Getaways: Andros Island, Bahamas

 androsYou may think I’ve been teasing you all with my articles on saltwater as of late. While my coverage of inshore fishing’s Grand Slam, the Roland Martin Resort, and species like snook and Goliath grouper may have those of you subjected to frigid winter climates cringing with resentment, my main goal is to provide you with ideas and an urge to possibly get away—this winter or next—to these destinations so you won’t have to sit inside and suffer from cabin fever. That being said, I’d like to continue and outline a little place down in the warmer parts of the Caribbean where many anglers go in search of trophy bonefish when they want the challenge and great fight that the species puts them through. This gem of the Caribbean is found in the Bahamas, and it’s known as Andros Island.

Consisting of nearly 2,500 square miles, Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas. There aren’t as many local residents as an island of that size may warrant, however, which means more natural and untouched locations for adventurous travelers to discover and enjoy. The island’s east coast is home to an immense barrier reef, while the western coast consists of some of the most bountiful bonefish flats you’ll ever find.

There are several resorts scattered throughout the island, especially on the coasts, most of which offer local guides, kayak rentals, and even snorkeling gear, with packages for some available for as little as $300 a night for two people! Swain’s Cay Bonefish Resort, for example, even has villas right on the water, where you can cast for the fish right off your patio.

For those of you who want to include some sight seeing during your stay, you can rent a kayak and paddle your way through mangrove canals, take a swim with dolphins in the barrier reef, or any other number of exciting activities available to visitors of the island. You’ll find that the locals, the resort employees, and expert fishing guides are all friendly and accommodating, and yearn to share the joy of their home with you.

The Bahamas have long been a popular destination for those travellers looking to escape the snow and freezing winds of winter and spend a little time in the sun, and Andros Island is no exception. Perfect for fishing, exploring, or just enjoying a little time to yourself, free of the worries and obligations that we become so used to, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better destination for your next vacation. Don’t take my word for it, though; pack your bags, hop on a plane, and find out for yourself. You may have to call work after a few days and ask for more time off though, because you won’t want to leave!

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