San Salvador Bahamas: Christopher Columbus First Landfall
“The beauty of these islands surpasses that of any other and as much as the day surpasses the night in splendour.” — Christopher Columbus
San Salvador is located in the far eastern Bahamas. It is small in size (63-square-mile) but not in scenery and is surrounded by superb beaches and reefs. It is an ideal place for snorkeling, diving and fishing.
Known to the Arawak Indians that lived there as Guanahani, the island of San Salvador (“Holy Savior” in Spanish) boasts the reputation of being the first place that Christopher Columbus landed upon when he discovered the new world, in October 12th, 1492.
Presently the island is home to over 1000 people. The average temperature is 80 degrees. The local resident population on San Salvador today consists of approximately 1000 persons who live in several small communities around the perimeter of the island. Unfortunately, Christopher Columbus and the Arawaks is no longer with us, thankfully San Salvador is.