The Bahamas is a nation of 700 islands of which only approximately 30 are inhabited.
It consists of hundreds of cays and thousands of islets. Located in the Atlantic
Ocean, the Bahamas lies 50 miles off of the Florida coast and lies in the same island
chain as Cuba, Hispaniola, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The Bahamas extends between the two poles of Grand Bahama and Great Inagua. The
two main islands are New Providence Island and Grand Bahama Island. The capital
city of Nassau is located on New Providence Island with its neighbouring Paradise
Island. Two bridges link the two islands. These islands feature many exciting attractions,
fine dining, fresh fish markets, boutique shopping, authentic markets, and many
water sports. Paradise Island, in particular, features gorgeous beaches, famed hotels
and resorts, and large casinos. Grand Bahamas Island is the second most popular
vacation destination in the Bahamas. It features clean, compelling white beaches,
world-class scuba diving, and a myriad of land and sea sports. It is home to one
of the world’s longest underwater limestone cave systems, which is located in Lucayan
National Park. It is also home to Gold Rock Beach, the only place where one can
see all six of the Bahamas’ ecosystems. In addition to these two beautiful destinations
are the many “Out Islands” of the Bahamas that demand exploration and promise truly
Climate ranges from subtropical to tropical with 320 sunny days per year, the average
winter temperature is 21°C and the average summer temperature is 26°C. The Bahamas
benefits from near constant trade winds and is moderated by the Gulf Stream, especially
in the winter. The supposed rainy season extends from May to November. Potential
hurricane activity occurs between the months of June through November. High season
falls between mid-December and mid-April.
Characterized by calm waters and cooling trade winds, the Bahamas is truly a sailing
paradise. Renowned for sailing regattas and races that are held year-round, the
Bahamas is the location where more than 50 international fishing records have been
set. Fishing companies, hotels and marinas offer opportunities for fly-fishing,
bonefishing, and deep sea fishing expeditions.
The Bahamas is home to an astonishing array and abundance of aquatic life. It boasts
more than 5% of the planet’s reef mass making it an ideal location for snorkeling
and diving. Shallow reefs teeming with life, deep caves, sharks, and wrecks beckon
and astonish divers from around the world. With thousands of miles of shoreline,
the Bahamas provides stunning beaches and every opportunity for sunbathing, swimming,
kayaking, jet skiing, banana boating, and other water sports including swimming
with the dolphins. For land lovers, there are national parks and historical nature
trails for hiking, birding, golfing, tennis, and horseback riding, as well as casinos
and boutique and authentic market shopping.