Sandy Cay

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Sandy Cay
Sandy Cay is located in British Virgin Islands
Sandy Cay
Sandy Cay
The location of Sandy Cay within the British Virgin Islands
Sandy Cay is located in Caribbean
Sandy Cay
Sandy Cay
Sandy Cay (Caribbean)
LocationCaribbean Sea
Coordinates18°26′N 64°43′W / 18.433°N 64.717°W / 18.433; -64.717Coordinates: 18°26′N 64°43′W / 18.433°N 64.717°W / 18.433; -64.717
ArchipelagoVirgin Islands
United Kingdom
British Overseas TerritoryBritish Virgin Islands
Additional information
Time zone
ISO codeVG

Sandy Cay is an uninhabited island of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. It is located between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke. The island was owned by the Laurance Rockefeller Estate. On 1 May 2008, ownership of the island was transferred to the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands.[1]

The island comprises 13.57 acres (5.49 ha).[2] It is a "managed habitat" area.[3] The island has a short hiking trail, maintained with the help of Island Resources Foundation (IRF), an international non-governmental organization (NGO). IRF subcontracts caretaking responsibilities to a local organization, The Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society (JVDPS), which sponsors regular visits from Little Harbour on Jost Van Dyke to maintain the trail, do frequent bird counts and remove trash.

The rocks on the island have a greenish colour from copper ore deposits. The island also contains a small salt pond in its centre.

The island's wildlife includes many hermit crabs, which flourished after the eradication of invasive black rats in 2003.[4]

The name Sandy Cay is also shared by several small islands in the Bahamas as well as an island in Honduras.

There is no beach bar or anything similar on the island, though it is a very popular stopping point for holidaymakers cruising on boats in the area. There is a small daytime mooring field on the leeward (southwest) side of the island.

The island provides habitat for the crested anole (Anolis cristatellus wileyae), and the big-scaled least gecko (Sphaerodactylus macrolepis macrolepis).[5]


  1. ^ Monumental plaque erected on the island.
  2. ^ Monumental plaque erected on the island.
  3. ^ Monumental plaque erected on the island.
  4. ^ Varnham, Karen (March 2003). "Eradication of Back Rats (Rattus Rattus) from Sandy Cay British Virgin Islands" (PDF). Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  5. ^ Heatwole, Harold; Levins, Richard; Byer, Michael D. (July 1981). Atoll research bulletin - Biogeography of the Puerto Rican bank. 251. Washington D.C.: The Smithsonian Institution. p. 53. OCLC 45726059.

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