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Mayaguana

Mayaguana is truly the most "out" of all The Bahamas' outer islands, lying the most easterly in the chain. This island has seen very little development since the days it was inhabited by Lucayans. Few islands retained their Lucayan names; Mayaguana stayed connected to its past. The rare Bahaman hutia, a protein source for the Lucayans, roams the bushes. Shaped like a rat, bulked like a rabbit, this bizarre rodent was thought to be extinct before its rediscovery in the 1960s. The island was an undisturbed oasis for two centuries after the indigenous population was completely enslaved. Migrants from the Turks and Caicos Islands repopulated Mayaguana in the 1800s. There is a small airport on the island, although many visitors arrive by boat, docking offshore to enjoy diving and fishing in privacy.

 Outdoor Adventures
Booby Rocks and Pirates Bay: Important Bird Area (IBA)
   
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Booby Rocks and Pirates Bay: Important Bird Area (IBA)

This IBA includes a cluster of rocks, known as Booby Rocks, and the Pirate's Bay IBA located on...

 Historic or...
Entrance to The Pirate's Well, Mayaguana, The Bahamas
   
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The Pirate’s Well: Mayaguana

The buccaneers that roamed Mayaguana in the past dug this well for drinking and it gave the...

 Historic or...
Monument commemorating the landing of the nose cone from a Thor missile, one of the early rockets sent into space in 1959.
   
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Military Point of Landing

This site near the Mayaguana Airport in Abraham's Bay was once the home of a U.S. military base...

 Food or Drink
Front entrance of Mel's on Da Bay Restaurant, Pirate's Well, Mayaguana, The Bahamas
   
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Mel's On Da Bay

Mel's offers a variety of American and Bahamian dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but is...

 Natural Area
Big Bay Beach, Betsy Bay, Mayaguana, The Bahamas
   
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Big Bay Beach

Big Bay is a long broad stretch of beach located one half mile from L&L Enterprises and just...

 Accommodation
Baycaner Beach Resort
   
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Baycaner Beach Resort

Our one-story property sits on a white-sand beach in the settlement of Pirate's Well, just...

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Quick Facts

Area: 110 sq. miles
Population: 277 persons
Highest Point: 131 feet
Location: approximately 320 miles southeast of New Providence
Origin of the Name: Mayaguana is the only island in The Bahamas that is still called by its original Lucayan name, which is said to mean "Lesser Midwestern Land."