The Bahamas is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. It boasts of several islands that are unique in their own way. Two of these are Great Inagua and Little Inagua, the home to the famous West Indian flamingos and one of the region’s most fascinating attractions. If you love watching birds and want the chance to watch up to 80,000 flamingos and other water and migratory birds, it’s time to pack and make your plans.
Below is some essential information you can use as your guide while making your travel plans – from the island’s geography, statistics, and the top beach spots in the area.
The name of the islands is believed to have originated from the terms “full” and “water.” It was also a slang of its first name, “Henegua”, a Spanish term that meant “water is to be found there.” The Taino Indians were its first inhabitants, but unfortunately, they were taken away and forced to work as slaves by the Spaniards. By the 18th Century, it had become a place for pirates, and shipwrecks. It was only during 1870 when the shipwrecks stopped because a lighthouse was built on Great Inagua.
From there, Bermudians started settling in the area (by way of Turks & Caicos) along with producing salt as their primary industry. Although other industries were started, like cotton and Sisal production, they simply diminished over time. When 19th Century came, Inagua became permanently settled. At present, Inagua has become primarily of interest to naturalists and sportsmen for its national park and water sports. It also has the second largest saline operation in North America, and is operated by Morton Salt.
Inagua is comprised of Little Inagua and Great Inagua Islands. Great Inagua is the southernmost island and the 3rd largest island of the Bahamas. It is also extremely dry, hot, and the home to the world’s largest flamingo bird sanctuaries.
The colony of West Indian flamingos in the area reaches up to more than 80,000. That makes a ratio of 80:1 with the population in Great Inagua (Great Inagua has a population of about 1,000 Bahamians while Little Inagua only has goats, donkeys and rare birds as its settlers). Combine the attractions in both islands, and you will find an abundant nature preserve destination. In fact, the primary nature preserve, the Inagua National Park, covers 45% of its total land mass.
Inagua is a two-in-one destination for tourists. It is where some of the world’s most attractive beaches are found. A place where tourists may fully enjoy what nature offers; hence, deciding to make the island your destination for vacation will be perfect for both your adventurous and nature lover side. Different accommodations are available to cater for all your needs and preferences. There are houses to rent for families, accommodations near the town center for easy access and more.
You won’t have to worry about transportation as rental services are available. To support Inagua’s campaign of keeping the island green, it is advisable to keep your transportation use to a minimum. As for activities, Inagua has a lot in store. There are ferries used to take tourists interested to explore the island, try water activities, and more.
During some migration months, you may have the chance to watch birds like burrowing owls, ospreys, American kestrels, North American birds and Kirtland’s warblers.
You have different options on which beach to visitdepending on what you have in mind and the kind of water activities you prefer. There are secluded beaches for tourists who prefer privacy, like the Northwest Point, Coconut Grove Beach, Cartwright’s Beach and Farquharson Beach.
If you are with your family, your best beach options are the Iron Badge Beach and Northwest Point Beach. The latter is also the leading choice for all your favorite beach and water activities: hiking, picnics and snorkeling. if you want to enjoy the seas and the sun with a lot of other tourists, you may go to Morton’s Salt’s Beach and Iron Badge Beach.