Attractions on Great Guana Cay

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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. 


Guana Cay Beach

There are a large selection of beaches to choose from on and near the island. Snorkeling is available at several locations, for those who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach to read a detailed article concerning that particular location.

Guana Cay Beach: Guana Cay Beach is a truly stunning beach that runs along and around the northern rim of the cay. You'll be able to walk for miles along the pristine coastline, often without seeing a soul.

Another place that beach-goers can 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. Navigate here to read our guide to beaches for Great Guana Cay.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to spend part of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You might be happy to find out that the island has an interesting nature preserve nearby.

Fowl Cays National Park is a popular nature preserve located within 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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Great Guana Cay
Name Type Location Island
Fowl Cays National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Fowl Cay Fowl Cay


Even though most vacationers come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the area's natural beauty. One such example is Maxi Caves. It is located within Great Abaco, Southeast of Great Guana Cay.


Visitors can also visit a couple of parks near Great Guana Cay.

To surround yourself with beautiful tropical vegetation, you might want to visit 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 available are displayed right below.

Parks Near Great Guana Cay
Name Type Location
Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden Botanical Garden 0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hopetown
Jarrett Park Park 0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown
Taylor's Park Park 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown

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