As a 26 year homeowner on nearby Elbow Cay, I always had a special feeling about Man O War Cay and wished I could become a 'MOW boy'. After selling my Elbow Cay home in 2009, I decided, despite advancing age, that I wanted to buy a cottage in the village, on MOW. We found one for sale called 'Low Overhead' and it had recently been renovated down to the studs. We figured it had been named 'Low Overhead' to emphasize that it would be inexpensive to maintain. It's pale yellow siding, blue metal roof, and white picket fence captivated us. When we arrived to see it we were very surprised to find that the ceiling height was 6'2' hence the real 'Low Overhead'. We bought it anyway and re-named it 'Lost and Found' and started renovations again with our caretaker Glenn Albury doing the work. We took out the second floor, put in beams to stiffen the cottage, and added a tongue and groove ceiling thus creating a wide open cathedral ceiling. We enlarged a storage room and made it into the master bedroom, a laundry room, and a bathroom with a large tiled shower (shower together and save water). We bought all new furniture, mattresses, bedding, linens and flat screen TVs for both bedrooms and the living room. We tiled all rooms and added a new central air conditioning unit. We have cable TV with the sports channels and internet service. The kitchen is very well equipped with a dishwasher, microwave oven, coffee maker, blender and a new refrigerator. The house has its own standby generator which runs everything when occasionally there is a power outage. Our golf cart is included (drivers MUST be 25 yrs old and over per our insurance coverage) and you may use our dock for your rental boat.
ALL ABOUT MOW
A clean and industrious island, we don't even let the garbage spend the night. Historically the boat building capital of the Bahamas and boat building and boat maintenance still play an important role. The harbourfront street is very interesting with marine businesses and workshops open to the street. The local people are religious, hard working, straight forward, and friendly. The whole atmosphere reminds one of life 50 years ago. After a day or two of exploring, you'll be wishing you lived here. Naturally the biggest attractions are the beaches (1/2 mile from cottage) and the clearest water you will ever see. These beaches run almost the whole length of the island and with their white sand are drop dead gorgeous. Once out of the village, the roads are sand as you wind your way past beautiful estates always with a view of the water. This is the Queen's Highway, barely wide enough for 2 golf carts to pass. Mid island you come to the 'Low Spot' where the island is about 30' wide. There is a beautiful beach on the calm side (Sea of Abaco) and the locals have built a gazebo there so that you can get out of the sun or have a picnic. It is highly recommended that you rent a boat and explore the Sea of Abaco which is protected and very interesting.
STORES AND SHOPS---- MOW Grocery on the upper street has a complete stock of groceries and sundries. In addition the store usually has some baked snacks made by the local ladies. Shop at Joe's Studio for hats, T shirts, clothing, Books (many Bahamian), household furnishings and gifts. The Seaside Boutique sells Androsia fabric and clothes made from it. A must see is the Sail Shop on the harbor at the edge of the village. The friendly ladies who work in this breeze swept building must have the best work environment in the world. Their canvas luggage, bags, and purses with the MOW logo are fabulous and guaranteed for life.
RESTAURANTS AND FOOD
MOW is a dry island and spirits cannot be purchased here. You can, however, purchase them in Marsh Harbour or on other islands and bring them here. You can bring them to the restaurants and they'll ice down your wine or provide mixers. The DOCK AND DINE restaurant is on the dock at Man O War Marina. Fresh fish, conch, and crawfish (lobster) is available and wonderful along with different meats. They now serve beer and wine. The Hibiscus restaurant is also very good Local ladies advertise take away lunches and dinners they cook at home with signs on the telephone poles- delicious! Last but not least is Miss Lola, a MOW institution who bakes wonderful Bahamian bread and cinnamon buns. Sadly Miss Lola's health no longer allows her to bake but other local ladies do bake and you should try their Bahamian bread and pies.
TWO OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO ON MOW
1. Take your rental boat in the late afternoon or evening, with drinks and snacks of course, and slowly cruise the whole harbor and even the rest of the island.
2. After dinner have ice cream at the snack shop (milk shakes, malts, banana splits, and sundaes and very good ice cream). Interesting because many local families come down with kids in tow and its fun to listen and talk.
WHAT TO DO NEARBY
Explore the Sea of Abaco in your rental boat. It is about 10 to 15' deep with very few dangers. The clarity of the water will quickly help you pick out shallow areas. From MOW you can head north or south. Heading north there are many small islands at the edge of the ocean. The last one before Scotland Cay has a natural hot tub. Anchor off the beach at low to mid tide and you will find the pool at the rocks at the edge of the ocean. At high tide seawater comes into the sand bottom pool and as the tide lowers is captured and heated by the sun. What a wonderful place!!! Next north is Scotland Cay, a private island. At the north end is a lagoon which looks like the South Seas. Wonderful to anchor and swim. Just trim your motor and glide over the shallow bar. Next is Guana Cay with an interesting village and several restaurants. Guana is home to Nipper's, a very popular oceanfront bar and restaurant with 2 swimming pools. Their Sunday brunch featuring wild boar is well attended. Near the north end is Baker's Bay a new resort for the rich and famous and you. It has a golf course and marina. Feel free to tie up and have lunch or a drink at their dockside Tiki Hut. Go around the north end of the island and you will experience the most beautiful beach in the world. Stay between the beach and the reef. On a calm day you can venture to Green Turtle Cay, a most interesting island. Explore the village and then motor around to White Sound and have lunch at the G.T. Club or the Bluff house. There is much to see here and I've just skimmed the surface. A reef runs the whole Oceanside of these islands for those who like to snorkel or dive. One can also visit Treasure Cay with its fabulous beach and marina with restaurant and swimming pool. Going south from MOW, the next island is Elbow Cay and its village of Hope Town, famous for its red and white striped lighthouse. Interesting village with restaurants, shops, art galleries, etc. Take your boat right up to your table at the Harbour's Edge restaurant and do the same at Capn Jacks. About 1 mile south of Hope Town is Firefly Resort. Beautiful open air dining. Try their lobster fritters. Down in White Sound is the Abaco Inn with swimming pool on the ocean and good food. Also in White Sound is Sea Spray Resort also with pool and good food. South end of island is Tahiti Beach a great spot for a swim. Further south is Lubbers Quarters Cay with 2 popular restaurants. Continuing south is Tilloo Cay banks, a shallow area for swimming. Next are the Pelican Cays. Anchor off and you'll think you are in the South Seas. To the west is Sandy Cay, a national underwater park, with an extensive reef in the Sea of Abaco. Further south past Lynyard Cay (nice beaches) is Little Harbour, the southern end of the Sea of Abaco. Home of the Johnson family- artists and famous for sculptures. Proceeded by his father Randy, Pete carries on the family tradition. Have lunch at his wreck of a bar and grill and visit the gallery. These are just the highlights of the Sea of Abaco. There is much more to see and do. A word about the local hotels. You are welcome to visit and feel free to use their pools. They just hope you will buy a drink or have a meal. In my opinion there is no other place like this.