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.

Positioned toward the center of the island of Big Sand Cay, this beach is on the South West edge of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; beautiful but out-of-the-way beaches like Big Sand Cay are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.

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.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You may also have the option to purchase food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life. 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 tend to like shores which grant a quiet experience, then a good choice for you is Big Sand Cay; it's found within a much quieter part of the region.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Big Sand Cay on the South West coast of Big Sand Cay; it's located near attractions like White House, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. 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
Turks & Caicos National Museum Museum 20.3 NNE Grand Turk
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 23.1 NNE Grand Turk

Cities and Towns

Big Sand Cay is close to Balfour Town, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The closest town to Big Sand Cay is Balfour Town, which is not overly developed, and it will be a pleasant day trip for visitors looking to check out the local scene.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may see guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Though you'll find very few hotels within a several miles, the nearest ones have been listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Big Sand Cay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Vistas of Salt Cay -- -- Villa complex
Tradewinds Guest Suites 9.7 mi. N Guest house


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat close to this location, 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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Big Sand Cay on Big Sand Cay.

Vacationers may also want to visit Balfour Beach, another great beach choice in Turks and Caicos.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Turks and Caicos, and Big Sand Cay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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