Vantage Point: The Best Views in the Country

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We know that the islands of the Caribbean are pretty mountainous. Though, The Bahamas never got the mountain memo. The highest point in the Caribbean is over 3,000m/10,000ft. Here in The Bahamas, however, the highest point is but 63m/203ft. That pales in comparison to the rest of the region. While our islands missed out on mountains, the small hills do offer amazing vantage points. These vantage points have the absolute best views of the land and seascapes.

Lighthouse Point:

Lighthouse Point is on the south-eastern tip of the island of Eleuthera and is the island’s southernmost point. While it’s a great vantage point offering amazing views, it’s also home to one of the best beaches in the country, Lighthouse Beach. But this is about the view from above. Atop the small hill and cliff, there’s a complete view of the Atlantic Ocean on one side. On the other side, the Exuma Sound; the side many locals call the Caribbean side. If that’s not enough, on clear days, you can say Half Moon Cay or Little San Salvador in the distance. It’s a private island owned by Disney Cruise Line.

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Columbus Point:

Columbus Point is the third highest hill in the country. This vantage point is named after Christopher Columbus. He called Long Island “the most beautiful place in the world” from atop the hill. The vantage point this hill offers is worth that description. On one side, there’s a view of the Atlantic Ocean. And on the other side, there’s a view of the cove and beach. (Pro-tip: Visit at low tide for the sandbars in the cove to be exposed.) Atop the hill is also a monument that pays homage to the indigenous people of The Bahamas, the Lucayans. Recently, the road leading to the Columbus Point was completely paved, making it an easy ride to it. A stairway was also installed. This makes the ascent much easier.

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Morgan’s Bluff:

While Lighthouse Point is Eleuthera’s southernmost point, Morgan’s Bluff is Andros’ northernmost. Andros is the largest island in The Bahamas. That in mind, expect for the island to have a great vantage point to show off The Bahamas’ beauty. As the name suggests, Morgan’s Bluff is a bluff. It’s also the highest point on the island. The infamous pirate Captain Morgan used this area as a hideout; hence its name. It provides exquisite views of the Northeast & west Providence channels along with the Tongue of the Ocean. The transition from the deep blue to the light turquoise can’t be beaten. The two are separated by the Andros Great Barrier Reef, which is the world’s third-largest barrier reef.

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Salt Beacon:

The Salt Beacon on Little Exuma is a local landmark with significant historic value. Salt raking was big business and started back in the 1600s. Because of the salt industry & ships frequenting the island, a beacon was needed. The beacon Roman Tuscan column. It was installed to help sailors find their way to safe harbour. Today, the unlit beacon which is about 30 ft high, remains on a small cliff that doubles as a great vantage point. From this vantage point, you’re able to see the beautiful turquoise waters that the Exumas have become renown for, as well as the great salina, a salt pond, on land.

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Chief Vantage Point-Mount Alvernia:

When speaking about the best vantage points in The Bahamas, Mount Alvernia can’t be left out. Why? Because it towers over The Bahamas. Found on Cat Island, Mount Alvernia is the highest point in the country and stands at a heart-pumping 63m/203ft. Atop this hill is a quaint hermitage that was built by Father Jerome Hawes. Though his work wasn’t limited to Cat Island. He also built other churches in The Bahamas. The view of the Atlantic Ocean is amazing and leaves one without words.

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New Providence may be the most visited island, however, all of these vantage points are found on the Out Islands. Check out this blog post on what else the Out Islands offer visit here to learn about all of them.

Kris Ayala-Strachan

A wannabe photographer & lover of all things Bahamian.

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