I have to agree that the out-islands are pretty special and it sounds like they haven't changed much over the years. I sailed amongst these islands, back in the '70's and I still remember the incredible, untouched beaches. We stopped in Eluthera for a couple of days, on our way south. Although I haven't returned to the out-islands (to do list ) I have been to Nassau a few times, on cruises, and was not impressed. Way to busy and touristy for my tastes.