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Welcome to ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND & LONG CAY

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Crooked Island

A MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER OF TOURISM & AVIATION

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rooked Island & Acklins are two island destinations within The Bahamas chain of islands that beckon the traveler who seeks to veer off the beaten path, unplug, unwind and immerse in the serenity of Nature. Guests to Crooked Island, Acklins and the offshore island of Long Cay pursue an unhurried itinerary that includes trophy sports fishing of all types – fly fishing, bone fishing, deepsea fishing and bottom fishing; biking through isolated villages, birdwatching, and lazing on secluded, powder soft, white sand beaches. Travelers with an adventurous spirit will find themselves right at home on Crooked Island & Acklins. There is much to explore – hilltop pre-Columbian caves, historic ruins of cotton plantations, forts, churches and a light house dating back over a century and a half. A ramble through the hilly hinterland is often rewarded with sightings of skittish wild goats. No trek through the outback of these islands is complete without a boat excursion to Turtle Sound where the sea comes in land more than nine miles to form an unusual inland river bordered by red mangroves that are nursery for the trophy size fish that populate the waters offshore. For insights on the treasures of Crooked Island & Acklins, visitors rely on the reliable, trusted Crooked Island & Acklins Visitors’ Guide which provides a thorough orientation on all there is to see, do and experience on Crooked Island & Acklins. One thing Crooked Island & Acklins have in common with the rest of The Bahamas is the warm hospitality of the people. These two island gems, no doubt, contribute to the high regard of many that, It’s Better In The Bahamas.

Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar MINISTER OF TOURISM & AVIATION

I ACKLINS Acklins Island Bonefish Lodge...................344-3180 Airport Inn (SP).......................344-3600 Chester’s Highway Inn...........344-3114 Grey’s Point Inn.......................344-3210 This place is a bone fisherman’s dream from start to finish with professional guides and comfortable rooms complete with refrigerator, satellite TV and two double beds. Enjoy three Bahamian style meals daily and packed lunches prepared for your day trips—which are coordinated from 8:30-5:00pm. Tell your tall fish tales in the inn’s main lodge complete with dining room, full size pool tale, game area and TV lounge area. Ivel’s Bed & Breakfast.............344-3199 Overlooking the turquoise sea, Ivel’s Bed and Breakfast offers four plush bedrooms, six suites, and a family-size cottage, all in a non-smoking, non-alcoholic environment. The well-appointed rooms have DVD, satellite TV and some have mini refrigerators. Before experiencing this islands abundance of fishing and

boating excursions, enjoy Ivel’s complimentary breakfast while basking in the tranquil island life. Top Choice Bonefishing Lodge (MB)............................344-3530 Club Rolex Rest. & Motel......344-3156 Oceanview (SaP).....................344-3119 CROOKED ISLAND Casuarina Villas (LP)...............457-7005 Crooked Island Lodge............344-2507 Frank & Ruth Guest House (LP)..............344-2022 Gibson’s Guest House (LP)............................344-2020 Bay Front Retreat (CH) Sonsette Villas(WB)................344-2041 ANCHORAGE Crooked Island Clear Customs in Long Island or Bimini to cruise the entire Bahamas. Outside Landrial Pt. Major’s Cay Harbour Fench Wells Eastern side of Long Cay

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: Acklins.................................344-3250 Crooked Island..................344-2197 POLICE DEPARTMENT Acklins.................................344-3666 Crooked Island..................344-2599 BAHAMAS CUSTOMS: Acklins.................................................. Crooked Island................................... CLINICS Acklins Spring Point........................344-3172 Mason Bay...........................344-3539 Crooked Island................................... BTC - Phone Acklins.................................344-3536 Crooked Island (CG).......344-2590 Long Cay.............................344-3021 BEC - Power Acklins (SP).........................344-3182 Crooked Island (CG).......344-2040

POST OFFICE Acklins (MB).......................344-3250 Crooked Island (CoH).....344-2526 Named the 1st Post Office in The Bahamas. Established in 1492 NATIONAL INSURANCE Acklins (SP).........................344-3140 Crooked Island (CoH).....344-2149 WATER & SEWERAGE Acklins (SP).........................344-3140 Crooked Island (CoH).....344-2149 TELEPHONE (BTC) Area Code 242 Long distance operator: ................ 0 Directory assistance: ..................916 Please note There are no banks on either island. PLEASE BRING CASH or CREDIT CARDS

