The Bahamas have beautiful beaches, the clearest water on earth and white (in some places pink) sand, the definition of Paradise on Earth. The islands that make up The Bahamas are Bimni, Cat Island, Andros, Inaguas, Long Island, Eusmas, Nassau (N.P.), Grand Bahama Island, San Salvador, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Acklins, Abaco, Harbour Island, and Eleuthera. The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth, and its official language is English. The name “Bahamas” comes from the Spanish baja mar meaning shallow sea, and is an archipelago of over 700 islands stretching over 258,998 square km in the western Atlantic Ocean. The Lucayan Indians were the original inhabitants: they lived throughout The Bahamas between 900 and 1500 A.D.
Christopher Columbus (the first European visitor) made his first landfall in the New World on San Salvador (called Guanahani by the Lucayan Indians) in 1492. The Bahamas, with over 270 years of democratic rule, is one of the most politically stable countries in the world. The Bahamas does not have an army.
Some of the best Islands to visit are:
Andros is the unexplored back country, 2300 sq miles of mangrove swamps, palm savannas and forests with Boar. A definite favorite for the explorer.
Nassau and Paradise Island, Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas, the island boasts resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, nightlife, golf course, aquarium and a casino. Most cruises have shore excursions to the Atlantis resort. It can be expensive off the ship and you can do it yourself by taking a cab. You will want to prebook a stay at the Quality Inn next door (you won’t actually be staying). All hotels on the island have exchange privileges at Atlantis. They will let you use a room if you want, but you are basically paying for a reduced admission to Atlantis.
Eleuthera and Harbour Island is an island of casual sophistication, housing isolated communities, well developed resorts, rocky bluffs, low lying wetlands, pink sand beaches and coral reef. Recently ranked the best island in the Bahamas by Travel and Leisure Magazine in 2015. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has their private island resort on Eleuthera.
Grand Bahama Island has one of the Worlds largest under water cave systems, 3 National Parks, endless beaches and crisp blue water.
The Exumas is divided into three, the Great Exumas, the Little Exumas (very laid back) and the Exumas Cays (luxury resorts and condos) the island boasts sapphire blue water.
San Salvador has amazing reefs, hills, beaches and magnificent salt water lagoons.
Inagua home to 80,000 flamingos which is the national bird of the Bahamas, pelicans, ducks, hummingbirds and the Bahama parrot, the Inagua National Park covers 45% of the island.