The Retreat, established in 1977, is an 11-acre property that houses one of the largest private collections of rare and exotic palms in the world - about 170 species. It is a national park and the Administrative headquarters and educational center of The Bahamas National Trust (BNT).
The Trust, a non-governmental, non-profit organization, was founded in 1959 with a mandate of developing and managing the National Park System of The Bahamas. To date, BNT has successfully developed, managed and protected 20 plus parks in The Bahamas, including the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the first marine replenishment area in the Caribbean.
In addition to the management and protection of The Bahamas' fragile ecosystems, The Bahamas National Trust also engages students in environmental educational school programs throughout the year. The Retreat is open to the general public Monday through Friday and guided tours are available, or the park can provide a map for you to take a self-guided tour. If you're interested in taking a bird-watching tour, The Trust organizes monthly walks to various spots on the island and also helps visitors find guided tours.