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Introducing Bahamas

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Banana Bay, Bahamas © Pietro

Bahamas Travel Guide

The 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets that make up the Bahamas constitute 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 in the lively bars and nightclubs of Nassau and Freeport, and at the festival of Junkanoo.

Isolated lagoons and near-deserted beaches evoke images of bloodthirsty pirates, buried chests of gold, and secret stashes of rum. Visitors to the Bahamas who find themselves dreaming of brandished swords and full sails can learn more about the colourful history of pirates in the Bahamas at the Nassau Pirate Museum.

Today, piracy has given way to tourism and banking as the primary industries of the islands. While most visitors to the Bahamas will never get a glimpse into the buttoned-up financial world of the Bahamas, 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 are sure to make up for it.

Best time to visit the Bahamas

The tropical savannah climate of the Bahamas ensures that the weather is beautiful all year round, with relatively stable temperature and pronouced wet and dry season. It can get very hot in the late summer months of July and August, and hurricane season in the Bahamas runs from June to November.

In the Bahamas, hurricane season is considered the off-season so many hotels and resorts do major construction projects then and this often means a cheaper stay for visitors. The best time to visit the Bahamas is between December and April, when temperatures range between 75°F and 85°F (24°C - 29°C) and there is little rain.

Read more about Bahamas Climate and Weather.

What to see in the Bahamas

-Explore ancient, underwater caves at Lucayan National Park.

-Go bird-watching on Half Moon Cay.

-See the world's deepest blue hole at Long Island.

-Explore the markets and restaurants of Freeport.

Read more about Bahamas Attractions.

What to do in the Bahamas

-Mingle with the extraordinarily wealthy on the Berry Islands.

-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 cheap, direct flights to the Bahamas from the US which 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. The flight takes about nine hours, excluding layovers.

Get more information on Bahamas Airports.

Read

Thine is the Kingdom by Garth Buckner, Island Boy by Eric Minns, Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway, and The Story of the Bahamas by Paul Albury.

Listen

Alphonso 'Blind Blake' Higgs, and 'Who let the dogs out?' by the Baha Men.

Watch

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

Drink

Bahama Mama cocktail, Sky Juice, Goombay Squash

Eat

Local seafood like crayfish and conch are set to tantalise the palate of even the most discerning visitor.

Buy in the Bahamas

Pearl jewellery and woven baskets are great souvenirs from the Bahamas.

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, while the annual Long Island Regatta is also one of the main events in the Bahamas' yachting calendar.

Some random facts

-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 flamingos to one person.

-Paradise Island was originally called Hogg Island.

A final word

Sparkling beaches, friendly people and the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas make it an ideal island holiday destination.

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