Our Beautiful Island

San Salvador and Rum Cay in the Bahamas are where Christopher Columbus made his first and second stops in 1492 on his quest for the new world. This is where the similarity ends. While both islands are small, Rum Cay is tiny, covering only 45 square miles, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in scenery. This tiny island is known as one of the best kept secrets in the Bahamas, as it is home to miles of white sand beach, beautiful coral reefs and plenty of historical ruins. Not to be outdone, you can find many historical monuments, ruins and shipwrecks at San Salvador. Both of these islands offer ideal holiday destinations for diving, snorkeling and fishing. From the lush, environmentally-friendly Rock Resort located on Rum Cay to luxury villa rentals, quaint hotels and condos, you are sure to find exactly what you need on these islands.

Things To Do

If you are looking for a fishing, diving or snorkeling holiday, you need look no further than Rum Cay and San Salvador. Clear blue waters, colorful reefs teeming with all kinds of tropical fish and sea life and shipwrecks galore, including the HMS Conqueror off Rum Cay, make this a diving paradise. For the more adventurous, cave diving excursions are available in San Salvador. To explore the sea, you can rent a sail boat or motor boat, and fishing charters can guide you to the best places for bonefish or other large deep sea specimens.

Back on land, all both islands boast miles of stunning beaches. From golden to pink sand, there are plenty of beaches to relax on and enjoy the sun, sand and beautiful views.

Places To Go

Should you wish to spend some time on land away from the beach, there are many natural and historical monuments to visit, particularly for Christopher Columbus enthusiasts. The large stone cross at Long Bay on San Salvador is said to mark where Columbus first made landfall. Not only is the memorial beautiful, but the views from this point will take your breath away.

Getting Around The Island

Car rental agencies, as well as scooter and boat rentals are all available to get you around the islands. Taxis can be hired to get you from A to B or to give you a tour, whichever you prefer.

Getting To and From The Island

You can fly into both islands as an airstrip has recently been completed on Rum Cay. The airport on San Salvador is the only one that has direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale. To visit Rum Cay, you will have to connect in Nassau. Ferries travel from Nassau to each of the islands once a week.

Conclusion

From the lush, environmentally-friendly Rock Resort located on Rum Cay to luxury villa rentals, quaint hotels and condos, you are sure to find exactly what you need on these islands. Whether you are looking for a romantic holiday with your loved one or a family vacation filled with adventure, Rum Cay and San Salvador will live up to this promise and then some.

Fast Facts

  1. Local currency – Bahamian dollar (US dollars also accepted)
  2. Average Temp – Average daytime high of low 70s to high 80s
  3. Visa Needed (from USA) – No
  4. Latitude and Longitude of principal city – Cockburn Town – San Salvador, Port Nelson – Rum Cay
  5. High Season dates – December - April
  6. Pets Allowed – Yes with permit
  7. Which side of the road do they drive on – Left
  8. Amount of airport departure tax - $15 for all passengers over the age of 6 (for all of the Bahamas it seems)
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