Photo Essay: Long Island, Bahamas

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s:v Hideaway m:v Knot Yet s:v Senara Calabash Bay Long Island

Since Long Island Bahamas has a relatively large population (4,000 people) compared to other islands in the Bahamas, we expected to see a string of developed townships as we drove through in our rickety rental car. But we were surprised and delighted to find that Long Island was as remote and sleepy as most of the other islands in the Bahamas.

With virtually one road running through its 76 miles of narrow island stretch, we set out to see as many sights as we could as we drove from top to bottom, using our Lonely Planet travel guide as a compass. Most of what we visited were long stretches of beautiful, secluded beaches, the number of which nearly rivaled the number of liquor stores on the island.

But where there are so many beautiful beaches, it seems appropriate to find just as many spots where you can enjoy the view with a stiff rum drink in your hand. Cheers to that…and the lovely sights of Long Island captured in this photo essay.

calabash bay long island bahamas

We had a long walk down the beach to find breakfast and a rental car.

long island bahamas santa maria resort

The resort around the headland from Calabash Bay looked promising for breakfast…

santa maria resort long island bahamas

…and the Santa Maria Resort turned out to be a picture perfect stop

beach north long island bahamas

We drove along the coast in search of the famed pink sand “Love Beaches.”

dean's blue hole sign bahamas

We didn’t find any pink beaches, but we did find the world’s deepest blue hole: Dean’s Blue Hole.

free divers deans blue hole long island

Ryan, Kerri & Macara (m/v Knot Yet), and Morgan (s/v Senara) watched as pro free divers tried to break records.

free divers long island deans blue hole

We kept out of the way of the free divers as their crew filmed them.

morgan s:v senara turf to surf

Morgan from s/v Senara contemplated jumping in with the free divers in his underpants…

m:v knot yet bahamas turf to surf

…meanwhile Kerri and her daughter Macara searched for shells on the beach

girl with shells turf to surf

Macara, showing off her beach finds.

clarence town docks long island bahamas

Macara, overseeing the day’s catch in Clarence Town, as the fishermen came in.

clarence town bar long island bahamas

We enjoyed sundowners on the docks in Clarence Town before heading back north.


Click here to see more photos of our road trip on Long Island, Bahamas, on Turf to Surf’s Facebook Page.

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  • Michelle March 30, 2013, 11:44 am

    Wow love your colorful pictures!

    • Tasha March 30, 2013, 3:03 pm

      Thanks, Michelle!

  • Jay March 30, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Great pictures guys…. a couple years ago, we anchored at Cape Santa Maria and were literally to shocked at the gorgeous beach and resort there…apparently, ranked the best beach in the Bahamas?…one sweet spot!…2 weeks til we hoist the sails for the Exumas…so pumped…Happy Easter to your both!…safe travels!

    • Tasha March 30, 2013, 3:04 pm

      I’m so excited for you guys! I hope we see you out there!!!

  • Kerri Scott-Brooks March 30, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Love the pics!!!! Thanks 🙂

    • Tasha March 30, 2013, 11:05 pm

      Hey Kerri,
      It was so great to spend some time with you guys and get to know you, Ian and Macara… I hope our paths cross gain soon. We’ve truly enjoyed your company! Xxx
      Tasha & Ryan

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