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Rising from the waters of the eastern Bahamas is San Salvador Island, the exposed peak of a submerged mountain reaching 15,000 feet to the ocean floor. Many scholars recognize San Salvador as the location where Christopher Columbus first discovered the New World on October 12, 1492, and four separate monuments claim to mark the spot where Columbus first came ashore. Since then, San Salvador has attracted tourists, divers and fisherman alike with its miles of pristine, secluded beaches, natural reefs and dazzling, crystal-clear water offering visibility up to 150 feet. Five miles wide and 12 miles long with a population of approximately 1,000 residents, the island is home to many monuments, ruins and shipwreck sites that directly reflect its rich history. Challenging reef and wreck diving can be undertaken at High Cay, Low Cay, and Middle Cay, while other notable sites to visit include Holy Saviour Roman Catholic Church, the New World Museum and Cockburn Town, the capital of San Salvador and home to the island’s annual Columbus Day celebration. The island also offers tours of old plantation ruins and Lucayan Indian sites. San Salvador is an hour and a half away from South Florida by air.
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