The Ragged Islands and Long Island
From George Town, the two most logical next stops are the Ragged Islands to the south or Long Island to the east. The half-moon-shaped Ragged Island chain is approximately 90 miles long. Apart from Duncan Town at the most remote end of the island chain, the area is largely uninhabited, so cruisers need to be self-sufficient. But it’s worth the extra preparation and provisioning. These islands boast clear water, miles of deserted, white sandy beaches, and relatively virgin fishing grounds.
Long Island is indeed long, stretching more than 70 nautical miles. The western shore is dotted with small but distinctive settlements. Like much of this part of The Bahamas, Long Island has historically been dependent on farming. Because much of the farmland on Long Island was inundated with salt water during a series of recent storms, most recently Hurricane Joaquin in
that morning. We took advantage of the solitude by swimming, seeing who could dive down the deepest (no one touched the bottom, that’s for sure), jumping off the surrounding cliffs into the clear blue water, and generally exploring the area.