Sweetings Cay, The Bahamas: Uncommon Envy

Even as well-traveled as I am around the islands, it’s still sometimes hard for me to believe that there are still places like Sweetings Cay in this world.

Places with just a handful of residents; where everyone basically looks after each other, life is quiet, peaceful, and almost entirely dependent on the sea.

The view above is about as close as I got to Sweetings during my last trip to The Bahamas, the photo snapped at the far southeastern tip of Deep Water Cay. What little I know of the island comes from conversations I had with various members of the Deep Water Cay staff, several of whom call Sweetings home.

They say only a few hundred people live there.

They say there are only two churches – always have been.

They say there’s virtually zero crime. How could there be when everyone knows everyone?

They say owning a boat there is a must, especially if you’re a young man wanting to meet a young lady. Doing so requires jumping over to “mainland” Grand Bahama Island just a short boat ride away.

They say the community is very tight and there’s no place else like it.

The real Bahamas, they say, the way it used to be.

I say, I can’t wait to check it out!

If you’ve ever been to Sweetings Cay and have any tips or suggestions on things we shouldn’t miss there, please let us know!

Last updated by Steve Bennett on .

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