The Bahamas Islands
This is an immense playground, a nation of more than 700 islands & cays spread across 100,000 square miles of Atlantic Ocean.
And with some islands only 50 miles off the U.S. east coast, the Bahamas have become the Caribbean for many Floridians, especially on weekends, and Europeans looking for cheap holiday deals because of convenient flights. (See Bahamas Water Temperatures)
New Providence is the showcase
island and where the majority of tourists stay. At one time New Providence
was most famous for its city of Nassau,
now overshadowed by the hotels of adjacent Cable Beach and the Atlantis
fantasy mega-resort at Paradise
Island. (See Nassau Things To Do)
But New Providence no longer is the exclusive focus. After several false starts, Grand Bahama Island finally is going to offer some serious competition. The massive Our Lucaya at Port Lucaya can match anything Nassau offers.
Moreover, Grand Bahama has a new international airport terminal and expanding the passenger shuttle boat service between it and Florida, only 50 miles away. Grand Bahama is more accessible than it ever has been.
They are less developed, slightly remote landfalls, remain the way Nassau and Grand Bahama were before mass tourism.
In a capsule, they are quiet, peaceful, relaxed, uncrowded and unspoiled. The islanders themselves appreciate those features and reciprocate by being more open and friendly than their compatriots living in the hustle and bustle of the big resort towns.
Heavyweights like marlin and tuna have made the Bahamas' fishing world famous, but they are just a sampling of the list that's every angler's dream: barracuda, bonefish, bonito, sailfish, mackerel, dolphin, grouper, wahoo, tuna, shark and swordfish all roam the Bahamas' crystal clear waters.
See what good uses all this seafood is put to at ABC's of Bahamas Cuisine.
Bahamas Diving is as good and as varied as the fishing.
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