You can fly directly into Providenciales (airport code – PLS) from many major cities. Airlines include Jet Blue, Delta, United and American. From Providenciales you must take a small plane to Salt Cay (airport code – SLX) on Caicos Express. These flights only go to Salt Cay Monday, Wednesday and Friday (and Saturdays –January – March). You can also take a flight to Grand Turk and then take the ferry over to Salt Cay. The ferry runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays – provided the weather is accommodating.
Salt Cay has three restaurants on the Island. The Coral Reef is an extremely popular place for locals and visitors with excellent food and a relaxed atmosphere. Pat’s Place is also a treat to enjoy local food freshly prepared with a dash of history and culture included! All restaurants require dinner reservations so you need to let them know before 3:00 on your desired selections. They all do their best to accommodate culinary requirements.
Salt Cay also has three small convenience stores; Dickenson Store, Island Shop and Netty’s Store. They stock basics: canned vegetables, pasta, boxed cereal, boxed milk, water, drinks and snacks. Please check the store hours as they vary. You may also bring fresh fruits and veggies and meats into the country as long as you declare it in customs. Finally you can have our house stocked by a couple of different shopping services who will pack and fly your provisions to the Island. Check out www.saltcayfresh.com for more information.
The Turks and Caicos uses the U.S. dollar. Believe it or not there is no ATM on the Island. Restaurants take Master Card and Visa, but everywhere else you will need cash.
As part of your lodging you will be greeted at the airport and taken to ZaZen. Two bicycles are included and additional bikes can be rented on the Island. ZaZen is located 1.3 miles from the center of town. Many people choose to walk or bike it, but we recommend renting a golf cart for some or all of your stay. Golf carts can be rented by the day or the week. Golf carts go quick so if you think you want to rent we can arrange that in advance for you.
You will find that the Island is very causal, and tee shirts and shorts will go anywhere. November – March the evenings can be cool so we recommend a light sweater, sweat shirt or shawl. Of course remember to bring your bathing suits.
- Sun Screen – it is hard to find and expensive so bring plenty as the sun is intense. A hat is a good idea as well (although they can be purchased as the “Splash Boutique”)
- Bug spray – Salt Cay doesn’t have many mosquitoes but on occasions when it has rained they can come out – so throw it in just in case.
- Camera – capture some of the most amazing sunsets, vistas and wildlife.