The Turks & Caicos Islands is a string of islands, cays and islet that dot the warm Caribbean waters and are located southeast of the Bahamas. There are approximately 40 islands, but there are also nearly 300 smaller, uninhabited islets, and some of these make for scenic, tranquil day trips where visitors can enjoy pristine turquoise waters, a touch of solitude and exotic marine life and aquatic species
One such islet is French Cay. French Cay is easily accessible and makes for a great half of full day trip. Indeed this small island is fantastic for exploring, for enjoying and appreciating nature and for learning a little bit of history. French Cay, though it is a quiet and serene wildlife sanctuary today, has a brutal and notorious past. Indeed back in the 17-1800’s the Turks & Caicos Islands was a refuge and hiding place for many infamous pirates who would use the tiny and well-hidden cays as hideouts as they waited for Spanish galleons and treasure ships to attack. They even at times would pillage the wealthy British Loyalist salt plantations of the Turks, making off with jewels and silver and gold pieces in the dead of night. Several well-known buccaneers of the day, including Calico Jack, Mary Read and Anne Bonny led brief, but ruthless careers in this area, till the British King’s pirate hunting ship, the Barnet, brought them to eventual justice and death in Jamaica.