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 near the center of Balfour Town, Balfour Beach is on the West edge of Salt Cay. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Balfour Beach is one of those beaches that doesn't usually get packed with beachgoers, even though it's central to many of the area's urban amenities.
A small paved parking area is available for visitors right along the beach, and parking along the closest street is also a possibility.
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, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.
Be mindful that the region in which Balfour Beach is located is is a much-visited area, so make sure to get a spot!
You'll find this beach on the West coast of Salt Cay. White House is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.
If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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|
Balfour Beach is in thearea, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Balfour Town is the closest town to Balfour Beach. It is not overly developed, and it will be a pleasant day trip for visitors wanting to scope out the local scene. From the beach, Balfour Town is a quick trip away, maybe a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).
How many other people you encounter at Balfour Beach will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. Balfour Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller lodgings in the area.
Although vacationers generally won't find many places to stay in the surrounding areas, those accommodation options closest to the beach are shown in the following table.
|Tradewinds Guest Suites||0.4 mi.||N||Guest house|
|Castaway Salt Cay||0.4 mi.||NNE||Cottages|
Although there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you're willing to drive or bike a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is Coral Reef Bar and Grill, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.
The following table lists dining options located near this beach.
|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||--||--||--|
There are multiple beaches to discover on Salt Cay, of course, and Balfour Beach is just one option.
You may find that Balfour Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Turks and Caicos you might like.
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