Bahamas Vacations

The Bahamas is a popular tourist destination. It is estimated that 2.6 and 3 million people visit the islands annually. About half of the people who visit the Bahamas arrive via cruise ships . The majority of visitors to the Bahamas are from North America. However, the United States visitors to the Bahamas has been steadily increasing in relation to Canada due to the stronger value of the US dollar in relation to the Canadian dollar. The main economy of the Bahamas is tourism and it has been heavily promoted by the local government and they have instituted methods to insure a stable economy and a positive investment environment. The major destination that receives the most tourists in the Bahamas is New Providence / Nassau which is a stopping point for many cruise lines.

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Bahamas Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Bahamas

Bahamas Geography

The Bahamas are a series of over 700 islands located off the southeastern coast of Florida and the islands stretch for 500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to just north of Cuba. There are hundreds of islands within the Bahamas group but only a few of them are inhabited. The major islands are Bimini, Cat Island, the Abacos, Nassau, Paradise Island and Eleuthera. The original geology of these islands were coral reefs which contributes to the beautiful pink sandy beaches. A vacation in the Bahamas is one idyllic destinations for those looking to just relax in the sun and lay on the beach. The breakdown on the number of Islands versus cays are as follows: 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 rocks in the Bahamas. A cay is defined as a coral island.

Bahamas History and Culture

Christopher Columbus landed on the islands in 1492 and he was met by the Lucayan-Arawak Indians, who were considered part of the Arawak culture. The Spaniards were searching for gold and did not stay long in the Bahamas but moved on to the island of Hispaniola, where they established a gold mine. Eventually they returned to the Bahamas to get the natives to work in the mines. The indigenous Lucayan suffered greatly at the hands of the Spanish and many of them died.

The English Puritan Pilgrims landed on the islands in 1629. They had set out to find a destination where they could practice their religion and they landed on Eleuthera. The British sent considerable funds and supplies to this group to encourage their settlements. English king granted rights to English Lords for the control of the Bahamas. But it was during this era the islands became known for their piracy and the pirates would attack the Spanish vessels that were loaded with gold. The pirates of the Bahamas would lure boats to the shores and the boats would wreck on the coral reefs. One of the most famous pirate was known as Blackbeard.

Diving in the Bahamas is a very popular sport. The coral reefs that surround the islands were notoriously dangerous for ships that would come within a proximity of the islands. Explore those sunken ship wrecks, visit the coral reefs.

Bahamas Landmarks

Thunderball Grotto
The grotto is an underwater cave system that is known for its coral reefs and marine life. Numerous fish species can be found in the grotto which makes it a great place for scuba diving. The grotto gets its name from the James Bond film “Thunderball” which was filmed in this location.

The Andros Barrier Reef
This reef system lies of the coast of Andros Island and is known for being one of the largest fringe barrier reefs. The reef system stretches for 190 miles and runs off the eastern coast of Andros Island. The fish population in this reef system is very diverse.

Andros Island Blue Holes
Sinkholes or underground caves found submerged below the ocean, which divers can explore. The Bahamas has 100s of them but the most famous is the Andros Blue Hole.