Some of the Bahamas Out Islands are proof that good things do come in small packages. In particular, Acklins and Crooked Islands are two small tropical wonders that prove paradise can be found on Earth.
History of Acklins and Crooked Islands
These two islands in the Bahamas are located just about 239 miles Southeast of Nassau. Long ago, Christopher Columbus navigated these islands in search for gold. Though Crooked Island was initially called Samote by the Arawak Indians, Columbus renamed it to Isabella in honor of his queen. Eventually, both islands became a haven for pirates who attacked vessels passing through the Crooked Island Passage which was a route located between the two islands and used by steam ships traveling from Europe to South and Central America.
Afterwards, the island remained uninhabited until the American Loyalists started to settle there in 1783. Like most of the other Bahamas Out Islands, many loyalists started cotton plantations on both islands, bringing with them slaves and lots of money. Unfortunately, the abolition of slavery and soil depletion led to the fall of this industry. Later on, sponge diving became the new source of income for the locals though this too eventually came to a stop when a fungus killed off the sponges.
What to expect on Acklins Island
Considered to be one of the least known islands of the Bahamas Out Islands, Acklins is the perfect place for travelers looking for true solitude on their Bahamas vacation. The place is solemn and the surrounding terrains are mountainous, barren, and have rare rock formations. Various plant and animal life can be found on the island. Hidden coves, unspoiled beaches, and quiet villages make up the rest of the island. On Acklins, travelers get to be responsible for their own entertainment as there are no night clubs, shops, or any other “touristy” activities that you normally see on some of the Out Islands of Bahamas. But you can be assured of unparalleled bonefishing, deep-sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing.
What to expect on Crooked Island
While all of the Out Islands of Bahamas look like the perfect island paradise, only Crooked Island smells like one. The sweet smell of the herbs and flowers around the island puts it a step above the others. Nature lovers will go ecstatic with the amount of natural attractions to be seen here. Numerous kinds of bird life, amazing coral gardens, unspoiled beaches, and hidden limestone caves await exploration. The untapped feel of the island makes vacationers feel more attuned to nature and its wonders. Fishing fanatics will love the deep creeks, tidal flats, and pools that are full of game fish. Remnants of cotton plantations, churches, and forts will delight those who love a bit of history. Needless to say, diving, sailing, swimming, and sunbathing are also excellent activities you can enjoy here.
If you are searching for a vacation getaway in the Bahamas where you are literally cut off from the rest of the world and at one with nature and yourself, going to either Acklins or Crooked Islands is your best choice. They offer a Bahamas Out Islands experience that you’ll never forget!