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Matthew Town

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Matthew Town is the chief and only settlement on Great Inagua Island of the Bahamas.It is located on the southwest corner of the island.It was named after Bahamian Governor George Matthew (1844-1849) and first settled during his tenure in office.It has several buildings dating to the 19th century including the 1870 Great Inagua Lighthouse.Almost the entire population of Inagua resides in Matthew Town (approx. 1000 people), and many of them are employed by the Morton Salt Company.

Great Inagua unlike any other Bahamian island is a naturalist paradise where rare birds, reptiles, and wild animals thrive in the thousands.The largest flock of flamingoes in the Western Hemisphere (80,000 flamingoes) resides on Great Inagua in Lake Windsor, the biggest lake in the Bahamas.
You can also find the White Crowned Pigeon, the Bahama Parrot, Pelicans, Roseate, Spoonbills, Blue Herons, West Indian Tree Ducks, Humming Birds, the Reddish Egret, the Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill Turtle. To arrange a tour of the National Park, contact Henry Nixon or Randolph Burrows.

How to Reach

By Air

There is one airport serving Inagua Island – Matthew Town Airport (IGA) with regular scheduled air service from Nassau provided by Bahamasair.Charter service can be arranged through any of the certified local and international carriers.Sea service is provided by a weekly mail boat into Matthew Town from Nassau.

By Cruise

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates many cruises from Freeport to Matthew Town.Discovery Cruise Line Offering one-day Bahamas Party Cruises and Bahamas Cruise and hotel vacation packages.The fun way to travel to The Bahamas - cruise sails daily to Grand Bahama Island.

By Car

You must be 21 years old and possess a valid driver's license for all rentals.Visitors may use their home driver’s license for up to three months or an international driver's license.But remember, when you take to the road, please keep to the left.Pedestrians should remember to look right then left before crossing streets.

Key places to visit
Abaco National Park, Adderley's Plantation Ruins, Balcony House Museum


Places to Visit

Abaco National Park

This National Park, comprising 22,500 acres in Southern Abaco near Hole In The Wall, has been designated a preservation area by the Bahamas Government and is managed by The Bahamas National Trust. Included are 5,000 acres of pine forest – the nesting area and habitat of about 1000 endangered Bahama or "Abaco" Parrots.The parrots once lived on as many as seven islands in The Bahamas, but now only exist in Abaco and Great Inagua.The forest is valuable to the parrots for several reasons: during the breeding season, parrots feed on the seeds from the pine trees, which provide a rich source of protein for developing chicks, and they nest in limestone cavities on the ground of the pine forest.

Adderley's Plantation Ruins

Construction of this plantation reportedly began in 1790 on 700 acres of land granted to Abraham Adderley, a British-born subject with an established in business Nassau, New Providence Island. The property increased to 2,500 acres in 1820 under his Long Island born son, William, who grew cotton and raised livestock (cattle, sheep, horses) for work and transport.

Balcony House Museum

A free standing balcony gives this 18th century wooden Loyalist-style, architectural gem its name.  Charming Balcony House is believed to be Historic Nassau's oldest standing residence; it was fully restored as a period museum in 1992 and appointed with stately furnishings and unique objects.Opens on Monday-Friday 9:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. and Thursdays  9:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.

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