"You will experience an abundance of treasure here‒friendly people, a rich history, awesome food, and so much natural beauty."Charles Knowles, Long Island
Breathtaking cliffs, brilliant coral reefs, serene beaches. Long Island is home to it all. Featuring dramatic cliffs that tower over its eastern shore, the island is a haven for fishers, divers and boaters, boasting world-class bonefishing and thrilling encounters with sea life. The island’s western shore is a bit more tranquil. Visitors will find soft pink- and white-sand beaches that gradually slip into peaceful turquoise waters. Long Island is also home to Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest blue hole in the world.
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Originally named “Yuma” by Arawak Indians, the island was renamed “Fernandina” by Christopher Columbus in 1492. However, Long Island earned its current name because a seafarer felt it took too long to sail past the island. After all, it is 80 miles long, but no more than four miles wide at its broadest point. The Tropic of Cancer runs directly through the island, giving it two very different coastlines—the dramatic cliffs and caves of the east coast that front the crashing Atlantic waves, and the sandy edged lee side which slopes calmly into the Bahamas Bank. Here you’ll find Dean’s Blue Hole, historic twin churches built in the 1800s and one of the largest caves in The Bahamas.
One of the largest caves in The Bahamas, this ancient cave system has passages 50 feet wide and a ceiling over 10 feet high. Artifacts and cave drawings from the Lucayan Indian tribe were discovered here in 1935.
Two churches in Clarence Town, credited to Father Jerome Hawes, have a similar appearance with twin towers. St. Paul's Church was built when he was Anglican. St. Peter's & St. Paul's Church was designed after he became Roman Catholic.
Dean’s Blue Hole
Enclosed on three sides by natural rock and the fourth by a turquoise lagoon and white-sand beach, it is 80 x 120 feet (25 x 35m) wide on the surface and 330 feet (100m) wide at 60 feet (20m) down.
Divided by the Tropic of Cancer and a towering spine of ancient reef, the dramatic cliffs and caves of the east coast front the crashing Atlantic waves, and the soft, sandy-edged lee side slopes calmly into the Bahamas Bank.
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