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Ragged Island

The people of Ragged Island are best known for their prowess as boat builders and captains, the island’s descendants are also influential national figures in athletics, politics, business, and the arts. The salty smell of the ocean is amplified by a salt pond that stretches the length of the only settlement, Duncan Town – so small that it doesn't take much time to walk its entire circumference. Residents still harvest salt from their family plots. Fishing is the main attraction: bonefish are abundant in the turquoise shallows on the western coast; big game fish are plentiful in the deep ocean passage along the east side.

 Festival or Event
Annual Valentine's Day Yachters' Party
   
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Annual Valentine's Day Yachters' Party

This party is a quaint daylong celebrate where residents of Ragged Island gather with...

 Community
Mrs. Verva Wallace at home with some of her straw bags.
   
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Verva Veronica Wallace

Ms. Verva Wallace is a Straw Vendor and Artisan, who spends her days creating straw crafts and...

 Natural Area
Airport Bay Beach
   
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Airport Bay Beach

This small stretch of beach is commonly called Southside Bay by locals. It is located at the...

 Community
View of The Tower going up.
   
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The Lighthouse Tower

Completed on May 31, 1922, the Lighthouse Tower was built to aid Ragged Island boats in...

 Community
Ragged Island Salt Ponds
   
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Ragged Island Salt Ponds

These salt ponds are remnants of the island's thriving salt industry that was developed by...

 Natural Area
Pigeon Cay and the Memorial Cross from a distance.
   
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Pigeon Cay

Pigeon Cay is visible off the coast of Ragged Island near Gun Point. It is home to a memorial...

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Quick Facts

Area: 9 sq. miles
Population: 72 persons
Highest Point: 116 feet
Location: approximately 170 miles southeast of New Providence and 120 miles east of Cuba.
Origin of the Name: The origin of its name is unknown.