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About Salt Cay

Salt Cay, the land that time forgot, is just a mere 2.5 square miles of land located on the eastern edge of the Caribbean. Salt Cay is the most remote of the Turks and Caicos Islands and it is sparsely settled.

At one time there was a fairly large population working the salt flats for export to the United States and Europe. This tiny island, along with Grand Turk and South Caicos were said to produce a majority of the world's consumable salt. Unable to keep up with the demands of modern society and the need to accommodate large ships, the last of the salt industry closed its doors forever in the late 1970's. The majority of young families eventually migrated off the island to nearby Providenciales and Grand Turk to find work. The current population, including the residing ex-patriots, numbers less than one hundred.

There are a few cars and trucks on the island, and most transportation is done on foot, bicycle, or golf carts. The pace is slow here on Salt Cay, the tradewinds blow a steady breeze across the narrow island, and the need to rush about and fill one's day with activity dwindles quickly. The remains of the salt industry still stand as ruins along with the now empty buildings that once housed government officials, business owners, and families over the hundreds of years of salt production. With its slow pace and limited activities, Salt Cay is the ideal place to escape from the reality of a fast paced world into a world forgotten by time, and that is just what makes it so special and so unforgetable.