The Ragged Is­lands and Long Is­land

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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.

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