| Lat.: N22 47' 00"
Long.: W74 14' 30"
Size: 92 Sq. mls
CROOKED ISLAND, ACKLINS
AND LONG CAY
These islands are ideal for visitors who wish to get completely off the beaten track . These are not really tourist islands but have natural beauty and some amenities. Crooked Island and Acklins are enclosed in a shallow lagoon known as the Bight of Acklins. They were permanently settled by the Loyalists in the late 1780's who set up over 40 cotton plantations employing over 1,000 slaves. The islands are sparsely populated and offer tranquility and some ruins of ages long past.
Crooked Island has among its ruins the building said to be the first Post Office in The Bahamas which is located at Pitt’s Town. The northwest tip of Crooked Island has ancient British fortifications. It is believed that Columbus landed near this area in 1492 on his voyage through The Bahamas. The island’s capital is Colonel Hill where government offices are located. South of Pitt’s Town is Landrail Point, a good anchorage, and home of an ancient plantation ruin called Hope House.
Acklins forms the eastern side of the Crooked Island triangle, with many bays and caves along the coast. Settlements have inviting names such as Delectable Bay, Lovely Bay, Snug Corner, Golden Grove and Spring Point. Acklins, like Crooked Island, once had cotton plantations. Hard Hill, with ruins of a lookout tower, is the highest point. At the southern end of the Acklins is Castle Island, which has a lighthouse and must be approached by boat.
Long Cay, once known as Fortune Island, is located on the southwestern side of Crooked Island. Albert Town, its main settlement, is now sparsely populated though it was once a prosperous little town. It was engaged in the sponge and salt industries and also served as a port from which stevedores were engaged to serve on the German, American and Dutch boats which then travelled to South America and the Caribbean.
Information courtesy of Bahamas Information Services, Department of Archives and Local Government.
For more information visit the Website of the Ministry of Tourism