Big Sand Cay

Big Sand Cay in the Turks & Caicos island chain is an uninhabited paradise whose beautiful shores are inhabited only by iguana and other animal and plant life. The extreme seclusion of Big Sand Cay coupled with its crystal clear waters allow for exceptional snorkeling and the discovery of all forms of underwater life, including the migrating humpback whales.

Located on the island of Big Sand Cay, this beach is on the South West coast of the island, You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Turks and Caicos. While Big Sand Cay may be a little bit out of the way, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach

The beaches on Big Sand Cay are accessible by boat from Salt Cay, which is just seven miles to the north of the island. Tour guides and boats-for-hire are readily available to make the trip.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beaches along the coast of Big Sand Cay remain unspoiled by human hands. The waters range from crystalline aquamarine to a deep, dark blue. On shore the sand is white and powdery, making it the perfect consistency to sink your feet into.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Big Sand Cay is the ultimate convenience. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface. Apart from the people you meet along the way, or visitors who drop anchor nearby, you'll find peace and solitude on this unhabited island.

If you usually favor beach days which offer those who visit a calm environment, then you will want to try Big Sand Cay; it's located within a less urbanized section of Big Sand Cay.

What's Nearby


Found on the South West coast of Big Sand Cay; it will be near other attractions like White House, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Turks and Caicos. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Big Sand Cay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
White House Historical Site 9.3 N Salt Cay
Brown House Historical Site 9.7 N Salt Cay
Salt Cay Salt Works Salt, Spice, Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing 9.8 N Salt Cay
H.M. Prison Museum Museum 20.1 NNE Grand Turk
The Salt House Museum 20.1 NNE Grand Turk

Cities and Towns

Big Sand Cay is near Balfour Town, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Balfour Town is the closest town to Big Sand Cay. It is a fairly rural area, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors who want to see more of the area.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how packed the nearby hotels are. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels within a several miles, the nearest ones have been listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Big Sand Cay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tradewinds Guest Suites -- -- Guest house
Castaway Salt Cay -- -- Cottages


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat right on this coastal destination, so it would be a good idea to pack a lunch if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach on Big Sand Cay will have lots of options besides Big Sand Cay.

Another option worth considering is Balfour Beach, another favorite sun-spot in Turks and Caicos.

Turks and Caicos has so much to offer, and Big Sand Cay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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