San Andros is just a 12-minute flight from Nassau and it sits in the northern region of Andros, which is the largest island in the Bahamas. Although it is the largest island in the Bahamas it remains virtually untouched. Vast and green, it holds countless adventures for lovers of the outdoors and thrill seekers with activities such as world-class scuba diving, deep-sea and fly-fishing and blue holes. If you prefer a more relaxing vacation then the national forests and sandy beaches will be perfect for you. If you are thinking of booking your flights to the Bahamas this blog will show you why San Andros is a great place to go.
Go Snorkeling or Diving
It will come as no surprise to anyone who travels to the Caribbean that the waters around the shores of the islands hold a magical experience for those who want to try snorkeling and diving. If you are booking your flights to the Bahamas and would like an underwater adventure, there is definitely lots to explore in San Andros and it really does not matter whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced driver, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Andros Barrier Reef
The Andros Barrier Reef is one of the top locations in the Bahamas for diving or snorkeling and it is only about 30 minutes from San Andros in a car, where you can catch a boat out to the reef. It is the third-largest reef in the world and is situated off the eastern coast of the island of Andros. Measuring somewhere between 124 and 190 miles long, the Andros Barrier Reef is actually the third-longest barrier reef in the world. It consists of five reefs, each of which have a unique ecosystem. These are the lagoon reef, back reef, reef crest, inner fore reef and outer fore reef. If you are booking your flights to the Bahamas you will want to set aside some time to visit the reef. This rugged untouched park is home to an array of exotic animals like iguanas, flamingos, sharks, and turtles. The Andros Barrier Reef literally offers the best of both worlds — land and sea. This really is a must do activity if you are booking your flights to the Bahamas and you are a keen diver or snorkeler. You can also find many boat trips that will take you out for a day trip if you would prefer to view the reef from above the water.
Visit the National Parks
Blue Holes National Park
If you are booking your flights to the Bahamas and thinking of visiting San Andros then you won’t want to miss the Blue Holes National park. It is about 45 minutes by car from San Andros and it is a perfect day out. It was established in 2002 and is over 40,000 acres big. Andros has one of the highest concentrations of blue holes in the world and this national park was created as an effort to protect them and the surrounding coppice and pine forests. The blue holes have been exposed to the elements and which has created a vast underwater cave system. The forests in the Blue Holes National Park are also important habitats to a number of rare species, for example the elusive Great Lizard Cuckoo. It is an excellent bird watching spot and the huge space and hiking trails make it a unique place for a camping trip.
West Side National Park
One of the Caribbean’s most distinctively clean and ecologically diversified environments can be found on Andros’ west side. Almost the whole west side of Andros Island is covered by this 1.5 million-acre national park. While this is located a bit further from San Andros and you need to get on a boat to access it, it’s still a great day out if you are booking your flights to the Bahamas and hoping to visit Andros Island. Within these limits is an incredibly intricate ecology with a large, beautiful environment that draws tourists from all over the world. These natural coastal wetlands serve as a critical feeding ground for West Indian Flamingos and are The Bahamas’ most productive fish nursery.
Due to its hilly terrain and the variety of springs that each provide a distinctive experience, Andros, unlike the other Cyclades islands, it is a beautiful place to enjoy hiking and it’s one of the best places to experience for all walking and nature lovers. If you are booking your flights to the Bahamas and are hoping to do some hiking then San Andros and Andros Island is a great location for this. There are approximately 25 hiking paths with varied degrees of difficulty on Andros that hikers of all skill levels can enjoy. The network of hiking trails is thought to be 300 kilometers long in all. Old bridges, watermills, valleys, and even little waterfalls are all accessible to hikers on the island of Andros. You can stroll alongside rivers, explore stone-walled walkways, and take in a distinctive perspective. Some of these trails almost make it to the mountain ridge of the island.
Rainbow Blue Hole Trail
Follow a winding trail through the Andros hard wood coppice and coastal pine forest, this is a quick and beautiful one mile walk over a rock path to a magical blue hole where you can feel completely at ease enjoying your surroundings. Unlike some other blue holes, this one doesn’t have a jump in point and it is just a simple walk along a shallow rock ledge. The trail is quiet and only occasionally will you see another traveler making it a peaceful activity to do if you are booking your flights to the Bahamas and hoping to visit San Andros.
Book Your Flights Today!
There is so much to offer on Andros and San Andros is the perfect base to experience the island from. With unique hiking trails and unmatched nature and wildlife it really is an incredible vacation spot. Western Air Bahamas flies to San Andros, so if this blog has you wanting to book your vacation here then you will want to check out our website to book your flights to the Bahamas today!