San Salvador Island

Top 3 places to see and top 3 things to do in San Salvador Island (The Bahamas)

  • By Alex S
  • Travel Tips
  • 01.05.2016

Come to see historic sites in San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, such as:

 Columbus Monument, Landfall Park, Long Bay 
The Columbus Monument was set up on Christmas Day 1956 and built by Ruth Durlacher Wolper. It is a white cross that honors the day that the explorer Christopher Columbus made landfall on the island back in October of 1492.

Watlings Castle, Sandy Point Estates 
Watlings Castle is found 85 feet above sea level. The area of the estate houses plantation ruins such as structures that were once used for storage, industrial purposes, as well as the cook house, slave quarters and the main house.

Dixon Hill Lighthouse 
The Dixon Hill Lighthouse was built in 1887 on the site of what once was a plantation that John Dixon owned. It is 160 feet tall and has a visibility of 19 miles. It was built by the Imperial Lighthouse Service and is the last of its kind in the area for hand-operated, kerosene lit lighthouses. It helped many a ship to not hit the rocks over the past hundred or more years.

Farquharson Plantation
You can also see the ruins of the Farquharson Plantation, which once housed a main house, kitchen, and even a prison. A unique feature is a cattle trough which was cut directly from solid rock.

New World Museum, Palmetto Grove 
Founded in 1958 by Ruth Durlacher Wolper, the New World Museum houses artifacts from an Arawak settlement, Lucayan pottery, and paintings of when Columbus made landfall on the island.

Several Monuments
The island also features several interesting monuments that visitors can see including the Mexican Olympic Monument, the Chicago Herald Monument sphere from the 1893 World’s Fair, and a Japanese monument to Columbus trying to get to Asia called the Nao Santa Maria Monument.