The monument was originally constructed by the Long Islanders Association as a tribute to the arrival of Christopher Columbus on October 17th, 1492. This spectacular ‘view-site’ perched atop the white cliffs of the Long Island coastline offers commanding views of the Atlantic and Caribbean Seas, lush greenery, and the other-worldly blues and whites of fishing flats below. Accessibility to this historic site was greatly improved with a road constructed in 2019 making it also a favorite cycling destination from the resort (11.5km, 7miles round-trip). The site offers picnic areas, amazing snorkeling, private beaches, a natural ‘lazy river, and amazing shelling opportunities.
The Shrimp Hole
Behind the spectacular ruin of what may be the oldest church in all of the Bahamas (St. Mary the Blessed Virgin est. 1669), is a well-marked trail to one of Long Island’s less-known natural attractions. At the end relatively simple 10min hike through the inland indigenous scrub brush is a freshwater limestone cave inhabited by what are thought to be small red Sterrar’s Cave Shrimp – a critically endangered cave dwelling arthropods. It is a unique sight to behold and a great way to break up the drive between the North and South of the Island.
Max’s Conch Bar
This roadside conch shack is perhaps the most famous of all Long Island institutions. The quality of the local cuisine, the strength of their rum punch, and the character of the local patrons make this a must visit on any (and every) Long Island road-trip. Gary, Liz and Karnetha will keep you entertained and ensure you leave full of food, a few great Long Island stories, and a priceless memories of ‘real’ community culture. If you are visiting as part of a guided Island Tour, lunch is not included in the tour rate.
Hamilton’s Cave is the largest cave system in the Bahamas. The Lucayan Indians were thought to have lived here around 500 A.D., and many Lucayan artifacts were discovered in 1936. The cave is named after the small settlement of Hamiton’s, located south of Salt Pond. It is owned and operated by Mr. Leonard Cartwright, a Long Island native who offers tours through the cave system, with some passages over 15 meters wide and 3 meters high, where he played hide-and-seek with his family as a child. Tours are $20/adult and can be booked through our front office.
Dean’s Blue Hole
Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s second deepest blue hole. Plunging 663 feet (202 meters) to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the blue hole is oval at its surface, with a diameter ranging from 80 to 120 feet (25 to 37 meters). A popular destination for divers and visitors from all over the world, the hole was the location of the recent free diving world record of 274 ft. (83 meters) and home of the Free Diving World Championships.