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Half Moon Cay (Bahamas)

It is located roughly between Eleuthera and Cat Island. It is a private island, owned wholly by Holland America Line. It is usually a one day stop (Cruise Port) on most Holland America Caribbean cruises.

Little San Salvador Island is about a hundred miles southeast of Nassau. Holland America purchased the island in 1997, and has developed only 45 acres of the 2,400-acre (9.7 km²) island, with the goal of maintaining as much habitat as possible for wildlife. The island is also a significant nesting area for waterfowl.

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Why visit Half Moon Cay (Bahamas) ?


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Little San Salvador Island, Bahamas

One of about 700 islands that make up the archipelago of the Bahamas

Two-story ferry boats will bring you back and forth from the ship and you’ll dock near the central downtown area. Here you will find the excursion desk, an expansive outdoor bar, the restrooms and a variety of shops, including a jewelry store, t-shirt shop and locally made souvenirs. Wander on down to the beach, start a stroll along one of the nature trails, or do some quick shopping to start your day. There’s plenty to explore here or you can simply grab a free lounge chair and enjoy the view.

Activities include swimming, sunning, scuba diving, jet-skiing, and snorkelling. Deep-sea fishing, parasailing, glass-bottom boat rides, and nature walks also are available. A variety of water toys are available for rent, including Hobie catamarans, Sunfish sailboats, windsurfing sail boards and kayaks. There are also volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoes and shuffleboard, a fitness trail with exercise stations, and nature trails for hiking.

The local currency is the Bahamian dollar (B$) The Bahamian dollar is on a par with the US dollar, and both currencies are accepted throughout the country.

While Bahamian stores are permitted to open on Sunday, almost none does, making Sunday a very quiet day, at least for commerce. Otherwise, shopping is best in the morning when the crowds are few and the temperature mild.

The island boasts a 2.5-mile-long crescent-shaped beach -- the source of the name Half Moon Cay. Facilities are divided into three sections: the welcome centre, Bahamian Village and Tropics Restaurant. The welcome centre features an information booth, restrooms, a bar, a Bahamian straw market, an ice cream shop, a post office, a first aid station, an island shop and tram stop.

Half Moon Cay enjoys a tropical marine climate, with year-round daytime temperatures ranging from the high 70s to the high 80s F. The dry season begins in November and lasts through April, while the rainy season commences in May and extends through October, with the heaviest rains taking place from June through September.

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