Visit the Bahamas
Vacation in The Bahamas
In the Bahamas, discover a spectacular chain of hundreds of islands, each with its own distinctive charms and striking geography. There’s Paradise Island, where world-class resorts line vibrant beaches teeming with evening activities. Nassau is a bustling city, while nearby Cable Beach is a two-mile stretch of stunning coastline where plenty of fun is to be found. In contrast, the Out Islands of the Bahamas offer a more secluded, sheltered experience. And Grand Bahama Island is a dazzling beauty with ecological marvels and endless pursuits.
With over 700 islands and cays stretching south off the coast of Florida, The Bahamas spans over 100,000 sq. miles of tropical Atlantic seas. The archipelago is distinctly unique from its Caribbean counterparts because the bulk of islands are not part of any deep underwater volcanic shelf system. Rather, most of the islands have formed over millions of years by shifting silt and sand in low levels of water to form a hard coral and limestone bedrock. It was Columbus who first named the island group Baja Mar—or “shallow sea.” Combine that lack of depth with so many protective land masses that make up the island chain, and the result is often impossibly serene and clear waters. Locals call it “liquid light.”
The 330-year old city of Nassau displays many charming signs of its British Colonial heritage, from crisply clad, white-gloved policemen to the pomp and ceremony of the changing of the guard at Government House. Yet, underneath the gentility of the Old World ambiance throbs a vibrant Caribbean pulse that colors and enlivens every aspect of this booming place. Nassau opens wide a window to its colorful past, while also inviting everyone to enjoy the very best of Bahamian living.
Try your luck at the tables – For those who enjoy games of chance
Two of the most extensive and impressive casinos outside of Las Vegas make their home in Nassau and tiny Paradise Island. Complete with every gaming choice you could ever envision, from craps and blackjack to roulette, baccarat and a vast selection of slot machines, the sky is the absolute limit when you’re ready to try your luck at the tables in Nassau.
Explore Amazing Waters
Scattered like pearls across the turquoise sea the 700 islands of the Bahamas have a special magic found nowhere else. Sandbars appears and disappear within hours. Gentle manta rays glide like graceful butterflies underwater. Bonefish are quicksilver shadows across shimmering flats. And all of nature has a rhythm in keeping with the tides.
Shopping in Style
Sophistication reigns supreme in the elegant stores many of which you can also find on the streets of London, New York or Paris–that line Nassau’s main thoroughfares. Copious duty free shopping only makes your experience more appealing. If you prefer something a little bit more in keeping with the Caribbean vibe, you’re also very much in luck, since Nassau is home to the largest straw market in the entire region. Want a truly authentic Bahamian shopping experience? Then head on down to the market at Potter’s Cay and join in with the throngs of natives as they select fresh produce, conch and fish.
BAHAMAS QUICK FACTS
From Miami: 40min