The 16 main Islands of The Bahamas are a delights to discover each one with a name and personality of its own. Scattered over 233,000 square kilometres of ocean they have an abundance of white, gold and even pink sand beaches.

Nassau, the capital city, is the hub from which all of the islands can be reached and many flights link through the US. It’s also possible to take a high-speed catamaran ferry, charter a plane, or hop aboard a chartered sailboat or motorboat. Nassau is also one of busiest ports in the Caribbean for cruise visitors.

Popular resorts are spread along the 4 kilometres of white sand Cable Beach and the major resort of Atlantis Bahamas is on Paradise Island, reached by across the water by bridge or water taxis. Another ferry hop takes you to Blue Lagoon to interact with dolphins and sea lions.

Freeport/Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island offers first class activities including excellent golf courses designed by Dick Wilson, Joe Lee and Robert Trent Jones Jr. Grand Bahama Island is also the headquarters of UNEXSO, the Underwater Explorers Society, another opportunity to swim or dive with dolphins and even dive with shark. Lovers of birdlife especially enjoy Lucayan National Park trying to spot the rare Thick-billed Vireo, Bahama Swallow and the Olive-capped Warbler, red legged thrushes and the rare Bahama parrot. Andros, the largest of the Bahamas’ islands, boasts freshwater creeks, lakes, mangrove swamps, and kilometres of unspoiled beaches. The third-largest reef in the Western Hemisphere skirts Andros and fishing for bonefish is a big attraction. The Berry Islands are home to Chub Cay and the Billfish capital of The Bahamas. Bimini is popular for it’s’ for first-rate big-game fishing. Inagua is home to more than 80,000 flamingos and other exotic birds. Long Island is known for broad beaches on its west coast and rocky cliffs on the east.

Cat Island’s deserted beaches make an ideal getaway. The Abacos are known for sheltered waters and easy boating. Another island chain, The Exumas, has a lot to offer both above and in the water. The swimming pigs of Major’s Cay, a.k.a. “Pig Island” are reached by boat. At the north end lays the astounding Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Great Exuma, in the south, is home to lodgings and restaurants and the untouched beaches of Stocking Island are reached by water taxi. Eleuthera is 160 kilometres long and just a few metres wide at some points. At the Glass Window Bridge, you can see the pale turquoise sea of the Bahama Bank on one side and the dark blue Atlantic Ocean on the other. Harbour Island offers good snorkeling and fishing on the bayside and is famous for 5 kilometres of pink sand beach.

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Airports / Gateways / Flying times

Airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport. To Cable Beach – 10 minutes. To Downtown Nassau – 25 minutes. To Paradise Island – 40 minutes. Grand Bahama International Airport – to downtown 20 minutes.

By Sea: Balearia Bahamas Express operates a fast ferry service between Port Everglades, Florida and Grand Bahama Island.
Resorts World Bimini Superfast cruises from Miami to Bimini.

Grand Bahama Island has 2 cruise/ferry services out of south Florida - the Balearia (also called the Bahama Mama or Bahamas Ferry Express) sails 6 days per week out of Ft Lauderdale Jan-Sept. www.ferryexpress.com Out of West Palm Beach the Grand Celebration, an overnight mini-cruise, sails alternate days of the week.

http://www.bahamasparadisecruise.com/Sailing-Dates-Grand-Celebration-Cruise-Line.html

Gateways/Flying Times: British Airways flies five times a week direct from London Heathrow to Nassau (NAS). Delta, American, Virgin, and United all fly from the UK to Nassau via the US.
Nassau from London: 9 hours, Miami: 55 minutes, New York: 3 hours.

Climate

Average temperature – Summer: High 90, Low 78.  Winter : High 75, Low 60. Average humidity 78.  Average rainfall – Tropical rain showers occur any time of the year, but rainy months are from June to October.  Approximate sunrise – Summer: 06:30 – 07:00. Winter: 07:00 – 07:00. Approximate sunset – Summer: 20:00. Winter: 17:30.

Dining

Restaurants available – Local.  American.  Fast Food.  Gourmet.  Continental.  French.  Italian. Chinese.  Japanese.  Mexican.  Caribbean.  French.  Greek.  Mediterranean.  Seafood.  15% service charge is usually added. Dress code is casual.  Some restaurants may require slightly more formal attire.

