About Green Turtle Cay
Green Turtle Cay is a barrier island located off the mainland of Great Abaco, The Bahamas. The island was named after a large number of green turtles that once inhabited the area.
Although it is only accessible by boat, Green Turtle Cay is home to approximately 4,500 inhabitants. The main area is known as New Plymouth, which boasts a large number of beautiful homes with bright colors, steep-roofs, and picturesque views. Many of the homes were built by settlers from New England.
The city of New Plymouth is home to a bank, a post office, four grocery stores, a handful of restaurants and bars, as well as churches. It also includes a customs and immigration office, as well as a popular museum.
In terms of transportation, bikes and golf carts are highly-recommended. Visitors of the island have the option to rent either of these. Although cars are allowed on the island, it only takes about 15 minutes to talk from one end of the village to the other.
Visitors to the island have a choice of two hotel-resorts, which include the Green Turtle Club and the Bluff House. These resorts are located along the sandy beaches and boat marinas. Many people choose to vacation here because of the quieter lifestyle and smaller population.
Most recently, Green Turtle Cay has been best known for its lobstering industry, and tourism. However, things have taken a turn for the island since Hurricane Dorian struck in August 2019. The storm was recorded as a Category 5 Hurricane, and it came in at full force to the Abacos.
Hurricane Dorian has been recorded as the most intense tropical storm to ever hit the Bahamas. It is now referred to as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.
Most of Green Turtle Cay was destroyed before the hurricane finally subsided. There were no casualties recorded on the island; unfortunately, 17 casualties were reported in other areas of the Abacos.