Destination Overview: The Bahamas
If you are thinking about taking a vacation in the Bahamas, this article will give you a quick overview of this picture perfect tropical destination.
The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean and are located north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic); northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands; southeast of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. The capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence.
The Bahamas consist of more than 700 islands and cays, and some are more populated while others are quite isolated. The islands are very close to the United States and the shorter flight times along with the opportunity of a relaxing Caribbean vacation make this the quintessential destination for many people.
Most people choose the Bahamas for their white sand beaches, duty-free shops, fishing, scuba diving excursions, and luxurious accommodations. There is an alluring mix of land and sea activities and nature enthusiasts can explore the offshore reefs and wildlife preserves, while golfers can tee up on the numerous par-72 golf courses. Many people love to shop while in the Bahamas and bargain hunters will enjoy patrolling the marketplaces for the best duty-free deals.
The most popular destination in the Bahamas is Nassau on New Providence Island. This is where travelers will find casinos and upscale resorts that intertwine with American Civil War history and pirate lore. The second most popular island, Grand Bahama, is in the most northwest area of the region. This is where the city of Freeport, underwater limestone caves, and botanical gardens can be explored. Visitors who want to escape the crowds will find themselves heading east from Nassau to the outer islands, where it is quite simple to drop off the grid and live life at a slower pace.
There is plenty to do on some of the islands in the Bahamas and most of the sporting activities take place in or on the water. Many travelers will find themselves diving, snorkeling, boating, sailing, and fishing while on vacation. However, others will want to golf on one of the famous golf courses or go horseback riding at some point during their stay.
People will want to choose this destination if they are looking for a family friendly vacation at beaches with powdery white sand and the opportunity to go sailing and fishing out on the water. Some of the islands feature sprawling water parks, which will keep everyone occupied for days. If the main islands of the Bahamas are too touristy and busy, visitors can choose to stay on one of the outer islands where time and life moves at a slower pace.
When to go:
Peak season in the Bahamas is during the months of November through April. This is the busiest time of year and prices are at their highest. Many hotels get booked solid months in advance, so make your reservations at least 3 to 6 months ahead of time. The months of March and April are very popular with students on spring break, so you may want to avoid this time frame if you are looking for something quieter. To avoid crowds, the best time to visit the Bahamas is between May and October, which is considered off season. The rainy season occurs between May and November, and the hurricane season starts in June, but don’t let that scare you off because the Bahamas see more than 300 days of sunshine every year.
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