The Bahamas guide
The Bahamas at a glance
About THE BAHAMAS...
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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Looking for inspiration?
- Live the carnival spirit with a Junkanoo Rushout parade of cowbells, drums and whistles
- Try the tasty fish fry evenings at Arawak Cay
- Swim with dolphins at Blue Lagoon Island
- Play golf amid the stunning views of the One&Only Ocean Club course on Paradise Island
- Go horse-riding across the pink sands of Harbour Island
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