of Inagua in the Bahamas.
Great Inagua is the southernmost island in the Bahamas and
is mostly low and flat. The Island lies about 55 miles (90 km) from
the eastern tip of Cuba.
The Island's capital and only harbour is Matthew Town.
This town houses the Morton Salt Company’s main facility, and
the second largest solar saline operation in North America. [Bahamas
Location: 320 miles southeast of Nassau
Size: Great Inagua, 596 square miles, Little Inagua,
49 square miles
Tourism info: Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board
Getting there from Nassau: Fly with Bahamasair or
private air charter. The Bahamas Mailboat costs $90 one way to Inagua
and takes 24 hours.
Lake Windsor occupies almost one-quarter of the interior. Inagua
National Park is the 287-square-mile home of the world’s largest
colony of West Indian flamingos. Almost extinct some years ago, they
now number about 80,000. The flamingoes live in a protected 287 square
mile reserve called the Inagua National Park. Salt is till the main
industry on Inagua.
Nearby, the Morton Salt Company exports more than a million tons of
crude salt per year. Despite Inagua’s large size, the only settlement
is Matthew Town and the population is less than 1,000.
Little Inagua lies five miles to the north. It is inhabited only by
herds of wild donkeys, goats and bird life.
Nearby settlements include: Little
mailboats depart from Nassau and run weekly roundtrip to and from
Taxi service is available. Although metered rates vary by island,
they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Bicycles are also available
for rent at most popular tourist centers.
Rental cars are also available. You can use your home driver’s
license for up to three months, but remember, when you take to the
road, British rules apply, so keep to the left.
Pedestrians should remember to look right before
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Factbook -- Bahamas, The
The CIA factbook says the Bahamas are a stable, developing nation
with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking.
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