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The Bahamas guide

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The Bahamas at a glance


The Bahamas consists of 700 islands and cays in 15 main groups, scattered in the Atlantic Ocean to the south-east of Florida.

The two main islands are New Providence and the capital Nassau, and Grand Bahama Island. There are the Out Islands, each with a different character, and English speaking.

Extensive tourism in all prices and categories, from package hotel to villas on private islands and boat-based. Activities, depending on island - sailing, scuba, deep sea fishing, bone-fishing; some small and pretty towns on the Out Islands; extensive cruise ship traffic (main centres, even private islands); shopping; casinos.

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Best for:
Stunning beaches and beautiful sea, watersports, colonial history, local island charm
What for:
Beach, Corporate & Incentives, Eco/Nature, Family, Golf, Sailing & Regattas, Scuba Diving, Sports Fishing, Weddings & Romance, Yacht Charters
Not for:
How to get there:
Nassau is served by direct flights from the UK and North America. Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera have direct flights from Florida.
Top tip:
Spend a couple of days living it up on Nassau before relaxing in one of the beautiful boutique hideaways in the Out Islands. Take the fast ferry from Nassau to spend a day at Harbour Island and enjoy the pink sand beach and browse in the chi-chi boutiques.

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  1. Live the carnival spirit with a Junkanoo Rushout parade of cowbells, drums and whistles
  2. Try the tasty fish fry evenings at Arawak Cay
  3. Swim with dolphins at Blue Lagoon Island
  4. Play golf amid the stunning views of the One&Only Ocean Club course on Paradise Island
  5. Go horse-riding across the pink sands of Harbour Island

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