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Bahamas Travel Guide

May 23, 2015
Overlooking Paradise Island

Overlooking Paradise Island

Bahamas is the perfect destination for the summer ahead, because when you say Bahamas, you automatically infer beautiful sandy beaches, tons of sun and lazy afternoons.

Also, Bahamas is synonym with silence, peace, relaxation, just like paradise on Earth should look/feel like.

And trust me, Bahamas is as close to the idea of paradise as any other lucid dream of any of the great poets who tried to picture the garden of Eden. I am being melodramatic, I know, but Bahamas…

Ok, getting back to our business, let’s take a look at a few quick facts and we’ll go from there. The Bahamas are basically an archipelago which consists of over 2,000 (as in two thousand) islands, many of them small in size and formed on coral reefs. As you can imagine, a trip to Bahamas is like studying evolution in real life.

The Bahamas sit in the Atlantic Ocean, contrary to many believes that put them in the Caribbean Sea. That’s not the case.

Having a relatively small population just shy of 300,000 and a land surface of almost 14,000 square km, the Bahamas were first discovered by Christopher Columbus and soon after that, they became a British colony. The official language is English, along with various local dialects, but you can get around just fine if you’re speaking the lingua franca.

Its beautiful, sandy beaches are very quiet and crowd free, hence Bahamas will offer you the intimacy of a secluded retreat along with nothing short than a paradisiac experience, thanks to its marvelous, epic scenery. Basically, you can see Bahamas and you’ll die after that with a smile on your face, regardless of the circumstances. Seriously.

Bahamas can be described as Caribbean squared, with crystal clear waters harboring ancient and mysterious ship wrecks, incredibly beautiful coral reefs and an awesome tropical landscape; all these make for Bahamas a place that will keep you grinning for as long as you’ll stay there.

andros reef

What to see, what to do in Bahamas

 

If you’re into contemplating God’s green Earth, i.e. thick mangroves, natural creeks, vividly colored corals and bird filled forests, well, go explore world’s 3rd largest barrier reef Andros, in the Out Islands.

Beaches are the trademark of the Bahamas, a sight to be seen and explored thoroughly, with alabaster sands and mellow waters, home for a large number of marine birds and rustling palm trees.

Blue Lagoon Island can be your “real life” experience of the “Return to the Blue Lagoon” movie, a peaceful place where you can closely interact with the abundant population of bottle-nosed dolphins (Flipper, rings a bell?).

blue lagoon

As I already told you, Columbus discovered the Bahamas when he was looking for the New World, hence you can visit his landing spot which is located near Cockburn Town in San Salvador, that’s  also a world-class scuba diving spot.

If you’re a colonial era aficionado, Eleuthera is imbibed in old colonial charm and it’s also described as the diamond of the Out Islands. This is the place where the first colony was spawned in the Bahamas and boasts its pineapple plantations and dormant colonial villages. Visiting here feels like a trip back in time of some sort, making for a unique experience, once in a lifetime.

eleuthera

You can go fishing in the Abaco Islands, though fishing can be “performed” virtually anywhere in the Bahamas; but, Abaco Islands are the place where world class fishing tournaments are held every year, so it’s a little bit different.

Golf is almost a national sport in the Bahamas, which hosts some of the best golf courses in the world, the most representative one being at Cable Beach.

Don’t forget to attend, if time allows obviously, the Junkanoo festivities (they take place on New Year’s Day and on Boxing Day), Bahamas’s “numero uno” party, where you can admire dance bands roaming the streets and fabulous street processions.

lucayan

The Lucayan National Park is another paradisiac place to be seen while visiting the Bahamas, spreading on over 40 acres and featuring a huge underwater cave system, which harbors a unique wildlife.

Also, if you’re a city slicker, you can go shopping in Nassau, or sailing in the Exumas archipelago, or go scuba/wreck diving of the Abaccos Islands. (I said or a lot, I know).

Phone calls in Bahamas

You can use cheap or even free service with Tap4Call smartphone app.

Food and Drink

 Being an insular country, it comes as a no brainer that fish/sea-foods and the like dominates the Bahamas cuisine. Ok, seafood along with various other things, like potatoes, fries, plantain or rice. A hugely popular side dish is the pan cooked bread with milk and butter, namely the Johnny Cake.

food

Specialties include chowders and fritters (conch), salads, stews, all served with lots of pepper, lime onion and chopped tomato. Broiled/minced rock lobster is a local delicacy, along with land crabs and souse (a type of soup made from peppers, meat, onion, celery and water). Afterwards, you can enjoy a delicious desert called guava duff, served with a sauce made using sugar and rum. Speaking of rum, the local “spirit” is Nassau Royal, which is served in coffee or straight up. Kalik is the local beer while coconut water mixed with gin and sweet milk makes for a delicious beverage.

beaches

Visa Requirements

 If you want to enter Paradise Lost, you’ll only require a valid passport, no Visa is needed.

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