Sleep/Eat/Drink: You'll get a terrific sense of being remote here, but two spots meet all your needs. On the sandy side, behold Cape Santa Maria's (800-663-7090) three-mile crescent of a beach, one of the world's best. Beachfront cottages with breezy screened-in porches face your personal slice of paradise. Stella Maris Resort (800-426-0466) sits high atop a ridge, with dozens of lodging options scattered throughout a garden estate. A family feel centers around the clubhouse area with convivial dining, drinking, and entertainment.

Play: Water, water, everywhere, and lots of time to play in it. Both resorts can hook you up with serious fishing, diving, and boat charters. Rent a car and tour the one main road, dotted with small shops and settlements.

Local Insight: Cottages #1 and #21 (the ultra-private bookends of the resort) are the most requested at Cape Santa Maria. Don't miss Elsie Knowles and the straw "factory" in Simms Settlement for an amazing look at an intricate art.

JANET THOMAS is an associate editor for American Way. Caribbean aficionado Thomas has sailed or traveled to more than 40 islands.
Other Out Islands
Yes there's more. Many more. How remote can you go? Try Andros (the world's largest concentration of blue holes equals great diving), Cat Island (deserted beaches, seclusion), and Great Inagua (flamingo flocks and a vast national park). Crooked Island, Acklins, Berry Islands, Mayaguana, Little Inagua, and San Salvador pretty much round out the Bahama Out Islands - at least the inhabited ones - and are impressively undeveloped havens for solace seekers.

- Janet Thomas

Details, Details

Getting Around: American/American Eagle (800-433-7300) services several Bahama spots - namely Freeport, Marsh Harbor, Nassau, and George Town. For island hopping, call Bahamas Fast Ferries (242-323-2166), Chalk's Ocean Airways seaplanes (800-424-2557), or Bahamasair (800-222-4262).