Our Beautiful Island
Man-O-War Cay is a tiny island just off Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. It is known for its boat building history, which dates back hundreds of years. Tourists have only recently begun to visit this small cay. Residents live on the cay year round and are quite religious and very conservative, so rowdier visitors are steered towards the more lively islands in the Abacos. There are few restaurants or places to stay in Man-O-War, so many people only visit for the day to take in the marvelous beaches around the island. There is a hotel and some local residents will rent out private homes to those wishing to spend their vacation in Man-O-War, but they are very discerning about who they will allow to stay. For those who wish to spend their holiday in complete relaxation, the quiet nature of Man-O-War Cay will be a delightful reprieve from the bustle of some of the other islands of the Bahamas.
Things To Do
If you are planning on spending some time on Man-O-War Cay, Man-O-War Marina is the place to go to arrange anything to do with watersports. Sail boat and motor boat rentals are available and there is also a dive shop there for those who are interested in diving the clear blue waters surrounding the cay.
Man-O-War is a short ferry ride from Marsh Harbour, making events on other islands easily accessible.
Places To Go
As with neighboring cays and islands, Man-O-War was settled by Loyalists, and a trip to this cay is like stepping back in time. The pastel colored homes and white picket fences will make visitors feel like they are visiting a New England fishing village, and residents are very proud of their heritage, including the boat-building tradition.
This island really is tiny, only about 2 miles long and as narrow as 100 m in some sections, and has some interesting landscape to visit. The Narrows is a section of island that is only about 10m wide, with a beach on each side of a roadway formed on a natural outcropping of rock.
While there are a few restaurants to visit while on the cay, it is worth noting that this is a dry island. In other words, no alcohol is available on the island, although you can bring your own with you.
Getting Around The Island
The best way to get around Man-O-War Cay is either by walking or golf cart or bicycle rentals. The roads are narrow and often unpaved outside the center of the town, which means that golf carts or other very small vehicles only can pass here.
Getting To and From The Island
To travel to Man-O-War, a ferry travels regularly from Marsh Harbour. Visitors arriving in the Bahamas by air will have to fly into Marsh Harbour and either rent a boat of some type or take the ferry.
Man-O-War Cay is the perfect location for those looking for a quiet, family-oriented holiday. The quaint village and lovely beaches, combined with the relaxed ambiance make this the perfect choice for a tropical getaway.
- Local currency – Bahamian dollar (US dollars also accepted)
- Average Temp – Average daytime high of 77 - 88 F
- Visa Needed (from USA) – No
- Latitude and Longitude of principal city – Marsh Harbour
- High Season dates – December - April
- Pets Allowed – Yes with permit
- Which side of the road do they drive on – Left
- Amount of airport departure tax - $15 for all passengers over the age of 6
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