In October 2015, hurricane Joaquin devastated the Out Islands of the Southern Bahamas including San Salvador, Long Island, Crooked Island and Acklins, and it’s been a process of reviving and rebuilding ever since. But with rebuilding comes brand new renovations and even more ways to see all the amazing things these islands have to offer.
Our first stop: San Salvador. With a rich history and monuments all over the island, culture hounds will love exploring all the historic sites. Don’t miss Watlings Castle, or the Christopher Columbus cross, the most photographed site on the island and the spot that marks his arrival to San Salvador in 1492. And of course, there’s plenty of modern island living too. Our pick? Gaunahani Beach Club. It’s the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring. There’s only three villas on property, so you’ll feel like you have the entire resort to yourself, except for a few kiteboarders.
Next up: Long Island. Stunning beaches and world-class diving make this our Out Islands pick for water enthusiasts. Base yourself at Stella Maris Resort for stunning views of the sea from your open-air villa and easy access to the island’s best dive sites. Your must-see spot is Dean’s Blue Hole. It’s the deepest blue hole in the world at six hundred and sixty three feet. Practice your free diving and then head to Flying Fish Marina for the Bahamas’ famous conch fritters and made-to- order fish tacos.
If you’re really looking to get off the beaten path, head to Acklins and Crooked Island. These two islands are the most remote in the Bahamas, but they’re full of undiscovered gems like sprawling caves and quaint bed and breakfasts right on the water. The secluded beaches and flats are perfect for bonefishing, and the islanders’ hospitality will make you feel right at home.
Learn more about the islands of the Southern Bahamas.