Staniel Cay is a very small island among the hundreds of islands that make up the Bahamas. Its remoteness makes it a bit difficult/expensive to travel there, but well worth it! We traveled here on a friend’s boat staying overnight at a few islands on the way such as Nassau and Bimini, but the fastest option is to travel from Fort Lauderdale private airport via Watermakers Air, which takes about an hour and a half. The island is small enough that all you will need to get around is a golf cart. It literally takes about 5 minutes to get from one side of the island to the other!
The island is very quiet, so don’t expect an exciting social scene. I highly suggest traveling here to enjoy the laid back island lifestyle and the peace and quiet that accompanies it. There are many unique activities to enjoy on the island. Between the swimming pigs, friendly sharks, and crystal clear water, it’s hard to imagine a more special place than Staniel Cay.
What to Bring:
- Your passport
- Bathing suits, coverups, casual clothing, and walking shoes.
- Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. The sun can be brutal!
- Cash. There are no banks or ATMs on the island. Most places will accept credit cards for a 5% fee.
Where to Stay:
- Staniel Cay Yacht Club– A casual-chic hotel with 14 candy-colored cottages along the water. The Club also has a full-service restaurant and casual island bar. They call it “heaven on earth” for a reason.
- Staniel Rents– A family owned luxury villa rental company. The few villas they offer definitely bring the wow factor. A great option for those looking for an upscale experience.
Food + Drink:
- Staniel Cay Yacht Club– Named one of Jimmy Buffett’s “10 Great Places for a Waterside Drink!” Be sure to try their pina colada blended with peanuts- “Peanut-Colada”. A perfect lunch spot.
- Taste and Sea– A local favorite. Casual Bahamian food with a view.
- Pig Beach– You can either rent a boat or hire a guide to take you over to Pig Beach on Big Major Cay, where the pigs live.
- Danger Reef- Feed and Swim with the reef sharks by guided tours if you’re brave enough. You can also swim with nurse sharks at Compass Cay.
- Thunderball Grotto– Snorkel or dive in this beautiful underwater cave which was featured in two James Bond movies
- Iguana Island– One of the few places you can still find the Bahamian rock iguana. They are protected by law.