Berry Islands

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Berry Islands
Third-Scheduled District
Coordinates: 25°34′N 77°45′W / 25.567°N 77.750°W / 25.567; -77.750Coordinates: 25°34′N 77°45′W / 25.567°N 77.750°W / 25.567; -77.750
Country Bahamas
Area
 • Total 78 km2 (30 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 798
 • Density 10/km2 (26/sq mi)
The Location of the District of the Berry Islands

The Berry Islands are a chain of islands and a district of the Bahamas, covering about thirty square miles (78 km²) of the northwestern part of the Out Islands. The Berry Islands consist of about thirty islands and over one hundred small islands or cays, often referred to as "The Fish Bowl of the Bahamas." They have a population of only about seven hundred, most of whom are on Great Harbour Cay. The islands were settled in 1836 by Governor William Colebrooke with a group of freed slaves.

Attractions[edit]

Great Harbor Cay offers three horseshoe beaches including this one.

The Berry islands are still relatively undeveloped, with no major airport, hotel or other attractions. Most of the islands are uninhabited, or owned by a single wealthy person as a second home. During the winter season the islands are visited by out-of-town guests and second home residents, but the difficulty of reaching the Berry Islands and the lack of infrastructure keeps things low-key. Due to seasonal residents, the Berry islands can say that they have more resident millionaires per unit area than any other place in the world.[citation needed]

The main attraction is big game fishing. Some of the fish that can be found there are billfish, tuna, grouper, tiger fish, yellowtail snapper, wahoo, king mackerel, and many more. In May, Great Harbour Cay is packed with visitors and fishing captains such as Habana Joe who come there for the annual fishing tournament. There are also great spots for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Islands[edit]

Great Harbour Cay is the most northern and the largest of the Berry Islands. It is eight miles (13 km) long and one and a half miles (2.4 km) wide. The largest port of the Berries is on Great Harbour Cay.

Chub Cay, site of Chub Cay International Airport, is the second largest island in the chain and is known an "the billfish capital of the Bahamas."

Little Stirrup Cay is leased by Royal Caribbean International, which calls it Coco Cay, and acts as a private island for tropical activities engaged in by visitors on its cruise ships of the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises labels.

Great Stirrup Cay is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line and is used for similar purposes.

Cistern Cay is a private island located next to Great Harbour Cay.

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