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General Information about Mayaguana, Bahamas

Truly the most "out" of all the out islands, you become aware of that the minute you land on the deserted airstrip; which is part of the former U.S. missile tracking station. There are two main dockage facilities for yachters.

The three settlements on the island, Betsy's Bay, Pirate's Well, and Abraham's Bay each have about one hundred inhabitants. Most residents are fisherman and farmers. The waters surrounding Mayaguana are a fishermen's delight, with an abundance of fish and conch. The villages are quaint, many are rustic at best. The residents are noted for their friendliness. The beauty that surrounds the island is spectacular. There are many colonies of flamingoes, and the island also has many iguanas. The reefs and the bays that are on the opposite sides of the island provide incredible snorkeling regardless of wind direction. There are many shipwrecks for exploration by divers. Perhaps the greatest lure of the island is its pristine, unspoiled beauty.

The island is 24 miles by 6 miles at the widest points and is approximately 350 miles south of Nassau. Mayaguana Passage is the multi-colored waterway between Mayaguana and Acklins Islands. The total population according to the 2000 census is a mere 259!


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