The Bahamas is made up of about 2,000 stunning islets and serene cays, surrounded by crystal blue lagoons, offering the ideal island escape for travellers in search of some Caribbean sun.
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When you arrive in the Bahamas for the very first time – it’s all about the beaches! Whether you’re a sun-lover who just loves to laze on the sands, or a thrill-seeker looking for a little more excitement from your stay, the Bahamas’ beautiful sandy shores offer something for everyone.
While sun-bathing is always encouraged on the beaches that stretch along the Bahamas’ sun-soaked coastline, visitors will always find an array of water sports and coastal activities to enjoy, including kite boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Travellers could also opt for a sailboat tour of the islands, a deep sea fishing trip, wild dolphin excursion or even shark caging diving experiences.
If your last visit to the Bahamas was all about the beaches, your next arrival on the islands offers a chance to explore a little further inland, from the wonderful local wildlife to the vibrant island culture.
While the Bahamas’ shoreline is famous for its array of aquatic creatures, which include dolphins, manatees, crabs, turtles and a wealth of colourful Caribbean fish, further inland visitor will discover a host of exotic bird species. The stunning wild horses of the Abacos are also well-known across the Bahamas.
Travellers should also take the opportunity to sample some local Bahaman food and drink. Try a range of authentic local seafood dishes, including the national dish conch – a variety of mollusc, served either deep-fried or raw with a twist of lemon – or be sure to order at least one rum-based cocktail – the spirit for which the Bahamas is best known.
Can’t keep away?
Those looking for a unique experience in the Bahamas should time their next arrival on the islands to coincide which the biggest event in the local calendar – the Junkanoo festival. This exciting celebration is held on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day each year, with festivities often concentrated around Nassau, and sees local people take to the streets wearing colourful costumes and revelling in the sounds of characteristic Junkanoo music.
Caribbean cruises are particularly popular during the winter months, so if you plan on taking a cruise over Christmas and New Year, then the Bahamas is one of the most exciting places to be at this marvellous time of the year.
Don’t even bother!
While shopping at a local Bahaman market is a fun and unique way to spend a day, if the prices you see seem too good to be true – they probably are! Beware of purchasing counterfeit goods whilst browsing local markets, especially when it comes to Cuban cigars and tobacco products.