Long Island

Long Island

No need to guess why this island was given its name. It is not only long, but it is also narrow; no more than 4 miles at its widest point with a population of 3,024 people in an area of 596 sq. km (230 sq. miles).

Long Island is bisected by the Tropic of Cancer and is a tale of two coasts. To the east, the Atlantic rears up and smashes onto the jagged rocks, while to the west the waves gently lap upon golden shores.

The third island discovered by Christopher Columbus, Long Island is hilly with limestone caves deserted beneath the sea. Agriculture is still very much a part of life here. Many Long Islanders engage in pot-hole farming, which involves planting in fertile holes in the limestone where good top soil collects. From these an abundance of peas, corn, pineapples and bananas are grown. Raising sheep, goats and pigs also provides a living for the inhabitants. Long Island is famous for its vegetables and cattles and supplies most of the islands with its farm goods.

There are lots of sites and historical points on Long Island and fantastic boutique hotels which are steps away from the beach offering panoramic views of the coastline. Diving is a favourite past time on Long Island which is home to some of the oldest dive operations in The Bahamas. Long Island is known for Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest recorded blue hole in The Bahamas (more than 600 feet).

The beach at Cape Santa Maria is a big draw for tourists, and is recognized by guests and travel writers alike as one of the best beaches in the world. Apart from the abundance of sea life Long Island has to offer, it is a quiet, quaint, picture perfect island, with friendly locals and great hospitality.