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About Long Island

Long Island is much rockier than its flat, sandy neighbours. As well as spectacular coral reefs, Long Island also has real cliffs towering over the eastern shores. The western side is more your typical Caribbean island perfection, with soft white sandy coves and long stretches of gently curving beach. Perfect for divers, fisher-folk, sailors and anyone who likes their sports wet, the best places to stay in Long Island seem to accommodate all your watery habits.

Eighty miles long, but only four miles across at its widest point, Long Island was given its moniker for being a bit inconvenient to sail around. It sits right on the Tropic of Cancer, with the crash of the Atlantic on one side and the gentle Bahamas Bank on the other - you can guess which side the cliffs face!

What Not To Miss

  • Long Island is home to Dean's Blue Hole, the world's deepest blue sinkhole, a wonderful place to go diving and surrounded by cliffs for those brave enough to jump into the water.
  • You can also explore Hamilton's Cave, the largest cave system in the Bahamas.
  • Or, you could head to Columbus Point and take in the wonderful panoramic views of the island.

The best places to stay in Long Island can get very busy during the peak season (November to March), so if you want to guarantee your winter sun, get organised and book early.

The Best Places to Stay on Long Island 

For a rustic escape

  • For a proper escape from everything try Chez Pierre with its six rustic style bungalows on stilts, right on a deserted beach. There are huge balconies for relaxing, plus a superb restaurant. Prices start from only £96 per night.

For a beach resort

  • Cape Santa Maria is a gorgeous hotel right beside an even more beautiful beach. As well as direct beach access there's a pool, gym and luxurious spa. There's also a fun Bahamian beach bar and good, local cuisine. Romantic, pretty and memorable. This is a great base for an active island break.

For An Apartment Or Villa

  • If you think you'd be best served by a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Whilst Long Island is never chilly, the summers are generally rainy (so best avoided) and hurricane season lasts from July to October.
  • Peak season, from November to March, is when the weather is at its best. However, it's also the busiest time of year, so if you want to avoid the crowds then consider coming in spring.
  • Long Island boasts two airports, Deadman's Cay Airport and Stella Maris Airport, both of which are located in the north of the island.
  • There are no direct flights from the UK, however you can fly with British Airways from Heathrow to Nassau before taking the ferry across to Long Island.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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    Best Hotels in Long Island

    • Chez Pierre Long Island, Bahamas 6 rooms from £121

      Beach Life  -  Bungalows on stilts situated right on the beach, with superb low key restaurant, friendly tours and deserted beach
      Fishing  -  With local guide Lockley Cartwright
      Diving  -  At Rum cay and San Salvador
      Great walks  -  Along near-deserted beach
      Recommended by  -  Fodors

      Six rustic bungalows on the beach. Interiors are lovely with wooden floors, big wraparound balconies and tropical print furnishings. Superb restaurant serving fresh seafood and locally sourced produce. Great value; a total hideaway. See More

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    • Cape Santa Maria Long Island, Bahamas from £183

      Romantic Break  -  Enormous balconies with sofas to catch the perfect sunset, nature kayak tours, couples massage and in room hot tubs
      Diving  -  All scuba diving expeditions at Cape Santa Maria use leading edge equipment, and are led by an experienced dive crew
      Fishing  -  For a deep sea adventure, fishing excursions are available with experienced, professional guides
      Sights nearby  -  Christopher Columbus monument
      Recommended by  -  Fodors

      Gorgeous hotel in prime beach location. Interiors have creamy furnishings, tiled floors, rattan and mahogany furniture; villas have modern kitchens and dining areas. Direct beach access, gym, spa treatments. Good Bahamian cuisine and beach bar. Romantic and pretty. See More

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    • The Roundtree Amagansett, NY, Long Island 15 rooms from £230

      Beach Life  -  The hotel provides guests with beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, portable ice coolers and even sand toys- a perfect beach stay
      Kids Club  -  The hotel provides a lemonade stall program for children to learn entrepreneurial skills whilst raising money for a charity
      Families  -  Self-contained cottages and the amazing range of activities to enjoy with the family, makes this hotel ideal for families
      Local exploring  -  Just a short walk away from many dining and shopping attractions found in Amagansett’s town centre

      A 250-year-old old working farm that has been newly renovated into a beautiful boutique hotel. Stylish self-contained cottages with neutral tones and wooden furnishings. Ride your cruiser down to the nearby stretch of beach. Expect activities for suitable for all the family. An idyllic escape. See More

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