T H E I S L A N D S
ATTRACTIONS INAGUA |
In the center of Great Inagua, this lake is a vast reserve for
Caribbean flamingoes, the national bird of The Bahamas, which once
graced all the islands and now make their last retreat here. These
beautiful, rare birds mate and nest in the spring and lay only one
egg each year. Their brilliant plumage is stunning, with a dramatic
splash of black under rose colored wings. A diet consisting of brine
shrimp helps maintain their dazzling pink color. The lake also provides
refuge for roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets, maybe a rare Bahamian
parrot or two, and, surprisingly, hummingbirds.
Flamingo & Turtle
These two separate tours can be arranged through the Bahamas National
Trust, headquartered in Nassau. Generally, visitors are not allowed
on the reserve without calling ahead.
Matthew Town Settlement
The only town in Inagua, it is the site of an 1870 lighthouse.
Morton Salt Crystal Factory
Tours can be arranged to see the salt ponds, located near Matthew
An old salt warehouse (circa 18th-19th century), whose doorways
incorporate stones from the ruined town of Port Royal in Jamaica.
It is thought that the Haitian tyrant, Henri Christophe, used Inagua
as a getaway, because of its proximity to Haiti. Accessible, but with
some difficulty, are the remains of a summer palace he built here as
a refuge around 1800. Presumably, he hid a cache of gold on this end
of the island, a source of endless speculation by the Inaguans.