The Bahamas are open to visitors. This can’t be stressed enough. The Bahamas aren’t closed for business. True, Hurricane Dorian swept through the island nation at the beginning of September. The Category 5 storm stalled over the islands, caused catastrophic damage, left thousands of residents homeless, and killed more than 60 people. It’s considered the worst natural disaster in the Bahamas’ history. But all of the islands weren’t affected. Though the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama were pummeled, Nassau, Eleuthera, and Bimini were left largely unscathed.
San Salvador is another one of the untouched islands. The 14-mile-long island, which sits 200 miles from Nassau, is too far east and too far south. Or it’s simply too lucky. Either way, the remote island’s deserted beaches, pristine diving spots, and friendly people are safe.
The Lucayan people, who originally inhabited the Bahamas, called the island Guanahani. Their home was isolated and peaceful until the end of the 15th century. That’s when the island became Christopher Columbus’ first landfall in the New World. He quickly named it after Christ the Savior. Though it’s the British who ultimately settled San Salvador, monuments around the island still commemorate October 12, 1492.
Snow Bay lies at the entrance of Pigeon Creek on the island’s quiet southeast coast. Its name makes sense as soon as you see the gorgeous beach. Powder-soft sand. Topaz-colored water. Calm surf thanks to two protective islets just offshore. Snow Bay is an ideal spot to float or learn how to kitesurf.
This is starting to feel like your perfect beach. It gets even better. Snow Bay is also home to a small resort. Guanahani Beach Club is chic and cozy. Its freestanding, whitewashed buildings match the sand on which they sit. Each one features crisp white walls, oak wood floors, louvered doors and windows, and teak furniture. There are only four villas, whose verandas extend their living space outside, at the resort. That means there are no more than nine guests (no kids allowed) at one time. Serenity is guaranteed.
At a place this small, service is usually one of two extremes: non-existent or overbearing. This family-owned resort is just right. Guanahani Patio is the heart of the property. Its restaurant serves homemade cake for breakfast, crab salad for lunch, and three-course Italian dinners at night. Its bar is ready with smoothies in the morning, rum punches during sunset, and Italian wines with your meal. Its water sports center offers equipment, lessons, and storage. Sun loungers and hammocks dot the beach, as well.
Since you may not be able to recreate your last trip, it’s time to make new memories in the Bahamas. The islands need you right now.