This is the second largest of the Bahamas islands and is known as the sailing capital of the world. It is also one of the only islands in the Bahams where the Bahama Parrot can be found.
Acklins and Crooked Island
These are some of the least visited islands of the Bahamas.
Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas. It is where the world's third largest barrier reef is located. Andros is known as the bonefishing capital of the world. There are many blue holes in Andros, both inland and undersea. The island is also well-known for it's crabs.
The Berry Islands are known for sportfishing.
The Bimini islands are a collection of three small Bahamian islands and are the closest to the United States of all the Bahamas islands. Bimini is known as the game-fishing capital of the world and it is also where Ernest Hemingway lived for a few years.
The highest point in the Bahamas is Mount Alvernia in Cat Island. It is 206 feet tall.
Eleuthera is a long, thin island. It is about 110 miles long and only about 2 miles wide. The beaches in Eleuthera are well known for having beautiful soft pink and white sand. It is a very charming island with colonial villages and pineapple plantations. It is also where the Glass Window Bridge is located. This famous bridge joins North Eleuthera to the mainland of Eleuthera. At the thinnest point of the bridge you can see the deep dark Atlantic Ocean meeting the shallow, turquoise Caribbean Ocean.
The Exuma islands are some of the most beautiful in the Bahamas. The Exumas are a chain of 365 cays and islands in central Bahamas, surrounded by shallow water and sandbars. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a protected area for birds and fish and was the first of it's kind in the world.
Grand Bahama Island
Fourth largest island. The Spanish named the island Gran Bajamar, meaning "Great Shallows". Next to New Providence it is the most populated island. Freeport, the second largest city in the Bahamas is located on Grand Bahama Island. The Lucayan National Park is on Grand Bahama where you can take a kayak tour through the mangroves and where some of the oldest caves in the Bahamas can be found.
Inagua is the third largest island in the Bahamas and has a bird sanctuary where flamingos, pelicans, herons, and other birds live. There are more flamingos in the Inaguas than there are people. Only goats, donkeys and rare birds live on Little Inagua.
Long Island got its name because it is so long and narrow. It has soft white sand beaches on the west and rocky cliffs on the east.
Mayaguana is one of only two islands that kept their original Arawak names. The other island is Inagua. Arawaks were the native indians who originally lived on the Bahamas islands.
New Providence and Paradise Island
Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas is in New Providence. Paradise Island is joined to New Providence by two bridges. The Atlantis Resort is located on Paradise Island.
Rum Cay is a tiny island close to San Salvador and this is the second spot Columbus visited in the Bahamas. It was called Mamana then, but Columbus renamed it "Santa Maria de la Concepcion". It's current name - Rum Cay - is said to be in memory of a ship with a cargo of rum that was wrecked on the coral reefs around the island.
San Salvador was called Guanahani and it is where Columbus first landed in 1492.