"THE FISHBOWL OF THE BAHAMAS"
The Berry Islands are a chain of islands and a district of the Bahamas, covering about thirty square miles (78 km²) of the north western part of the Out Islands. The natural beauty of The Berry Islands is extraordinary. Still spectacular and pristine, most of the islands are uninhabited, or owned by a single wealthy individual as a second home. With about thirty large islands and over one hundred small islands or cays, The Berry Islands are often referred to as "The Fish Bowl of the Bahamas" The main attraction is big game fishing. Billfish, tuna, grouper, tiger fish, yellowtail snapper, wahoo, king mackerel, and many more species are abundant in the waters surrounding the islands. The beautiful, clear water also provides great locations for snorkelling and scuba diving.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Great Harbour Cay - pronounced "Key" - has 7 miles (11km) of ocean front beaches that include isolated coves, caverns, and open expanses. Haines Cay, a short kayak trip across Shark Creek, has 3.5 miles (5.6km) of beaches. Great Harbour Cay underwent a period in intense and successful development in the late 1960s when famous celebrities such as Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and Brigitte Bardot holidayed here. Development slowed and then stopped in the late 1970s, and the island has been quiet since. With the golf course designed by Joe Lee and constructed by Golf Force (9 holes of which are maintained), the full service marina, and other island attractions of fishing and diving, the island is a non-touristy haven for a peaceful getaway.
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW
Cell and internet service are not strong or fast, but are reasonably steady. Yet storms and big wind can bring these down for a time. Prepare to "unplug" off-and-on during your stay. There are no ATMs or banks. Carriearl and a few other businesses accept credit cards IF the internet is working, but please bring cash. In The Bahamas, US dollars are fully interchangeable with Bahamian dollars, and are welcomed! The island boasts small shops, grocery stores, and a medical clinic with a full-time doctor. As a port-of-entry Customs and Immigration have a full service station here, and a high-profile police force rounds out the security and safety of the island. Carriearl's tap water is drinkable and comes straight from the well! Daytime weather is typically sunny and humid, with temperatures in the high 90s in summer and 70s in winter. Clothing is informal, with t-shirts, shorts, and sandals welcome everywhere. (Please, no caps at dinner.)
GREAT HARBOUR CAY MARINA
This "Hurricane Hole" is one of the most protected marinas in The Bahamas. The marina has 65 slips and can accomodate boats up to 120 ft. The gas stations and fuel dock are accessible by land and water. Both gas and diesel are readily available, as well as motor oil, 2-stroke oil, and fuel treatments. Call the Marina at 242-367-8005 for more information!