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Home to rolling hills. But, no, we’re not in Eleuthera or Long Island.
Amazing beaches, but we’re in no Cat Island or Harbour Island.
The island, like most other islands in The Bahamas, before the arrival of Christopher Columbus, was first inhabited by the Lucayans. When Columbus became the first documented European to encounter the island on the 19th of October, 1492, after having met the Lucayans already living here, he said it was the most fragrant island he’d ever visited. It is believed that the Lucayans called this island, “Samote” and Christopher Columbus subsequently christened it, “Isabella,” in honour of the Spanish Queen during his first voyage to the New World.
Truthfully, while traversing the island I felt as if I was in Eleuthera or Long Island. It is a long island much like both Eleuthera and Long Island. So, driving in between settlements took some time. In addition to this, the island is very hilly… Also, like Eleuthera and Long Island. Its highest point stands a towering, for The Bahamas at least, 141 feet above sea level in the settlement of Hard Hill. The similarities between the three islands don’t end there, though. Acklins Island is very narrow, only spanning 4 miles at its widest point.
It is believed that the original Lucayan name of Acklins was either Baaruco or Yahaka. Whatever the Lucayan name may be, Acklins Islands is one of the islands in The Bahamas that is relatively untouched. The island actually didn’t have electricity installed until 1998… Just twenty years ago.
There’s a tucked away little gem in South Long Island. It’s called Galloway Landing.
Finding this gem is pretty easy. There’s a dirt road when heading south out of Clarence Town on your right. Take that road and follow it until you see the beach.
This is one of the best beaches on the island, though it’s recommended that you visit in a car suited for off-road travel like a SUV or truck.