Bahamas, pictures of San Salvador
Bahamas, pictures of San Salvador

San Salvador Bahamas

San Salvador is about 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. About 180 Miles south east of Nassau. 1200 to 1500 Bahamians live on the Island. Water and Electricity is available in most parts.

Airport of San Sal has an 8000 feet runway, one of the longest airstrips in the Bahamas. Daily flights from Nassau Weekly charter flight from Fort Lauderdale and weekly non stop charter flights from Paris – France and Montreal – Canada come to San Sal in the Bahamas.

Club Med operates a beautiful resort on the island of San Salvador and there is another little local hotel called the Riding Rock Inn and a beautiful kite surfing resort named Guanahani.

Most roads and infrastructure on San Salvador already in place.

San Salvador is famous for its beautiful diving spots, great fishing, crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches and incredible scenery. It is a very, very peaceful and friendly place.

What a travel agency had to say about San Salvador

Some scholars believe that San Salvador Bahamas was the first stop for Columbus in 1492, thought others dispute it. Either way, San Salvador Bahamas has a number of attractions for tourists looking to escape the modern world and sink into the soft white sands of a quiet Bahamas island. San Salvador Bahamas is one of the eastern-most islands in the Bahamas, located near Long Island and Rum Cay.

To reach San Salvador you can schedule boat passages or take a flight to San Salvador. A flight to San Salvador can be booked from Miami, Nassau, or sometimes even New York during the busy winter season. If you don´t want to take a flight to San Salvador, you do have the option of traveling by boat from Nassau, but the trip is 12 hours and not by any means a luxury cruise service. A flight to San Salvador is largely the more popular choice.

One of the major draws to San Salvador Island is the miles of empty beaches that seem to be everywhere. Tourism in San Salvador centers on these beaches, and San Salvador tours for snorkeling or scuba diving are quite popular. If you rent a car or a bike to get around the island, you will want to be sure and head out to one of the many beaches on the island for at least one afternoon. Often times you will have the beach to yourself, a major advantage to tourism in San Salvador. If you do take such a trip just remember to bring your own food, water, sun block and other supplies as you won´t find any rest stops along the way.

Tours of the Island are popular. The most notable sites on a San Salvador tour of the island include the Holy Saviour Roman Catholic Church, the New World Museum, and Cockburn Town. Cockburn Town is the capital of San Salvador and a small village named after its first settler, George Cockburn. Events and festivals for the island happen in Cockburn Town, including a large celebration on Columbus Day. An enormous almond tree is also a noteworthy site in the town of Cockburn.

You won´t find any notable shopping on San Salvador Island, and for many tourists seeking a retreat from the busy resorts this is an advantage. Two excellent restaurants can be found on the small island. The Rock Inn Restaurant and the Three Ships Restaurant have both been operating on the island for years and serve local cuisine. There are also multiple restaurants located at the large Club Med resort on the island, and you do not need to be a hotel guest to dine there.

To get around the island of San Salvador Bahamas you will likely be fine without a car. The two major hotels on the island both rent bicycles out to guests for the day, and this is probably the most enjoyable way to visit the beaches and other sites. Tourism in San Salvador tends to be a relaxed arrangement and you won´t see many cars on the island at all. If you decide to rent a car you can do so at the Riding Rock Inn Resort and Marina.

San Salvador used to be named Guanahani by the Arawak people when the came over from South America between 1000 and 1300 A.D. Christopher Columbus landed on October 12, 1492 on an island in the Caribbean´s, which historians agree that he landed on the island of San Salvador. The meaning of the name he bestowed on the Island is Holy Savior. The journal entry he made about San Salvador is “the beauty of these islands surpasses that of any other and as much as the day surpasses the night in splendour”. The Arawak didn´t share his sentiments, who were enslaved by the Spanish to work in the mines of Cuba and Haiti. Traces of their culture were found on a few archaeological sites in Pigeon Creek on San Salvador. The Bahamas where controlled by the British in the 16th century due to the strategic value near the Spanish colonies. The Bahamas were declared a “possession” of the British crown in 1629. San Salvador was used as a stronghold by the pirate John Watling in the beginning of about 1680. Watling´s Castle is a site that still exists on San Salvador. The British shipped African slaves to the Bahamas and San Salvador, to work on the cotton plantations on the Islands. In 1834 the British Crown abolished slavery and the islands shifted, leaving the population of the Bahamas at a bare subsistence level. In 1926 the Bahamians changed the name of the Island from Watling´s Island to San Salvador.


