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. This is a quiet beach that is never crowded.
Located just outside the heart of Balfour Town, Balfour Beach is on the West edge of Salt Cay. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Balfour Beach may be one of the few active beaches in Turks and Caicos that's never really too crowded. If you want to avoid Turks and Caicos' highly secluded beaches, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, Balfour Beach is worth a visit.
Balfour Beach is relatively small, featuring gravel-colored sand that leads into deep aquamarine colored waters. Near the shore are a few houses and flourishing trees that take away marginally from the tropical ambiance.
Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.
Since Balfour Beach is of course located inside a commonly visited area, you'll want to plan accordingly.
This beach is positioned on the West coast of Salt Cay; the area is home to other attractions such as White House, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.
A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.
|White House||Historical Site||0.1 mi.||S||Salt Cay|
|Brown House||Historical Site||0.2 mi.||N||Salt Cay|
|Salt, Spice, Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing||0.4 mi.||NNE||Salt Cay|
Cities near Balfour Beach include, which is certainly not a bustling region, but it will be a nice day out for guests hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the coast, Balfour Town is not far away, maybe a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).
The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.
Though you won't find very many places to stay in the surrounding areas, those accommodations closest to Balfour Beach are shown in the table below.
|Tradewinds Guest Suites||0.4 mi.||N||Guest house|
|Castaway Salt Cay||0.4 mi.||NNE||Cottages|
Although the area surrounding Balfour Beach isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you'll still have some choices, especially if you're prepared to venture a little farther away. Coral Reef Bar and Grill is one of the closest eateries, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.
A list of nearby restaurants is provided in the following table.
|Coral Reef Bar and Grill||--||Caribbean||Very Casual||0.3 mi.||N|
|Island Thyme Bistro||(649) 946-6977||Caribbean, Eclectic||Informal||--||--|
|Pat's Place||(649) 946-6919||Caribbean||--||--||--|
Visitors in search of the perfect beach on Salt Cay will have lots of options besides Balfour Beach.
Turks and Caicos offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, so visiting Balfour Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.
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