By: Athena Mabon
Christopher Columbus made his landfall in the New World on San Salvador. It was October 12, 1492.
The 63-square-mile San Salvador is a blend of old and new.
It has a Club Med and Riding Rock Inn, which draws divers for reef and wreck dives.
And it has Farquharson Plantation, also known as Blackbeard’s Castle, the most famous plantation ruin in the Bahamas. The 1887 Dixon Hill Lighthouse is one of the last hand operated in the Bahamas.
And if you want solitude, look no further than Bahamas Real Estate in San Salvador. San Salvador has 10 miles of stunning, white sand beaches and coves.
Columbus was so moved by the island’s beauty, he wrote in his journal:
"The beauty of these islands surpasses that of any other and as much as the day surpasses the night in splendour."
Four monuments mark the exact spot where he reportedly landed – he’s said he have fallen to his feet to kiss the ground. It’s generally felt that he landed at Long Bay, where a big stone cross dominates the landscape.
The native Lucayan Indians called the island Guanahani. Columbus renamed it San Salvador or "Holy Saviour,"
In addition to relaxing, diving and beachcombing, the flats circling the island offer tons of game fishing action. Old plantation ruins, historical Lucayan Indian sites and the old kerosene-operated lighthouse provide interesting places to visit.