"Disney's Beach" Gorda Cay by DEBBBEDB

Gorda Cay Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 70 photos

Castaway Cay is located near Great Abaco Island in the Abacos. The actual name of it is Gorda Cay. Gorda Cay was once used as a stop for drug runners. There is an airstrip on the island, but it is no longer in regular use nor maintained. Gorda Cay had also been used for filming; the beach where Tom Hanks first encounters Daryl Hannah in Splash is on the island.

The Walt Disney Company purchased a 99-year land lease for the cay from the Bahamian government. The pier and its approaches were constructed to allow the Disney ships to dock alongside, thus removing the need for tenders to get the passengers ashore. To create the mooring site for the ships, workers dredged sand and used explosives to blast coral, and form a 1,700-foot channel about 35 feet deep and ranging from 200 to 400 feet wide.

The island is still largely undeveloped: only 55 of the 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) are being used, but Castaway Cay now has 90 permanent residents which keep the island running. It also has its own transportation with fuel it developed itself.In 1997,

  • Last visit to Gorda Cay: Jun 2013
  • Intro Updated Jan 21, 2014
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