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Crooked Island is the best guarded secret of the Bahamas. If you are looking for the true Bahamas with endless white sand beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters, excellent swimming, snorkeling and diving, fishing and especially bone fishing, solitude and some of the friendliest people on the planet, look no further. Crooked Island is calling your name.
With a size of 57 square miles (148 km2), Crooked Island is about 70% of the size of New Providence Island where Nassau is located. But its population of 330 people is only a tiny fraction and makes for a population density of only 6 people per square mile (2 people per km2). So, if you want to get away from it all, look no further. Crooked Island is calling your name.
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Our Crooked Island Travel Guide has detailed information about the individual destinations, links to their locations in google maps, reviews and websites (if available).
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On a cloudless night, you can enjoy gazillions of stars as there are only few artificial light sources.
If you stay on the beaches on the west side of Crooked Island then you will see the occasional cruise ship far away on the horizon and realize that you have found your place in paradise.
As to the pronunciation: The “e" in “Crooked” is not silent and pronounced as in “footed".
We have made two videos about Crooked Island. The “Snorkeling in Crooked Island” video (16 min) is an excerpt of the “Crooked Island – Hidden Paradise in The Bahamas” video (34 min).
Crooked Island is off the beaten track and only very few tourists find their way to this remote island in the Bahamas.
The only options to get to Crooked Island are:
There is no public transportation on Crooked Island.
Ask your hotel if they can get you a rental car and expect to pay $65 per day. Remember, cars drive on the left side of the road like in England and Australia. There are almost no road signs, so make sure to download the Crooked Island map to your favorite GPS.
There are only 330 people who live on Crooked Island. In general, people on Crooked Island live in several settlements on the main road (Landrail Point, Seaview, Moss Town, Fairfield, Colonel Hill, Major's Cay, Bullet Hill, Brown's). Landrail Point and Colonel Hill are the main settlements.
On the beaches to the west and north, you will mostly see houses from American and European snowbirds who typically come for the winter and leave the island during hurricane season.
There is a police station across the street from the Colonel Hill airport.
Crooked Island has 5 active police officers and 2 in reserve.
Located in the administrative office across the street from St. Michael Anglican Church, behind the door closest to the main road is the post office.
It also offers some banking services for locals who have accounts with it, but visitors cannot get any cash on Crooked Island, so make sure to bring enough money with you.
The first post office in The Bahamas used to stand in Pitts Town, but it is long gone.
There are no banks or ATMs on Crooked Island. Limited banking for locals that have accounts is available at the post office. Visitors cannot get any cash here, so make sure to bring enough money.
Crooked Island has two clinics. They are only equipped to handle minor health issues.
One is located behind the library in Landrail Point and one across the street from Crooked Island high school close to the Colonel Hill airport.
The only nurse on the island, Beulah Carroll, is sharing her time between both clinics.
The clinics are open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and can be reached under these phone numbers: