Travellers often think about 'beaches' when they hear about Bahamas. This archipelago of islands certainly has abundance in palm-ridden shores, allowing for a variety of fun water activities. One can either dive down to the ocean bed to view the marine life or go on a cruising trip to catch a fish. Resorts are also located in various islands, where visitors can stay and have fun with their group and other guests. Those looking for adventures, however, can hop from island to island where one can appreciate the sights and explore nature. The country’s capital is Nassau.
A trip to Bahamas also exposes visitors to the colourful history of the islands. It was the home of the Lucayan people long before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. They were driven away, however, when the Spanish shipped them off to Hispaniola. This opened the islands for colonisation under the British who governed the islands until its independence as a Commonwealth nation in 1973. This allowed Bahamas to prosper on its own, and has become one of the richest countries in the region.
What to see & do
More than 700 islands of natural beauty can be found in Bahamas. Each of them features its own delights such as the Abacos, the boating capital where the breezes often make the days perfect for sailing trips. Boatbuilding is a longstanding tradition here with many builders known for skilled workmanship. Those going by Treasure Cay will find miles of pristine beaches while Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay lets one find well-preserved colonial houses with a touch of their colourful Bahamian pastels. Those looking for creature comforts, on the other hand, can check out Marsh Harbour, the lively downtown area.
From here, one can venture to the nearby Grand Bahama Island for some underwater adventures. One of the world's largest underwater cave systems can be found here, making it a must-visit destination for those who love to snorkel. Biodiversity is also rich inland, such as in Rand Nature Centre where birds flit among trees and build nests. From here, more ecotourism activities can be arranged at Andros, a sparsely developed island in the Bahamas. Travellers going here will find exceptional surroundings from blue holes in the sea to numerous species of flora and fauna. Those fond of birdwatching can also venture to Inagua, where more than 80,000 flamingos live with over 140 native and migratory bird species.
Those who enjoy revelling in the stunning quality of the beaches in Bahamas can cruise down to the southeast portion of the archipelago. Acklins and Crooked Island makes a remote destination with its miles of coastline, various coral gardens, and a massive lagoon. Long Island also makes an unforgettable place, due to the breath-taking blueness of its waters, as well as its magnificent rock formations and reefs. Serene beaches are also here
where tourists can relax and take in the view. Those who want to explore the island, though, will find plenty to see, such as Hamilton's Cave, one of the largest in the Bahamas. Cave drawings from the Lucayan tribe can be seen here, which harks back to the prehistoric times of the islands.
How to get around within Bahamas
Travellers excited to explore the various sights of the islands will find the commute a complex matter. Other than the domestic airports, the ferries handle the major inter-island transportation routes coming from Nassau. Abacos, Eleuthera, Exumas, and Andros are all connected by a high-speed ferry. Water taxis also take passengers regularly as they ply between Nassau and Paradise Island. They also venture to other offshore islands and the neighbouring cays. Local transport, on the other hand, is minimal with taxis, buses, and cars available only in Nassau and Freeport. This makes it essential to have a boat or hire one with a driver to explore the islands in a more leisurely manner.
How to get there
Those visiting the Bahamas can schedule connecting flights going to Lynden Pindling International Airport. Airlines serving regular and seasonal flights here include Abaco Air, Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air Turks and Caicos, American Airlines, American Eagle, Bahamasair, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Flamingo Air, JetBlue Airways, Pineapple Air, SkyBahamas Airlines, Southern Air Charter, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Express, Western Air, and WestJet.
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