Islands for Sale in The Bahamas

Last updated: October 10, 2022.

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The Bahamas is an archipelago of nearly 700 islands and some 2400 cays – small expanses of low-elevation land that sit upon coral reefs – on the northwestern edge of the West Indies. Of these islands and cays, only 30 are consistently inhabited.

The Caribbean nation, famed for its benevolent climate and paradisiacal aesthetic, harbours some of the most desirable island properties on the planet. Here, coral reefs teem with aquatic life while native fauna thrives amongst forests of lush vegetation, and white sand beaches stretch for kilometres on end as cerulean waters lap at every shore. The archipelago is one of the world’s grandest natural spectacles.

All islands currently for sale in the Bahamas are being offered as freehold properties – an ownership designation that grants the buyer sole possession of the property in question.

The largest property on the Bahamian market, Whale Cay, spans an excess of 736 acres. Golding Cay, on the other hand, is the smallest island on sale, spanning just 3.4 acres. Royal Island then serves as testament to the value and desirability of Bahamian islands – the property commands a price tag of $50,000,000 USD.

Ben’s Cay, given its remote location, is listed at $500,000 USD.

The Bahamian climate is one of the country’s greatest allures. Being sheltered in the subtropics, the area sustains warm temperatures year-round and experiences little variation between seasons. Temperatures throughout the archipelago tend to fluctuate between 21°C and 27°C and rainfall is common during the summer months. Hurricanes, a climatic threat that must be recognised, most frequently occur between the months of June and November.

22 Private Islands for Sale in The Bahamas

The Bahamas Private Islands in Numbers
Private islands for sale: 22
Median island size: ~77.5 acres (313631 SQM)
Median island price: ~$20,000,000 USD
Median island square meter price: ~$20.42 USD
Last updated: October, 2022

1. Whale Cay (Price Upon Request)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~736 acres, ~298 hectares
  • Description: 33km from shore, ~1km east of Chub Cay Resort & Marina, ~57km northwest of Nassau
  • Ownership: N/A
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Whale Cay is but a small peek at the paradisiacal potential of islands in the Bahamas. Once the property of Marion Carstairs, an oil heiress who oversaw much of the island’s early development, Whale Cay now looks to move forward under new ownership. 

The ~736-acre island boasts both natural and developed assets to inherit. Formerly, its prime location amongst the Berry Islands, combined with an existing airstrip, makes the property highly accessible by boat and plane. Over 19 kilometres of cerulean coastline further accentuate Whale Cay’s allure.

Existing developments on the island include The Great House, complete with a tennis facility, swimming pool, and museum; a village developed under the administration of Marion Carstairs; and several other accommodations. All buildings would require some level of renovation to be deemed liveable. 

Here, the foundations for private island luxury are set.

Whale Cay is listed for sale here.

2. Bird Cay and Cat Cay ($50,000,000 USD)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~267 acres, ~108 hectares
  • Description: 31km from shore, ~9km east of Chub Cay Resort & Marina, ~58km northwest of Nassau, 30 minutes by air from Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
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Bird Cay and Cat Cay are two more islands that serve as a testament to the natural beauty of the Bahamas. 

Located alongside one another at the southern end of the Berry Islands chain, the two properties present a wealth of opportunity for prospective investors. Both are well-sheltered and have ample coastline primed for tropical leisure activities – from swimming and sunbathing to fishing excursions and boat trips. 

The construction of residential cottages, storage warehouses, and a solar farm is currently underway on Bird Cay. There are, however, no development projects in process on Cat Cay – the smaller of the two properties remains an untouched haven.

Whether for personal use or commercial investment, the potential of this island pair is significant.

Bird Cay & Cat Cay are listed for sale here.

3. Royal Island ($50,000,000 USD)


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  • Location: Eleuthera
  • Size: ~430 acres, ~174 hectares
  • Description: 1km from shore, ~5km west of Spanish Wells, 15-minute boat ride from North Eleuthera, ~64km northeast of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Royal Island is a 430-acre private island with a multitude of existing development.

The property’s headline features include: five luxury beachfront villas, each with one bedroom and a private deck; a communal welcome centre complete with spa facilities and a gym; an island restaurant that includes a full bar; and a comprehensive guest house that further increases the island’s capacity.

A large, natural harbour is another valuable asset to the turnkey property, making it highly accessible from the nearby transit hub of Eleuthera.

