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Luxury in Andros: Rich in historical landmarks and undersea adventures

The destination of Andros is the biggest, yet most sparsely developed of all The Bahamas, yet it is the winner when it comes to outstandingly beautiful natural surroundings. Its miles of isolated beaches and freshwater lakes play host to innumerable species of wildlife, marine life, flora and fauna. Andros consists of hundreds of small islets and cays linked by mangrove estuaries and tidal swamplands, together with three major islands: North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros. The immense areas of wetlands create channels ideal for bonefishing. When visitors prefer something less adventurous, the island offers charming settlements and secluded beaches known for their local charm and laid-back lifestyle. On Andros, you will find the world's third-largest fringing barrier reef, fascinating blue holes that some say are home to the mythical creature Lusca, and the Tongue of the Ocean, a mile-deep abyss swarming with vibrant marine life. If you are a bird watcher, eco-traveller, hiker, kayaker, snorkeler, diver or fisher, Andros ought to be your first stop when visiting the Bahamas. Andros Island has four airports with paved runways at Nicholls Town, Fresh Creek, Mangrove Cay and Congo Town Airport in South Andros.

The Andros Barrier Reef is world famous. It runs for 225km, averaging a distance of 2km from the Andros shore. The extensive flats of the Great Bahama Bank lie to the west, northwest and south of Andros. The island has a tropical climate with only two seasons, summer (May-November) and winter (December-April) ranging between 21? and 29?C. From Nicholls Town in the north to Little Creek in the south there is ample luxury accommodation for rent. Bungalows tucked into a tropical landscape, luxury villas so close to the ocean that you can taste the salt water, quaint Bahamian seaside rental villas welcome guests like long-time friends into their homes. When you are ready to get away from everything, the superb accommodations on Tiamo Resort await. The Andros Park System is the country's largest protected area, and includes five national parks. According to the local folklore, there is the myth of the Chickcharne, the half man, half bird-like figure that is said to protect against evil, and a dragon-like sea monster called the Lusca, lurking in the blue holes. Pirate buffs and explorers can take a trip to Henry Morgan's Cave at the north-eastern point of Andros near the town of Morgan's Bluff.

  • Boating
  • Cultural visits
  • Fishing
  • Walking

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Andros hosts various festivals: Crabfest at Fresh Creek, the annual regatta at Morgan's Bluff, Conch Festival, the Pirates' Festival, and the Annual Seafood Splash & Chickcharne Festival. Famous for its crafts like really waterproof straw baskets, and the art of Androsia batik, a colourful printed fabric. It is rich in culture and ancient rituals dating back to the 1400's when Africans migrating to South America settled on her shores, bringing their traditions with them. Enjoy Andros for its beaches, dining, romantic getaways, shopping, ecotourism, sightseeing, family fun, weddings, honeymoons and nightlife.

Scuba divers and snorkelers enjoy the Barrier Reef and the Tongue of the Sea, just a mile off the shores and teaming with exotic fish species. The island has the world's largest collection of blue holes, water-filled cave systems, which attract divers from all over the world. Thousands of square miles of fishable flats, home to permit, tarpon, and especially bonefish, the world’s premiere game fish, surround the island. Both predator and prey, they are faster than fresh water game fish. Deep-sea fishing beyond the reef in the Tongue of the Ocean offers dorado, tuna, sailfish, wahoo, and jacks. Locals fish regularly on the reef for abundant snapper and grouper. Hiking and kayaking are also popular activities.

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