Language

English

Nightlife

Entertainment available includes – Nightclubs.  Discos.  Casinos.  Cabarets. Theatre.  Cinema.  Live music

Sightseeing

A vibrant art and cultural scene is developing on many of the islands. The Abacos: Hope Town Light House. Wyannie Malone Museum. Albert Lowe Museum. Memorial Sculpture Garden. The Exumas: Exuma Land and Sea Park. Stocking Island. Plantation ruins. Underwater caves. Eleuthera: Preacher’s Cave. Surfer’s Beach. Glass Window Bridge. Harbour Island: Pink sand beaches. Grand Bahama Island: Junkanoo Museum. Port Lucaya. UNEXSO Dive Centre: The Dolphin Experience. Lucayan National Park. East End Adventures. Kayak tours. Bike tours. Horse Riding.

Nassau: Straw Market. Bay Street. Pompey Museum. Pirates of Nassau. National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, the Pirates of Nassau Museum, Horse and carriage rides. Graycliff Chocolatier, Government House. Historical Forts. Ardastra Gardens. The Fish Fry at Arawak Cay. Queen’s Staircase. Water Tower. Food, Cycling and Walking Tours. Segway tour.

Upcoming events

Governor

1 Jan '18 - 4 Nov '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival at Sea Spray Resort

18 May '18 - 22 Jun '18, Bahamas

Bimini Boating Fling- Bimini

20 Jun '18 - 24 Jun '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival- Abaco

22 Jun '18, Bahamas

Bimini C-Class Regatta

22 Jun '18 - 24 Jun '18, Bahamas

The Bahamas Optimist National Championships

24 Jun '18 - 28 Jun '18, Bahamas

43rd Annual Five Towns Regatta Time in Abaco

25 Jun '18 - 3 Jul '18, Bahamas

Boating Fling- Bimini

27 Jun '18 - 1 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bridal Show featuring Little Island Design

28 Jun '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival- Abaco

29 Jun '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Bash LaCrosse Tournament

29 Jun '18 - 1 Jul '18, Bahamas

10th Annual Green Turtle Cay Lion Fish Derby

30 Jun '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival
-Berry Islands

1 Jul '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival -Harbour Island

1 Jul '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival
Nassau

1 Jul '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival

1 Jul '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival -Mangrove Cay

4 Jul '18, Bahamas

Landrail Point Home Coming Festival

4 Jul '18 - 11 Jul '18, Bahamas

Dundas Town Homecoming

6 Jul '18 - 8 Jul '18, Bahamas

Savannah Sound Homecoming Festival

6 Jul '18 - 10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Hauler

6 Jul '18 - 10 Jul '18, Bahamas

The Bluff Homecoming

6 Jul '18 - 10 Jul '18, Bahamas

The All Andros and Berry Island Regatta

8 Jul '18 - 9 Jul '18, Bahamas

Behring Point Homecoming Festival

8 Jul '18 - 10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival

9 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Independence Celebration - Acklins

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Independence Celebrations- Berry Islands

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival -Mangrove Cay

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Independence Celebrations

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Coconut Festival

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Stuart Manor Homecoming

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Rolle Town Homecoming

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Independence Celebrations- Harbour Island

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Independence Celebrations- Bimini

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Independence Celebration - Abaco

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Independence Celebrations- Spanish Wells

