and surrounding areas have additional beach choices. Click on this link to check out our extended discussion of beaches for Salt Cay.

Historical Sites

In case you like to learn about the history of a foreign place, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical sites while on vacation on Salt Cay.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Brown House. It is Balfour Town, in western Salt Cay. Built in the early 1800's, Brown House was the first house built on Salt Cay. It was originally the home of a local salt merchant and over time has been thoroughly restored by the Salt Cay Preservation Foundation.

Another common landmark for vacationers is White House. It is Balfour Town, in western Salt Cay. The house of wealthy salt merchants, this old building is still owned by the decedents of the merchants who built the house back in the early 1800's.

Government House: The old Government House (also known as the Old Commissioner's House and the Government Guest House) dates back to a time when the island was ruled by Jamaica. During that time, the pristine building was the center of social life on the island, hosting weddings and garden tea parties constantly.

Look through this table for a list of historical sites on the island.

Historic Sites On Salt Cay
Name Phone Location
Brown House -- 0.4 mi. North of Central Balfour Town
Government House -- Salt Cay
White House -- 0.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Balfour Town

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Salt Cay are displayed right below.

Land Formations On Salt Cay
Name Type Location
Long Bay Bay Central Salt Cay
Long Bay Point Point 1.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Balfour Town
North Bay Bay 1.8 mi. Northeast of Central Balfour Town
North East Point Point 2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Balfour Town
North West Point Point 1.2 mi. North of Central Balfour Town
Whale House Bay Bay 1.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Balfour Town

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