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                                                         More so than any other Caribbean islands, the Bahamas Out Islands are absolute beach-
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                                                         beaches, best snorkeling and diving, and best fishing, kayaking, boating and sailing, bird-
                                                         watching and eco-travel. They also offer a unique culture born of seafaring European
                                                         adventurers and African heritage and traditions that combine to create the distinctly colorful
                                                         and decidedly welcoming Bahamian way of life.

                                                         The Bahamians also call the Out Islands the “Family Islands.” Though many Bahamians may
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                                                         THE EXUMAS (2 of 14) [03/02/2009 21:03:39]
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                                                         The Exumas are a 120-mile-long island chain-within-the-chain of the Out Islands, with the
          Visit our Archives! Click                      Exuma Cays scattered in a long line extending north toward New Providence from Great
        here to explore our archived                     Exuma. The Cays are the most exotic of the Out Islands, a collection of tiny jewels set in the
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        you think...                                     The area is so precious -- it’s reefs and island environments so pristine -- that the Bahamian
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                                                         of the world’s most successful marine parks.

                                                         Many of the Exuma Cays are private, some operated as luxuriously exclusive private-island
                                                         resorts and others the ultra-exclusive homes of such stars as Johnny Depp and country
                                                         singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The hub of the Exuma Cays is Staniel Cay, where boaters
                                                         gather at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club’s bar and restaurant, and where a landing strip serves
                                                         as the gateway to the northern stretch of Cays. Within sight of the Club is the famous
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                                                         A short boat ride from Great Exuma is a barrier cay that protects the main island from the
                                                         Atlantic. Stocking Island features spectacular views from atop its high bluff and a series of
                                                         idyllic beaches separated by limestone promontories. On the lee side, the Chat & Chill is a
                                                         classic beach bar with great food that seems to attract every boater in the area. (3 of 14) [03/02/2009 21:03:39]
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                                                                                                  The Abacos consists of its own 120-mile-long island
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        affordable and comfortable                       operative one in all The Bahamas Out Islands!). Along with having a great selection of hotels,
        setting.                                         restaurants and bars, Marsh Harbour is charter boat central, with several full-service marinas
                                                         where you can dock your own boat or find a rental – both live aboard sailboats and
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                                                         wrapped around a beach with the whitest, softest sand you’ve ever seen. To the south lies
                                                         Little Harbour, a picturesque protected bay where you’ll find a small artist colony based
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                                                         The Cays of Abaco

                                                         The Abacos Bahamas were settled by English colonists who remained loyal to the crown after
                                                         the American Revolutionary War, which is why the settlements like Hope Town on Elbow Cay
                                                         and New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay have the look of New England fishing towns complete
                                                         with picket fences and gingerbread trim – of course with the distinctive Bahamian touch of (4 of 14) [03/02/2009 21:03:39]
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                                                         pastel colors.

                                                         Hope Town

                                                         Hope Town is home to the famous candy striped lighthouse, a favorite photo subject now, but
                                                         quite controversial when it was under construction back in 1863 because up until then, the
                                                         islands residents had been making a comfortable living by salvaging ships that wrecked on
                                                         the offshore reefs.

                                                         The diving and snorkeling is excellent all through Abaco Bahamas, with several protected
                                                         underwater areas such as Fowl Cay National Reserve and Pelican Cays National Park, massive
                                                         reefs with swim-through caves that are seasonally filled wall to wall with silver baitfish, and
                                                         even dive spots at the edge of the reef where you’re almost guaranteed to see Caribbean reef

                                                         Fishing is huge in the Abaco Islands, from the excellent bone fishing in Cherokee Sound and
                                                         out in the “marls,” to the blue water big game species like marlin and tuna that prowl the
                                                         Atlantic side within easy sight of the outer islands.

