Staying in Gibraltar will be a wonderful escape and vacation. Additionally, Staniel Cay and the surrounding area have much to offer. Staniel Cay is the perfect setting to be as active or as relaxed as you prefer.
|The people of Staniel Cay are its strongest attribute. With friendly personalities, broad smiles and proud Bahamian heritage, the people are the unique element that draws visitors year after year to this special community. You will see smiles and hands raised in greeting when passing another along the road. While Gibraltar provides great privacy, if you venture into the social scene, feel free to chat with the locals. Staniel Cay also enjoys an international flow of visitors which contributes to its worldly island vibe.|
|The Village is the heart of the community. With approximately 100 full-time residents, numerous Bahamian cottage homes are situated in the Village, along with a church (all denominations and religions welcome), small grocery stores, bakery, gift shop, medical clinic, school, library, telephone company, community beach/picnic area and more.|
|Thunderball Grotto is known world-wide as an outstanding snorkeling attraction. On-site filming of the James Bond movies “Thunderball” and “Never Say Never Again,” as well as the movie “Splash,” showed off the exquisite beauty of this snorkel spot and made it famous. The hollowed out rock, just to the north of the Yacht Club and most easily accessible at slack tide, creates a natural fish bowl where sea creatures of all kinds and colors congregate.|
|The Staniel Cay Yacht Club has been an established part of the Staniel Cay community since 1956. In addition to its rooms and marina, the Club offers a full-service restaurant and casual island bar. The Yacht Club was named one of Jimmy Buffett’s “10 Great Places for a Waterside Drink!” Two other establishments (“Taste and Sea” and “Big Dog’s Café”), both located on the road through the Village, also offer food and drink with a traditional Bahamian flair.|
|The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is the first of its kind in the world. Established in 1959 by The Bahamas National Trust, the park stretches for 176 square miles and is inhabited by large populations of marine life. The entire area is a “no take” zone, providing a safe breeding ground and fantastic snorkeling and diving. Park headquarters and Visitor Center are located in Warderwick Wells.|
|Swimming Pigs. Yes, it’s true, pigs swim! Just around the corner from Staniel Cay, on the back of Big Majors, is “pig beach.” Wild pigs inhabit the island, lounge on the beach and swim out to approaching boats because they have learned that boats tend to bring them food! Although it is entertaining to see and feed the pigs, please use caution. Especially when food is out, the pigs can get aggressive. Never feed them by hand – throw the food toward them instead – and be aware of where they are at all times.|
|Nurse Sharks are known as the “less scary” type of shark around here, and you will often see them circling for scraps at the local fish-cleaning benches. A few miles north of Staniel Cay, Compass Cay is known for their “pet” nurse sharks, which visitors can pet and, for the bravest souls, swim with in the water.|
|Iguanas live on Bitter Guana Cay, a couple of miles south of Staniel Cay. These prehistoric-looking creatures are not shy, but they are endangered, so please do not feed them.|
MORE FUN THINGS TO DO:
- All kinds of fishing! Saltwater sport fishing, bone fishing, deep drop, etc. Local guides available. Enjoy fresh grouper, mahi mahi, snapper, hog fish, tuna and more!
- Excellent swimming spots throughout the clear, shallow waters
- Picnic on a sand bar in the middle of the sea
- Beautiful beaches scattered throughout the area. If someone is already on one beach, go to the next one for your own private spot!
- World-class snorkeling
- Sightseeing tours with local guides
- Explore Staniel Cay
- Explore other islands