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.

Set near the middle of the island of Big Sand Cay, this beach is on the South West coast of the island, You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just another pleasant piece of the coast, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in Turks and Caicos. While Big Sand Cay may be a little more trouble to reach, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

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.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. If available, you could also buy some food from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, 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.

Big Sand Cay offers those who visit a quiet and tranquil escape, as the surrounding area is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the South West coast of Big Sand Cay. It is near White House, which is among the attractions in the area.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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 in the Balfour Town area, 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 isn't a congested area, and it will be a nice day out for those wishing to get a better feel for the area.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full nearby hotel rooms are. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it can attract guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Although you won't find many hotels within a several miles, the nearest ones are listed in the following table.

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 close to this coast, so you might want to plan a picnic for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on Big Sand Cay you might like besides Big Sand Cay.

Another location you may want to try is Balfour Beach, another great Turks and Caicos beach site.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Big Sand Cay is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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