                                                         ON BIMINI ISLAND, YOU’LL FIND MORE FISHING, DIVING, SAILING AND MORE TO
                                                         DO PER SQUARE MILE THAN ANYWHERE IN THE BAHAMAS OUT ISLANDS


                                                         On Bimini Island, you'll find more fishing, diving, sailing and more to do per square mile than
                                                         anywhere in The Bahamas Out Islands. Bimini Island is the true Island in the Stream,
                                                         perched at the edge of a sheer underwater cliff that falls thousands of feet into the blue
                                                         abyss. The Gulf Stream rushes north, washing past Bimini Island, feeding and warming its
                                                         coral reefs and serving as a watery highway for everything from marlin to mantas, dolphin to
                                                         sea turtles. Its unique location coupled with a roguish history makes Bimini the Out Islands’
                                                         favorite diving and fishing frontier outpost.

                                                         Laid-back Bimini’s way of life is swimming off the beach, snorkeling, trolling for monster
                                                         game fish and yes, tossing back more than a few rums with the locals. There is also the
                                                         extraordinary chance to interact with wild Atlantic spotted dolphins that gather north of the
                                                         island, casting flies for bonefish on the flats of The Bahamas Bank, kayaking to the legendary (5 of 14) [03/02/2009 21:03:39]
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                                                         “Fountain of Youth” (a natural spring amid the mangrove mud that pumps lithium and sulfur)
                                                         and scuba diving on wrecks, reefs, “off the wall” or atop the mysterious Bimini Road that
                                                         some believe is remnants of a man-made causeway perhaps built by Atlantis’ own civil

                                                         Bimini Island – which is actually two small islands, North Bimini Island and South Bimini
                                                         Island, connected by a shallow flat – has a fascinating history. As the closest Bahamian island
                                                         to the U.S., Bimini served as a convenient offshore speakeasy and liquor store during
                                                         prohibition. Rum runners stored their hooch both ashore and on a concrete Liberty ship called
                                                         the Sapona that still rests where it grounded during a hurricane – it’s one of the Caribbean’s
                                                         very best shallow-water wreck sites for snorkelers and divers.

                                                         Beyond the fishing, diving and kayaking, Bimini Island offers both the quiet escape of empty
                                                         beaches along and the boisterous camaraderie of sportsmen gathering at the marinas after a
                                                         successful day on the water in the hot sun. Menus at the local restaurants like the Red Lion
                                                         Pub and The Anchorage are, naturally, heavy on fresh seafood and Bahamian favorites like
                                                         cracked conch to keep you fueled up for further Bimini adventures.

                                                         ELEUTHERA ISLAND

                                                         Natural, untamed and still undeveloped. Eleuthera Island is a Caribbean vacation playground.
                                                         From the pink sand beaches of North Eleuthera to the renaissance of the Cape in South
                                                         Eleuthera, and points between, you could spend weeks on this slinky island and still not see
                                                         all of the natural beauty there is to explore.

                                                         This pencil-thin island – it’s only two miles wide – has miles of pink and white sand beaches
                                                         and turquoise crystal-clear water. To be clear, this is not all sand and water. Eleuthera Island
                                                         is known for the high cliffs that fringe the eastern side of this Bahamas island, where the
                                                         Atlantic Ocean crashes onto the rock. Of course, this is as much noise as you’ll hear on this
                                                         quiet, friendly island of Eleuthera, where fishing, diving, snorkeling and taking it easy are the
                                                         favorite pastimes of locals and visitors.

                                                         Eleuthera is Greek for “freedom,” a fitting name for a Caribbean island that’s free from
                                                         crowds or cruise ships or casinos. Eleuthera moves at a slower pace than most people are
                                                         accustomed to. Leave your watch at home and stow your cell phone and blackberry away.
                                                         Fortunately for you most won’t work here, anyway. The island is divided between North
                                                         Eleuthera and South Eleuthera. One of the most popular spots is Harbour Island, famous for
                                                         its pink and white sand beaches. Harbour Island often is called the Nantucket of the
                                                         Caribbean. In addition to the beach, there are historical landmarks and a history lesson at
                                                         every turn – all within a tropical paradise, of course.

                                                         Eleuthera Island is 110 miles long and is dotted with quaint, friendly fishing and colonial
                                                         villages, such as Tarpum Bay, Bannerman Town, and Hatchet Bay. This Caribbean island also
                                                         is home of the first republic in the “New World.” There are more natural wrecks here than
                                                         any other island in the Bahamas, especially along The Devil's Backbone, a shallow and jagged
                                                         reef extending across the northern edge of Eleuthera. It has torn the bottom out of more
                                                         vessels than any other reef in the nation.

