Great Guana Cay Attractions

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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

You'll find a large number of beaches to enjoy on and near the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, if some members of your party enjoy this relaxing pastime. You can click on each beach name for a detailed guide to that section of the coast.

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.

A second location worth considering is Cemetery Beach. From Queen's Hwy, take Cemetery Road northeast, away from Man-O-War Harbour. This will lead you right out to the beach.

Treasure Cay Beach: A side road off Treasure Cay Road nearby Treasure Cay Golf Club leads to Treasure Cay Beach.

Fortunately, the area has a wide range of choices for beaches on and near the island. Those interested can get more details here.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to spend part of your vacation outside? You might be happy to find out that the island has a nice nature preserve nearby.

Fowl Cays National Park is a popular nature preserve located on Fowl Cay, East-Southeast of Great Guana Cay. Established in 2009, this is one of the newer national parks in the region. The reserve measures in at 3,200 acres or 3.6 sq miles, featuring a colorful barrier reef.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Great Guana Cay
Name Type Location Island
Fowl Cays National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.5 mi. North of Central Marsh Harbour Fowl Cay


Even though most travelers come for the region's beaches, that isn'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 either of two 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 available are listed in the chart 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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