1 bed/1 bath newly constructed cottage with direct beach access
Chris and Shelley Jensen
About Chris and Shelley Jensen
We live in Tampa, Florida and spend as much time as we can relaxing in Salt Cay. Chris is a sales manager for a telecommunications company and Shelley is a veterinarian. We are both huge animal lovers and avid travelers. We share our home in Tampa with 4 rescue dogs, a parrot, and 3 tortoises. Some of our traveling is spent leading spay/neuter projects to underserved areas in Central and South America and the Caribbean. We organized and led a volunteer animal project to Salt Cay in March 2014 and on that trip we fell in love with and bought our beach house there.
Chris and Shelley Jensen purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Chris and Shelley Jensen chose Balfour Town
We fell in love with the Old Morgan Estate the first time we saw it. The location right on the ocean is breathtaking and once we watched the sunset over the water we were sold. The property is large and private with direct access to a beautiful little beach. There is so much charm, history, and good energy here that you can't help but love it!
What makes this Cottage unique
We were initially drawn to Salt Cay by the chance to swim with Humpback Whales and to snorkel and dive in the warm, calm waters right off the island. Once we visited the island a couple of times we realized that this was the most relaxing place we had ever experienced. We both have busy work lives in Tampa and have had a difficult time really unplugging from work on previous vacations, but this is not the case in Salt Cay. After 24 hours on the island, you feel a calmness come over you and you don't even think about your busy life back at home. Each day on Salt Cay is a wonderful combination of snorkeling, walking on the beautiful beach, exploring the island by bicycle, relaxing in the hammock, kayaking, and watching the spectacular sunsets. Even daily chores like cooking dinner and hanging laundry on the line to dry feel like a vacation in this beautiful, relaxing place.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We enjoyed our stay so much. Everyone on the island was just so nice and welcoming. This property was up the road a bit from restaurant/dive shop and well situated. The bikes made everything easy. Isaac stopped by to check on us at the perfect time every day, and the cottage had everything we needed.
We came looking for a little isolation and a lot of beauty for a few days, and we definitely found it. Thank you to Isaac, and Shelley, and the entire island community!
Thanks, Bethany! We are so happy you enjoyed Salt Cay and the cottage!
Unique Time on a Beautiful Island
Salt Cay is one of a kind. The history of the salt flats and the beautiful water make it a special place to visit. Not for folks looking for restaurants and bars, more for those wanting simple quiet adventuring. Having use of the bikes and kayaks was essential. You need to bring cash, no ATM available. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Everyone was very friendly. The rental had all we needed. It was basic, but the caretaker was so helpful.
The perfect Caribbean hideaway
We had a wonderful time at Conch cottage. If you are looking for somewhere to disconnect from the real world, this is it.
Salt Cay is a tiny island a 20min island plane hop from Providenciales and couldn’t be more relaxing - bike or golf buggy is the only way to get around and at Conch cottage the sea is on your doorstep!
The cottage is probably the best kept on the island, with two other cottage properties nestled right on a lovely patch of beach. A friendly lady keeps everywhere super clean and there are bikes and kayaks for you to use.
In terms of amenities the property has WiFi, a flip phone for island calls, a tv and DVDs for film night and a kitchenette including fridge which was perfect for our needs. There are deck chairs (with coolers!) for the beach and an outdoor kitchen which is super cool for bbqs. Nets keep any bugs out (we had no problems) and the bed was really comfy. Loads of hot water which they filter from rainwater (I also had a bath!)
You must go to Salt Cay. We dove with dolphins, swam with turtles, biked to the dive shop in our wetsuits and ate our weight in burritos at the coral reef grill!
The only traffic on the road is the wild donkeys, the only noise at night the sound of the sea.
Thanks so much Shelley for your help and wonderful hospitality.
Hi Alex, It was a pleasure hosting you! Thank you so much for the kind words! Please come back next year!
Refuge within a refuge
Seeing the tiny isle of Salt Cay from the air, the excitement builds, knowing you have come to an island that time forgot. When you step in the front gate of Seaside Cottages you know your vacation will be quiet and private, a refuge within a refuge. From the rustic feel of the main dwelling, it is less than 50 steps through an historic out-kitchen with fireplace to your private beach. A wonderful place for wake-up coffee, watching osprey search for its morning meal, scanning for the blow of humpback whales on their winter migration. Sunsets and cloud formations are unmatched as you relax on the historic seawall of this western lee-side shore. Snorkeling and sea kayaking are yours to enjoy at any time. Explore this surprisingly different and lovely island by hiking, biking, or buggy. You can't help but relax. Travel light, leave only smiles.