                                                         This Bahamas island also is known for pineapple plantations. Locals serve up plenty of
                                                         pineapple tarts, and the annual pineapple festival celebrates the pineapple heritage of the

                                                         It’s the resorts, though that give Eleuthera Island its reputation for being among the
                                                         friendliest places in the world. The secluded villas, upscale resorts, and quaint inns keep
                                                         visitors coming back year after year, including members of the British royal family.

                                                         HARBOUR ISLAND (6 of 14) [03/02/2009 21:03:39]
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                                                         World famous Harbour Island is the ideal vacation destination for pink sand beaches, diving
                                                         and unique, luxurious resorts.Known simply as Briland to its residents, Harbour Island,
                                                         Bahamas, is often is called the Nantucket of the Caribbean. The colorfully painted New
                                                         England-style architecture on the island beautifully compliments the lush palms trees, flower-
                                                         lined streets and pink sand beaches. This tiny world famous (and world class) island is a
                                                         vacation magnet for the rich and famous, savvy travelers and beach vacation seekers alike.

                                                         Approximately 3.5 miles long and only 1.5 miles wide, Harbour Island is located just off the
                                                         tip of Eleuthera, separated by a narrow channel. Regular ferry service shuttles resort and
                                                         hotels guests as well as daily visitors from North Eleuthera for a day of exploring and
                                                         shopping the picturesque village of Dunmore Town. One of the oldest settlements in The
                                                         Bahamas, Dunmore Town dates back to the 18th century. It was formerly the capital of The
                                                         Bahamas and second only to Nassau in importance. Dunmore Town was once the summer
                                                         home of the Royal Governor, Earl of Dunmore — hence the name.

                                                         Harbor Island, Bahamas, is famous for its three-mile-long pink beach that runs the entire
                                                         length of the island on its eastern side. The beach is protected by an outlying coral reef that
                                                         makes the turquoise clear water one of the safest and most alluring swimming and snorkeling
                                                         spots in The Bahamas. Adventure vacationers can also seek out these waters for great diving
                                                         opportunities. Current Cut, for example, offers one of the most thrilling high-current dives in
                                                         the Caribbean.

                                                         HARBOUR ISLAND WAS RANKED “THE BEST ISLAND IN THE CARIBBEAN” BY
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                                                         Islands number one among the islands of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda.

                                                         CAT ISLAND

                                                         Untainted by tourism, there is much to be discovered on Cat Island in The Bahamas Out
                                                         Islands. About 130 miles southeast of Nassau and Paradise Island near the Tropic of Cancer
                                                         lies Cat Island. Explore uninhabited cays and hidden coves, attend a regatta, go on a shark
                                                         dive, or hike a nature trail. Cat Island provides a year-round tropical beach vacation

                                                         Divers like the coral reefs and blue holes, walls, caves and shipwrecks. Shark dives, dolphins,
                                                         and stingrays are all part of the experience. While veteran divers know their way around the
                                                         ocean floor, guides always are around to help beginners experience life under the sea.

                                                         Cat Island, Bahamas, is a fishhook-shaped island only 48 miles long and four miles across at
                                                         the widest part. Yet, it offers plenty to do and see. Cotton plantation ruins are scattered
                                                         around the island. The remains of slave huts dating back to the 1700s and Arawak Indian
                                                         caves can be explored. Cat Island also prides itself on producing The Bahamas’ finest rake ’n
                                                         scrape music and holds an annual festival dedicated to it.

                                                         Mount Alvernia is the highest elevation in the country at 206 feet above sea level. The hill
                                                         served as the hermitage of Father Jerome Hawes, who settled on The Bahamas island in
                                                         1939, where he built a miniature monastery and hand-carved steps out of solid rock. Named
                                                         after the pirate Arthur Catt, much of the island has not been developed, which provides a
                                                         unique vacation for those who want to get away in a private, relaxing, laid-back environment.
                                                         Of course, the pink beaches are popular, but so are the world-class diving adventures,
                                                         snorkeling, and fishing. With 50 miles of rolling hills and miles of nature trails, you truly can
                                                         experience a Bahamas island in its native setting.

