Welcome to Acklins and Crooked Island, gems of the tropical paradise that we call The Islands of The Bahamas.
These islands, nestled in the southern Bahamas, provide secluded solace for the weary traveler. Their warm sunshine, soothing sea waves, and balmy breezes are natural ingredients for the rejuvenation of mind, body, and soul. The population of these islands consist more of pink flamingoes and an abundance of fish rather than people. However, the small number of people to be encountered will ensure that you have a wonderful time with them. Known for their uncommon humility and their gracious hospitality, the people of Acklins and Crooked Island look forward to making your stay a memorable one. Enjoy Acklins and Crooked Island, and we hope to see you again in our islands in the near future.
About Acklins: Think back to when the most important thing on your agenda was to throw your line over board and wait for a bite while exploring a 1,000 mile lagoon. Or since when did discovering rock formations make your top 10 to-do list? Not any time lately? Well, get off your chartered course and enjoy one of the Bahamas’ least known but hugely enjoyable destinations.
Acklins and its neighbour Crooked Island hug a lagoon called the Bight of Acklins, world-famous for its bonefish flats. The island and its cays are ideal for serious scuba divers, snorkelers, and boating enthusiasts. Nature lovers flock to its rugged terrain and exotic plant and animal life. Neighbouring cays host iguanas and flamingos — a must see!
You can take a one hour flight directly from Nassau via Bahamasair or Pineapple Air to Crooked Island and Acklins, or a short ferry ride from either destination to the other. Here you’ll find a coastline scattered with hidden coves and beautiful beaches with a number of small, colorful villages. At the southern tip of the Bahamas’ archipelago, this narrow, hilly island is 92 miles long with caves and bays sprinkling its western shore. Acklins has many interestingly named settlements including the capital – Snug Corner along with Rocky Point, Binnacle Hill, Salina Point, Delectable Bay, Golden Grove, Goodwill, Hard Hill, and Lovely Bay.
Hear that? That’s the sound of tranquility. With birds chirping and waves scooting the shore, Acklins offers a serene environment where the people are on “island time,” and it really doesn’t matter. After all, time stands still on Acklins.
How to get here?
By Air: Bahamasair Call Acklins Airport: 344-3169 1 hr. flight to Crooked Island every Wed. & Sat. or Pineapple Air: Acklins: 432-2024 1 hr. 10 mins to Acklins every Mon. & Fri.Mail Boat Service – M/V KCT or Dianais
About Crooked Island
If you’re looking for a vacation packed with activity in a busy city, Crooked Island is not the place for you. If you’d like to kick back on one of the best beaches in The Bahamas or reel in more fish than you thought possible, then, welcome to a little piece of heaven! Whether you’re savoring French toast at Gibson’s or enjoying a down home Fish Fry meal of cracked conch and guava duff, this island is a serene destination with crisp, clean air and friendly islanders eager to speak of their heritage.
As a neighbor to Acklins Island, Crooked Island borders the eastern end of the Crooked Island Passage, the dividing point between the Caribbean Sea and The Bahamas. When Columbus landed at what is now Pittstown Point, he called it Fragrant Island because of the aroma of its many herbs. One scent was cascarilla bark, used to flavor Campari liquor which is exported.
Interestingly, Crooked Island was home to the first Post Office in The Bahamas. It was also a key location for the export and import of goods some time ago from the Caribbean to Florida. While sightseeing on the northern end of the island, ask for the Marine Farms Fortress, an abandoned British fortification from the War of 1812. The Bird Rock Lighthouse is also an impressive landmark, standing 112 feet tall, it serves as a beacon at the northern entrance of the Crooked Island passage and began operating in 1876.
Colonel Hill is the capital of Crooked Island. It offers fabulous views. Stuck in time, True Blue, French Wells, Gun Point and Cripple Hill resemble plantations of the 1700’s, when these islands were used as cotton and salt-producing areas. Most activities are in Pittstown and Winding Bay. Landrail Point is also a delightful place to visit where farming and fishing are the way of life. Just an hour flight from Nassau, you are worlds away. Crooked Island – visit to fish, sail, or just do nothing at all. Now, doesn’t that sound like your kind of vacation?
For more information visit the Acklins & Crooked Island Visitors Guide