Peterson Cay National Park
|One mile off the southern shore of
Grand Bahama Island lies 1-1/2 acre Peterson Cay, one of the smallest National Parks in
the Bahamas. Protected park area includes the cay as well as the surrounding one-quarter
mile of marine environment.
In 1959 The Bahamas National Trust was created by an Act of Parliament as a non-profit, non-governmental organization charged with the conservation of natural resources and preservation of places of historic interest. The Trust manages Peterson Cay National Park and all other national parks in The Islands of The Bahamas.
Shallow bars and coral reefs, especially west of the cay, make for excellent snorkeling and diving. Amongst coral blends and sunken rocks swimmers are able to observe schools of tropical fish, elkhorn and soft corals, sea fans and an occasional manta ray or barracuda.
Sparsely vegetated with low scrub, this windswept limestone island is the only cay on Grand Bahama's leeward shore. Shady areas are scarce and visitors are advised to wear hats, sunscreen and bring drinking water. A sandy white beach on the north side provides boat access and is excellent for swimming and sunbathing. Peterson Cay is a perfect getaway spot for picnics and relaxation.
Access to Peterson Cay National Park is by boat only. Boaters must use care and anchor only in sandy areas away from coral reefs.
All plant and animal life within the park boundaries is protected by law. Fishing, shelling and damage to or removal of any coral or plant life - live or dead - is strictly prohibited.
Disposal or leaving of waste, garbage, litter, ash coals or embers within park boundaries is not permitted.
Please, remember to take nothing but pictures and leave only footprints.
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