Green Turtle Cay, Abaco - Bahamas
Getting Here: if you are basing your stay at Green Turtle Cay then the best option is to directly fly in to the Treasure Cay Airport… the airport is a 5 minute ride from the Ferry Dock of Green turtle cay. If you fly in to Marsh Harbor airport then you have to take a 45 minute ride to the ferry dock. You can also reach by private vessel and can clear your customs and immigration paperwork here at the customs office in Parliament Street. Ferries and mail boat to green turtle cay is available easily from treasure cay. There is also mail boat service between Nassau and Green Turtle Cay.
One of the famous barrier islands of Great Abaco, Green Turtle Cay is usually reached by ferry from the mainland or by boat... there is no functioning airport here. Named after the profusion of green turtles that inhabited this area, this thin island has some really pretty beaches and houses with white picket fences and clapboard walls that will remind you of England. The entire islands population is less than a thousand people and the principal settlement is in New Plymouth village.
If you are interested in history then this place especially the village of New Plymouth will fascinate you. Most people who reside in New Plymouth can trace their ancestral line to the fierce loyalists who came to the Island right after the American Revolution. The entire village closes down on Sundays… only the church is open. It’s interesting to note that Methodism in Bahamas originated in Green Turtle Cay… a man named Joseph Paul started the first Methodist church here.
Several great resorts and boat marinas exist in Green Turtle Cay….bluff house and Green Turtle Club are two great ones. You can also check out the boat repair yard in the island.
The Loyalist Memorial sculpture garden is another interesting place to see…this contains 24 busts of famous Bahamians who are clustered around huge bronze statues… the statues are sculpted by James Mastin. While on Green Turtle Cay you will notice people travelling via bicycles and golf carts…. it’s good to indulge in these zero pollution mode of transport.
While you are here don’t miss a visit to the Wrecking Tree and the Pineapple Bar and Grill.
While on the island you cannot miss visiting the Albert Lowe Museum that’s on the Parliament Street (phone: 365 4094). Mr. Albert Lowe is a prominent Bahamian painter and some of his work which is on exhibit here depicts the life of the early loyalists on the island.
Incidentally Lowe purchased a 150 year old home (it was one of the few 1932 hurricane survivors) in New Plymouth and painstakingly revived the structure before converting it into a museum. The museum contains paintings, statues, photographs, documents, antiques and artifacts... flanked by handwritten descriptions (these are nearly derelict) on the walls.
For fishing and boating experiences on the island you can check out Sunset Marine and Boat Rentals while for diving excursions…the Brendals Dive Center is a good bet. You can also visit the Black Sound Cay National Park for spending some quality time with nature.
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