Great Guana Cay is known for its long, beautiful beaches and popular beach bars. If you're looking for peace and quiet - it's there. If you're looking to socialize or party - that's right there too. Guana has miles and miles of white, sandy beach - just waiting to be explored. Perfect for walking, running, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, tanning or collecting shell, sea glass or sea beans. Maybe you’ll even find an antique glass ball that has floated ashore. When you go strolling down the beach, you'd be surpriced if you meet anyone else.
When you feel totally at peace and are ready to socialize, you can visit one of the bars, all with beautiful views.
At famous Nipper’s Beach Bar and Restaurant you can overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Nipper's has two swimming pools as well. It is open every day of the week, but especially on Sundays do people from all over the Abaco come and join the party and taste the feared and famous frozen "Nipper Juice". If you like a crowd, you should visit on a Sunday, when they serve their pig roast buffet. You can eat as much as you want. Nipper's has an air conditioned, indoor restaurant called "Overso" and a gift shop with beach wear, jewelry, bags, souvenirs and cigars. You would probably want to try the "Frozen Nipper Juice", a tropical drink which is a lot stronger than it tastes... This drink makes it is easy to forget your beach bag, cell phone, children, husband, etc. Nipper's on Sundays are for enjoying life with a crowd, and for watching people. You may find yourself dancing on a table too... Don't say you haven't been warned...
If you walk down the Front Street winding along the harbor, you will find Grabber’s Bed Bar & Grill at the end of the street. It will take you only 10 minutes by foot from Nipper's. Grabber's is located by the Sea of Abaco, on Sunset Beach, and yeah, the sunset is breathtaking from there. At Grabber's you can hang out in a hammock while you are watching the sailboats anchoring up at Fisher's Bay. You can get on a paddle board and paddle around the small island you see out in the bay, or get in a two person kayak to go with a friend and paddle up along the shore line.
Some Sundays at Grabber's you might find a local band playing caribbean rythms. If you're lucky, you'll even see and hear someone playing on a saw. Also Grabbers serve their own concoction of a dangerous tropical drink. This one is rightly called "Guana Grabber".
More about Guana
The general population in Guana consists of approximately 150 people. In addition there are at least as many second home-owners, but they are all rarely on the island at the same time. And then we have tourists, of course, which we welcome with a smile. The locals are friendly and most of them would greet you with a "hi" and a wave on passing. If you have questions, everyone will be more than happy to help you.
Guana Cay has one small school with only a few pupils. The rest of the kids take the ferry over to Marsh Harbour to go to private schools.
There are lots of opportunities to go shopping for gifts for yourself and anyone else. All the bars and restaurants have gift shops, featuring their own brand. In addition you will find two more clothing stores, one grocery store and one liquor store. You shouldn’t want for anything in Guana Cay.
You can go scuba diving, rent a golf cart or a bicycle and tour the whole island. Which is quickly done, since it is only 7 miles long and only 5 of them are public. At each end of the island there are gated communities – Orchid Bay and Baker’s Bay - with marinas. Orchid Bay Marina is open to everyone.
If you plan to visit by boat, there are several places in the harbor you can dock if you don’t want to use a buoy or anchor up. If you're lucky, you might spot a couple of dolphins playing in the harbour.
The beach seen from Nipper's Beach Bar
The swimming pool at Nipper's
Grabber's seen from the air
Milo's vegetable stand
Orchid Bay Marina with Sunsetters Restaurant