Discover the Berry Islands. Miles of secluded swim-ashore beaches, invigorating dive sites, and championship sport fishing are just a few of the highlights that make The Berry Islands a desired destination. Composed of a cluster of 30 cays, a majority of these islands are uninhabited. It’s not uncommon to stumble across a footprint-free beach or private cove. You could spend an entire day without seeing a single soul. The Berry Islands are also home to a number of cavern, reef, wall and wreck dive sites, as well as a 600-foot-wide blue hole, wonderful bill fishing, and ancient churches.
The Berry Islands Bahamas are just north of Nassau, making them a common stop for cruises from Florida to the Bahamas. Of all the islands and cays to visit in the Berry Islands Bahamas, Great Harbour Cay is the largest, and is home to the main settlement known as Bullocks Harbour. The Berry Islands will introduce you to some exciting wildlife, fascinating geological formations and an endless stream of outstanding sights.
For more information on the best beaches in The Berry Islands, visit The Best Beaches in the Bahamas Guide.
Berry Islands Weather – When to Visit
The Berry Islands have a slightly different high season than most of the other Bahamas islands. Because of their close proximity to Florida, boaters make the crossing in droves from spring break through summer, especially to Bimini. Waters tend to be calmest during these months. All the islands and their resorts peak on the various U.S. holidays: Thanksgiving, mid-December through January 5, Easter, and Labor Day. Generally, February to June are busiest months, and rates are higher at these times and during the Christmas season. Fishing and diving are good throughout the year, although cold fronts in winter can cause rough seas. Temperatures usually remain steady enough to enjoy the beaches year-round, but occasionally drop into the 60s. From November to April the cool, breezy, and drier months mean flying insects are minimal. Hurricane season technically runs from June through November; August and September (the most likely months for hurricanes) can be hot and steamy, and many resorts and restaurants are closed.
Berry Island Attractions
Hoffman Cay Blue Hole
This blue hole, located in the southern Berry Islands, is about 600 feet wide and has a cliff that hangs 20 feet above the water. Those who jump into it from the cliff speak of an adrenaline rush as they venture into its mysterious depths. Its only living inhabitants are said to be oysters.
Haines Cay Beach
At low tide, walk across from Shelling Beach estuary, round the point, and walk south a half mile and you’ll discover one of the Bahamas’ most unspoiled, beautiful beaches. It’s 2 miles long with excellent snorkeling on its north end and swimming all along. Wear some sturdy footwear for the land walk. It’s also reachable by kayak. There are no trees for shade, so an umbrella, lots of fluids, and sunscreen are advisable. This beach is best for swimming, snorkeling, walking and solitude.
Chub Cay Beach
As well as the 400-yard beach right at the marina, Chub Cay has a splendid 1¼-mile strand with great swimming and nearby snorkeling. The Club House with its pool is a mere 400 yards away for refreshments. This beach is best for swimming and snorkeling.
Sugar Beach is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it’s one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches you’ll come across in the Bahamas may be just as beautiful, but tend to be more crowded since they’re near some of the most popular hotels. With nothing on the beach save the occasional villa, Sugar Beach is the perfect place for anyone looking for a quiet, tropical beach to relax at. Of course, the beautiful clear water is ready for anyone who is looking for a dip.
Great Stirrup Cay Lighthouse
Built by the Imperial Lighthouse Service in 1863, the Great Stirrup Cay Lighthouse has since warned passing ships of the nearby rocks and shoreline. While not particularly tall, the colonial architecture makes Great Stirrup Cay Lighthouse very pretty to look at and take pictures of.
Great Harbour Cay Beach
Great Harbour Beach has The Beach Club, a popular daytime bar and grill with a cute arts, crafts, and gift shop. Here, the residents schedule beach volleyball, activities, and games, as well as yoga and exercise classes—and everyone’s welcome. This beach is best for the sunset, swimming, and walking.
