Man O' War Cay, the Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Man O War Cay, BahamasMan-O-War Cay is a small island community some three miles by boat from Marsh Harbour. It’s the boat-building capital of the Abacos, and home to the Albury family, whose roots on the Abacos go back for many generations. They have something to do with almost everything that happens on the island – they operate the Albury ferry, the grocery store, the famous Albury’s Sail Shop, the Harbour Store, Aunt Mady’s Boutique, the Man-O-War Marina, Joe’s Studio and many more of the island’s prosperous businesses. Man-O-War Cay is a delightful place. There are no cars; the main mode of transport is either the golf cart or walking. There is just one hotel, Schooner’s Landing Resort (see page 173 for details), and a few rental cottages and apartments.

Exploring the Island:

Along the Queen’s Highway, a big name for such a narrow thoroughfare, is an assortment of quaint gift shops, stores, churches and the island’s tiny post office. A few yards down one of the miniscule side roads is Man-O-War’s magnificent beach, often deserted, but always inviting. If you enjoy walking, there’s probably no nicer hike than the couple of hours it will take you to walk from one end of the island to the other. To visit Man-O-War, take the ferry from the Marsh Harbour dock. A same-day round-trip will cost you $12, and it’s well worth the money.


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