The world's third largest barrier reef protects Spanish Cay, making it a diving and snorkeling paradise. The 158-acre island has an 85 slip marina, ship store, two restaurants, and 22 or so rental rooms. Located in the Abacos, 15 miles north of Green Turtle Cay, Spanish Cay is 6 miles across the Abaco Bay from Coopers Town. Skylimo Air Charter provides flights from Fort Lauderdale (180 miles away) to the 5,200 ft. runway on the island. Customs and Immigration is on the island for clearance in and out of the Bahamas.
In February of 1952 Clint Murchison, Jr. purchased Spanish Cay, an uninhabited island lying in the northern reaches of the Bahamas, and set about developing it as a retreat for his personal use and enjoyment. Overall his span of ownership exceeded 30 years. It was a place unlike any other, frequented solely by a select group of people of his own choosing - family, friends, and business associates.
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The island was named after a pair of Spanish galleons that sank offshore in the 17th century. The island was purchased in the 1960s by Texas-based investor (and former owner of the Dallas Cowboys) Clint Murchinson. After his death in the early 1980s, two successive Florida conglomerates poured time, money, and landscaping efforts into developing the island as a site for upscale private homes.
The island is a 3-mile long paradise of tropical beaches and palm groves, surrounded by boundless horizons of aquamarine waters and pristine coral reefs. Explore the beauty of the Bahamas viewing beautiful Palm Trees, Royal Poincianas, Frangipani, Wild orchids, Bougainvillea and Hibiscus. The habitat is alive with many birds such as Fish Eagles, Ring Necked Pheasants and the rare Albino Owl.
Spanish Cay is a beautiful private Bahamas resort open to the boating world. The island features include an eighty-one slip Marina with full hook ups, one of Abaco's favorite restaurants - The Point House Restaurant, an enclosed air conditioned gameroom/bar lounge, the famous "Wrecker's Bar" on Barefoot Beach, tennis courts and a freshwater pool with heated spa.
To view the history of Spanish Cay please visit The Island Remembered Site.