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Introduction

Navassa Island is a small, uninhabited and disputed island in the Caribbean Sea. It is administered as unorganized unincorporated territory of the United States, which administers it through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nearby state of Haiti has claimed sovereignty over Navassa since 1801, and claims the island in its constitution.

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Geography

Navassa Island is about 5.2 km2 in area. It is located 40 nautical miles (74 kilometres) west of Jérémie, Haiti, on the southwest peninsula, 90 nautical miles (170 kilometres) south of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and about one-quarter of the way from Haiti to Jamaica in the Jamaica Channel. It reaches an elevation of 76 metres at Dunning Hill 100 metres south of the lighthouse, Navassa Island Light. This location is 400 metres from the southwestern coast or 600 metres east of Lulu Bay. The island's latitude and longitude are 18°24′10″N 75°0′45″W.

The terrain of Navassa Island consists mostly of exposed coral and limestone, the island being ringed by vertical white cliffs 9 to 15 metres high, but with enough grassland to support goat herds. The island is covered in a forest of just four tree species: short-leaf fig, pigeon plum, mastic, and poisonwood.

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Sights and Activities

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Weather

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Getting There and Around

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