Further additions to the island have also been proposed by its existing ownership. These project approvals – a marina and an 18-hole golf course – can be upheld and utilised by a new investor.

Royal Island is listed for sale here.

4. Darby Island ($39,000,000 USD)


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  • Location: Exuma
  • Size: ~554 acres, ~224 hectares
  • Description: 20km from shore, ~58km northwest of George Town, ~167km southeast of Nassau,
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Exuma is a Bahamian district comprising over 365 islands. The area, known widely as a sailing destination, boasts several unique sightseeing oddities – from the swimming pigs of Big Major Cay to Thunderball Grotto west of Staniel Cay. 

Darby Island, a 554-acre parcel at the heart of this tropical community, mirrors much of the Exumas’ allures: white sand beaches, acres of native forestland and flora, a bounty of resident wildlife, and exceptional development potential.

In 1938, a 7000-square-foot castle was built on the island by its then-owner. Though now an aged relic, the complex provides an intriguing foundation for potential renovation and development. A 3000-5000-foot airstrip could also be constructed to better facilitate transit on and off the island. 

Life in one of the Bahamas’ most sought-after districts awaits.

Darby Island is listed for sale here.

5. Little Whale Cay ($35,000,000 USD)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~41 acres, ~16.5 hectares
  • Description: 27km from shore, ~15km east of Chub Cay Resort & Marina, ~58km northwest of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Little Whale Cay is a fully developed island in the Berry Islands chain. Though small in comparison so some of the other listings on the Bahamian market, the property comprises a comprehensive roster of facilities and features: a marina and an airstrip, both of which enable convenient access; a primary accommodation complete with open-plan living spaces and an adjoining chef’s lodging; a pair of additional residences with comprehensive living amenities; an all-weather tennis court; an infinity pool; further dining spaces; and a gym. 

Opportunities to purchase such complete, turn-key properties in the Bahamas are few – Little Whale Cay is sure to generate ample interest.

Little Whale Cay is listed for sale here.

6. Clove Cay ($18,000,000 USD)


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  • Location: Exuma
  • Size: ~144 acres, ~58 hectares
  • Description: 3km from shore, ~37km northwest of George Town, ~192km southeast of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Another prime opportunity within the Bahamas’ Exuma district – Clove Cay pairs private serenity with convenient connectivity.

The property, which spans an excess of 140 acres, lies alongside Long Cay and the central leisure hub of Great Exuma Island. As such, an investor would enjoy unhindered access to the facilities and community of Exuma’s most populous island whilst also being able to withdraw to the protected peace of their own land courtesy of a 4-mile boat ride. 

Three beaches and a 3000-square-foot home comprise Clove Cay’s standout features – the home admittedly demands considerable refurbishment, but the foundations of a luxury home hold value. 

Given its prime location and size, Clove Cay’s price tag remains reasonable.

Clove Cay is listed for sale here.

7. Hoffmann’s Cay Parcel ($18,000,000 USD)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~214 acres, ~87 hectares
  • Description: 7km from shore, ~15km southeast of Great Harbour Cay Marina, ~71km northwest of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
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Further proof of the Bahamas’ natural beauty, Hoffmann’s Cay is a 350-acre island located at the heart of the Berry Islands chain.

The island – of which 214 acres on the southern side has become available for purchase – is characterised by sweeping forests of palm trees and lush vegetation, white sand beaches that stretch along either of its flanks, and clear-water shorelines that teem with aquatic life. 

As is, Hoffmann’s Cay remains entirely undeveloped. But with ample docking locations, the island is primed as a gateway to the rest of the Bahamas.

Hoffmann’s Cay is listed for sale here.

8. Jwycesska Island ($17,900,000 USD)


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  • Location: Abaco Islands
  • Size: ~351 acres, ~142 hectares
  • Description: 34km from shore, ~82km northeast of Freeport, ~237km northwest of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
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Jwycesska Island sits on the precipice of major development – a prime opportunity for savvy investors to reap reward. 

The property, which is located within the Abaco Islands chain and spans an excess of 350 acres, has received government approval for a 6000-foot private airstrip, a 30-acre marina, and a commercial resort which includes benefits from the Hotel Encouragement Act.

Alongside its bevvy of development potential, the island presents an impressive roster of natural features: from sand beaches along its 5 miles of shoreline and an internal freshwater lake to an abundance of native wildlife. 

