About Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay is a piece of land located on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. As of 2010, the population was just short of 1,200 people.
History of Treasure Cay
Some of the first settlers to make Great Abaco Island home were pro-British loyalists. They arrived in 1783, after fleeing from the Amerian Revolution.
At the time, they created a modest living for themselves by farming and salvaging boat wrecks. There were close to 600 people living close to what is now present-day Treasure Cay. For many years, people came and went to the island, attempting to make a life for themselves.
Oftentimes, the depletion of resources would force them away. It wasn’t until 1962 that a man named Captain Leonard Thompson helped to develop what would be known as Treasure Cay. Thompson and a man named Dumas Milner created 7 miles of canal systems and made the area more livable for future residents.
A Flourishing Area
In 1988, Treasure Cay was established as the best spot for Blue Marlin fishing in the Bahamas. The area is now home to one of the finest marinas in the Bahamas, boasting 150 slips and accommodating yachts up to 140 feet in length.
Treasure Cay is also home to a 6,900-foot paved runway, allowing flights to come in from Nassau, Orlando, Miami, and more. The white sands and turquoise waters are perfect for fishing, scuba diving, boating, and more.
Treasure Cay has been called “the best beach in the Caribbean” and “one of the 10 best beaches in the world” by Life Magazine and National Geographic, respectively.
Visiting Treasure Cay
As a tourist destination, Treasure Cay is one of the highest-rated spots in the Bahamas. The area boasts shopping, resorts, golf courses, and anything else visitors could need.
Unfortunately, Treasure Cay and the rest of Abaco was hit by a category 5 hurricane in August of 2019. It is referred to as “Hurricane Dorian”, and it was the worst hurricane in the country’s history. Footage of the area demonstrates just how much damage the storm did, leaving behind a trail of sunken boats, stripped homes, and upheaved trees. It will be a while before this community feels like home again.