Crooked Island is separated from Acklins by the Bight of Acklins. It was named Fragrant Island by Christopher Columbus when he landed at Pittstown Point on account of the pleasant-smelling herbs in the region. One of these is cascarilla bark, which is used to flavour Campari liquor and the native Cascarilla Liqueur.

The waters of Crooked Island provide good opportunities for bonefishing, tarpon fishing, and deep sea fishing. Barrier reefs are excellent sites for diving and snorkeling. There are also many beautiful beaches in the area.

Notable landmarks in Crooked Island are Bird Rock Lighthouse and Marine Farm Fort, which were built by the British to guard and protect Crooked Island Passage from pirates. Other sights include Crooked Island’s caves, whose stalactites and stalagmites resemble church and castle ruins; the remains of the fortifications at French Wells; the ruins of Hope Great House, once part of a plantation and now protected by the Bahamas National Trust; and the panoramic views from Colonel Hill.