Simply put, Jwykesska Island is a world-famous resort in waiting.

Jwycesska Island is listed for sale here.

9. Devils Cay ($9,500,000 USD)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~117 acres, ~47 hectares
  • Description: 12km from shore, ~20km southeast of Chub Cay Resort & Marina, ~20km southeast of Bullock Harbour, ~68km northwest of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
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Uninhabited save for sea turtles that frequent the island’s beaches and northern cove, Devil’s Cay is a pristine example of Bahamian splendour. 

The property spans 117 acres and is located near the centre of the Berry Islands chain. Having remained undeveloped, the island retains its diversity of habitat and environments – sand shores demarcate much of the property’s perimeter whilst dense vegetation covers the interior. Devils Cay also boasts a minor ridgeline along its western edge. 

Devils Cay’s location cannot be undervalued. The Berry Islands have become a serene refuge for many millionaires and real estate investors due to their natural beauty, abundance of aquatic life, and accommodation of leisure activities – residence here enters oneself into one of the world’s most exclusive communities.

Devil’s Cay is listed for sale here.

10. Wild Berry Cay ($9,500,000 USD)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~90 acres, ~36 hectares
  • Description: 25km from shore, ~11km northeast of Chub Cay Resort & Marina, ~31km south of Bullock Harbour, ~61km northwest of Nassau,
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

A unique opportunity on the Bahamian island market. 

Here, Wild Berry Cay – a ~40-acre plot of undeveloped land in the Berry Islands – is being sold in conjunction with a turn-key home in Coral Harbour. The pairing of these two properties provides ultimate flexibility to an investor – time can be spent in serene isolation on the island itself, or it can be spent sunbathing alongside the waterfront residence’s private swimming pool. 

Wild Berry Cay, specifically, boasts a number of beaches along its coastline and tropical vegetation throughout its interior. The surrounding waters are also noted for their wealth of aquatic life – the Berry Islands, in their entirety, are considered to harbour some of the best big game fishing waters in the world.

This twofold opportunity is sure to draw significant attention.

Wild Berry Cay is listed for sale here.

11. Leaf Cay ($7,500,000 USD)


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  • Location: Exuma
  • Size: ~15 acres, ~6 hectares
  • Description: 10km from shore, ~46km northwest of George Town, ~181km southeast of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
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Leaf Cay is an island within the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas. Alongside its wealth of natural features – white sand beaches, bountiful surrounding waters, and pockets of lush vegetation – the property also comprises a variety of existing developments.

Across the 15-acre expanse, there are several accommodations, workshops, storage warehouses, and other utility spaces. A dock grants seaborne access on and off the island, and a 1200-foot runway allows for small aircraft to land – the latter needs refurbishment for it to be considered functional. Leaf Cay is also connected to the main power grid via an underwater cable. 

Of prime location and manageable size, Leaf Cay is an alluring asset on the private island market.

Leaf Cay is listed for sale here.

12. Sand Dollar Cay ($5,500,000 USD)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~24 acres, ~9.7 hectares
  • Description: 16km from shore, ~23km southeast of Great Harbour Cay Marina, ~24km southeast of Bullock Harbour, ~65km northwest of Nassau,
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Sand Dollar Cay is a ~24-acre property located immediately southwest of Little Harbour Cay within the Berry Islands chain.

Though being sold undeveloped, the island boasts several attractive features: clear and bountiful surrounding waters, multiple sand beaches, immediate deepwater access, and relative proximity to both Chub Cay and Great Harbour Cay (the Berry Islands’ two main community hubs).

Overall, Sand Dollar Cay is a well-protected, well-preserved, and well-connected island at the very heart of one of the world’s most sought-after island communities. A valuable asset with immense potential.

Sand Dollar Cay is listed for sale here.

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13. Tommy Young’s Cay and Arthur McKenzie Cay ($5,000,000 USD)


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  • Location: Exuma
  • Size: ~132 acres, ~53.4 hectares
  • Description: 9km from shore, ~12km west of George Town, ~225km southeast of Nassau
  • Ownership: Full ownership / Freehold
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Tommy Young’s Cay and Arthur McKenzie Cay – another near-unprecedented opportunity to purchase two neighbouring islands in the Bahamian district of Exuma. 

