Green Turtle Cay was one of the first islands settled in The Bahamas, in the 1770′s by the Revolutionary War Loyalists. Many of the island’s 500 or so residents can trace their ancestry back to these Loyalists. Visitors can take the paved road from The Green Turtle Club to the town of New Plymouth and enjoy the tropical scenery on the short golf cart commute.
The Town of New Plymouth is a quiet, 18th century village by the sea, offering a variety of galleries, restaurants, shops, and museums. A Loyalist Memorial Statue Garden was erected in the heart of New Plymouth in memory of the founders of Green Turtle Cay and is open to the public.
The Albert Lowe Museum displays the fascinating history of New Plymouth with photographs and antique artifacts dating back to the turn of the century as well as ship models of the Abaco sailing vessels, some of which were used as blockade runners during the Civil War.
Local restaurants in town, such as McIntosh’s, The Wrecking Tree, and Harvey’s offer a variety of homecooked, Bahamian-island style meals. Pineapples is the place to go for a beautiful Caribbean sunset and happy hour specials. For breakfast, the Plymouth Rock Liquor Store & Cafe serves a fabulous breakfast sandwich. For nightlife, try Sundowner’s Bar & Grill, where you can shoot a game of pool and play dominos with the locals.
The town of New Plymouth also has quaint shops for visitors to browse. The Golden Reef sells beautiful gold jewelry manufactured in Abaco. Native Creations offers beautiful Bahamian art work. The shops of New Plymouth are unique in their novelties and their hours… most shops are open during the day Monday through Saturday.
No visit to Green Turtle Cay is complete without a stop at Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar, the birth place of the famous Goombay Smash… a delicious rum punch now found throughout the Caribbean! Be sure to pass by Ye Olde Jail while you are in town… a great photo opportunity!