Andros Island, Bahamas

Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas. Even so, it's one of the most laid back of the inhabited islands of the Bahamas. Andros Island is some 104 miles long by 40 miles wide, a size that belies its small population of about 8,000. It's a somewhat primitive island, largely undeveloped, a remote, wild and lonely place of large stands of pine and palm trees, mahogany and mangrove, and everywhere unspoiled wetlands. It is indeed yet another small section of the paradise among the Islands of the Bahamas. The photo below is courtesy of Castaways Resort.

Andros Island, Bahamas

Andros has three main towns: Nicholl’s Town to the north, Fresh Creek in the center of the island, and Kemp’s Bay to the south. All three are accessible by boat, or by plane from Miami and Nassau. Lodging on the island runs the gamut from tidy little guest houses to a couple of grand resorts.

If you're a scuba diver, you haven't lived the dream until you've dived the reefs off Andros. The island boasts the third-largest barrier reef in the world, more than 120 miles long. From the reef, the ocean drops off to a depth of more than 6,000 feet. The reef, and its many mysterious blue holes, make Andros a popular destination for divers throughout the world.

Note: Blue holes are formed when subterranean limestone caverns collapsed to leave great, clear, deep-water basins in the shallow flats. They are magnets for all sorts of fish and marine life, as well as divers at every level of experience.

Lost Treasures?

They do say that pirate Captain Henry Morgan’s treasure lies buried in one of the caves off Morgan’s Bluff at the north end of the island. That, and a number of shipwrecks, provide possibilities for several interesting excursions. Andros is known as one of the world’s finest deep-water fishing grounds. You can hunt great blue marlin, sailfish, bluefin tuna and the new hero of the shallow water flats, bonefish.

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