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 in the heart of the island of Big Sand Cay, this beach is on the South West edge of the island, You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Do you dream of finding a beach tucked into an untouched part of town? Many visitors seek a beach that isn't overly lined with restaurants and beach bars; secluded parts of the coast like Big Sand Cay might not be typical "beach scenes", but are nice and private.

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.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to see the underwater world. 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 brings guests an angelic and relaxing enclave, in part because the area surrounding the beach is far from urbanized.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the South West coast of Big Sand Cay. It is close to White House, which is among the local 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

Balfour Town is the closest city to Big Sand Cay. It isn't a congested area, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those looking to check out the local scene.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can attract visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Although vacationers will not find very many hotels in the immediate vicinity, those options closest to the beach are shown in the following list.

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


You might not find any places to eat right on this coast, so you may choose to plan a picnic for your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

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

You may also want to consider Balfour Beach, one of the many great Turks and Caicos beach sites.

Maybe Big Sand Cay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, Turks and Caicos offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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