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Getting to Know The Bahamas Islands

Welcome to The Bahamas Islands. The Bahamas, or the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as its formally known, is an archipelago consisting of 700 islands and cays in the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the most well-known Bahamas islands are New Providence (Nassau and Paradise Island), Abaco, Andros, Exuma and Eleuthera.

Cerulean waters, tranquil breezes and some of the most pristine beaches in the world are characteristics many would use to describe the beautiful Bahamas islands. While these natural amenities are among the top reasons people cite for traveling or moving to The Bahamas, these are only a few of the wonders that you’ll find when island-hopping or when looking for the ideal location for buying a second home or investment property in The Bahamas. Below we’ve taken a moment to outline some of the larger Bahamas islands, and offer some of our personal tips on what makes each island so unique and special.

New Providence

Home to Nassau and Paradise Island, New Providence is probably the most well-known of the Bahamas islands and cays. As the island where the majority of the population of The Bahamas resides, New Providence is a popular stop for cruise ships and a vacation destination for tourists looking to explore world-renowned luxury resorts such as Atlantis, Baha Mar and The Ocean Club. In addition to being home to some of the most high-end hotels and private luxury real estate in the country, Nassau is famous for its immaculate beaches, its offshore coral reefs, its world-class diving and snorkeling and historical landmarks like The Queen’s Staircase, Fort Charlotte and Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation.

The Abacos

Known as a boating and sailing paradise, the Abacos are approximately 80 miles east of South Florida. Making up the 120-mile-long chain of islands are top boating and fishing destinations like Great Abaco and Little AbacoWalker’s Cay (and its sister island Grand Cay);  Spanish Cay and Green Turtle Cay, with its settlement of New Plymouth; Great Guana Cay, private Scotland Cay, Man-O-War Cay, and Elbow Cay, with its settlement of Hope Town; and, Tilloo Cay and Lubbers Quarters. In addition to boating and fishing, Abaco offers championship golfing at The Abaco Club at Winding Bay Bahama Beach Club in Treasure Cay and Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Guana Cay, as well as some of the best snorkeling and diving among the The Bahamas islands.


The largest of The Bahamas islands, Andros has an area greater than all other 700 Bahamas islands combined and is among the least explored islands of The Bahamas. Its population of just 10,000 spread across 2,300 square miles of tropical foliage, mahogany and pine forests, and lush mangroves means guests of luxury resorts such as Kamalame Cay are treated to some of the most unspoiled beaches and waters the country has to offer. The Great Andros Barrier Reef , measuring 190 miles, is the third largest fringing barrier reef in the world. It drops to about eight feet on the island side and approximately 6,000 feet in the Tongue of the Ocean.

Exuma Cays

Perhaps best known to tourists as the Bahamas island chain that is home to Pig Beach and the famous swimming pigs, the Exumas form a 90-mile chain of  365 islands and cays, and also includes some of the globe’s most stunning luxury resorts like Grand Isle Resort and Spa on Grand Exuma, Lumina Point Resort & Spa on Stocking Island and Sandals Emerald Bay. In addition to luxury resorts, the Exumas offer some of the most stunning private property available on the real estate market including Blue IslandSampson Cay Saddleback Cay and Pipe Cay.


Comprised of mainland Eleuthera, which includes Governors HarbourGregory Town and Palmetto Point and neighboring  Harbour Island and Spanish Wells, Eleuthera is possibly the most diverse of The Bahamas island chains. Its eastern side faces the Atlantic Ocean, and its western side faces the Great Bahama Bank, making for breathtaking natural wonders such as the spectacular The Glass Window Bridge and The Queen’s Bath. The topography of the island varies from wide rolling pink sand beaches to large outcrops of ancient coral reefs.

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About Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty
Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty has 11 offices located throughout the islands of the Bahamas, providing unsurpassed market knowledge of Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, Nassau, Paradise Island, Ocean Club Estates, Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay and Private Islands. Head office 75 Shirley Street, Nassau. For additional information, please contact 242-322-2035 or info.Bahamas@SIR.com.

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