- The Abaco Islands are a sailing and boating universe.
The major islands of this small archipelago are Great and
Little Abaco, with the off-lying cays of Elbow Cay, Man-O-War
Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Stranger's Cay, Umbrella
Cay and Walker's Cay completing the string.Over forty kinds
of wild orchids, rare, endemic birds, wild boar, iguanas as
long as four feet. It is even said to be the home of pirate
Henry Morgan's buried treasure and two mythical creatures
- the chickcharnies and Lusca.
ACKLINS & CROOKED ISLANDS
are two of the four islands forming an atoll which hugs
the beautiful shallow waters of the Bight of Acklins. Bordered
by the nearly uninhabited Castle Island and Long Cay, they
are as natural as they were when The Bahamas was first "discovered."
Columbus reputedly sailed down the leeward side of the islands
through the narrow Crooked Island Passage, which has ever
since served as an important route for steam ships travelling
from Europe to Central and South America.
The largest island in The Islands Of The Bahamas, . This 2,300-square-mile
island paradise is the bonefishing capital of the world and
boasts the second-largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere.
Andos is home to the oldest dive resort on the planet. Wild
orchids, rare, endemic birds, wild boar, iguanas as long as
four feet and a recently discovered tribal group all make
their homes among the miles of deserted beaches, freshwater
mud flats, thick brush, lush pine forests and inland waterways
of this this Atlantic oasis.
Dear to the hearts of yachtsmen and fishermen, southeast
of the Biminis, is a cluster of 30 islands and close to
100 cays known as The Berry Islands. Decked with green and
fringed with drifts of sand, here you can find a multitude
of magical harbours and swim-ashore beaches. These largely
uninhabited islands offer spectacular diving and snorkeling
and are known for championship sportsfishing, It is a big
angling area and record catches have been made of mackerel,
blue and white marlin and sailfish. Bonefish, crawfish and
conch are plentiful, but people are scarce.
the closest of The Islands Of The Bahamas to the coast of
Florida has made The Bimini Islands a popular destination
for American visitors. The wat ers surrounding The Bimini
Islands are known the world over for top big-game fishing.
From spring to fall - fishing tournaments reign supreme almost
every weekend.Of course, as with any Bahamian island, relaxing
on a sun-soaked beach is always a favourite activity. So whether
you're looking for a weekend getaway or a more extended stay
The Bimini Islands can provide you with a fun-filled Bahamian
CAT ISLAND - This boot-shaped, untamed island
is one of the most beautiful and fertile of The Bahamas. A
lush sanctuary, it provides tranquillity for those seeking
an escape from the pressures of modern civilization. Others
thought so too, like Father Jerome, a penitent hermit who
built a medieval monastery hewn from the limestone cliffs
atop 206-foot Mt. Alvernia, a place for meditation. From these
high cliffs, there is a marvelous view down to densely-forested
foothills and 60 miles of deserted pink-and-white-sand beach.
ELUETHERA / HARBOR ISLAND - Miles of glistening
pink and white sand beaches, serene colonial villages and
rolling acres of pineapple plantations make Eleuthera Island
an island of the most casual sophistication. The cool laziness
of Eleutheran life and dusty-yet-drenched colours of the island
give it the feel of a giant illusion. Much of the island's
architecture and way of life were influenced by Loyalist settlers
in the late 1700s. With its two companions, Harbour Island
and the community of Spanish Wells, Eleuthera Island has long
been a favoured destination among travellers seeking a bit
of quiet charm.
THE EXUMA ISLANDS
- are located in the middle of The Islands Of The Bahamas,
yet remain mostly undisturbed. The Exuma Islands are a collection
of some 365 cays and islands stretching over 120 miles, supported
at the southern end by two main islands, Great Exuma and Little
Exuma. The main attractions for visitors to The Exuma Islands
are its world-class sportfishing and boating. The miles of
picturesque islands, cays and hidden coves make for some of
the most spectacular sailing in The Islands Of The Bahamas,
both for recreational sloops and competitive yachting alike.
GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - An ecological wonder
waiting to be discovered. Endless beaches, emerald green water,
charming fishing villages and enchanting marine life are just
some of the island's attractions that make this a unique destination.
is the home of Freeport/Lucaya, the nation's second city,
with a faster pace and a more cosmopolitan atmosphere than
the old-world sophistication of Nassau. Freeport/Lucaya is
a sportsman's paradise, with championship golf, tennis, scuba
diving, and fishing.
INAGUA - Great Inagua can be called The Bahamas' "great
outback" or "wild west." The traveller who
is interested in something completely different will find
this an unusual place to visit. It is a naturalist's paradise
where rare birds and reptiles thrive in a rugged and salty
environment, wild cows and donkeys ramble, and wild boars
are pursued across wide open spaces for both food and sport.
Sailing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming
and walking are principal forms of recreation. Inagua provides
a treasure of a different kind: salt, a critical staple in
the days before refrigeration. Sailing vessels called here
regularly to purchase the commodity, and the settlement of
Matthew Town developed into a prosperous trading post.
LONG ISLAND - The island is
not only long (60 miles), it is also narrow--no more than
4 miles wide. It is indeed a land of eloquent contrasts in
geography, architecture and enterprise.One of the most scenic
hideaways in The Bahamas, it is divided by the Tropic of Cancer
and bordered by two very different coasts, one with soft-white,
broad beaches and the other rocky headlands that descend suddenly
into the roiling sea. The terrain varies from sloping hills
in the northeast to low hillsides in the south fading into
stark white flatlands where salt is produced; from swampland
to beautiful beaches.
- The most easterly island of The Bahamas, Mayaguana
still has its original Indian name. The island was uninhabited
until 1812, after which it was gradually settled by people
from the nearby Turks Islands. This unspoiled, mostly undiscovered
slice of The Bahamas is a favorite stopover for yacht enthusiasts,
offering a peaceful, quiet and relaxing vacation and miles
of unspoiled beaches for swimming, scuba diving and shelling
enthusiasts. The waters off Mayaguana afford excellent sports
fishing. Fish frequently surface and peer out of the water
causing an eerie sensation.
|NASSAU / PARADISE ISLAND - Nassau, capital city of The Bahamas, resides on New Providence Island, neighbor to Paradise Island. This island pair maintains a distinct blend of international glamor and tropical ease, giving travelers freedom to do everything or nothing at all. Nassau is the home of the Bahamian national capital, the bustling hub of The Islands Of The Bahamas that traces its heritage back to the shipwrecking days of the legendary pirate Blackbeard.
Paradise Island is connected to the city of Nassau by two 600-foot bridges. The island is developed to accommodate travelers, with resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, a golf course, an aquarium, and a casino rounding out the amenities.
Amidst the world's largest marine habitat second only to Mother Nature, is Atlantis, Paradise Island. A celebration of the Lost Continent of Atlantis, the property includes 2,317 rooms lagoons, waterfalls, 11 swimming areas, and 7 waterslides, a luxury yacht marina, along with a world-class casino and spa, 18 restaurants, 20 lounges and clubs.
- The island was the first landfall site of
Christopher Columbus on his initial voyage of discovery in
1492. Four separate monuments mark the exact spot Columbus
came ashore, however, it is generally regarded that he landed
at Long Bay where a big stone cross stands. Called Guanahani
by the native Lucayan Indians, Columbus renamed the island
San Salvador or "Holy Saviour," noting in his journal,
"The beauty of these islands surpasses that of any other
and as much as the day surpasses the night in splendour."