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Great Guana Cay

Great Guana Cay, a long narrow islet, is best known for the five and a half mile beach that stretches along its Atlantic side. It is a remote and scenic island with few shops and restaurants and a population of only one hundred and fifty, who live in a settlement along the beach. Transportation around the island is by golf cart or bicycle.

Great Guana Cay is known for its loyalist culture and architecture, with some original loyalist houses remaining. The loyalists were American colonists who remained loyal to the British throne and fled the United States during the American Revolution. The island has one of the longest and best preserved elkhorn and staghorn coral reefs in the West Indies. The interior of Great Guana Cay is forested and home to a great variety of native and rare birds, including white-crowned pigeons and white-tailed tropic birds.

On the island’s beaches, you can expect to find loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. A Great Guana Cay yacht charter has more than a touch of Gilligan’s Island to it. It's a great place to swim, snorkel, dive and stargaze. For an island with such a small population, Great Guana Cay has acquired a reputation as somewhere that knows how to party. Nipper’s is the most famous of the local hangouts. Visit on a Sunday and check out the famous pig roast while you sample a rum cocktail or two and listen to Jimmy Buffet music. Thsi is stress-free living at its best.



  • There are moorings available for a fee in Fishers Bay and at Settlement Harbour at the southern end of the island
  • Fisher’s Bay has dinghy dockage as does the Orchid Bay Marina at the southern end of Settlement Harbour

To Do:

  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Hire a bike or golf cart to explore the island


  • Basic provisions
  • Bars and restaurants