Man-O-War Cay was settled by loyalists as early as 1798. They lived off what they could get from the sea and what a little farming could give them. Boat building is what Man-O-War Cay was and still is famous for. The industrious people living here have built boats for centuries. Even today the boat building and boat repair is flourishing. This used to be a "dry" island where no alcohol was served, but now you can buy at least wine and beer with your food at one of the marina restaurants.
The white, powder sand beach goes along most of the cay. Snorkeling is good, and so is fishing. The charming street that goes along the harbor features several gift shops, Hibiscus Cafe and an ice cream store. The Sail Shop is the last store in the harbour, where you can buy one of the famous canvas bags that you see almost everybody is carrying around. Man-O-War also have its own museum, and next to it, a modern coffee shop with home baked goods that absolutely needs tasting.
As you walk around on Man-O-War you’ll get the impression that much of this islands history is still alive, preserved and celebrated by the residents. Three churches serve the spiritual needs of the population. The beaches are beautiful, and the snorkeling is great. You can get to Man-O-War by ferry from Marsh Harbour.
If you like to walk, you can hike to the north end of the cay on a charming dirt road while looking at homes and beaches. At one spot the cay is almost divided in two, but a road with a little beach on each side still connects this north part to the main cay. You can also walk south if you like, where there’s another natural harbour. Man-O-War is not your typical tourist destination with loud bars and drunk people. People who come here appreciate the peace and quiet and the friendly people.