Whilst Port St George provides the oasis of luxury, it is Long Island itself that is the attraction. Some 80 miles long and no more than four miles wide at any point, the island is more than twice the size of New Providence island, where the Bahamian capital Nassau is located, yet has only 2% of its population, which numbers approximately 4,000. That population comprises genuinely friendly and welcoming islanders and a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities that have discovered the island and made it their home.
Named by Islands magazine as one of the 20 best islands on which to live, Long Island is unspoiled and spectacularly beautiful with miles of contrasting coastlines. The attractions here are made by nature, not by man, and most are open for you to discover and explore at your leisure.
Long Island straddles the tropic of Cancer, providing year-round warmth and sunshine. The island boasts a beach for every day of the year, so if you want a beach to yourself and arrive at one to find someone else is already there, the answer is simple; wander along to the next, there’s every chance that one will be deserted.
When you’ve had enough time on the beach and your eyes have feasted enough on sparkling turquoise water, Long Island has plenty more to offer. Kayaking through the mangroves, sailing to neighbouring islands, exploring caves and the ruins of former plantations, diving, snorkeling, cycling, walking and climbing are just some of the activities the island has to offer.
Then there is the activity the island is most famous for – fishing. Long Island offers exceptional fishing due to its proximity to large, tranquil world-class bonefish flats to the west and deep-sea fishing in the Atlantic immediately to the east, where blackfin and yellowfin tuna, rainbow runners, sailfish, white marlin and more can all be found.
Those of an adventurous disposition will adore Dean’s Blue Hole, which at 663 feet is the world’s second deepest and annual host to the Vertical Blue International Free Diving Competition. Although the competition itself is open only to certified and professional divers, anyone brave enough can take the cliff top leap into the shimmering deep blue waters. For the less brave, the stunning view of the surrounding bay alone makes the climb well worthwhile.
All of this is accompanied by a laid back, easy going, island lifestyle with a liberal scattering of roadside bars and eateries to ensure that you never go hungry or thirsty.