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The Out Islands of The Bahamas ( or. www.myoutislands.com.)
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (242/302–2000. www.bahamas.com.)
Sportsmen are drawn to the southern islands to outsmart the swift bonefish, and fish for marlin, black and bluefin tuna, wahoo, and swordfish. Yachties roam these islands on their way to the Caribbean, and vacationers rent Hobie Cats and kayaks. Divers and snorkelers come to see healthy reefs and abundant underwater wildlife. Romantics and honeymooners head south for the glorious sunsets viewed from the verandahs of beachside cottages, and for the lovely pink beaches. Bird-watchers arrive with binoculars in hand to see the green and red Bahama parrots, the Bahama woodstar hummingbirds, Bahama pintails, tricolored and crested night herons, and, of course, flamingos.
The friendliness of residents is well known, but visitors are often taken aback by their instant inclusion in the community. You can't walk 100 feet without someone offering a welcome ride on a hot day. Ask an islander where a certain restaurant is and they will walk with you until you see it. Express any disappointment such as not seeing a flamingo up close, and the person standing behind you at the store will get on their cell phone. (There's a big flock now at the Town Pond!) The scenery is gorgeous, but this genuine rapport is what brings regulars back time and again to these tiny communities.
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