Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2018 - Page 104

Long Island Originally named “Yuma” by Arawak Indians, the island was renamed “Fernandina” by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Long Island earned its current name because a seafarer felt it took too long to sail past the island - 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. On this island you’ll find Dean’s Blue Hole, historic twin churches built in the 1800s and one of the largest caves in The Bahamas. ©www.bahamas.com Green Turtle Cay Located in the Abacos, Green Turtle Cay is a 5 kilometer long hide-away a 10 minute ferry ride away from Great Abacos or Treasure Cay. Here, the small settlement of New Plymouth use golf carts as their main means of transportation through streets of picket fenced cottages. The crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming and other water activities or if you prefer, just watch as the fishermen bring in their haul of crawfish and conch. www.bahamas.com © Bahamas Tourism Ministry Dean’s Blue Hole