East Cay

East Cay Island is a tiny island located in the Turks and Caicos island chain, not far from Cotton Cay and Salt Cay. It is one of the many uninhabited islands in the chain that is used primarily for day trips to secluded beaches.

Positioned on the northwestern coast of the island of East Cay, 4.0 miles east of Cotton Cay, this beach is nicely positioned on the coast. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. Love beach-going but hate the crowds? Extra space is just one of the perks that comes with finding a beach that hasn't been "discovered" by thousands of tourists; secluded parts of the coast like East Cay let you escape people-watchers and rowdy beachgoers.

How to Access The Beach
East Cay can only be reached by boat.

Amenities and Ambiance

East Cay is encircled by powdery white sand with deep blue waters that are not known to be very fierce. Some sections of the coastline are more rugged than others, but for the most part, visitors will find the entire island to be an idyllic vacation spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

If you happen to go for coasts which offer visitors an angelic experience, then you will want to try East Cay; it's hidden away within a less urbanized section of East Cay.

What's Nearby


East Cay is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the North West coast of East Cay. It is near some interesting sites like Salt Cay Salt Works, which is among the attractions in the area.

To some, beaches and museums may seem an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like The Salt House (situated eight miles away) offer a fun learning experience and help share a different side of Turks and Caicos.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Turks and Caicos. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near East Cay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Salt Cay Salt Works Salt, Spice, Seasoning and Dressing Manufacturing 8.0 W Salt Cay
Brown House Historical Site 8.1 W Salt Cay
The Salt House Museum 8.1 NNW Grand Turk
White House Historical Site 8.3 W Salt Cay
H.M. Prison Museum Museum 8.5 NNW Grand Turk

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting East Cay who are hoping to find some additional excitement might want to consider heading over to Cockburn Town, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of Turks and Caicos. From the coast, Cockburn Town is a car ride off, about eight miles (12 and a half kilometers) away.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors will find a fairly wide assortment of hotel options to pick from close to East Cay. The most accessible of which are shown below.

Accommodations near East Cay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
White Sands Beach Resort 6.1 NW Grand Turk Hotel
Castaway Salt Cay 8.0 W Salt Cay Cottages
Osprey Beach Hotel 8.0 NNW Grand Turk Resort


You might not find any places to eat close to this shore, so you may choose to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on East Cay, so East Cay is just one of your options.

You may also want to consider Governor's Beach, located six and a half miles to the northwest. Governor's Beach on Grand Turk is a gorgeous beach with soft, white sands and calm waters. The relative seclusion found here is great for taking a long stroll down the coast, while snorkeling is also a favorite activity.

Turks and Caicos has a lot to offer its visitors, but East Cay is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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