The south coast's main town is Abraham's Bay, which has an excellent harbor. The other little settlement on Mayaguana is Betsy Bay, secluded and lost in time. Wild corn and saucy hummingbirds share this spot along with some little sun-worn cottages. At Pirate's Well, goats are now the chief residents, although buccaneers used to roam past here. Locals still dream of finding buried treasure. The best views of the Mayaguana Passage can be had from both Betsy Bay and Pirate's Well.
Fishing is good on the island. Locals will often take you out on one of their boats, but you've got to ask around. In summer and early autumn, temperatures can soar beyond 100°F (38°C). Winters, however, are ideal, and it never gets cold here, as it can in the northern islands.
Mayaguana might be called the "great outback" or "wild west" of The Bahamas. It's a rugged, salty environment. Sailing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and walking are the main pastimes. The island is still too laid-back to have many organized outfitters. If you want to rent gear or hire a guide for an organized outing, your best bet is to inquire at your hotel; the staff can usually hook you up with the right person.