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|As the largest
and least-explored island in the Bahamas, Andros offers a wide variety
for just about everyone. A 2,300-square-mile island paradise, Andros is
regarded as the bonefishing capital of the world, and a perfect destination
for ecotourists, adventurers, and just plain vacationers alike. The idyllic
Bahamian island also features the second-longest reef in the Northern
Hemisphere. The average 80°F temperature of the crystal clear, blue
waters makes diving or snorkelling to enjoy the abundant marine wildlife
surrounding Andros Island a magical treat you can indulge in year-round.
The diverse island which rises from these tropical waters is full of wildlife, much of it unique to Andros. Rare tropical birds, 4-foot long iguanas, wild boars and more than 40 kinds of wild orchids, and a recently discovered tribal group all thrive in this island paradise. With miles of deserted beaches, freshwater mud flats, pine forests and inland waterways that make up this Atlantic oasis the island is rumored to be home to and two mythical creatures -- the chickcharnies and Lusca. Legend also has it that somewhere on Andros Henry Morgan’s buried treasure lies buried.
The locals, or Androsians are skilled artists and craftsmen whose origins are believed to date back to the Seminole Indians, runaway slaves from Florida and an ethnic mix of different people from Africa to South America.
Andros is known as an Outer or Family Island which requires some explanation. NO one (that we know of) takes credit cards, and travelers checks can be a problem (not everyone takes them or they charge you extra to use them). Cash is the best thing to bring for money. There is really no shopping to speak of, sophisticated living, fancy dining, or night life — although there are a few restaurants in the area that serve local Bahamaiian cooking, and there are a few very small local grocery stores within biking distance of our house. But anyway - you come to Andros to escape the crowds, relax, cook in, and enjoy the beautiful natural environment - right?