Thatch Cay is 237 acres of windswept sun-drenched paradisewhere cooling trade winds enhance an idyllic year-round climate.
Thatch Cay is 237 acres of windswept sun-drenched paradise,
Where cooling trade winds enhance an idyllic year-round climate.
The Surrounding Waters
Thatch Cay’s stunning marine environment includes magnificent coral reefs, seagrass beds, and an abundance of colorful tropical fish. Part of an island chain forming the northern protective barrier for Pillsbury Sound, the tranquil, crystal-clear waters surrounding Thatch Cay are ideal for deep-sea fishing, sailboarding, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
A renowned dive site off the northwest point features archways, tunnels, interesting coral formations including bright orange tubastrea, pillar coral, and delicate black coral, as well as the presence of tarpon, a host of tropical fish, and clouds of silversides.
The beaches of Thatch Cay provide up-close views of dolphins and sea turtles at play and of the annual migration of humpback whales and sea birds. An excellent swimming beach provides the opportunity for a refreshing dip, or for strong swimmers, the opportunity to swim from the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.
On The Land
Natural coastal vegetation on Thatch Cay includes groves of native tyre palms (for which the island is named), dry herbaceous plants such as crotons and sages, species of cacti including the wooly nipple cactus, and wild orchids and bromeliads, including the flowering Tillandsia which grows on the rock faces on the northern side of the island.
There is a black mangrove lined salt pond located on Eve Point. The island provides a habitat for abundant species of amphibian life including lizards, geckos, created anole, grass anole, barred anole, the whistling frog, and the Puerto Rican racer.
Wild goats roam freely across the island terrain. Incredible bird life surrounds the island, and seabirds nest on the western end as well as on the rocky cliffs of the north shore. The first roseate terns of the annual migration are commonly observed on Thatch Cay.