The Bahamian climate is very pleasant year around. The hurricane season lasts from July to November. A great portion of the island´s water supply is provided through those tropical storms. San Salvador has a significant amount of freshwater and sediment of interior lakes. In 1999 hurricane Floyd caused extensive damage to some of the Island. During the winter time the temperature is still pleasantly warm and dry. San Salvador averages only 101 cm of annual rainfall. The rainy season lasts from June to December. October is known to be the wettest month on San Salvador.

Christopher Columbus was the first to record the existence of hyper saline lakes that dominate the interior of San Salvador.Bahamas.


Cockburn Town (“Ko-burn”) is the largest settlement located on the west coast of the island of San Salvador, named after Sir Francis Cockburn, the British governor of the Bahamas in 1840. San Salvador´s Cockburn´s Town provides the most services of the island such as mail, telephone service and electricity.

Farquharson Plantation

Is locally known as “Blackbeard´s Castle” because he might have held court there at one time. The ruins of that plantation can still be seen on San Salvador and include a great house, a prison and a kitchen, and are the most famous of the Bahamian Islands. The Lighthouse on San Salvador was built in 1887 and has a visibility of 19 miles. It is kerosene powered and being refueled every 2 hours and 15 minutes. It flashes every 25 seconds. There are only 10 kerosene fueled light houses in the world and 4 of them are located in the Bahamas.

Watlings Castle

Stands on a point 85 ft above sea level on the south end of the island of San Salvador with views of both sides of the island. The plantation may have been owned by the pirate John Watling, after whom it was named. It was inhabited by Loyalist plantation owners in the 19th century. Ruins of that plantation including a main house, a cookhouse, and slave quarters can still be seen in San Salvador, Bahamas.



Bahamas taxes

Bahamas Real Estate San Salvador

Tax Breaks and Investment Incentives   Just ponder the fact that the Bacardi family (BACARDI rum) and Sir John Templeton (Templeton Investment Fund) live and run their world-wide empires from The Bahamas. It’s not just the perfect weather that keeps them happy here. It’s also a modern treasure trove of tax breaks, investment incentives and trade advantages – starting with NO INCOME TAX and NO INHERITANCE TAXES.

International Trade Advantages   Many businesses in the Bahamas enjoy financial benefits as a result of very special trade advantages for business in The Bahamas under the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative, the European Economic Community’s Lome Convention, Canada’s Caribcan and the Caribbean Caricom.

These financial advantages place the Bahamas in general and Freeport in particular at the top of any short list of the world’s most financially attractive locations for new investors or businesses. (Legislation changes, however, so local legal advice is suggested.)

Bahamian Investment Incentives

Agricultural Manufacturers Act (Refers to Agricultural factory sites)

  • Exemption from custom duties
  • Exemption from export taxes

Export Manufacturing Industries Encouragement Act 1989 (Must EXPORT 95% of Production)

  • No customs duty INDEFINITELY
  • No export or real property taxes for 25 years. (This legislation was created to protect firms accommodated under The Hawksbill Creek Act when some exemptions expire.)

Hotel Encouragement Act

  • No income tax
  • No real property tax for the Grand Bahama, Freeport area.
  • No Customs Duties for:
  • Construction materials
  • Remodeling materials

No real property tax for new construction for up to 10 years.

Industries Encouragement Act

  • No customs duty on raw material and capital equipment for lifetime.
  • Exemptions from export, income and real property taxes for 15 years.
  • Amelioration of raw material bonding requirements.
  • Automatic duty-free importation of replacement parts for capital equipment.

(Must manufacture an approved product.)

Benefits of International Trade Agreements

  • Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) – No duty on exports to U.S.
  • Caribcan – Duty free entrance to Canada for exports from Caribbean Commonwealth countries except for clothing, footwear, textiles, garments of leather, refined methanol and petroleum oils. Sixty percent of price must be produced by Caribbean countries with a certificate of origin from the exporting country’s customs office.
  • Caricom – The Bahamas is not a member of the Common Market but did become a member of Caricom in 1983.
  • Lomé Agreement – Little or no duty on exports to 12 EC (European Community) countries (until 2000AD).

Ocean Industries – Aragonite Mining Encouragement Act

  • NO customs duty, tariffs, emergency taxes, fuel taxes or other levies on materials necessary for operation.
  • NO harbour dues, freight taxes, wharfages, tolls or other levies connected with operation.
  • EXEMPTION from:
  • Real property taxes
  • Taxes on net income, dividends, interest, shares and other securities.
  • All ad Valorem, severance, mining, occupation, gathering, gross receipts taxes.

