Bahamas

 

The Jewel of the Atlantic

Nestled between the clear and warm waters of the Caribbean and the Atlantic, the islands of the Bahamas is always a hotspot for visitors who want to get away from it all. More than 700 islands, islets, and cays make up this tropical paradise. Today, The Bahamas is considered an independent British Commonwealth. It gained its status in 1973, and the language of the islands remains as English.

Perhaps the most alluring aspect of the Bahamas is its favourable weather: never too hot and never too cold, thanks to the trade winds. In winter, the temperature averages between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 27 degrees Celsius). In the summer, you can enjoy average temperatures of 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (27 to 32 degrees Celsius).

Visitors to the islands are always impacted by the sight of the islands’ irresistible crystal-clear waters. If you’re just there to enjoy the sun and water, there’s plenty to do. Diving enthusiasts will find unparalleled water visibility and a colourful variety of underwater reefs. Some of the most popular places to dive are Andros, Eleuthera, and Harbour Island. These dives offer plenty of tropical fish, a spectacular barrier reef (the Andros Reef), and even dolphin encounters. Of course, if going into the deep blue waters isn’t for you, you can always take a day sailing trip to the Abacos islands. The Abacos will captivate you with their ecological splendour: native flora and birds like the endangered Green Abaco and the rare Cuban Amazon Parrot.

Of course, the Bahamas isn’t all about the sun and the beaches. It is also a place with a rich cultural history. The National Art Gallery is a charming museum that collects and preserves all art related to the islands. Located in a two-story 1860s villa in Nassau, this gallery houses beautiful paintings and sculptures by Bahamian artists throughout the centuries. In addition to the rich culture, the Bahamas also has an enviable culinary tradition. For the self-proclaimed foodie, one of the best tours to take is no doubt the Bites of Nassau tour. This unique tour takes visitors to the less common and more local restaurants and pubs, allowing them to enjoy food, drink, and pastries.

Lastly, no visitor can set foot in the Bahamas and not at least visit the great Atlantis Hotel and Casino in Nassau. One of the most stunning aspects of the Atlantis is its large aquarium that houses rare, tropical fish and stingrays. The aquarium is open to all visitors who want to snorkel.

In addition to the great cuisine, the Bahamas is a place to find beautiful treasures at a great price. If you’re looking for the famous straw-crafted hats, souvenirs, woodcarvings, or natural sponges, Andros is the place. The Port Lucaya Marketplace and the International Bazaar are also hubs for local artisans. The best part of it all is that whatever you purchase in the Bahamas is considered duty-free.

Only a short flight away, the Bahamas is truly heaven in the Atlantic. You’ll be fascinated by the bright colours, energizing culture, and laid-back island life. There’s so much to do and see, that you’ll find yourself coming back to it over and over again.