San Salvador Attractions

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Noted as one of the destinations in the Caribbean where Christopher Columbus may have first made land fall in the New World, San Salvador is today a place where tourists travel to escape their busy lives back home more so than anything else.  While exploring the island is encouraged, there aren't very many specific sites to look out for. 


Grotto Beach

You'll find several beaches to visit on the island. If you prefer having a lot of room around you, you're likely to be pleased, since some of these beaches are relatively secluded and free from development. Just click on the beach names to get additional information about that individual beach.

Snow Bay Beach: Protected by two nearby offshore islets, Snow Bay Beach enjoys calm waters that are perfect for novice swimmers and kitesurfers.

A second alternative that beach-goers can consider is Long Bay Beach. Soft white sands lead to shimmering topaz waters at Long Bay Beach.

North Victoria Hill Beach: Gem colored waters that are almost unbelievably blue wash up onto the white sand beach of North Victoria Hill.

The island offers quite a few other beaches to choose from. You can read this page if you'd like more specifics.


Assuming you like to become more aware of other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation on San Salvador.

The table below has some key facts concerning a museum on the island.

Museums On San Salvador
Name Phone Location Island
New World Museum (242) 323-3182 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Cockburn Town San Salvador Island

Historical Sites

In case you enjoy experiencing the history of an unfamiliar place, you might enjoy visiting a historical site while vacationing on San Salvador.

A landmark worth visiting is Mexico Olympics Monument. It is located on San Salvador. The Mexico Olympics Monument was built in 1968 to house the Olympic Flame that was traveling to Mexico City from Greece. After the flame left, the Bahamas kept the structure as a monument of the Olympics.

Historic Sites On San Salvador
Name Type Phone Location Island
Mexico Olympics Monument Historical Site -- 2.8 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town San Salvador Island

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers may discover some other interesting places to visit on San Salvador.

The other kinds of landmarks on San Salvador are shown right below.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On San Salvador
Name Type Location
Christopher Columbus Monument Monument 3.4 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town
Dixon Lighthouse Lighthouse 5.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town
New World Museum Tourist Attraction 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Cockburn Town

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on San Salvador are shown here:

Land Formations On San Salvador
Name Type Location
Granny Lake Lake Central San Salvador
Great Lake Lake Central San Salvador
Little Lake Lake 4.2 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town
Storr's Lake Lake 5.1 mi. East of Central Cockburn Town
Stout's Lake Lake 4.7 mi. Southeast of Central Cockburn Town

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