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Local Voices

There are approximately 19 inhabited family islands in the archipelagic chain of the Bahamas. Some of them are more developed than others, but they all have one thing in common: beautiful beaches with pink and white sands  whose powdery quality defies description. The crystal clear water  surrounding the islands change colours at the blink of an eye.

When the sea is calm the waves make a soft rhythmic sound as they lap the shore. When rough, they become tumultuous. The terminology, "Family of Islands," has a romantic ring to it. Although each island has its own distinct character, there is a sense of similarity among the inhabitants.

The Abacos have blue holes which contain the relics of creatures that lived here centuries ago. Bimini and The Exumas are noted for sport fishing and deep-sea diving. Inagua claims flamingos and other exotic birds. Cat Island boasts the highest point in the archipelago. Comer Hill or Mount Alvernia, as it is named, has an unforgettable history dating from the early 1940’s when a Catholic Priest  came to the island and built a monastery at the summit. It has become a famous tourist attraction.

Islanders are a very happy people who relish the fact that Christopher Columbus landed on San Salvador in his search for the New World. Most significantly, Islanders are proud people who strive hard to maintain their integrity and identity.

The Bahamas Family of Islands can certainly claim the title “Jewels of the Caribbean.”

-Dr. Davidson Hepburn, Ambassador & Author