Far away from civilization
Although it may be quiet and remote, Acklins/Crooked Island's natural beauty offers excitement, along with relaxation. You will forget the complexities of city life while being indulged by the friendly, generous locals and discovering incredible sights. There are miles of undisturbed sandy beaches, coral gardens, limestone caves and cliffs, remnants of slave and cotton plantations, ancient churches, fortifications, wetlands, mangrove-lined creeks and waterways. Acklins/Crooked Island is a natural lure for fish and fishermen alike.
The atoll formed by Acklins, Crooked Island and Long Cay sits about 223 miles southeast of Nassau/Paradise Island, just minutes away by air. Together, the islands form an area of approximately 200 square miles in length.
It may not be well known as a tourist destination, but the charm of Acklins/Crooked Island goes well beyond the scenery. If you’re looking for a diving and snorkeling holiday or a dream fishing vacation, this is a place to get lost in and love it.
Acklins Island lies at the southeastern section of The Bahamas chain. This lesser known island covers 92 square miles and is only four miles at its widest point. The island hugs the Bight of Acklins, a small but famous lagoon. There are a number of high hills, the highest point on the land being 141 feet. It has many unusual rock formations, beautiful beaches, and varied plant and animal life. The population is scarce, declining steadily from 1,561 in 1901 to 428 in 2000 as inhabitants migrated to New Providence for economic reasons. The largest settlement is Salina Point (population 129). Lovely Bay (population 41) used to be separated from Acklins, but is now connected by a land bridge.
Crooked Island, like the Birdrock Light House constructed in 1876 to guard the northeastern passage of Crooked Island, is one of the best guarded secrets of The Bahamas. Together with Long Cay, it forms the northwest part of the atoll system. They offer the ambiance of the Garden of Eden, undisturbed by traffic, with sparsely populated settlements (or towns). Cripple Hill, True Blue, French Wells, and Gun Point are reminiscent of the early days of plantations living, which existed in the late 1700’s when these islands were used as cotton and salt-producing areas. Colonel Hill is the capital of Crooked Island and the location of most of the island's activity The attractions here include the remains of old cotton plantations, caves with unusual limestone formations, and lighthouses at both ends of the atoll. Crooked Island is renowned for the historical sites that give one a peek into the island’s colonial past. Rustic Acklins island has relatively few historical landmarks, but the Lucayan Indian sites are a must-see.