A beach that stretches along the coast for five and a half miles (while the island only measures at six miles long); some reefs perfect for fishing, snorkeling, and diving; and a historic cove are about the extent of the attractions available to tourists who visit this island. It may not seem like much, but for those who travel to Great Guana Cay, the lack of things to do is what they find so appealing.
You'll discover a large number of beaches to consider visiting on and near the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for visitors who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that particular location.
Guana Cay Beach: Though local controversy surrounds the nearby, newly-built Baker's Golf Course over coral reef conservation issues, the beach remains as serene as ever and the water crystal-clear.
Another alternative to consider is Cemetery Beach. Lined with palm trees and containing a few residences, this infrequently traveled spot makes for a pleasant afternoon in the sun on the beautiful Man-O-War Cay.
Treasure Cay Beach: Given the title of one of the best beaches in the world by National Geographic Magazine, Treasure Cay Beach on Great Abaco is both one of the most beautiful and least crowded beaches in the Bahamas.
The island and surrounding areas are home to plenty of other beaches. To see our guide to beaches, follow this link.
Do you enjoy being outdoors? You may be happy to learn the island has a popular nature preserve nearby.
Fowl Cays National Park is a popular nature preserve situated on Fowl Cay, East-Southeast of Great Guana Cay. Fowl Cays has long been a popular boating destination, but in recent years it has grown into one of the top snorkeling and diving sites around.
|Fowl Cays National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Fowl Cay||Fowl Cay|
Even though most travelers come for the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the area's natural wonders. The one example is. It is situated on Great Abaco, Southeast of Great Guana Cay.
Guests can also spend some time in several parks near Great Guana Cay.
If you'd like to see some beautiful tropical vegetation, consider visiting Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden, which is located in Hopetown, Southeast of Great Guana Cay. A great change of pace from beaches and shopping, Byrle Patterson Memorial Gardens offer all who visit a relaxing walk through the maintained gardens of trees and plants. While today the gardens are simply a nice walk, they were originally built around 1850 in memory of those who died during a cholera epidemic.
The parks worth considering are summarized in the following table.
|Park||6.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Marsh Harbour||Great Abaco|
|Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden||Botanical Garden||0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Park||0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Park||0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
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