The Berry Islands of the Bahamas


Sugar Beach Caves on the Berry Islands, Bahamas

The Bahamas is made up of numerous islands, a group of which falling under the area of the distinctly named Berry Islands. This is actually considered a district made of thirty islands and hundreds of cays. Otherwise known as the “Fishbowl of the Bahamas,” people first started living here in the mid-19th century, among them Governor Colebrook and some free slaves. Today, this district is home to a marina, some luxurious houses, and a championship golf course on Great Harbour Cay. In fact, some of the cays here have turned into private getaway spots for the rich and famous. Big Whale Cay, for instance, used to be the location of the village built by Marion Carstairs, a known millionaire. The Berry Islands is testament to how developed many of the Bahamas Out Islands have become and how friendly these seemingly obscure locations are to tourists.

Beach on the Berry Islands, Bahamas

If you decide to visit the Berry Islands on your Bahamas vacation, then you will certainly be spoiled for choice with the sheer number of islands and cays you can visit. The largest among these, Great Harbour Cay, is a great spot to visit for a combination of modern development and nature appreciation. A couple of cays, such as Little Stirrup and Great Stirrup, are actually owned by cruise lines and are used for their own tours. There are, however, several others you can go to for activities such as game fishing. In fact, Chub Cay is considered the “Billfish Capital of the Bahamas.” The usual activities offered by the rest of the Bahamas Out Islands may be enjoyed here, such as diving, snorkeling, sailing, and of course, lounging on the beach.

 

Blue Hole at Hoffman's Cay on the Bahamas Berry Islands

Of course, with so many cays, the Berry Islands also bring something different to any Bahamas vacation. You may want to check out the Blue Hole at Hoffman’s Cay, for instance, which is known to be a thriving spot for oysters. Sugar Beach on Great Harbour Cay, on the other hand, offers several opportunities for cave and ruins exploration, while the Ship Yard Beach is historically significant because it was the first settlement area on Great Harbour. There is so much to explore in the Berry Islands, so you’ll be sure to never run out of things to do even if it’s just lounging around in the homey townhouses and beach houses that make you feel right at home in the Bahamas.

 

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