Great property on Salt Cay.
Really enjoyed our stay at Seaside Cottages on Salt Cay. Both cottages are well appointed. Property is beautiful. Salt Cay is great. Shelley was very responsive during booking, and Willy the property manager was extremely helpful during our stay. Would absolutely rent this property again.
Off the beaten path AND so much more
Just back from staying at the Coral Cottage on Salt Cay. I originally chose to go to Salt Cay because I like "off the beaten path" and I was told that "there isn't a lot to do on this island".....but not so!
I could have easily spent more time and still not got all the things on my list done....in addition to diving, snorkeling, kayaking, bicycling, whale watching (and yes, we saw them), here's a list of the other things we found by talking with the locals....I totally love these types of adventures:
- Climbing through and exploring the Windmill Plantation ruins on the North Beach (be careful but it was a fun adventure of seeing what happened to this upscale resort after Hurricane Ike....ceiling fans are still hanging from the remains of roofs in the villas - and much of the roof is ripped off.
- The North Beach is fabulous - we never saw a soul - very wide white beaches and beautiful crystal clear waters (take a golf cart up there from Shelley's place but don't go too far down the road OR you will get stuck like we did...but a local pulled us out - no problem)
- A short hike up to the lighthouse on the northwest point - what a view and we found what we called the "cliffs of Salt Cay"
- Of course, explore the salinas and learn the history of salt production
- Hike up to Taylor Hill and explore these ruins and see the view
- See the mangroves
- South Creek is another interesting place - birds, tides, etc...
And then of course, we went to the Conch Festival at Coral Reef; got free dancing lessons from Willie at Coral Reef; boxed (there's a punching bag at Coral Reef too).....service is "no problem"....and I love the breakfasts that Enye fixed for us!
I ran in the morning - ask a local for the loop (it's 3 miles) - start at Shelley's and run toward Coral Reef - turn down what I called Airport Road....when you get close to the airport, turn left and follow the road - you'll end up back at your villa.
You have to eat at Pat's Place (right down the road) and let Pat fill you in on the island lore - so interesting!!!
So bottom line - you might think you are going to "get away" but there's a ton of things to don on this island and oh yes, the accommodations are great! Shelley and Chris are so responsive - you have to do this!!
Salt Cay is a beach lover’s paradise with long stretches of white sandy beaches that are practically deserted. The turquoise blue waters are some of the most stunning in all of the Caribbean. You can spend hours combing the beaches for shells and sea glass, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the tranquility of a beautiful stretch of beach all to yourself, and soak up the sun while keeping cool with the ever present trade winds.
If you love snorkeling and scuba diving, Salt Cay is the perfect place to experience beautiful coral reefs right off the shore. There are several amazing snorkeling spots around the island with North Beach being at the top of the list. The snorkeling right off our house beach is also fabulous and easy for even the most novice snorkelers.
Salt Cay boasts 14 dive sites and the visibility is often 100ft or more. The water temperature remains a comfortable 77-83 F year round. The diving is easy with almost no current and surface intervals are back on land where you can relax on the beach in the shade between dives or grab a cold drink. There is a wonderful dive shop on the island, Salt Cay Divers, which has friendly and laid back divemasters who will become fast friends.
From January through March Atlantic Humpback Whales migrate right past Salt Cay on their way to the Silver Bank to calve and mate. 3000-5000 whales make the long journey from the cold northern seas and pass by so close to the property that you can kayak out to them as they pass by. Some of the whales calve in the warm, crystal clear waters right around Salt Cay and can be seen resting with their new babies in shallow waters all around the island. Half day whale watching trips are offered twice daily from the dive shop (weather permitting) from January through the end of March. If the whales are relaxed and cooperative, guests have the opportunity to enter the water to snorkel with these magnificent creatures. Salt Cay is one of only 3 places in the world where this is possible.
If you would like to explore the small uninhabited islands around Salt Cay, day trips to nearby Big Sand Cay and Cotton Cay can be arranged with the dive shop. These islands offer snorkeling, pinicking and stunning beaches for swimming and beachcombing.
Salt Cay is also home to adorable donkeys that roam free on the island and greet visitors at the front gate of the house each morning for snacks. The donkeys were left behind when the salt mines were abandoned many years ago and add so much charm to the island.
Three days a week a ferry leaves from Deane's Dock on Salt Cay and travels to Grand Turk for the day. Activities on Grand Turk include shopping, sightseeing, scuba diving, and snorkeling with the stingrays at Gibb's Cay. Grand Turk also has a number of great beach bars and fun oceanfront restaurants.