Things to Do in the Berry Islands
Enjoy this unique once in a lifetime experience swimming, snorkeling and interacting with our friendly rays. A short comfortable boat ride will whisk you to Stingray City Park. You’ll love the beautiful white shallow sand where you can stand up or swim with the Rays who will greet you with the familiarity of an old friend. Your encounter includes feeding, snorkeling and taking lots of pictures with your new Stingray friends. Telephone: +1 242-364-1032 Web: Stingray City
Berry Islands Eco Tour
This narrated Eco Adventure Boat Tour will take you on a trip aboard a custom-built touring catamaran through the waters of Great Stirrup Cay and nearby islands. You can see stingrays and sharks in their natural habitat, just a few feet from your seat. Other highlights include touching a conch and a starfish. Telephone: 242-451-8255 Jeremy Crawford
Glass Bottom Boat Tour
This great family fun activity is the ultimate way to experience undersea environs without getting wet. You will get to see some of the most beautiful gardens of corals and exotic fishes, in addition to a narrated tour. Telephone: 242-359-9346 or 242-636-6714 Cardinal Rolle
Percy’s Bone Fishing
Capt. Percy Darville was the winner of The Bahamas’ “Cacique Award” for Sports and Leisure in 2007. He can provide you with the best bonefishing, bottom fishing, and deep-sea fishing experience that any Guide can offer, in addition to snorkeling and tours. Telephone: 242-464-4149 Web: Percy’s Bonefish
Joe Darville Fishing
Captain Joe Darville is known as the all-around captain, who offers great boating experiences to his clients. He specializes in Deep-Sea Fishing and Fly Fishing. Telephone: 242-376-3200 or 242-367-8105
Best Berry Islands Restaurants
CarriEarl – $31 – 60
The Restaurant serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and is open to non guests. Serving a fine selection of International Cuisine and Chef Marty always has a culinary surprise up his sleeve. Their Restaurant offers the finest food with dishes from all over the World – the perfect venue for Weddings, Birthdays, or that special Celebration. Telephone: 242 451 8785 Web: Carriearl.
Bimini Twist & Island Sushi $11 – 30
Bimini Twist at the South Bimini Beach Club has an exceptional sushi bar and an elegant dining room. Time your dinner for the dipping sunset show. If you’d rather not do sushi, start with conch, shrimp, lobster, or tomato ceviche. The chef is at the top of his game, and will prepare special requests with panache. Entrées provide good variety from pasta pomodoro and conch linguine to chicken sautéed with mushroom and onions, and sirloin steak. Telephone: 242-347-4500 Web: Bimini Twist
Coolie May’s Sunset Restaurant $11 – 30
Her bright sign makes the casual 60-seat restaurant, on Bullock’s Harbour’s central seafront, easy to find. A couple of outside tables give heightened views of a sleepy anchorage, the ocean, and gorgeous sunsets. Midday, try the conch salad, pan-fried grouper, or a tasty burger. Broiled lobster, steaks, pork chops, and fried conch along with peas ‘n’ rice and macaroni and cheese are dinner specialties. The menu changes daily, but the world-famous guava duff is always available for dessert. Telephone: 242-367-8730 Web: Coolie May’s Sunset Restaurant
The Beach Club $11 – 30
This is the island’s cool locale for breakfast and lunch, across the road from the airport, overlooking the beach and turquoise water. At breakfast, go for the eggs and ham with home grits. At lunch, have a grilled cheeseburger or whatever fresh fish is on the menu for the day. Takeout is available, including fishing lunches. Dinner is available on request, but if you eat at the open-air tables, be sure to have insect repellent, especially if the wind is down or at sunset. Telephone: 242-367–82108 Web: The Beach Club
Rocky Hill Pool Bar & Restaurant $11 – 30
This quaint open air restaurant and bar offers Bahamian and International dishes for lunch and dinner, along with a pool. They cater to visiting yachtsmen, who enjoy sharing their escapades over a refreshing tropical drink. Telephone: 242-367-8051 Web: Rocky Hill Pool Bar & Restaurant.
