The Info List - Cay Sal

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island Cay Sal
Cay Sal

View of the island from above

COUNTRY The Bahamas
The Bahamas

REGION Bahama Banks
Bahama Banks



• TOTAL 1.22 km2 (0.47 sq mi)


• TOTAL nil


• OFFICIAL English


CAY SAL (Spanish : Cayo de Sal) is a small island in the Cay Sal Bank between Florida, Cuba, and the Bahamas. It is no longer inhabited.

The Bahamas
The Bahamas
have an agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard to regularly fly over Cay Sal
Cay Sal
and other islands in the bank to look for people potentially stranded there.


* 1 Geography * 2 History * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links


Cay Sal
Cay Sal
is the main island in the southwestern zone of the Cay Sal Bank. It is 1.6 km (1.0 mi) in length and 1.22 km2 (0.47 sq mi) in area.

The island is covered with stunted palm trees and marked by several dilapidated buildings standing on its western side. In its interior there is a large salt pond commonly replenished by heavy wind-driven seas that broach the islet along its southwest side.


According to Spanish navigators the island had a few natural salt pans producing good, clean salt, and its leeward side provided an excellent anchorage as well.

From the 1960s to late 1970's the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
kept a small outpost on Cay Sal
Cay Sal
island, which also had an airstrip. Another island in the banks, Elbow Cays , has a lighthouse built in 1839 by the British.

The United States Coast Guard constantly monitors Cay Sal
Cay Sal
and nearby islands for refugees from Cuba
. Cay Sal
Cay Sal
is about thirty miles away from Cuba. Refugees rescued on the island have included pregnant women and children. Refugees are reported to have employed a variety of craft including small, ill-equipped boats, in spite of the possibility of pursuit by the Cuban military.


* Cay Sal Airport


* ^ A B Derrotero de las islas Antillas, de las costas Tierra-Firme, y las del Seno Mejicano, Dirección de Hidrografía, España, Madrid, Imprenta Nacional, 1837. p. 266 * ^ Man rescued from Cay Sal
Cay Sal
Bank * ^ Cay Sal Bank Lighthouse: A Stately Ruin * ^ Cay Sal Bank Lighthouse: A Stately Ruin * ^ Rome News-Tribune - Apr 19, 1964 * ^ Rome News-Tribune - Apr 19, 1964 * ^ Rome News-Tribune - Apr 19, 1964