Spirits and Beer Manufacturing Act

  • NO duty on raw material
  • NO duty on equipment
  • Duty rebates
  • Exemption from business license fee payment subject to payment of $1M export taxes. Examples already in The Bahamas: Bacardi rum, Heineken and Kalik Beers in Nassau; Tod Hunter-Mitchell in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

International Business Companies Act

20 years ALL TAX FREE:

  • NO income tax
  • NO capital gains tax
  • NO gift tax
  • Limited liability
  • Exemption from exchange controls
  • NO agency reporting

Other specific exemptions exist including those for agricultural, floricultural, horticultural, fisheries, forestry and mariculture, aircraft supplies, collector pieces and works of art, educational, scientific and cultural goods and gifts to Government.

Please check with the official Bahamas Government website to confirm above information

The Bahamas has five new national parks in San Salvador


National Parks on San Salvador Bahamas

Just a few days ago the announcement was made that five new national parks are added to the Bahamian park system. All of them in San Salvador. This is a big step for the Island and towards preserving it’s incredible beauty. The San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation has been working towards this goal for many years and finally they got rewarded. The Bahamas are really steeping up their efforts to protect mother nature.


Graham’s Harbour Iguana and Seabird National Park –  protect iguanas, the highest diversity of seabirds in The Bahamas, in addition to healthy reef systems and sea grass beds.

West Coast Marine Park – protect an extensive coral reef system, including a spectacular coral wall and vertical drop to more than 13,000 ft, popular dive sites on San Salvador, the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, tropic birds, shearwaters and a migratory route for humpback whales.

Pigeon Creek & Snow Bay National park –  protect the only tidal creek on San Salvador, Pigeon Creek, and an indispensable nursery area to support fisheries stocks.

Southern Great Lake National Park –  protect an extensive mangrove system , nesting seabirds, and another population of the San Salvador rock iguana, and:

Green’s Bay National Park – protect sea grass beds, and a major iguana population.

Why the Bahamas ? Why San Sal

San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas

Why San Salvador ? Well, I could just let the pictures speak for themselves……….

San Sal has a lot of advantages over nearly all other Bahamas Islands. The most important thing is accessibility. San Salvador airport is a port of entry with an 8000 feet runway, big enough for all planes to land. The runway is paved and in great condition.San Salvador is only 55 minutes from the United States by Air.

San Salvador already has a power plant, a reverse osmosis water plant and fiber optic high speed cable. There are shops and restaurants, a gas station and a coin laundry, churches and schools, hotels, diving facilities and kit surfing resort.

The main Highway, Queens´s highway is paved and circles around the whole Island. For more then 12 years Club med has successfully operated a first class resort on the island.

San Salvador Bahamas is one of the most incredible sites in the world for diving. The visibility is very good, pristine reefs and lots of tropical fish and other sea life.

Every year there is a Billfish Tournament, they call this the best fishing area in the Caribbean, Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador. Plenty of Tuna, Wahoo, Grouper and Snapper.

