While there are exceptions to every rule, it is pretty obvious that land can be found much cheaper off the island of Nassau/New Providence. Nassau is the capitol. It's the hotspot. But it's also one of the smallest islands in the Bahamas. Small supply and a large demand for Nassau real estate keeps prices higher than the Family Islands.
Islands like Abaco, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Exuma and Long Island offer wonderful deals that are extremely affordable. It's up to you the level of tranquility that you are looking for.
Secluded beaches are the norm in the Family Islands
Treasure Cay, Abaco for instance, has one of the world's finest beaches. You can find Treasure Cay lots in small marina and beachfront communities for less than $30,000.00. Waterfront Condominiums start in the 200's within walking distance to the world famous Treasure Cay Beach. Treasure Cay offers a great vacation rental opportunity for those who may want to get a return on their investment while they are back at home.
Treasure Cay is easily accessible from the east coast of Florida and offers a 7000' runway and airport facilities. Moreover, Marsh Harbour is a short a 20 minute drive away. Treasure Cay is the point of entry for water taxis over to the outer cays of Green Turtle Cay and Spanish Cay.
Bahama Palm Shores, a waterfront community south of Marsh Harbour Abaco, is another great opportunity to pick up a bargain beachfront property for under 30,000.00. Bahama Palm Shores is close to The Abaco Club at Winding Bay, Schooner Bay, picturesque Little Harbour and Pete's Pub which is just a stones throw away.
Rainbow Bay, Eleuthera is a hilltop neighborhood which overlooks the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the peaceful pristine turquoise waters of the Caribbean on the other. Located just minutes away from Governors Harbour International Airport with daily flights out of Nassau and the USA, Rainbow Bay is the ideal location for a second home.
Glass Windows Bridge, Eleuthera
Long Island the land of endless and uninhabited pristine beaches. It local population are proud of their history of hard work, fishing and farming. Long Island is famous for its wide endless beaches and high bluffs. Great fishing and diving are found around long island and it is most famous for the site of world record breaking free diving in Deans Blue Hole.
Photo courtesy of the amazing William Trubridge!
Cat Island offers even more seclusion than Abaco and Eleuthera. In Cat Island you'll find quieter boutique resorts that focus on diving and solitude. Fernandez Bay Village is located in Southern Cat Island and is serviced frequently from Nassau by local airlines. Beachfront lots in Cat Island can be found for a fraction of the price of a beachfront lot in Nassau.
Great Exuma offers inland lots for lower than $15,000. Of course these are not beachfront lots but the beach is a short drive away. Great Exuma and Georgetown are home to the annual Georgetown Sailing Regatta. Also in Great Exuma is the Sandals Emerald Bay with it's Greg Norman Signature Golf Course and a full service Marina.
All in all, there are many retirement deals for that day when you may not want anything to do but fish and enjoy life and the best bang for the buck is in the Family Islands.