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Bahamian Out Islands (Our Best Kept Secret)

The Bahamas is made up of 700 islands and cays which is a dizzying number when you really think about it. If we get down to brass tacks, only 30 of these islands are inhabited. New Providence and Freeport tend to do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to tourism, but a well-kept secret of The Bahamas is our Out Islands. Out islands mean, for us, any island that isn’t one of the two major cities of The Bahamas. It is on these islands that real adventure begins.

Think of Out Islands the same way you would think of small towns in America, Canada, Europe, etc. They are typically small in population, rich in culture, with a flourishing, tight-knit community and more than friendly people. It’s the same with our Out Islands. They are rich in culture and the people are so friendly they may invite you over for lunch and a cold beer. The benefits of visiting the Out Islands are endless.

As I said earlier, the populations are small to the point that Mayaguana has a population of 277 people sitting on 110 square miles. That’s a lot of space for such a small number of people, which means, there are miles of privacy, empty beaches untarnished by human disturbance and a ton of opportunities for adventure and exploring. An Out Island like Bimini is also convenient because it’s so small. Now, that may sound like a negative until you realize you can literally walk wherever you want to go. Rent a bicycle if you want and take a ride around the island and, if you want, stop at a local eatery for a quick drink and a snack. The people are always friendly and make you feel at home.