"My island is home to fascinating unique wildlife–only found here or in few other places. Come and discover our originality."Earnel Brown, Mayaguana
More isolated and less developed than any other island in The Bahamas, Mayaguana is the ideal getaway for travelers seeking a secluded escape. Whether it’s footprint-free beaches that look as though they could appear on the front of a postcard, a plethora of fishing hotspots or small countryside fishing villages inhabited by friendly locals, Mayaguana is the perfect combination of seclusion and charm.
Discover more about Mayaguana
Mayaguana is the only Bahamian island that still bears its original Arawak name, which is said to refer to a specific species of iguana found nowhere else in the world. The island was a favored base for pirates before residents began migrating from nearby Turks and Caicos in 1812. Today, it’s home to just 300 locals who live in three main settlements—Abraham's Bay, Pirate's Well, and Betsy Bay. The villages are quaint, rustic and located no more than 15 minutes from each other, making Mayaguana a very close-knit community. Most residents make a living by fishing for conch and farming the land. Visitors looking for adventure can dive through sea caves at Northwest Point, reel in a bonefish or take a guided tour of the three main settlements.
Home Of The Bahamas Hutia
The hutia is a plump, brown, rabbit-sized member of the rodent family that was thought to be extinct until the 1960s. They are nocturnal and are the only land mammal native to The Bahamas.
Mayaguana has some of the most picturesque sandy beaches in The Bahamas, with unbelievable aquamarine water. They are quiet, perfect for picnicking, sunbathing, shelling and snorkeling. Coral heads, sand dollars, and starfish can be found just offshore.
Horse Pond Beach
This beach is located 10 miles east of Abraham's Bay, and is a perfect spot to go "crabbing." That means hunting for land crabs that live in the bushes and crevices within the limestone rocks, but go walking late at night. The meat is used in a variety of local dishes.
Booby Cay lies to the east of mainland Mayaguana and gets its name from the flock of brown boobies that call it home. It is also a habitat for small rock iguanas and descendants of wild goats left behind by early settlers.
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