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.

Located on the island of East Cay, 4.0 miles east of Cotton Cay, this beach is nicely positioned on the coast. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Turks and Caicos. While East Cay might be a little bit out of the way, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

East Cay brings guests an idyllic and serene experience, thanks to the fact that the area surrounding the beach is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


East Cay is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North West coast of East Cay. It is near Salt Cay Salt Works, which is one of the attractions in the vicinity.

If you want more information on the history of Turks and Caicos, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Brown House, which is eight miles to the west.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Turks and Caicos. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

East Cay is close to Cockburn Town, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Guests visiting East Cay who are seeking other opportunities for exploration might want to think about going to Cockburn Town, since it's close-by and is an area full of activity. From the beach, Cockburn Town is found maybe eight miles (12 and a half kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may meet visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a good number of places to stay a car ride away. Some of the closest possibilities are seen in the following list.

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 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 for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Needless to say, East Cay isn't the only beach worth visitng on East Cay.

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 offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and East Cay is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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