Timeline of Key Historical Events in the Bahamas

Timeline of Key Historical Events in the Bahamas

1492 Christopher Columbus discovers the Bahamas by landing on the Island called Guanahani. Which was renamed to San Salvador
1647 The Company of Eleutheran Adventurers, founds the first republic in the New World, in order to colonize the Bahama Islands and claim them for Great Britain. They took over an island the Arawaks called Cigatoo, renaming it Eluthra, after the Greek word for freedom.
1670 Six Lord Proprietors of South Carolina were granted the Bahama Islands by King Charles II of England.
1695 The Lord Proprietors authorized construction of a fort/ city on the island of New Providence. The city, called Charles Town in honor of King Charles II, was renamed Nassau in honor of King William III.
1717 Captain Woods Rogers was named first Royal Governor of the Bahama Islands and restored order by ending the rule of pirates.
1729 The Bahamas House of Assembly officially convenes.
1741 Construction of Fort Montagu begins at the eastern entrance to Nassau Harbor. Completed in 1742, it stands today as a tourist site.
1776 During the American War for Independence from Great Britain, eight  colonial warships captured Fort Montague and Fort Nassau.
1782 Spaniards takeover the Bahamas, disgusted by pirate raids on their ships,
1783 The Bahamas is restored to Great Britain by treaty with Spain.
1783 The immigration of American Loyalists begins as they bring slaves to set up a plantation economy.
1789 Completion of the main portion of Fort Charlotte overlooking the western entrance to Nassau Harbor.
1793 Fort Fincastle was built at New Providence Island’s highest point.
1838 Slavery is abolished in the Bahamas. Wrecking, controlled by licenses, flourished until lighthouses are built on the major islands.
1861-1865 The American Civil War brought great wealth to Nassau, a major supply base for the Confederacy (which was fighting for slavery!).
1892 The first telegraph underwater cable is laid from Florida to Nassau.
1914 John Ernest Williamson shoots the first underwater motion picture in the Bahamas.
1920 The American prohibition of liquor brings an economic boom to the Bahamian economy, where liquor was legal and plentiful.
1930s Famous writers come to live and work in the Bahamas, such as Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.
1950s Nassau becomes a hot spot for the jet-set rich and famous.
1955 Signing of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, which paved the way to establishment of Freeport/Lucaya.
1962 Bahamian women are permitted to vote.
1964 The Bahamas gains internal self-rule as Sir Roland Symonette is named Premier
1967 The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) wins the majority of House of Assembly seats as Lynden O. Pindling became the new Premier.
1969 The Bahamian Constitution is revised. The Colony of the Bahama Islands became the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the Premier becomes the Prime Minister.
1973 The Bahama Islands gain independence from Great Britain, and became a sovereign nation on July 10, ending 325 years of British rule.
1983 Lynden O. Pindling is knighted by her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II , Bahamas head of state.
1990 The $300-million Crystal Palace Resort and Casino, Cable Beach opens.
1992 The Free National Movement (FNM) was voted in as the new government August 19, ending the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)’s 25-year rule. The Hubert A. Ingraham became Prime Minister.
  Bahamian Frank Rutherford wins a bronze medal at the Olympics for the triple jump.
  The Bahamas celebrates the 500th anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus at San Salvador.
1993 The Bahamas celebrates 20 years of independence from Great Britain
1995 Sun Intl. Hotels Ltd., of South Africa, opens the Atlantis-Paradise Island resort and casino, featuring the world’s largest outdoor aquarium.
1996 Huchinson Whampoa plans to develop Freeport Harbor into a major world transshipment hub with development of the multi-million dollar container port.
  At the Olympics held in Atlanta, The Bahamas track and field team wins the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 meter relay.
  The Bahamas have their best tourism year on record with 1.6 million stopover visitors.
1998 According to Caribbean Travel Organization and the Ministry of Tourism, The Islands Of The Bahamas is recognized as “The Most Popular Destination Among All Caribbean Islands.”
2000 At the Olympics held in Sydney, The Bahamas women’s track and field team wins the gold medal in the women’s 4×100 meter relay!

San Salvador Bahamas Real Estate still affordable

San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas

Real Estate San Salvador. Nice size buildable lots, vacant land here on San Salvador in the Bahamas starts at $5000. Most of them are just a mile off the beautiful San Salvador Bahama beaches. Direct oceanfront lots / beachfront lots start around $ 150,000 

Where else in the world can you find this? Also there is a new development coming up and prices should be stating at $450,000 for brand new homes with beach access and all the amenities. 

Beautiful crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, friendly people, incredible diving, unbelievable fishing, amazing sunsets and and and. Only 360 miles south east of Miami Florida. So do not wait around, this opportunity will not last forever. Buy your own piece of paradise in San Salvador, the Bahamas.

San Salvador Bahamas the water.

San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas
It is just so beautiful.
Flying into San Salvador you already see the beautiful colors surrounding the Island.
Incredible water colors, everything between very dark blue to light green to turquoise.
But even more fascinating is the clarity.
The sand is a little on the coarse site and therefore does not cloud the water.
It is crystal clear and the best thing is the water temperature, you can swim year around.
In average the temperatures are
  • 75° F Winter
  • 80° F Spring
  • 88° F Summer

San Salvador, the forgotten island

San Salvador the forgotten Island

San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas

Did you ever read the book, the forgotten Island? It is about San Salvador and talks about the history of the island and Christopher Columbus.

San Salvador is 12 miles long and 5 miles wide, give or take.About 180 Miles south east of Nassau. and 365 miles south east of Miami Florida, 1200 to 1500 locals live on the Island of San Salvador.It is not polluted by mass tourism or anything like this.There is a Club med on San Sal but it is an all inclusive resort and their guest hardly ever leave the premise.Water and Electricity is available in the two settlements and some other parts of the island.San Salvador is famous for its beautiful diving spots, great fishing, crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches and incredible scenery.It is a very, very peaceful and friendly place. One of the most beautiful spots in the Bahamas.

Questions or comments about San Salvador Bahamas

San Salvador Bahamas
San Salvador Bahamas

 Welcome to my blog about San Salvador in the Bahamas.

I create this Blog today because, honestly, I need your help,I get so many inquiries and questions, that I just can’t answer all of them anymore. So, this Blog is my new way of communication. I think we can help each other out by asking questions on this forum and whoever knows the answer can post it. Or just write a comment or experiences you have made or just a travel report whatever it is. It will help us all to understand the “Bahamian way” of live or of doing things.Hopefully you also have some great pictures to share.  So,  let’s get this communication started. The Bahamas Islands are beautiful but too many people still think that every one of them is just like Nassau or Freeport…….. Couldn’t be father from the truth !