Great Guana Cay, Bahamas

Do you like getting off-the-beaten-path? Would you like to your stress to melt away on a small island with beautiful beaches, friendly locals, and virtually no reminders of what you left behind? If so, Great Guana Cay, Bahamas is the place for you.

Located in the Out Islands of the Bahamas, Guana Cay is part of the Abaco Islands group. Marsh Harbour on the main island of Great Abaco is the capital of the Abaco Islands, and is home to about 5,000 of the Abaco Islands' 13,000 residents. Great Guana Cay is located just 185 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, 110 miles north of Nassau, and about 8 miles from Marsh Harbour.

Despite the fact that the Abaco Islands are one of the top sailing and boating destinations in the Caribbean, Great Guana Cay has a meager population of around 150 people that drops to about 20 during the low season. A small settlement (too small to be called a town) is located in the middle portion of the island and provides a marina, liquor store, small market, and a couple of bars and restaurants. Most of the establishments and rental houses are charming Colonial style buildings that add to the appeal of the Abaco Islands.

There is very little to do here other than relax, eat, drink, swim, snorkel, scuba and walk along the beautiful 7 mile beach. It's this lack of attractions that make this such a perfect place for relaxation and romance. If you need more activity, rent a boat and go island hopping. This is a great way to see the wildlife in the shallow Sea of Abaco, explore amazing beaches, check out other quaint settlements, and stock up on food and supplies not available on Abaco. There are 20 other islands including Great Abaco to visit, several of which are uninhabited.

Getting to the island involves catching a flight to Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH). Most likely your flight will be coming out of Florida. Once arriving at Marsh Harbour on the island of Great Abaco, you will need to either pick up your rental boat, or catch a ferry to Great Guana. There are no cars on Great Guana, however, golf cart rentals are available if your rental house is a ways from the settlement. If you do not require a golf cart during your stay, you should get one for at least a day to explore the rest of the island.

When you aren't exploring, make sure you swing by and visit the friendly folks at Nippers. This is the island's (and region's) hotspot located on a cliff overlooking the white sand beach and aquamarine waters below. Nippers is a happening bar and restaurant with 2 swimming pools and the fastest internet on the island. Nippers is the quintessential beach bar!

The best time to visit Great Guana Cay is November to May, and not just because of the weather. Even for those who like to get away from it all will likely find the low season here to be too low. Most of the locals leave the island to visit family or vacation leaving some of the already few shops and services available closed or on limited hours. High season here is perfect, just like everything else.

For more information, read our complete Great Guana Cay Travel Guide. This free travel guide contains in-depth information including restaurant, bar, and hotel guides with user reviews, GPS maps, and much more.



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