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Independence
Celebrations

10 Jul '18, Bahamas

Boating Fling- Extended Fling

11 Jul '18 - 22 Jul '18, Bahamas

Spanish Wells
Fisherman

13 Jul '18 - 14 Jul '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival
Nassau

15 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Boating Fling

20 Jul '18 - 24 Jul '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival
-San Salvador

20 Jul '18 - 27 Jul '18, Bahamas

Blue Marlin Cove Cobia Maverick Event

21 Jul '18 - 27 Jul '18, Bahamas

Annual Summer Clean Up Fun

22 Jul '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival
Nassau

22 Jul '18, Bahamas

Bannerman Town Festival

25 Jul '18 - 28 Jul '18, Bahamas

Boating Fling- Bimini

25 Jul '18 - 29 Jul '18, Bahamas

Called To Greatness International Women's Summit

26 Jul '18 - 29 Jul '18, Bahamas

Grand Bahama Regatta

27 Jul '18 - 29 Jul '18, Bahamas

Annual Clean Up Campaign

28 Jul '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival
- North Andros

28 Jul '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Summer Festival
Nassau

29 Jul '18, Bahamas

Lovely Bay Homecoming Festival

29 Jul '18 - 30 Jul '18, Bahamas

The Berry Islands Fest

29 Jul '18 - 1 Aug '18, Bahamas

Up-Along Homecoming Festival

29 Jul '18 - 4 Aug '18, Bahamas

Inagua Heritage and Salty Fest

30 Jul '18 - 3 Aug '18, Bahamas

Berry Island Fest and Homecoming

31 Jul '18 - 3 Aug '18, Bahamas

Acklins and Crooked Island Regatta and Heritage Festival

31 Jul '18 - 3 Aug '18, Bahamas

Rum Cay Homecoming Festival

31 Jul '18 - 4 Aug '18, Bahamas

Boating Fling- Bimini

1 Aug '18 - 5 Aug '18, Bahamas

Back to the Bay Homecoming Festival

1 Aug '18 - 6 Aug '18, Bahamas

Bay Festival Hatchet Bay

1 Aug '18 - 6 Aug '18, Bahamas

Bimini Native Fishing Tournament

1 Aug '18 - 7 Aug '18, Bahamas

Black Point Regatta

2 Aug '18, Bahamas

Rolleville Homecoming and Regatta

2 Aug '18 - 6 Aug '18, Bahamas

North Andros Seafood Splash & Chickcharnie Festival

3 Aug '18, Bahamas

5th Annual Pathway To Wellness

3 Aug '18 - 4 Aug '18, Bahamas

2nd Annual Schooner Bay
E-Class Invitational

3 Aug '18 - 5 Aug '18, Bahamas

Cat Island Regatta

3 Aug '18 - 6 Aug '18, Bahamas

5th Annual Pathway to Wellness

4 Aug '18 - 5 Aug '18, Bahamas

4 Aug '18 - 6 Aug '18, Bahamas

Cargill Creek Homecoming

4 Aug '18 - 6 Aug '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival

4 Aug '18 - 7 Aug '18, Bahamas

Emancipation Day

6 Aug '18, Bahamas

10th Annual High Rock Sea Fest

6 Aug '18, Bahamas

Holy Name Church Fair

7 Aug '18, Bahamas

Great Harbour Cay Cultural Fest

9 Aug '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival
Central Andros

10 Aug '18, Bahamas

Lobster Fest & Lion Fish Derby

11 Aug '18 - 12 Aug '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival
Central Andros

12 Aug '18, Bahamas

Changing of the Guard

18 Aug '18, Bahamas

48th Annual Bernie Butler Swim Race

18 Aug '18, Bahamas

Goombay Summer Festival Long Island

18 Aug '18, Bahamas

Mangrove Cay Seafood Festival

28 Aug '18 - 31 Aug '18, Bahamas

33rd International Coastal Cleanup

15 Sep '18, Bahamas

Hearts For Heritage Program

17 Sep '18 - 21 Sep '18, Bahamas

People to People Tea Party at Government House

29 Sep '18, Bahamas

5th Annual Cancer Society Ball-The Long Island Chapter

29 Sep '18, Bahamas

Green Earth Festival

3 Oct '18 - 4 Oct '18, Bahamas

North Eleuthera Sailing
Regatta

5 Oct '18 - 7 Oct '18, Bahamas

Wemyss Bight
Homecoming Festival

5 Oct '18 - 8 Oct '18, Bahamas

Abaco Open Water Swim Race

6 Oct '18, Bahamas

Run For Pompey

6 Oct '18 - 8 Oct '18, Bahamas

Mars Bay Conch Fest

6 Oct '18 - 8 Oct '18, Bahamas

North Eleuthera and Harbour Island Sailing Regatta

6 Oct '18 - 9 Oct '18, Bahamas

