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Introducing Bahamas

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Bahamas Travel Guide

The 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets that make up the Bahamas are a paradise of hidden treasures for holidaymakers to explore.

The laidback attitude of life in the Bahamas is infectious, as is the party atmosphere that comes to life during festivals like Junkanoo and in the lively bars and nightclubs of Nassau and Freeport.

Isolated lagoons and near-deserted beaches evoke images of bloodthirsty pirates buried chests of gold and rum in hidden spots, and visitors can learn more about the colourful history of swashbucklers in the Bahamas at the Nassau Pirate Museum.

These days, the Bahamas' main industries aren't piracy, but tourism and banking. Most visitors to the Bahamas will never get a glimpse into the buttoned up financial world of the Bahamas, but that's okay because they're too busy swimming with dolphins, hiking and bird-watching in Bahamas National Trust Park, scuba diving in spectacular coral reefs, and enjoying world-class resorts with facilities like golf courses, casinos, watersports, spas and other holiday activities.

Best time to visit the Bahamas

The weather in the Bahamas is beautiful all year round, however it can get very hot in the late summer months of July and August. Hurricane season in the Bahamas runs from June to November, and this is considered the off-season so many hotels and resorts do major construction projects then. The best time to visit the Bahamas is between December and April, when temperatures range 75-85F (24-29C) and there is little rain. Read more about Bahamas Climate and Weather.

What to see in the Bahamas

-Learn some local history at the Bahamas Historical Museum.

-Go bird-watching in Half Moon Cay.

-Learn about swashbuckling brigands at the Pirate Museum in Nassau.

-Explore the markets and restaurants of Freeport. Read more about Bahamas Attractions.

What to do in the Bahamas

-Get a close-up view of sea life on an undersea walk.

-Go sport fishing for sailfish and marlin in the Bimini Islands.

-Hug a friendly bottlenose dolphin at Dolphin Encounters.

-Go scuba diving in the coral reefs near Andros Island. Read more about Bahamas Activities.

Getting to the Bahamas

There are plenty of direct cheap flights to the Bahamas from the US, departing from most major airports on half a dozen airlines. There are no direct flights to the Bahamas from the UK. However, connecting flights are available, and the flight takes 9-10 hours. Get more information on Bahamas Airports.

Read

Thine is the Kingdom by Garth Buckner and Island Boy by Eric Minns.

Listen

Alphonso 'Blind Blake' Higgs

Watch

Thunderball (1966) and After the Sunset (2004).

Drink

Bahama Mama cocktails

Eat

Local seafood like crawfish and conch.

Buy in the Bahamas

Pearl jewellery and woven baskets are great souvenirs from the Bahamas. Avoid conch shells, as they are endangered and may be confiscated by customs.

Pack for the Bahamas

Be sure to pack lots of sunscreen for the Bahamas, as the sun can be quite intense.

What's on in the Bahamas

Boxing Day is lively and colourful as locals celebrate Junkanoo each year with parades and music. The Long Island Regatta is the main event in the Bahamas yachting calendar every year. More information on Events in the Bahamas.

Some random facts

-The Bahamas has the clearest waters in the world with visibility of over 200 feet (61 meters).

-The ratio of flamingos to people on Great Inagua is 61:1.

-Paradise Island was originally called Hogg Island.

A final word

The sparkling beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas make the country an ideal Caribbean holiday destination.

Become our Bahamas Travel Expert

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