2,992 Bahamians (2000 Consensus). Which is said to be up to
Geography: Long Island
lies about 250 miles southeast of Nassau. It is approximately
90 miles long and 4 miles wide. The Atlantic Ocean is on the
eastern shoreline and is normally windier than the calmer Great
Bahamas Bank side is on the west. The Tropic of Cancer runs
right through Long Island. It is 300 miles away from Florida.
Time Zone: Eastern
Currency: The legal
tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in
value to the US dollar. Both US and Bahamian dollars are accepted
interchangeably throughout the islands. Travelers
Checks and Credit Cards (credit cards not accepted at gas stations)
are also accepted. There are ATM's available at the banks on
After the American Revolution, Long Island was divided into
Loyalist Estates. Most of the towns are named after farming
loyalists who left by 1803 due to exhausting the thin soil.
For the last 200 years Long Islanders have managed to live off
of farming, fishing, salt production and sponge farming. The
height of sponge farming was approximately 1921. After which
synthetic sponges took over the market in the 1930's.
Long Island seems to be a sailboaters dream as plenty of Sailboats
rest in Salt Pond on a nightly basis. It is not uncommon to
view 10 to 50 sailboats in the harbor resting overnight. There
are plenty of marina's for those wishing to dock their boat
(see 'about Long Island' above).
drive on the left side of the road (remember: right is left).
It is hard to get lost on Long Island as one road named Queen's
Highway runs the entire length of the island.
is nonexistent in Long Island. Although there is a police station.
DSL is on the island. Click here
for more information about Long Island Bahamas Internet Services.
120/240 volts, suitable for all US appliances.
There is a medical clinic on the island and helicopter ambulance
services. No tropical diseases exist on the island. There is
a little poison oak (but not as much as on the other Bahamian
islands). This is the first island (other than New Providence)
that the owner of Dreamscape has not received poison oak. Hence
her reason for buying on this island.
The water in our villa is fresh outdoor rainwater. It is collected
in our 17,000 gallon cistern. It is drinkable, however, many
people still purchase drinking water. Please conserve the use
of water if possible as it can run out if it does not rain for
awhile. In the case of water running out, it can be purchased
for $100. per 2,000 gallons.
Highest Point Long
Island: 178 feet
Area (Sq Miles)of Island:
173 sq. miles (80 miles long x 4 miles wide at the widest
here to view Long Island Marinas
Accomodations: There are no brand name hotels on the
island. There is only one choice of where
to stay in our opinion. Our highest recommendation is our own
rental vacation villa. Click here for more information.
History: The earliest
inhabitants called teh Arawaks, named Long Island "Yuma",
then Christopher Columbus in 1492 renamed it Fernandina Island,
however, the name that stuck was Long Island because it is indeed
long. Lucayan Taino were also known to inhabit the island. These
Lucayans were eventually taken on to Cuba and Hispaniola. Then
island remained virtually empty until the arrival of teh Loyalist
who started cotton plantations. When slavery was abolished in
1834, the Loyalist's left.
of Long Island raise corn, bananas, peas, pineapples, stock
herd (goats, roosters) among other things. However, they are
not huge businesses.
Self Supporting: If something happened to the rest of
the world or the other Bahamian islands, it would probably not
effect Long Island in the least. Long Islanders have developed
their own sence of a country and are fully capable to support
themselves if need be.
Largest Body of Water:
Called 'The Lake' and is located at the south end.
AKA = Yuma (by it's
Arawak inhabitants) , and Fernandina by Columbus.
Crops: Pineapple, sisal, corn, peas, bananas, avocado,
limes, pears and other fruit.
Economy: Known for
its mutton production, Long Island is still the principal producer
of sheep for The Bahamas.
- CornFest, a celebration of the fruits of the local farmer's
- Long Island Regatta in May or June
- Basketball Festival: Feb 19, 20, 21st.
- Model Boat Fest: North of Seymors on Newton's
ca, Model Boat Fest takes place at Bridge
Beach near Seymours each August or October, call Alvin Smith
for details 242-338-5273
Names: Long Island was originally named
Yuma by the Arawaks. Rechristened Fernandina in
1492 by Christopher Columbas, the island's current name came
from a seafarer who felt it took too long to pass by Long Island.