Clarence Town, Long Island
Separated by the Tropic of Cancer, Clarence Town is a tale of two coastlines. Set more or less on the centre of Long Island’s east coast, the town benefits from all the classics that one would expect in the Bahamas: breathtaking cliffs, brilliant coral reefs and serene beaches a go-go. Yet Clarence Town’s biggest claim to fame is that it is home to the world’s second largest Blue Hole. Named Dean’s Blue Hole, the 202 metre deep hole is spectacularly beautiful. Waterfalls of sand cascade down the sides (non-swimmers and children should be aware), and for divers and snorkellers, the underwater life is nothing short of extraordinary. Hire a moped or enjoy the pleasant 1.30 mins walk 3 mile walk from the port, to the powder white beach. Although this is one of the main tourist sites on the island, being the least populated island in the Bahamas, you’ll often find many of Long Island’s beautiful beaches all to yourself.
Non swimmers will perhaps prefer then to stroll the pretty village centre. Like a tiny St. Tropez, this is a very glamourous town. Bordered by translucent seas, Caribbean colours highlights come in the form of two churches (one Catholic, one Anglican). Interestingly, both were built by the same man – Father Jerome – who converted to Catholicism at the end of his missionary career. Clarence Town is still very much off the beaten tourist path, the bay is shallow so not many larger ships can operate in its waters.