Our Beautiful Island
Long Island is one of the most scenic islands in the out islands of the Bahamas. Beach lovers will revel in the broad, sand beaches and shallow waters of the Caribbean side of the island, while stunning scenery can be enjoyed amongst the rocky cliffs and deep waters of the Atlantic coast. One of the larger islands, Long Island comes by its name honestly. The island is about 75 miles long, but very narrow, only about 4 miles wide at its widest. It has a long history with Cape Santa Maria named by Columbus for one of his ships. With a number of settlements along its length, visitors can choose from all types of accommodation to suit. Families can enjoy quaint hotels and cottages or larger resorts, while luxury villa rentals and condos are available for the more discerning traveller.
Things To Do
While Long Island is known for its diving, it is also a prime holiday destination for fishing and sailing, as well as for relaxing on the beaches that stretch the length of the island. For snorkelers and divers, Long Island is where dream vacations are made. It is home to one of the oldest dive shops in all of the Bahamas, and the combination of shallow and deep dive sites make for dramatic days spent under the sea.
During the first weekend of June, Long Island hosts the second largest sailing regatta in all of the Bahamas. Not only can the wide and varied boats be enjoyed, but there is plenty of local entertainment and food on offer.
Places To Go
Dean’s Blue Hole is one of the deepest recorded blue holes in the Bahamas at a stunning 600 feet in depth. Experienced divers can explore this blue hole as well as the stunning coral reefs that abound. Bird watching, kayaking, motor boat and sail boat rental and swimming can be enjoyed in the calm blue waters of the western side of the island. In fact, Cape Santa Maria has been recognized as one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Getting Around The Island
There is plenty of history to be discovered while on the island. At Hamilton’s Cave, artifacts and prehistoric drawings can be viewed while exploring the cave system. The Long Island Museum provides plenty of information about the island’s long and varied history, as well as tips about the numerous sites to visit. Finally, the 15 foot Christopher Columbus Memorial stands on the northernmost tip of the island, which provides for some stunning views.
Getting To and From The Island
To travel to the island, there are daily flights from Nassau. During the high season, flights are provided by Air Sunshine direct from Fort Lauderdale in Florida. By sea, a ferry operates weekly from Nassau, and private boats are more than welcome.
Long Island is a study in contrasts, which makes it a unique vacation destination that is sure to please everyone. From adventure filled family vacations to relaxing and romantic getaways, the combination of dramatic and serene tropical landscapes is sure to make your dreams come true.
- Local currency – Bahamian dollar (US dollars also accepted)
- Average Temp – Average daytime high of 77 - 88 F
- Visa Needed (from USA) – No
- Latitude and Longitude of principal city – Clarence Town 23°06'N 74°59'W
- High Season dates – December - April
- Pets Allowed – Yes with permit
- Which side of the road do they drive on – Left
- Amount of airport departure tax - $15 for all passengers over the age of 6
- Don’t miss these events – Long Island Regatta, June