The Berry Islands (a prime area) are aptly named because of their appearance as a stirrup-shaped cluster of 30 islands and more than 100 cays, just like a bunch of berries.
The main residential areas are Great Harbour Cay and Chub Cay. Many of the remaining cays are privately owned. In fact, Berry Islands has more millionaires per square mile than any other place on Earth. Some of these privately owned cays include Fraser’s Hog Cay,Bonds Cay, Whale Cay, Bird Cay, Frozen Cay, Alder’s Cay, Little Harbour Cay and Little Whale Cay. Great Stirrup and Little Stirrup Cays are privately owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International, respectively, for their passengers’ recreational use.
The Berry Islands are second only to Bimini when it comes to championship sport fishing. Chub Cay, in particular, has come to be known as the billfish capital of the Bahamas. Among the wide variety of fish found in this region are billfish, tuna, grouper, tiger fish, yellowtail snapper, wahoo, and king mackerel.
Some popular attractions in the Berry Islands are the dive spots of the Inland Blue Holes and Chub Cay; Chub Cay Wall, a three-stage dive that starts at 80 feet and suddenly drops to 4,000 feet, giving divers an unparalleled view of the ocean deep; the Eel Garden, home to hundreds of garden eels, southern stingrays, and parrot fish; and the reputedly haunted Stirrup Cay Lighthouse.
The 220-acre island of Bird Cay lies along the edges of the Great Bahama Bank and the deep trench called the Tongue of the Ocean. It enjoys calm, crystal-blue waters and its sandy beaches are backed by citrus and coconut groves.
Developed in the 1940s by Francis Francis, heir to the Standard Oil Company, original houses on Bird Cay were built from rock quarried from the island.
At present, Bird Cay has of a two-storey main house surrounded by a sprawling lawn overlooking the ocean. It has a guest house overlooking Whale Cay and five colourful waterfront cottages along the shore. Other amenities include a boathouse and a recreation hall.
Chub Cay is one of the most populated of the Berry Islands. It is one of the leading fishing destinations in the world, with anglers coming her for large game such as the giant marlin, sailfish, tuna, grouper, snapper, mahi mahi, and wahoo.
The premiere residential development on the island, Chub Cay Club, offers property buyers 5 village home designs and the option of a boat slip.