46th Annual McLean

8 Oct '18, Bahamas

Hurricane Fest

9 Oct '18, Bahamas

Wemyss Bight
Homecoming Festival

11 Oct '18 - 15 Oct '18, Bahamas

St. Paul

12 Oct '18, Bahamas

Hand Line Fishing Tournament

12 Oct '18, Bahamas

Mt. Thompson Homecoming

12 Oct '18, Bahamas

Williams Town Homecoming

12 Oct '18, Bahamas

Back to Cat Island Festival

12 Oct '18 - 14 Oct '18, Bahamas

Guanahani Village Fair

13 Oct '18, Bahamas

Conch Fest Fishing Tournament

14 Oct '18, Bahamas

21st Annual International Cultural Festival

14 Oct '18 - 15 Oct '18, Bahamas

Through The Eyes Of Caregivers

16 Oct '18 - 27 Oct '18, Bahamas

Danny Pratt Invitational Basketball Tournament

26 Oct '18 - 28 Oct '18, Bahamas

Annual Cancer Society Walk For a Cure

27 Oct '18, Bahamas

People to People Tea Party at Government House

27 Oct '18, Bahamas

19th Annual Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association
Golf Tournament 2017

29 Oct '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Fly-In

31 Oct '18 - 2 Nov '18, Bahamas

Harbour Time Fest

2 Nov '18 - 4 Nov '18, Bahamas

Annual Guy Fawkes & Bon-Fire Celebrations

3 Nov '18, Bahamas

Conchman and Ironkids Triathlon

3 Nov '18, Bahamas

Clean-up Campaign: Harbour Island

3 Nov '18, Bahamas

Guy Fawkes Competition

4 Nov '18, Bahamas

Pour Tour Festival

4 Nov '18 - 5 Nov '18, Bahamas

Nassau Cathedral Festival

11 Nov '18, Bahamas

Green Castle Homecoming Festival

15 Nov '18 - 18 Nov '18, Bahamas

Southeastern Bonanza Society

15 Nov '18 - 19 Nov '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Half Marathon

19 Nov '18, Bahamas

Battle 4 Atlantis

22 Nov '18 - 24 Nov '18, Bahamas

Thanksgiving Pot Luck

23 Nov '18, Bahamas

17th Annual Arts and Craft Festival

23 Nov '18, Bahamas

Ministry of Tourism Christmas Tree Lighting & Craft Show

24 Nov '18, Bahamas

Hope Town Box Cart Derby

24 Nov '18, Bahamas

Southern Berry Islands Second Home Reception

24 Nov '18, Bahamas

Love Lights a Tree: Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

24 Nov '18, Bahamas

People to People Tea Party at Government House

24 Nov '18, Bahamas

24th Annual Festival Noel

1 Dec '18, Bahamas

Famfest

2 Dec '18 - 4 Dec '18, Bahamas

Authentically Bahamian Show

3 Dec '18, Bahamas

Festival of Lights: Harbour Island

4 Dec '18, Bahamas

National Tree Lighting Ceremony

4 Dec '18, Bahamas

Christmas Tree Lighting
Ceremony

5 Dec '18, Bahamas

The Best of the Best Regatta

7 Dec '18 - 9 Dec '18, Bahamas

Changing of the Guard

8 Dec '18, Bahamas

Hope Town Music festival

8 Dec '18 - 10 Dec '18, Bahamas

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

13 Dec '18, Bahamas

Christmas Cultural and Arts Festival

14 Dec '18, Bahamas

Bahamas Christmas Arts Festival

14 Dec '18, Bahamas

Atlantis Crown Gymnastics Invitational

14 Dec '18 - 17 Dec '18, Bahamas

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony-San Salvador

15 Dec '18, Bahamas

ASA Bahamas Outdoor DAIR Tournament

15 Dec '18 - 16 Dec '18, Bahamas

Sir Durward Knowles Festival of Lights

16 Dec '18, Bahamas

People-to-People Tea Party

16 Dec '18, Bahamas

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

19 Dec '18, Bahamas

NCAA Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

23 Dec '18, Bahamas

24 Dec '18, Bahamas

The People

25 Dec '18 - 26 Dec '18, Bahamas

Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade
Bimini

26 Dec '18, Bahamas

Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade

26 Dec '18, Bahamas

Boxing Day Junkanoo Celebrations

26 Dec '18, Bahamas

Junkanoo Parade

26 Dec '18, Bahamas

Boxing Day Junkanoo Rush-Out: Rum Cay

26 Dec '18, Bahamas

St. Peter and St. Paul

26 Dec '18, Bahamas

Stella Maris New Year

31 Dec '18, Bahamas

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