f you’re looking for a vacation packed with activity in a busy city, Crooked Island is not the place for you. If you’d like to kick back on one of the best beaches in The Bahamas or reel in more fish than you thought possible, then, welcome to a little piece of heaven! Whether you’re savoring French toast at Gibson’s or enjoying a down home Fish Fry meal of cracked conch and guava duff, this island is a serene destination with crisp, clean air and friendly islanders eager to speak of their heritage. As a neighbor to Acklins Island, Crooked Island borders the eastern end of the Crooked Island Passage, the dividing point between the Caribbean Sea and The Bahamas. When Columbus landed at what is now Pittstown Point, he called it Fragrant Island because of the aroma of its many herbs. One scent was cascarilla bark, used to flavor Campari liquor which is exported. Interestingly, Crooked Island was home to the first Post Office in The Bahamas. It was also a key location for the export and import of goods, some time ago, from the Caribbean to Florida. While sightseeing on the northern end of the island, ask for the Marine Farms Fortress, an abandoned British fortification from the War of 1812. The Bird Rock Lighthouse is also an impressive landmark, standing 112 feet tall, it serves as a beacon at the northern entrance of the Crooked Island passage and began operating in 1876. Colonel Hill is the capital of Crooked Island. It offers fabulous views. Stuck in time, True Blue, French Wells, Gun Point and Cripple Hill resemble plantations of the 1700’s— when these islands were used as cotton and salt-producing areas. Most activities are in Pittstown and Winding Bay. Landrail Point is also a delightful place to visit where farming and fishing are the way of life. Just an hour flight from Nassau, you are worlds away. Crooked Island…visits to fish, sail or just do nothing at all. Now doesn’t that sound like your kind of vacation?

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Think back to when the most important thing on your agenda was to throw your line over board and wait for a bite while exploring a 1,000 mile lagoon. Or when since did discovering rock formations make your top 10 “to do” list? Not any time lately? Well, get off your chartered course and enjoy one of the Bahamas’ least known but hugely enjoyable destinations. Shhhh…it’s your little secret. Acklins and its neighbour Crooked Island hug a lagoon called the Bight of Acklins, world-famous for its bonefish flats. The island and its cays are ideal for serious scuba divers, snorkelers and boating enthusiasts. Nature lovers flock to its rugged terrain and exotic plant and animal life. Neighbouring cays host iguanas and flamingos—a must see! Just one hour flight directly from Nassau via Bahamasair or Pineapple Air to Crooked Island and Acklins or a short ferry ride from either destination to the other. Here you’ll find a coastline scattered with hidden coves and beautiful beaches with a number of small, colorful villages. At the southern tip of the Bahamas’ archipelago, this narrow, hilly island is 92 miles long with caves and bays sprinkling its western shore. Acklins has many interestingly named settlements including the capital Snug Corner along with Rocky Point, Binnacle Hill, Salina Point, Delectable Bay, Golden Grove, Goodwill, Hard Hill, and Lovely Bay. Hear that? That’s the sound of tranquility. Birds chirping and waves scooting the shore, Acklins offers a serene environment where the people are on “island time,” and it really doesn’t matter. After all, time stands still on Acklins.

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About Crooked Island Quick Island Facts

Area: 92 sq miles Location: 239 miles South East of Nassau. 1 hour by plane or 24 hrs hours by mailboat • 500 miles from Ft. Lauderdale

what to do ATTRACTIONS IN ACKLINS Along its coastline are numerous hidden coves with extensive, beautiful beaches, and a number of quaint little villages with very revealing names.

Its remaining walls are now part of the Pittstown Point Dive Club at Pittstown Landings.

Marine Farm is an ancient British fort, guarding the north west enof the Crooked Island Passage. Lovely Bay is located off the ferry to trance This is a protected site. and from Crooked Island. Snug Corner is where the residents of Diving & Snorkeling this “corner” of the island are almost out- Pittstown and Crooked Island are surrounded by the best virgin diving in numbered by the church steeples. the Bahamas. Coral filled reeefs abound Spring Point, the capital of Acklins, is with dramatic drop-offs to 600 fathoms the location of “Outside Kitchen”, a stone in the passage. The current-free reef face house ruin smothered by flowering bush- welcomes you to calm, yet breathtaking es. excursions.

Crooked Island

Greys Point Bonefish Inn

Delectable Bay, the interpretation of which is left to one’s imagination, is a “town” with a few houses and lots of vegetation.

