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Salt Cay isn't the primary destination for most who visit Turks and Caicos, but it does make a mellow daytrip for those wanting to escape Provo's hustle and bustle or the cruise ship clusters along Grand Turk. It's a small island (less than 3 square miles) that beckons to low-key vacationers; top activities range from lounging to beach bumming to whale watching, and of course, scuba diving and snorkeling.

If you visit Salt Cay between December and April, you might even see some North Atlantic humpback whales migrating for the winter. Diving aficionados claim you can hear the songs of the whales from underwater. For diving trips around Salt Cay, contact Salt Cay Divers (the only dive company on the island).

When you're not exploring beneath the water's surface, relax along the island's white sands. Some of Salt Cay's most popular beaches include North Bay, Long Bay and South District Beach (which is known for its incredible sunsets).

Past visitors loved their time on Salt Cay, praising its "authentic" Caribbean atmosphere and undeveloped landscape. That being said, visitors warn you will need to prepare for your time on the land because of the lack of facilities. Reviewers advised packing plenty of food and drinks, cash for any market purchases and hiking attire. Though amenities are few and far between on Salt Cay, visitors did praise the meals at Pat's Place and the Coral Reef Bar and Grill.

Because the island is located about 80 miles east of Provo, Salt Cay is unreachable by passenger ferry. To get to Salt Cay from Provo, you'll need to fly using the two domestic airlines, Caicos Express or InterCaribbean Airways. From Salt Cay, you can take a passenger ferry to Grand Turk (the ferry runs a few times a week). If you're visiting Salt Cay for a daytrip, keep in mind that there are no paved roads on the island and that the main modes of transportation are golf cart, bicycle and your own two feet.

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Vacationers are almost always pleased with Grace Bay in Provo, raving about its soft sand and turquoise water, with some even dubbing it the "world's best beach." The beach's breathtaking surf and sand, plus its proximity to a golf course and plenty of shops and restaurants, leave most guests pleasantly satisfied. 

Located in an eastern crook of Providenciales, Grace Bay touts more than 3 miles of soft ashen sand and open crystalline water to placate sunbathers. There's little shade, so come early in the morning to get your choice of umbrellas. Some of the island's most well-liked restaurants, such as Solana Teppanyaki and Sushi Bar, are sheltered along Grace's shore, as are the most popular hotels. What's more, they don't mind non-guests walking up to dine. 

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