The two islands – 122 acres and 10 acres, respectively – are located off the western flank of Great Exuma. This geographic position grants incredible access to the facilities of George Town and the Exuma International Airport.

Both islands are stunning reflections of Caribbean natural beauty. Preserved woodlands cover much of the interior land while soft-sand beaches line their shores. The islands and their surrounding waters are also noted for their wealth and diversity of marine life – here, fishing and diving are commonplace.

Private development on either of these islands would cement their status as tropical havens.

Tommy Young’s Cay and Arthur McKenzie Cay are listed for sale here.

14. Pierres Island ($4,950,000 USD)


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  • Location: Eleuthera
  • Size: ~16 acres, ~6.5 hectares
  • Description: 800m from shore, ~5km north of Dunmore Town, ~8km east of Spanish Wells, ~84km northeast of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Pierres Island is a private haven in waiting. The 16-acre plot of land, located at the northern end of the Eleuthera archipelago, offers a complete roster of desirable features: from stunning Caribbean vistas and an abundance of native wildlife to existing pathways throughout the island and an established utility connection with the mainland. Here, an investor would have the scope to design and build their dream home. 

The property is also well connected, with the North Eleuthera Airport being less than 10 kilometres away – a valuable asset for those wanting to divide time between an island retreat and their main residence.

Pierres Island is listed for sale here.

15. Hawks Nest Cay ($4,500,000 USD)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~26 acres, ~10.5 hectares
  • Description: 1km from shore, ~4km east of Great Harbour Cay Marina, ~87km northwest of Nassau
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Of prime location just offshore from Great Harbour Cay, Hawks Nest Cay is one of the more affordable private islands in the Bahamas – a surprising fact, given its competitive roster of features.

Foremost, the value of the property’s location cannot be exaggerated. Great Harbour Cay stands at the very centre of the Berry Islands community, with much of the archipelago’s population residing within the settlement of Bullocks Harbour. Proximity to Great Harbour Cay also provides convenient access to the island’s airport. 

Hawks Nest Cay, itself, then offers an enticing mix of crystalline waters, sand beaches, native vegetation, and buildable land.

Simply put: Hawks Cay presents a real opportunity to become part of an exclusive community of island owners.

Hawk’s Nest Cay is listed for sale here.

16. Berry Islands – Trio of Islands ($3,500,000 USD)


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  • Location: Berry Islands
  • Size: ~600 acres, ~243 hectares
  • Description: Lignumvitae Cay is 900m from shore, ~4km north of Bullock Harbour / Bullocks Harbour Cay is 500m from shore, ~800m north of Bullock Harbour / Cistern Cay is 1km from shore, ~2km northwest of Bullock Harbour
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

A remarkable opportunity to own not just one private island in the Bahamas, but three.

Lignumvitae Cay, Cistern Cay, and Bullocks Harbour Cay all reside on the western flank of Great Harbour Cay – the Berry Islands’ largest island. Great Harbour’s amenities and airport are all within convenient proximity.

Lignumvitae Cay is the northernmost of the three parcels of land and spans approximately 121 acres. Some 30 years ago, plans were made for the island’s development, and the land was divided into 160 plots. While no actual development was ever initiated, the property’s commercial potential was recognised. 

Cistern Cay lies directly south of Lignumvitae and comprises 280 acres of platted land. Several of the island’s plots have been sold, but there opportunity for an investor to repurchase these lands. Cistern Cay’s old runway can also be of use if repaired. 

Lastly, Bullocks Harbour Cay is a 224-acre piece of land directly adjacent to the Bullocks Harbour settlement. Given its proximity to the Great Harbour Cay mainland, there is potential for a connecting causeway to be built. As is, the island is characterised by surrounding mangroves and tidal creeks. 

The trio have immense personal and commercial potential.

The islands are listed for sale here.

17. South Pimlico Island ($3,200,000 USD)


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  • Location: Eleuthera
  • Size: ~65 acres, ~26 hectares
  • Description: 11km from shore, ~26km southwest of Spanish Wells
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

With nearly five kilometres of tropical shoreline, lush internal vegetation, and direct deepwater access, the natural assets of South Pimlico Island are evident. Yet, the island’s allures do not end there. 

The property spans approximately 65 acres and resides alongside Standard Cay in Northern Eleuthera. Proximity to North Eleuthera not only grants access to the community’s services and facilities but also to its airport – the airport’s private FBO facilitates are another boon for investors with an interest in non-commercial travel. 