Best Berry Island Bars
Bimini Big Johns
This waterside sports bar and restaurant, patronized by the younger set, is one of the most popular places on-island to party, dance, and grab a cold beer, burger, or native snack. It’s open from 11:30 am ’til late. It now sports a snazzy humidor with (apparently) authentic Cuban cigars. Come nightfall Thursday to Saturday, a fabulous local Bimini band plays live music combining pop, Bahamian hits, reggae, and soca. At midnight, a local DJ takes over and spins until 3 am. Telephone: 242-347-3117 Web: Bimini Big Johns
End of the World Saloon (The Sand Bar)
The back door of the small, noisy End of the World Saloon, better known by locals as “Sand Bar,” is always open to the harbor. This place—with a sandy floor and visitors’ graffiti, business cards, and other surprises on every surface—is a good spot to meet local folks over a beer and a lobster-and-conch pizza, while playing a game of ring toss. The bar is near the heart of Alice Town, 100 yards from the Compleat Angler ruins, just steps away from Big John’s. Web: End of the World Saloon
OneTwoThreeFloor Sports Bar & Night Club
Midway on North Bimini, west of the big park in Bailey Town, is the islands’ latest addition to the bar-and-nightclub scene. You’ll notice a big black wall on King’s Highway painted with the club’s funny name. Open from noon to 2 am daily, drinks are affordable especially during the Happy Hour, all day until 8 pm. OneTwoThreeFloor serves bar food such as buffalo wings, burgers, and cracked conch snacks, which you can enjoy in cool air-conditioning while watching sports on wide screens from the bar. On weekend nights until 2 am, a DJ plays everything from R&B and hip-hop to pop and golden oldies. Telephone: 242-359-8133
The Backside Bar
This is the local hotspot for dancing and fun, and we are known for great chicken wings and other things, like conch fritters. You can enjoy the fish fry experience every Tuesday night, plus fresh conch salad every night. Located just before you reach St. Bartholomew Anglican Church in Bullock’s Harbour. Telephone: 242-367-8622 or 242-451-0770
Best Berry Islands Hotels
The CarriEarl Boutique Hotel
Located on Great Harbour Cay, the largest of The Berry Islands in The Bahamas, a minute’s stroll down a winding path leads to seven miles of pristine, white sandy beach. The fine cuisine and friendly English hospitality ensure that your unwind continues. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit The CarriEarl Boutique Hotel.
Chub Cay Resort & Marina
“More than just a fisherman’s paradise.” Chub Cay is a private island paradise in the southern tip of the Berry Islands, Bahamas with full resort and marina amenities. Located right next to the edge of the infamous “Pocket,” Chub Cay boasts miles of untouched, magnificent beaches surrounded by those classic Bahamian blue waters. Whether you are joining us for world-class fishing, or simply just to detach and relax, there is something for everyone at Chub Cay Resort & Marina. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Chub Cay Resort & Marina.
The Ocean Club – A Four Seasons Resort (Paradise Island)
Discover the legendary chic of The Ocean Club, combining elevated Four Seasons service with laid-back Bahamian style to create one of the most sought-after resort experiences in the Caribbean.
Warwick Paradise Island All-Inclusive Adults Only
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas offers the ambiance of a private escape for anyone seeking a modern, relaxed resort. The new getaway welcomes guests, aged 16 and above, and provides an intimate, relaxing, and enjoyable vacation experience. Singles, couples, friends, adult families, and groups – all will enjoy a calm on-harbor escape that will provide them with the opportunity to indulge, unwind, and enjoy all that the resort has to offer. A signature feature of the resort is the 10,000 sq ft harbour terrace overlooking the harbour marinas.
Hilton At Resorts World (Bimini)
Welcome to Hilton At Resorts World Bimini, a nice option for travelers like you. Rooms at Hilton At Resorts World Bimini provide a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi. In addition, while staying at Hilton At Resorts World Bimini guests have access to room service, a rooftop terrace, and a concierge. You can also enjoy a rooftop pool and a swim-up bar.