                                                         This is not fabricated. This is The Bahamas. And at Cat Island, even the winters are a blazing
                                                         60 degrees, while in the summertime temperatures linger around the mid-80s with a gentle
                                                         breeze from the ocean. Stay in a remote and rustic village setting and relax under thatched-
                                                         roof tiki bars, make your vacation home a cottage right on the pink sand beach or select a
                                                         fishing marina that caters to anglers on a quest for a big-game catch. Whatever you choose,
                                                         there’s something to do and see on Cat Island, Bahamas. Of course, you may choose to do
                                                         absolutely nothing at all.

                                                         ANDROS ISLAND (8 of 14) [03/02/2009 21:03:39]
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                                                         All of The Bahamas Out Islands boast abundant natural attractions, but Andros Island – the
                                                         largest yet most sparsely developed of all The Bahamas – is the king when it comes to
                                                         superlative natural experiences. It’s a great place for a laid-back beach getaway, wedding or
                                                         honeymoon, but for eco travelers, kayakers, bird watchers, hikers, snorkelers, divers and
                                                         fishermen the big island of The Bahamas is the ideal vacation destination.

                                                         ANDROS ISLAND IS THE BAHAMAS’ NATURAL WONDER

                                                         Andros Island is the Bahamas’ natural wonder. The earth’s third-largest barrier reef (after
                                                         Australia’s Great Barrier and Central America’s Belize Barrier Reef) lies adjacent to its shores.
                                                         A mile-deep abyss -- walled with coral and filled with whales, dolphin, marlin and all the
                                                         wondrous reef animals – that’s called the Tongue of the Ocean, licks along Andros’ east
                                                         coast. Underwater caves riddle the island, surfacing as mesmerizing blue holes that local
                                                         legends say serve as lairs for the Lucsa, a sea monster that sucks the unwary down into the
                                                         bottomless blue. Mangrove-lined wetlands cover huge swaths of Andros Bahamas, intercut
                                                         with endless mazes of channels that open onto bonefish flats and hidden beaches.

                                                         Divers and snorkelers find endless fascination along the reef -- going deep into the Tongue or
                                                         exploring among the coral heads along the inside of the barrier reef – and at the openings to
                                                         the blue holes that are found all over the island, in the middle of forests, out on flats, inside
                                                         deep channels, near the reefs and amid the stony ancient reef that makes up much of the
                                                         landscape (the entire 2,300-square-mile island is made of porous limestone laid down by the
                                                         sea and reef creatures).

                                                         Birds find Andros Island an ideal stopover on their yearly migrations, when they join such
                                                         local exotics as ibis, spoonbills, flamingos, hummingbirds, woodstars and the rare Bahama
                                                         parrot. Bird watchers who flock to the island find their quarry wading along the shore,
                                                         roosting in the mangroves (where a silent, peaceful approach by kayak ensures close
                                                         sightings) and hiding amid the coppice.

                                                         Fly fishermen set off in small boats with experienced local guides who somehow know their
                                                         way through the criss-crossed confusion of cuts and channels that split Andros Island into
                                                         three sections, and find the flats filled with silvery bonefish. For ocean big game fishermen,
                                                         the Tongue beckons, with big snapper along the deep reef and pelagics like mahi-mahi, tuna, (9 of 14) [03/02/2009 21:03:39]
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                                                         wahoo and marlin out in the blue just a bit further out. Hikers can get a combination natural
                                                         history tour and cultural lesson by participating in a walk “backabush,” where inland blue
                                                         holes appear amid the ancient forest and where a local guide will explain all the medicinal
                                                         uses of the plants – knowledge that’s been handed down for generations.

                                                         When Andros Island Bahamas visitors take a break from adventuring, there’s plenty of other
                                                         things to do on the island, whether it’s picnicking at Morgan’s Bluff, Love Hill beach or
                                                         Somerset beach, doing a rum shop crawl, or shopping for locally produced Androsian fabrics
                                                         in Fresh Creek or baskets and wood carvings in Red Bay.

