Andros, Bahamas

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Beach on South Andros Island
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates24°26′N 77°57′W / 24.433°N 77.950°W / 24.433; -77.950
ArchipelagoThe Bahamas
Major islandsNorth Andros, Mangrove Cay, South Andros
Area5,957 km2 (2,300 sq mi)
Length167 km (104 mi)
Width64 km (40 mi)
The Bahamas Bahamas
Largest settlementAndros Town (pop. 2,318)
Pop. density1.31/km2 (3.4/sq mi)
Ethnic groupsBlacks 85%, Whites 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%

Andros Island is an archipelago in the Bahamas. It is the largest of the 26 inhabited Bahamian Islands. The land area of Andros has hundreds of small islets and cays connected by mangrove estuaries and tidal swamp lands. There are three major islands—North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros. It is 104 miles (167 km) long by at its widest 40 miles (64 km) wide.

The Andros Barrier Reef[1] is the world's third longest after Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Central American Belize Barrier Reef. The island is home to the world's largest collection of Blue Holes.[2]

Andros is known in the Bahamas by two nicknames, "The Sleeping Giant" and "The Big Yard."

References[change | change source]

  1. "Andros Barrier Reef". Andros Conservancy and Trust (ANCAT).
  2. "National Geographic/ Aug 2010, Blue Holes".

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