An Unchattered Adventure
Snorkel, dive, fish, explore, do whatever you like, time does not exist in Ragged Island. Quiet, serene, pristine, Ragged Island is simplicity at its best.
Quiet and serene, Ragged Island isn’t as rough as its name suggests. The island is a haven for avid fishermen, with its unparalleled flats ideal for bonefishing. It’s not uncommon to snag an abundance of grouper, snapper, barracuda, tuna and king fish during just one day on the water.
The beaches of Ragged Island are mostly unexplored, and the coves are perfect for picnicking, relaxing and combing for shells. Those looking to explore by land will find several historical landmarks, quaint towns and authentic handmade Bahamian crafts. It’s an adventure unlike any other.
What Makes Ragged Island Unique
Little is known about the early days of The Ragged Island chain other than the settlement of Great Ragged Island was named Duncan Town after its founder who developed the island’s salt industry. Ragged Island is believed to have been a pirate safe house at one point, with its rocks and caves offering great hideaways.
Blackbeard’s Bay and Blackbeard’s Well signify that the pirate may have established his headquarters near the well because of its unique location. Today, just 80 people call Ragged Island home. Because the population is so small, the three religious denominations on the island get together at the same church each Sunday and celebrate as one community.
Ragged Island is part of a long string of islands that stretch from the southern tip of Long Island, almost all the way to Cuba. This attractive little island is easily explored on foot as it only covers about 24 square km and is inhabited by around 80 people who mainly live in Duncan Town, the island’s only village.
The island used to be more lively as it boasted a prosperous salt industry that was started by loyalist settlers in the seventeen hundreds. This reached a peak in the 1930s but fell into decline when Fidel Castro took over Cuba.
This left unspoiled beaches and peaceful cays surrounded by the warm Caribbean sea. The crystal clear water is full of fish including bonefish, sharks, lady fish and many other varieties of fine eating fish. The concentration of bonefish on the flats at Ragged Island will amaze even the most traveled fisherman. Needless to say there is plenty of colorful undersea life for scuba divers too.
This makes Ragged Island, and just off shore from Duncan Town – Little Ragged Island an excellent place to drop anchor. Apart from setting sail yourself the only other way to this unspoilt part of the Caribbean is to charter a plane or catch the weekly mail boat. If you’re looking for excellent fishing and the simple life, Ragged Island is well worth the effort.
Discover Ragged Island
Smallest Inhabited Island
This hilly, croissant-shaped chain of islands is part of the Jumento Cays. The islets, cays and rocks stretch over 110 miles and are comprised of Great and Little Ragged Island, Raccoon Cay, Hog Cay, Nurse Cay, Flamingo Cay and Double-Breasted Cay, among others.
Great Ragged Island, the main island in the Jumento Cays, is one of the smallest inhabited islands in The Bahamas archipelago. Its population has dwindled from a population of 477 in 1943 to less than 100 today
Three Religions. One Roof.
Three denominations are represented on the island: Anglican, Baptist and Church of God. Due to the small population, there is a floating schedule, with everyone worshipping together at one of the churches each Sunday.
Breathtaking Ocean Views
Ragged Islanders are a hardy, seafaring people, who build boats, booms and masts for sailing sloops, race boats in regattas and fish. They love the sea so much that nearly every home has a breathtaking view of the ocean.