As one of the 700 islands of the Bahamas, San Salvador stretches 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. It has a small population of about 1000 people. The island is actually the peak of a submerged mountain whose bottom reaches about 15,000 feet to the ocean floor. San Salvador is surrounded by 4000 meter deep waters with a visibility of about 150 feet in the water, a characteristic that renders it attractive to divers, snorkelers and fishermen.
The temperature ranges anywhere from 74 to 92 degrees (F) during the summer and 64 to 84 degrees (F) during the winter. The major rainy season which lasts from September to November is caused by tropical storms, hurricanes, and tropical depressions.
A Little History
There are four monuments that mark the exact spot where Columbus landed on October 12, 1492. Some believe however, that he landed on Long Bay where a stone cross stands. George Watling, a British pirate, took over the island and renamed it Watling Island. In 1925, the Bahamian government changed the name back to San Salvador.
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