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.

Situated 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 regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. East Cay stands out because it's perfect for escaping the hustle of Turks and Caicos' urban areas. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Turks and Caicos may be just as pretty, but are usually more cramped because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

If you favor beaches which provide a relaxing haven, then you may want to try East Cay; it is hidden away within a more natural part of East Cay.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North West coast of East Cay; this area boasts other attractions such as Salt Cay Salt Works, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're interested in mixing culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Turks & Caicos National Museum, a lovely museum found eight and a half miles to the north-northwest, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows some of the closest options.

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
White House Historical Site 8.3 W Salt Cay
Turks & Caicos National Museum Museum 8.7 NNW Grand Turk
Grand Turk Lighthouse Lighthouse 11.0 N Grand Turk

Cities and Towns

East Cay is very close to Cockburn Town, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Guests visiting East Cay who are looking for a little additional excitement should consider heading over to Cockburn Town, which is close-by and is an area full of activity. From East Cay, Cockburn Town is about eight miles (12 and a half kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonable selection of lodgings which can be reached in the car. A list of the closest options have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near East Cay
Hotel Distance Direction Island Type
Osprey Beach Hotel 8.0 NNW Grand Turk Resort
Salt Raker Inn 8.1 NNW Grand Turk Hotel
Tradewinds Guest Suites 8.1 W Salt Cay Guest house


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat surrounding this location, so you might want to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on East Cay, so East Cay is not your only option.

Travelers 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.

Perhaps East Cay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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