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How to wait out a sea squall on Salt Cay Salt Cay  Turks and Caicos Islands

How to wait out a sea squall on Salt Cay

Turns out, a day with 24 knot winds and 10 foot swells isn't the best day to charter a whale watching boat. After a nail-biting journey across the Turks Island Passage (a whopping 7,000 foot deep trench that separates Grand Turk and Salt Cay), we sought shelter in a small harbor on the latter and waited out a passing squall. Thankfully, the Coral Reef Bar and Grill was nestled in the harbor, as well. It's everything you would expect from an island eatery: icy cold beer, friendly characters and tasty local fare. There was also something you probably wouldn't expect: excellent wifi. Now I know I should have kept my phone in my backpack, but I couldn't resist "checking in" in such a remote locale. The storm cloud passed a bit too quickly and soon we had to be on our way. I can still taste the fresh conch fritters, though. Island food always tastes best when served on a paper plate, from behind a counter made of two-by-fours by a barefoot, smiling local chef.