San Salvador, Bahamas
San Salvador Island is one of the outermost of a chain of some 700 islands sprinkled throughout more than 5,000 square miles of the most beautiful waters of the world. Although San Salvador is similar to the other islands of this archipelago, it is unique for its history, ecology, inland lakes, and potential for future development.
Christopher Columbus made his first landfall on San Salvador Island during his historic voyage to the New World. Four separate monuments mark the exact spot where he came ashore on October 12, 1492. However, it is generally accepted that he landed at Long Bay, where a big stone cross now stands.
The island is home to many monuments, ruins and shipwreck sites that directly reflect its rich history. Sparkling lakes cover the interior of the island which were utilized in days past for transportation. This unique inner island passage promoted the development of several communities on the perimeter of these interconnected lakes. After trampling in the dense bush which covers the island, one can appreciate why this method of transport was used.
The pace of life here has changed little over the centuries. Today, San Salvador is the ultimate escape. The island has miles of pristine and secluded beaches, and an emerald-blue sea of such sparkling clarity that divers have visibility of up to 150 feet.
GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE
This is where the class will be staying in San Salvador. The Gerace Research Centre (formerly the Bahamian Field Station), which occupies a former US Naval Base on the island of San Salvador, has been in operation for over 30 years as an educational and research institution. The Gerace Research Centre provides accommodations, laboratory space, and logistical support for both teachers and researchers interested in the diverse and unique tropical environments available on San Salvador.
For more information about the Gerace Research Centre, visit www.geraceresearchcentre.com