Our Beautiful Island
The Berry Islands are actually a group of about 30 islands and numerous cays southeast of Bimini in the Bahamas. With a total land mass of about a dozen square miles, most of the cays are uninhabited meaning this is the ideal location for those looking for seclusion and privacy while on vacation. The warm clear waters are perfect for visiting the numerous swim-ashore beaches, as well as diving and snorkeling. The Berry Islands truly are a tropical paradise where visitors can rest under the thatch berry trees for which the islands are said to have gotten their name, or spend the day out on the water enjoying the stunning views and abundant fishing. The islands have a population of only about 700, but this number increases markedly during the winter season as travellers visit from all over the world. Family holidays can be spent in hotels, resorts or guesthouses, enjoying the sun and surf. With the high-end clientele that the Berry Islands are known for, even the most discerning traveller is sure to find exactly what they are looking for amongst the villa rentals.
Things To Do
Sport fishing is one of the main reasons the Berry Islands are so popular. Big game fish, such as billfish, tuna, yellowtail snapper, wahoo and many more, can all be caught in amongst the islands. The many cays and islets are also the ideal place to spend the days exploring by sail boat or motor boat. Couples can enjoy a romantic day spent on a secluded beach before heading back to one of the larger cays for some evening entertainment.
In May, the Annual Berry Islands Festival takes place, where hundreds of local and tourists gather to enjoy local cuisine, native dishes and live entertainment. This is a signature event for the islands and one that should not be missed.
Places To Go
Great Harbour Cay and Chub Cay are the two largest of the cays that make up the Berry Islands and are where most of the locals live. Chub Cay is a popular spot for divers due to its location on the edge of the Bahama Bank. The Chub Cay Wall provides for magnificent deep water dives as it plunges to 4000 feet below the surface. Eel Garden is popular for snorkelers and divers with its abundance of eels, stingrays and parrot fish swimming over a white sand floor.
The Sugar Beach Caves are made up of a number of sandy coves set among towering cliffs. This area is a must see and is said to be one of the prettiest places in all of the Bahamas. Not only can the caves be explored, but for shell collectors, this is a shelling dream. At Hoffman Cay, the 600 foot hole is unique in that the only inhabitants are oysters.
Little Stirrup Cay and Great Stirrup Cay are actually leased by Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line, respectively. Each island is private and is only open to guests staying on one of the cruise ships.
Getting Around The Island
Travelling amongst the many islands and cays is best done by boat, and boat rental is available on the larger islands. Car rental is also an option for those who are staying on one of the larger cays.
Getting To and From The Island
Both Chub Cay and Great Harbour Cay have airports allowing visitors to travel to the islands by either scheduled, charter or private airways. Flights are only from Nassau or Freeport, so travelers will have to change planes if coming from another country. A mail boat visits the islands once a week from Nassau for those looking for a bit more of an adventure.
The myriad of choices that these islands provide means that a vacation here is like no other. For a true taste of unspoiled natural beauty, the Berry Islands is the perfect location for a holiday spent in the Bahamas.
- 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 –
- 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