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Oceanfront Cottages on Salt Cay as seen on House Hunters International!!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 bed/1 bath newly constructed cottages with direct beach access

Seaside Cottages sits directly on the ocean and is comprised of a main house and (2) cottages located on the beautiful old Morgan Estate in the South District of Salt Cay. The island's restaurant and dive shop are a short 10 minute bike ride from the property. There are 2 small stores within a 2 minute walk where provisions can be purchased. The island is home to approximately 30 friendly donkeys and they meet you outside the gate in the morning to say hello!

The Property sits facing west and boasts one of the most beautiful sunsets over the Caribbean. There is direct beach access and all rentals include use of (2) ocean kayaks which can be launched directly from the house beach. There is wonderful snorkeling and shelling right from the beach off the back of the property. Each rental also comes with the use of 2 bikes, the preferred method of getting around the island.

​The original outdoor kitchen from the 1850s sits close to the ocean and allows for "al fresco" dining year round. There is a fireplace, a brick oven, small charcoal grill and a beautiful teak dining table for romantic dinners set to the sound of waves crashing on the beach. All rentals have access to the entire 1/2 acre grounds and the outdoor kitchen/dining area.​

Salt Cay has several amazing snorkeling sites all accessed from the beach. There is year round diving in calm, crystal clear waters and the reefs are spectacular. Between January and March North Atlantic humpback whales migrate to the warm waters near Salt Cay to mate and calve. Salt Cay is one of the only places in the world where you can get in the water and snorkel with these gentle giants.

The Conch Cottage was built in 2014 and has modern amenities. Relax in comfort with a pillow top queen size bed, a large modern bathroom and a 32" flat screen TV with DVD player. Make breakfast and a pot of coffee before heading out for a day of snorkeling, diving or whale watching. The kitchenette is fully equipped with hot plate, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, silverware, plates and all cooking utensils. Pricing listed below is for Conch Cottage only.

Our property is made up of 3 self- contained cottages that rent separately and each accommodates 2 people with a queen bed. Our calendar is blocked if Conch Cottage is booked. Please contact us to to see which cottages are available for your dates. If you are a family or larger group, all 3 cottages can be rented together (3 bedroom/3 bath). Please visit our website at for detailed pricing info and more photos.


Rates are subject to change until reservation is paid and confirmed.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds within 60 days of arrival.

More Details

Chris and Shelley Jensen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2018

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 Salt Cay

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.


Salt Cay Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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Oceanfront Cottages on Salt Cay as seen on House Hunters International!!
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

The perfect Caribbean hideaway

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alex, It was a pleasure hosting you! Thank you so much for the kind words! Please come back next year! Shelley
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Refuge within a refuge

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property on Salt Cay.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off the beaten path AND so much more

  • 5 of 5

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 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!!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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more than we'd hoped to find

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 2 weeks at Seaside Cottages in February 2016. We knew as soon as we walked in the gate that we'd made the right choice. The main cottage was lovely, spotlessly clean and nicely appointed. The history of the house is seen in the 2 foot thick windows and rough hewn beams in the high ceilings which have withstood many a hurricane. The compact kitchen had everything needed to cook island meals, and it was nice to carry our plates out to the open air dining room right on the water. We enjoyed romantic dinners by the light of several candles that we lit in the big open fireplace, totally quiet, totally private.

Just before sunrise, I'd go to the gate to observe the morning scene on Victoria Street. Usually there was not a soul to be seen in the big open square or a noise to be heard except an occasional rooster crowing. A few mornings there were about 20 cows, who roam the island freely, sleeping in the square. How lovely to watch the cows rouse themselves for the day and hear the little calves suckling.

Coffee in hand, I'd head for the water, stepping onto the adjacent private beach and walk along the shore looking for beach glass or shells. When the seas were calm I loved taking an early morning swim, looking back at the still rosy glow to the east. Paradise! We found the snorkeling from this beach to be some of the best on the island.

We were lucky to be on Salt Cay during full moon as evening walks across the "folly" which bisects the salinas with just the moon to light the way is a lovely experience. One morning when I woke an hour before sunrise I could see from the bedroom window the moon setting over the ocean. Taking my first cup of coffee out to the lounge chair and watching the ribbon of silver shimmering on the water is a memory I'll cherish.

As February is a prime whale watching month, we spotted whales passing by just offshore many times. Always a treat. Kayaking out to try for a closer look was a fun adventure! I highly recommend a whale trip with Salt Cay Divers for a chance to snorkel with the humpbacks and watch them display and breach. Amazing!

We felt like kids again biking the island and exploring the beaches, especially beautiful is the empty north beach in early morning.

A nice surprise was the daily visit from the donkeys, including adorable babies! They loved carrots and apples!

We told the excellent manager, Willy, that we would be back again next year as Seaside Cottages is absolutely wonderful.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly the Island that time forgot

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Conch Cottage for a week in January and had a wonderful time visiting Salt Cay. The cottage was more than accommodating and we were able to cook a few meals in the small kitchenette while also spending some time at local restaurants like Pat's Place, Coral Reef Grill and Porter's Island Thyme. The sea just off the cottage was never calm enough for us to snorkel or kayak but it offered an amazing view and some of the most beautiful sunsets we've ever seen in the islands. We saw a moray eel and lots of sea life just off the sea wall and my husband found lots of sea glass, sea biscuits and treasures along the small beach. We rented a golf cart which allowed us to travel to the most beautiful beach on the island, North Beach. There is amazing snorkeling just off the west side of north beach where we saw several turtles and spotted eagle rays. The reef there is very healthy with lots of colorful tropicals. The cottage is in a great location and was close to one of the most well stocked markets we found on the island. We did pack a cooler with frozen lunch meats, cheese, wraps and bagels since these were not available on the island. Alcohol and beer can be purchased from either Coral Reef or Porter's. All three restaurants we ate at served great food. Excellent cracked conch at Pat's Place, BBQ night at Coral Reef and several delicious meals at Porter's which is more gourmet infused with island flavors. We loved waking up to the sound of braying donkeys outside our window each morning; hilarious! Just be careful to avoid the donkey and cattle droppings when golf carting! We found the locals to be friendly and very nice. They all asked where we were visiting from and what brought us to Salt Cay. We would've loved to snorkel with the humpbacks but they were only just starting to arrive during our visit. This gives us a reason to return to Salt Cay and Seaside Cottages in the near future. Shelley was very easy to work with and provided lots of great information so we were prepared upon our arrival. Salt Cay is the most unique place we've ever visited and is truly like taking a giant step back in time. It was nice to come home to the modern and air conditioned Conch Cottage which made for much more enjoyable sleeping. We had a wonderful visit and will definitely return during the whale season in the future!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Salt Cay Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Coral Reef Bar
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Shyne's Ferry to Grand Turk
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Coral Reef Grill
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Our Beach
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Roundtrip airport taxi $20
Cleaning fee $35

Roundtrip airport transfer is being charged with your booking. This covers your transportation from Salt Cay airport to the cottage and return to airport on your departure day. Getting around Salt Cay is easy with bicycles that are provided with your accommodation, but if you would prefer to rent a golf cart, please let us know and we can put you in touch. Golf cart rentals are on a first come first served basis and typically cost $85/day. There is ample parking on our property for golf carts.
12% TCI accommodation tax is included in your nightly or weekly rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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