Caribbean Tourism

The Family Islands

The Family Islands, often called the Out Islands, are very different in atmosphere from New Providence and Grand Bahama. The larger islands are up to 100 miles long, but have only a few thousand inhabitants. Sea and sky come in every possible shade of blue, there are wild cliffs and miles of white sand beaches. Inland, pine forests grow in the northern islands, dry woodland in the central islands and sparse scrub vegetation in the southern islands. Red-coloured salt ponds were once the basis of a thriving salt industry on the south islands, but the land offered few other economic possibilities, though one other product was Cascarilla bark, used to flavour Vermouth and Campari. Thousands of yachts visit the islands, mainly during the winter season. The sea is clean and clear and ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Most of the islands have relatively few tourists, although Eleuthera and one or two others have big, resort-type hotels with marinas and sports facilities.



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Abaco Islands

The Abaco islands (pop: 10,034 1990 census), are a chain of islands and cays within the Family Islands, are covered in pine forests,...

Elbow Cay

The name Elbow Cay is rarely used, people refer to the settlement as Hope Town, the main town. It is marked by a striped lighthouse from...

Elbow Cay

The name Elbow Cay is rarely used, people refer to the settlement as Hope Town, the main town. It is marked by a striped lighthouse from...

Green Turtle Cay

The picturesque and quaint village of New Plymouth can be reached from Treasure Cay airport by a short taxi ride (US$3 per person, minimum...

Great Guana Cay

The population of Great Guana Cay is about 100. There are a few shops, including a grocery and a liquor store, and most services are...

Man-O-War Cay

This cay is a boat building and repair centre with New England Loyalist origins, where, until recently, blacks were not allowed to stay...

Spanish Cay

Spanish Cay is a private 185-acre island off Cooper’s Town which has recently been developed as a resort. There is a 5,000 ft runway and a...