Spanish Wells is another well-established settlement within proximity to South Pimlico Island. 

A dream lifestyle in the Caribbean awaits.

South Pimlico Island is listed for sale here.

18. Big Bullard Cay ($2,000,000 USD)


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  • Location: Exuma
  • Size: ~97 acres, ~39 hectares
  • Description: 600m from shore, ~3km west of George Town
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
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Also known as Goat Cay or Mrs Bullard Goat Cay. 

Big Bullard Cay is an undeveloped island located 400 feet off the southwestern shores of Great Exuma – a deepwater channel separates the two bodies of land. Sandy beaches, mangroves, and marl trace the remainder of the island’s border. 

Big Bullard’s interior vegetation supports a diverse ecosystem of wildlife, and the surrounding waters are rich with fish and other aquatic creatures.

With enough land for private development and habitat preservation, tropical serenity awaits.

Big Bullard Island is listed for sale here.

19. Pimlico Island ($1,695,000 USD)


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  • Location: Eleuthera
  • Size: ~55 acres, ~22 hectares
  • Description: 8km from shore, Approx 22km SW of Spanish Wells, 20-minute boat ride from Spanish Wells
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Like its southern companion (also found on the Bahamian market), Pimlico Island offers uninhibited access to Eleuthera and its surrounding archipelago. 

From this 55-acre property, residents can explore the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island and the surrounding coastlines or spend time relaxing in the secluded serenity of their own private beach. Whatever the motivation may be, ownership of a private island within the Bahamas enters one directly into an exclusive life of tropical luxury. 

The island is also noted for its wealth of transport connections and proximity to services. North Eleuthera Airport can be accessed with ease, as can the leisure and residential settlement of Spanish Wells.

Pimlico Island is listed for sale here.

20. Hawk’s Nest Cay, Cat Island ($1,500,000 USD)


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  • Location: Cat Island
  • Size: ~42 acres, ~17 hectares
  • Description: 200m from shore, ~1km south of Hawks Nest Resort & Marina, ~54km southeast of Arthur’s Town
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Cat Island’s iteration of Hawks Nest Cay is a 42-acre expanse of prime Bahamian real estate. 

Alongside its attractive proximity to Cat Island – a pivotal district within the Bahamas with numerous community settlements, a central mountain peak, and a selection of eye-catching landmarks – Hawks Nest offers its own roster of desirable features. 

The northern side of the island is characterised by pristine mangroves and creeks – both havens for native wildlife and flora. The southern end of the island then leads directly into coral reefs, themselves teeming with aquatic life. 

This is a property ideal for private development.

Hawk’s Nest Cay, Cat Island is listed for sale here.

21. Golding Cay ($800,000 USD)


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  • Location: Eleuthera
  • Size: ~3.4 acres, ~1.4 hectares
  • Description: 4km from shore, ~8km west of Spanish Wells
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
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One of the most affordable private islands on the Bahamian market. 

Golding Cay, also known as Chandler’s Island, spans a manageable 3.4 acres and is located near North Eleuthera. The island is characterised by dense vegetation, a variety of building elevations, sand beaches along much of its coastline, and panoramic access to turquoise waters. The waters are also noted for their richness of life and abundance of coral reefs – ideal diving territory. 

Another boon of Golding Cay’s location: the historic and lively resort settlement of Spanish Wells is just a 10-minute boat journey away. 

Golding’s price and location make it an island worthy of serious consideration.

Golding Island is listed for sale here.

22. Ben’s Cay ($500,000 USD)


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  • Location: Ragged Island
  • Size: ~12 acres, ~5 hectares
  • Description: 13km from shore, ~17km north of Duncan Town
  • Ownership: Freehold / Full ownership
  • See on Google Earth

Both the smallest and most affordable island available for purchase in the Bahamas.

Ben’s Cay is located near Ragged Island, a crescent-shaped district in the southern Bahamas and one of the country’s more remote locations.

By virtue of its relative isolation, Ben’s Cay is incredibly peaceful and has uninterrupted access to some of the best fishing and sailing waters in the Caribbean. 

As is, the island boasts several rough-cut roads, a small storage shed, and deepwater access for visiting vessels.

Here, away from the tourist trails, private serenity awaits.

Ben’s Cay is listed for sale here.

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