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Photo © Bahamas Ministry of Tourism - Ancient Petroglyphs in Hartford Cave on Rum Cay, The Bahamas.
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Rum Cay

Sleepy, peaceful Rum Cay hides the secrets of its past in ancient petroglyphs, bowls, plates, and utensils found in Hartford Cave ̶̶ evidence that Lucayan-Arawak Indians lived here. In its heyday, the island had five settlements and around 529 residents; Port Nelson is the only inhabited town today, with less than 100 persons. Past industries producing cotton, pineapple, salt, and sisal from the land have given way to reaping bounty from the sea. Tourism draws divers, fishermen, and snorkelers to the island’s sparkling clear blue water and numerous colorful reefs.

 Natural Area
View of mangroves at Conception Island National Park.
   
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Conception Island National Park

Conception Island, located to the north of Rum Cay, was the third island where Christopher...

 Historic or...
Petroglyphs on a wall inside Hartford Cave
   
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Hartford Cave

This protected historical site of The Bahamas was discovered by Rum Cay residents, who would go...

 Outdoor Adventures
Wreck of The HMS Conqueror
   
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Wreck of The HMS Conqueror

The 101-gun HMS Conqueror, Britain's first propeller driven warship, was built in Devon in 1855...

 Guide or Outfitter
George Gaitor
   
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George Gaitor

Friendly and dependable, George Gaitor is the only taxi driver on Rum Cay and a very...

 Food or Drink
Two Sisters Takeaway
   
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Two Sisters Takeaway

Two Sisters Take-A-Way offers local specialties like baked crab, chicken, fish and conch snacks,...

 Community
Terry Strachan
   
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Terry Strachan

My specialty is straw items, including bags, bread baskets and fruit trays, known locally as...

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Quick Facts

Area: 34 sq. miles (incl Conception Island)
Population: 50 persons
Highest Point: 130 feet
Location: approximately 283 miles southeast of New Providence
Origin of the Name: "Mamana" was what the original inhabitants called their home. The island was renamed "Santa Maria de la Concepción” by Christopher Columbus, who reportedly made his second stop here on his voyage to the New World in 1492. The current name might either be due to the cargo from a shipwreck during the rum-running days of the 1800's, or a reference to the Isle of Rhum in Scotland.