Getting Lost in Time in The Southern Bahamas

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The southern islands of The Bahamas are truly, The Bahamas’ final frontier. They are unspoiled and untouched, and their beauty is unmatched.

Exploring The Southern Bahamas

Being the final frontier, they are lesser known and not frequented as often. Making them ideal for an experience where you can truly get lost in time.
One of them, Mayaguana, is often referred to as the most remote island in The Bahamas. These islands were the first islands to be settled by the indigenous people of The Bahamas; the Lucayans. The remains of their existence can still be found throughout them.
These islands were also among the first in The Bahamas to be resettled by the Europeans and the American Loyalists.
The reminders of their presence can also be seen through several now abandoned plantations on Crooked Island. And even old fortifications put in place to scare off pirates who loved the Islands of the Southern Bahamas. So much so, that there is a town called ‘Pirate’s Well’ on one of the southern islands. Legend has it, that the pirates could find freshwater there, and so the town was named ‘Pirates Well.’
The remains of the country’s first post office can be found in the south on Crooked Island. What’s left of first jail in The Bahamas can also be found in the south, on Long Cay. Long Cay itself is a lonely island accessible only by boat and is home to more flamingos than people.
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Time Pauses On These Islands

The reward of sprawling about on one of the most beautiful expanses of Bahamian coastline without running into a soul can’t be beaten.
One of the oldest Bahamian lighthouses is found on Bird Rock Cay, another lonely island accessible only by boat and now depopulated.
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Imagine that, an entire little island to yourself to frolic about; an unmatched experience.
Perhaps venturing the streets of Long Island where, in one town, narrow canals carved out by slaves to collect salt abound may be more of an interest for you. Regardless, the relics of the past linger, especially in The Southern Islands.
The underdevelopment of The Southern Bahamas compared to that of Nassau, or even Freeport, results in them being a nature lover’s dream. Their pristine state results in experiencing the natural aspects feeling like time is standing still around you.
The massive flocks of flamingos on Crooked Island, Great Inagua, Long Cay, Mayaguana are a treat to look at and their sheer numbers are stupefying. And, not to be outdone by their avian counterparts, the mangrove creeks and estuaries of the southern islands are home to what may be an unending number of sea turtles just waiting to say hello to as you experience these islands which are just a short plane ride away from Nassau.
Idyllic is just one word that describes The Southern Bahamas. The opportunities that exist, ‘up south’, as so many Bahamians say, to truly experience an authentic island lifestyle make vacationing-in-place seem so attractive.
So… When will you get lost in time?
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Kris Ayala-Strachan

A wannabe photographer & lover of all things Bahamian.

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