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Fluffy white sand carpets in-your-dream beaches, where water sparkles like sapphires, lapis, tanzanite, emeralds, aquamarines…you get the picture. Grand Bahama Island has more than its share of beautiful beaches fringing the south coast of its 96-mile length. Some are bustling with watersports activity, while others lie so far off the beaten path it takes a four-wheel-drive vehicle and local knowledge to find them.
Known in some parts as no-see-ums, the practically invisible sand fleas called "flying teeth" in the Bahamas are a force to be reckoned with, especially at the West End and in the summer months. At and after sunset they come out in force on still nights, and their bites can result in itchy red welts. Dress in long sleeves and pants or apply a repellent. Avon's Skin-So-Soft lotion or baby oil are the generally accepted deterrents.