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Green Turtle Cay

Historic Site or District
The waterfront in New Plymouth Village – Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Green Turtle Cay has an uneven coastline with deep bays, sounds and delightful beaches. The Island is three miles long, 1.5 miles wide, and in places rises to a height of over 80 feet. Its name originated from being host to a thriving population of Green Turtles. Unfortunately, over the years most of the turtles were hunted and turned into soup, while those still remaining in the nearby waters are now protected.

The Cay is not only diverse, but it captures the quaint and harmonious atmosphere that is a trademark of The Bahamas' Family of Islands. Many of the inhabitants of Green Turtle Cay are descendants of the British Loyalists who decided to leave the United States following the American Revolutionary War and settled here in the 1780's. The Loyalists could be credited for starting the agricultural tradition in the Abacos.

Green Turtle Cay was also the birthplace of Methodism in The Bahamas. Joseph Paul, a free Black man, started the Methodist Church in Green Turtle before traveling on to New Providence to start a church and school ministry there.

The historic village of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay, one of the areas settled by Loyalists in 1783, is named after New Plymouth in Massachusetts. The architectural design of the houses is definitely New England style – tidy, peaked-roofed and brightly and cheerfully painted. It is known as the hub of The Abacos and, like other cays, it is known for boat-building. The residents here were renowned for growing pineapples from 1850 to 1892. Today this industry no longer exists and New Plymouth is primarily a quaint little fishing village, which makes it very attractive to visitors. Its annual Island Roots Heritage Festival showcases and celebrates the relationship between New Plymouth and its sister settlement, Key West, Florida, drawing hundreds of visitors.

You'll find a variety of hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries, and places of worship throughout the cay.

Accessibility Notes

There is easy access for persons with mobility impairments throughout the cay, and around New Plymouth. However, transportation is usually by golf cart when moving outside the town's boundaries to outlying areas.

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are permitted, but must be controlled.

Time Period Represented

1780's to 1890's


Seasons Open

Year Round



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