                                                         LONG ISLAND

                                                         Discover history, walk pink and white sand beaches and dive the blue holes of Long Island, in
                                                         the Bahamas Out Islands. Home to one of the oldest dive operations in the Bahamas, Long
                                                         island has numerous shallow and deep dive sites, but is best known for Dean’s Blue Hole, the
                                                         deepest recorded blue hole in the Bahamas (more than 600 feet). The western shoreline of
                                                         the 80-mile long island has soft sandy beaches capped with rich green mangroves. With the
                                                         Atlantic Ocean on the east, Long Island is a haven for fishing, sailing, and yachting in The
                                                         Bahamas Out Islands.

                                                         A towering spine of ancient reef gives 80-mile Long Island, Bahamas, two faces: the dramatic
                                                         cliffs and caves of the east coast that front the crashing Atlantic waves, and the soft, sandy
                                                         edged lee side which slides calmly into the Bahamas Bank. Shark diving, vast schools of fish
                                                         around towering coral bommies, and the spectacular wall of nearby Conception Island (a
                                                         national park) are serious draws for scuba diving enthusiasts, while the angling for both
                                                         bonefish and big pelagics is enough to keep any fisherman thrilled.

                                                         Cape Santa Maria Beach has been recognized by beach lovers and travel writers alike as one
                                                         of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Long Island, Bahamas, is also home to Columbus
                                                         Point. This towering memorial to Christopher Columbus is perched high on a hill at the
                                                         island’s northern most tip where visitors can experience outstanding oceanic views. You’ll find
                                                         sloping hills in the northeast, while low hillsides make up the southern portion of the island.
                                                         It’s the drastically contrasting landscape that makes so many people say that Long Island is
                                                         one of the most picturesque islands in the Bahamas.

                                                         The island beckons visitors for world-class bone fishing and thrilling encounters with sea life,
                                                         where divers and snorkelers explore gardens, caves, and old plantation ruins. But Long
                                                         Island, Bahamas, also is a quiet island dotted with quaint, friendly villages and miles of
                                                         uninterrupted beaches that offer soft pink sand changing to yellow-white. And along the way,
                                                         sea shells and plenty of them
                                                         The great thing about the Out Islands is the ability to hop from one to the other by sea or air
                                                         to get the most out of your vacation. (10 of 14) [03/02/2009 21:03:39]
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                                                         In the Out Islands you’ll find the amazing sight of the white sand, green islands, coral keys,
                                                         turquoise sea, and lovely little villages - all totally unforgettable for their sheer spellbinding
                                                         beauty…a paradise on earth.

                                                                   AUTHOR : Anjali Wilde was born in Africa, schooled in Europe and America,
                                                                   and spent her young adult years in the Caribbean. Married, she now divides
                                                                   her time between Mexico and Europe with her husband, Pier Paolo, a
                                                                   photographer and artist. Anjali, a working artist and poet, has recently taken
                                                                   up freelance writing. Her articles cover a broad range of subject matter
                                                                   including travel, art, tourism, history and culture.

                                                                       Email : Anjali Wilde

                                                                                      Located on 1000 acres on the breathtaking Pacific
                                                                                      coastline the community of Montecristo has four
                                                                                      neighborhoods for different styles of living. Home to
                                                                                      the community’s lively beach club, along with tennis
                                                                                      courts and an equestrian center is Montecristo’s
                                                                                      fourth neighborhood Costa Azul, which is most
                                                                                      famous for the Montecristo Golf Club, including a
                                                                                      beautiful 18-hole championship course, clubhouse,
                                                                                      pro shop and an exclusive boutique hotel.

                                                                                      Montecristo has something to offer for everyone,
                                                                                      Ventanas del Mar oceanfront condos start at
                                                                                      $209,990, while Cumbres lots start as low as
                                                                                      $65,000. Cielos ridge lots are offered at
                                                                                      $322,000 for over an acre and a half with a large
                                                                                      range of choice of position and acreage. And in the
                                                                                      Altos Linda Vista neighbourhood there are still lots
                                                                                      available at $50,000 for approximately a quarter

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