The 16 main Islands of The Bahamas are a delights to discover each one with a name and personality of its own. Scattered over 233,000 square kilometres of ocean they have an abundance of white, gold and even pink sand beaches.

Nassau, the capital city, is the hub from which all of the islands can be reached and many flights link through the US. It’s also possible to take a high-speed catamaran ferry, charter a plane, or hop aboard a chartered sailboat or motorboat. Nassau is also one of busiest ports in the Caribbean for cruise visitors.

Popular resorts are spread along the 4 kilometres of white sand Cable Beach and the major resort of Atlantis Bahamas is on Paradise Island, reached by across the water by bridge or water taxis. Another ferry hop takes you to Blue Lagoon to interact with dolphins and sea lions.

Freeport/Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island offers first class activities including excellent golf courses designed by Dick Wilson, Joe Lee and Robert Trent Jones Jr. Grand Bahama Island is also the headquarters of UNEXSO, the Underwater Explorers Society, another opportunity to swim or dive with dolphins and even dive with shark. Lovers of birdlife especially enjoy Lucayan National Park trying to spot the rare Thick-billed Vireo, Bahama Swallow and the Olive-capped Warbler, red legged thrushes and the rare Bahama parrot. Andros, the largest of the Bahamas’ islands, boasts freshwater creeks, lakes, mangrove swamps, and kilometres of unspoiled beaches. The third-largest reef in the Western Hemisphere skirts Andros and fishing for bonefish is a big attraction. The Berry Islands are home to Chub Cay and the Billfish capital of The Bahamas. Bimini is popular for it’s’ for first-rate big-game fishing. Inagua is home to more than 80,000 flamingos and other exotic birds. Long Island is known for broad beaches on its west coast and rocky cliffs on the east.

Cat Island’s deserted beaches make an ideal getaway. The Abacos are known for sheltered waters and easy boating. Another island chain, The Exumas, has a lot to offer both above and in the water. The swimming pigs of Major’s Cay, a.k.a. “Pig Island” are reached by boat. At the north end lays the astounding Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Great Exuma, in the south, is home to lodgings and restaurants and the untouched beaches of Stocking Island are reached by water taxi. Eleuthera is 160 kilometres long and just a few metres wide at some points. At the Glass Window Bridge, you can see the pale turquoise sea of the Bahama Bank on one side and the dark blue Atlantic Ocean on the other. Harbour Island offers good snorkeling and fishing on the bayside and is famous for 5 kilometres of pink sand beach.

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Airports / Gateways / Flying times

Airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport. To Cable Beach – 10 minutes. To Downtown Nassau – 25 minutes. To Paradise Island – 40 minutes. Grand Bahama International Airport – to downtown 20 minutes.

By Sea: Balearia Bahamas Express operates a fast ferry service between Port Everglades, Florida and Grand Bahama Island.
Resorts World Bimini Superfast cruises from Miami to Bimini.

Grand Bahama Island has 2 cruise/ferry services out of south Florida - the Balearia (also called the Bahama Mama or Bahamas Ferry Express) sails 6 days per week out of Ft Lauderdale Jan-Sept. www.ferryexpress.com Out of West Palm Beach the Grand Celebration, an overnight mini-cruise, sails alternate days of the week.

http://www.bahamasparadisecruise.com/Sailing-Dates-Grand-Celebration-Cruise-Line.html

Gateways/Flying Times: British Airways flies five times a week direct from London Heathrow to Nassau (NAS). Delta, American, Virgin, and United all fly from the UK to Nassau via the US.
Nassau from London: 9 hours, Miami: 55 minutes, New York: 3 hours.

Climate

Average temperature – Summer: High 90, Low 78.  Winter : High 75, Low 60. Average humidity 78.  Average rainfall – Tropical rain showers occur any time of the year, but rainy months are from June to October.  Approximate sunrise – Summer: 06:30 – 07:00. Winter: 07:00 – 07:00. Approximate sunset – Summer: 20:00. Winter: 17:30.

Dining

Restaurants available – Local.  American.  Fast Food.  Gourmet.  Continental.  French.  Italian. Chinese.  Japanese.  Mexican.  Caribbean.  French.  Greek.  Mediterranean.  Seafood.  15% service charge is usually added. Dress code is casual.  Some restaurants may require slightly more formal attire.

Language

English

Nightlife

Entertainment available includes – Nightclubs.  Discos.  Casinos.  Cabarets. Theatre.  Cinema.  Live music

Sightseeing

A vibrant art and cultural scene is developing on many of the islands. The Abacos: Hope Town Light House. Wyannie Malone Museum. Albert Lowe Museum. Memorial Sculpture Garden. The Exumas: Exuma Land and Sea Park. Stocking Island. Plantation ruins. Underwater caves. Eleuthera: Preacher’s Cave. Surfer’s Beach. Glass Window Bridge. Harbour Island: Pink sand beaches. Grand Bahama Island: Junkanoo Museum. Port Lucaya. UNEXSO Dive Centre: The Dolphin Experience. Lucayan National Park. East End Adventures. Kayak tours. Bike tours. Horse Riding.

Nassau: Straw Market. Bay Street. Pompey Museum. Pirates of Nassau. National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the Pirates of Nassau Museum, Horse and carriage rides. Graycliff Chocolatier, Government House. Historical Forts. Ardastra Gardens. The Fish Fry at Arawak Cay. Queen’s Staircase. Water Tower. Food, Cycling and Walking Tours. Segway tour.

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