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Travel Guide Caribbean Bahamas Andros

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Introduction

Andros is the biggest island of the Bahamas but it is also one of the least discovered. The island has a rather wild landscape with small palmtrees, swamps and several other species of trees. The forests are very impressive and the locals believe mytical creatures, called 'chickcharneys' live in the woods. Andros is not really dedicated to mass tourism at all, but there are many people visiting the islands, especially those keen on diving, birdwatching and those wanting to enjoy some secluded beaches.

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Geography

Geographically, North Andros is the sixth largest island in the West Indies, at roughly 6,000 km2 in area and 167 kilometres long and 64 kilometres wide at its widest point, and the 153rd largest island on Earth. If all three main islands are included, Andros is the fifth-largest island in the West Indies, after Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Although comparable in total area to the state of Rhode Island, Andros only has a population of approximately 8,000, almost all of whom are settled in a thin strip near the Queen Elizabeth Highway running along the island's eastern coast.

Andros is 48 kilometres west across the Tongue of the Ocean from the Bahamas' national capital of Nassau on New Providence Island. Its northern tip lies 233 kilometers from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Geologically and geographically the Bahamas, including Andros, are not located in the Caribbean, whose northern boundary is the Windward Passage, but rather in the Atlantic Ocean. Historically, the nation was part of the British West Indies and is considered culturally to be part of the Caribbean. The Bahamian dialect of the English language is distinctively Caribbean in character, similar to those of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, also formerly part of the British West Indies.

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Sights and Activities

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Andros has a pleasantly warm but humid climate. Compared to Caribbean islands more to the south, there are some differences regarding temperatures, mainly because it is somewhat colder during the wintermonths of November to April. Generally though, temperatures are high, with summer maximum temperatures averaging around 30 °C and minimum temperatures around 24 °C. During the wintermonths temperatures are about 5 °C lower. The rainy season lasts from May to October, with September and October being the wettest months. This is also the time (especially from August to October) when hurricanes are a possibility.

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Getting There

By Plane

Andros Town International Airport and San Andros Airport (SAQ) have flights to/from Fort Lauderdale and Nassau.

By Boat

Bahamas Ferries operates ferries between Andros and Nassau, New Providence. There’s a two-hour ferry Fresh Creek.

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Getting Around

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Drink

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Sleep

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