BONEFISH GUIDES: ACKLINS Elvis Collie..................344-3104/357-5673 Fidel Johnson.464-8084/1-954-682-0648 Point.................................. 344-3210 Pompey Bay is the site of sleeping re- Grey’s Highway Inn............... 357-4179 mains of plantation rock walls which re- Chester’s Top Choice................................... 344-3530 flect the atmosphere of the town.

THE BIGHT OF ACKLINS

CROOKED ISLAND Elton “Shaky” Mckinney Randy Mckinney Jeffrey Moss Derick Ingraham Clinton Scavella Michael Carroll Robbie “Thunderbird Gibson... 422-4737 IN CROOKED ISLAND Andy Gibson................................ 344-2590 An abundance of bird life thrives on the cliffs Kenneth “Earlybird’ Scavella...... 344-2343 OFFSHORE ISLETS Castle Island, off the southwest tip of Acklins, has a conspicuous 1867 lighthouse once used as the retreat for pirates who attacked ships in the nearby passage. Sailors might also want to check out the Mira Por islets and the Samana Cays.

and reefs around Crooked Island. Coral gardens, shelves and reefs are a retreat for divers. The deep creeks, tidal flats and pools filled with game fish make it a sportsman’s delight. Spectacular, white-sand beaches stretch for miles. Historical sites give one a peek into the island’s past.

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CAR RENTALS Crooked Island C & S Car Rental (LP)................ 457-7008 Woody’s Car Rental (LP).......... 478-0016 Daxon’s Car Rental (CriH)................... 454-1964 Square Deal Car Rent (CaH)... 344-2005 Sonsette Car Rental (MC)........ 344-2041 C & C Car Rental....................... 344-2359 Acklins Airport Inn................................... 344-3600 Cargian Forbes (SP).................... 566-8898 Ivel’s Bed & Breakfast............ 344-3198/9 TOURS Crooked Island Gibson’s Bus Service.................. 344-2065 ..................................................or 436-2878

About Acklins

About

Quick Island Facts

Area: 120 sq. miles Population: 428 persons Location: 241 miles South East of Nassau.

Long Cay Bird Rock Lighthouse (see above) a 112-feet structure, was built in 1872, and stands on the cliffs at the northern entrance of the Crooked Island Passage. Christopher Columbus is said to have anchored here for a short period. Caves of Crooked Island are magnificent limestone formations, which hide secrets from the past. The stalactites and stalagmites take on unusual forms and shapes. Some say they resemble the ruins of churches and castles. Colonel Hill is the capital of Crooked Island. French Well, the remains of fortifications, including an old cannon, stand as reminders of the colonial period.

1hour by plane or 24 hrs hours by mailboat • Approx. 500 miles from Ft. Lauderdale

Long Cay is 8 square miles and is in the Acklins and Crooked Islands District. Its population is 33. Long Cay lies to the west of a shallow lagoon called the Bight of Acklins and is an extension of the southern end of Crooked Island, separated from it by a channel about one mile wide. The main town is Albert Town. Great Salt Pond lies in the middle of the island. The southernmost point is known as Windsor Point. It was the location on the Bahamas’ first jail and 1st point of entry. It also home of the 1st Anglican Church. Places to visit in Long Cay are: Fortune Island Villas, The After Work Bar and for eats visit Sierra’s Take Away. Tour to Long Cay can be arranged Call Bernard Ferguson at 344-2563 for more information.

General Information If you need assistance call the Administrators Office at 344-3250 (Acklins) or 344-2197 (Crooked Island

AREA CODE - 242

GETTING HERE By Air Bahamasair Acklins Airport......................344-3169 Crooked Island Airport.......344-2321 1hr flight to Crooked Island every Wed. & Sat. 1 hr & 10 mins to Acklins every Mon. & Fri.

Hope Great House was the centerpiece of a 19th century plantation around the time of George V of England. Now the ruins are embraced by aloe and other plants from the orchards and gardens embrace the ruins. It is a protected landmark and is managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Landrail Point is a northern port, which was the site of the first general post office in the Islands of The Bahamas.

MAIL BOAT SERVICE M/V KCT or Dianais

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Location Guide

Acklins From North to South Lovely Bay......................................LB Chesters.......................................... C Pine Field........................................PF Hard Hill.......................................HH Snug Corner................................. SC Mason Bay.................................... MB Spring Point................................... SP Delectable Bay............................ DB Pompey Bay.................................. PB

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Calendar of Events ACKLINS

Benacle Hill.................................. BH Salina Point ................................. SaP Crooked Island Winding Bay............................... WB Landrail Point................................LP Colonel Hill.................................CH Cabbage Hill..............................CaH Richmond Hill............................. RH Moss Town................................... MT Johnney Hill...................................JH

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Takes freight on Mondays & Tuesdays from Nassau to arrive in Acklins on Wednesdays or Thursdays. TAXI SERVICE (Acklins) Deleveaux Runabouts..........476-0116 Ferry Service to and from the islands leave in Lovely Bight daily at 8:30 am and 4:30 pm

FEBRUARY

Salina Point Home Coming

Float Parade from Spring Point Acklins Airport to Salina Point. Contact Steven Rose (President) 242-464-8521/476-0363.

