You can take a hike from our quaint village to Hartford Cave, a must-visit site with ancient Arawak markings found nowhere else.
Two stories abound regarding the origin of the island's name—one says that a West Indian ship wrecked with a cargo of rum during the rum-running 1800s; the other that it was named in honor of the Isle of Rhum in Scotland.
Rolling hills, stunning coral reefs, miles of pure sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, exhilarating surf on the north coast—all of these combine to make the island unique and stand out from its sisters with its multiplicity of offerings.
Originally called "Mamana" by the original inhabitants, Rum Cay was renamed "Santa Maria de la Concepción" by Christopher Columbus, who made his second stop here during his voyage to the New World in 1492.
The street signs in Port Nelson are made in the shape of the island, the only place in The Bahamas where you will see that. The Bahamas' first Governor General, Sir Milo Butler, was born on the island and is remembered by the town square named for him.