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o look, smell, hear and feel a place is just not enough one must taste to truly digest the essence of his or her surroundings. After a long day of soaking in paradise the taste buds feel neglected and long to be massaged by scrumptious Bahamian delicacies. An evening at any one of these fine restaurants leaves you wishing you had an eternal appetite. Acklins Airport Inn .............................344-3504 Club Rolex (SC).....................344-3156 TKO Rest. & Bar (LB)............457-7559 Crooked Island Blonevas Take Away (CaH)...344-2546 Conch Shells Restaurant & Lounge (WB)...........................344-2563 Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Free WIFI. CI Lodge Rest. (PT)................344-2507 Gibson’s Rest. #2 (LP)...........344-2020 Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Advance Orders recommended

Night-life Acklins

Club Rolle-x (SC)...................344-3156 TKO Rest. & Bar (LB)............476-0119 Crooked Island Hide Out (RH).......................344-2560 Midway (CaH)........................344-2548 Panderosa Café (CoH)........344-2427

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APRIL

shopping ACKLINS

Snug Corner & Mason Bay’s Homecoming

Call Ms. Emmanuel, Administrator’s Office at 344-3251.

MAY

Convenience Store C.S.C Variety Store................ 457-7545 Vigil’s Convenient Store........ 344-3609 Gas Station Nai’s Service Station.............. 344-3190 Straw-work Flora Robbins.......................... 344-3538 J. Forbes.................................... 344-3233 Tire Shop Lil Fred Tire Shop................... 344-3125 Drinking Water Acklins Blue............................. 344-3252

Snug Corner & Mason Bay’s Homecoming

CROOKED ISLAND

Bahamas Independence Celebrations

Clothing Sharon’s Boutique (LP).......... 457-7008 Convenience Store Scavella’s Super Market (LP).344-2423 Scavella’s Con.Store (LP)...... 344-2024 Sunnylea (CoH)...................... 344-2320 Green Valley Food & Variety Store (LP).......... 344-2037 Williams Grocery Store (CoL)...................... 344-2322 Church Grove Super Market (CG)............ 344-2619 Gas Station Green Valley Food & Variety Store (LP).......... 344-2037 Insurance Family Guardian........Nassau 393-1023 Straw-work Tirzah Williams....................... 344-2322

Call Mr. Eliza Taylor at 344-3522

JUNE

Spring Point Red Cross Fair

Llive Bahamian music, games and native food and drinks in support of the Red Cross. Contact Mabel Hanna (President) 242-344-3600.

JULY

Contact Francita Neely, Administrator, 344-3251

Lovely Bay Homecoming

Randolph Deleveaux, President (242) 392-4380

Acklins Island Regatta

DECEMBER

Christmas Tree Lighting

Contact Yvette Williams (President) 242-344-3250/1.

Boxing Day Junkanoo

Contact Steven Rose & Elizabeth Ferguson (Presidents) 242-344-3250/1.

CROOKED ISLAND APRIL

Annual Homecoming Festival Contact Elvin Scavella President 242344-2423.

JULY

Landrail Point Home Coming Contact Hylene Moss 344-2197

Bahamas Independence

Call Mr. Miller (Administrator) 344-2197

AUGUST

Upalong Home Coming

Float parade from the airport to the regatta park, bus tours throughout the island, sail boat racing, and boat riding. Curtis Hanna Jr., President 477-3451

Call Ms. Yvonne Moss 341-1193

OCTOBER

DECEMBER

Conrad Hanna, President (242) 464-8626 Pandora Williams (242) 344-3172

Call Mr. Miller (Administrator) 344-2197

Youth Celebration

Emancipation Day

Call Mr. Miller (Administrator) 344-2197

Christmas Tree Lighting

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Acklins & Crooked Island 2018  

a visitor and travel map/guide to Acklins, Crooked Island and Long Cay, Bahamas

Acklins & Crooked Island 2018  

a visitor and travel map/guide to Acklins, Crooked Island and Long Cay, Bahamas

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