The Bahamas are a group of 700 islands which sit just off the coast of Florida and on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Its geography means it has a fantastically warm climate and its 3,500km of coastline mean that these islands are covered with golden beaches for you to explore and enjoy.
Christopher Columbus was the first European to come across these islands on his famous 1492 voyage. After this arrived pirates, rum smugglers, blockade runners and British colonists. A proud independent nation since 1973, The Bahamas attracts millions of tourists to its shores each year and it is easy to see why.
Nassau, the nation’s capital, is located on New Providence Island and this beautiful port city attracts the most tourists. Once a self declared ‘pirate republic’ it is now filled with luxury resorts, top class restaurants and entertainment complexes. It is the place to go for lazy days in the sun and buzzing nights filled with rum.
On Nassau you can also get a taste of the history of the islands in places such as the Pirates of Nassau museum. The so called ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ centered around this port city which provided a pirate base of operations as the large man-of-wars chasing the outlaws could not traverse Nassau’s shallow waters. The museum has replica ships and interactive pirates, with a statue of the noble bane of pirates, Woodes Rogers, stands ever watchful across the street.
The other islands of the Bahamas, known as the Family Islands or Out Islands, are quieter and lend themselves to more peaceful trips. These islands are lined with sleepy fishing villages and secluded beaches that provide unrivalled tranquillity. These beaches often lead out into kaleidoscopic coral reefs teeming with amazing marine life. Further out to sea, the Bahamas also plays host to sharks and dolphins which you can get up close and personal with in exhilarating dives. All this makes the Bahamas an awesome place to snorkel or scuba dive.
Other water activities include the numerous boating and sailing opportunities. Sail pristine blue waters and explore the 2,000 tropical cays (small islands) that adorn the seas of The Bahamas. Then hop over to Bimini Island which is known as the ‘Big Game Fishing Capital of The Bahamas’ for a spot of deep sea fishing in an area where the great Ernest Hemingway spent several summers finding inspiration. There will also be plenty of chances to participate in the notoriously addictive sport of bonefishing, which is actually more a way of life than a sport.
Island hopping can provide the discerning traveller with a great chance for discovery. You can even head over to the island of Andros (or ‘the Big Yard’ to Bahamians) and explore the massive 2300 sq miles of mangrove swamps, palm savannas and beautifully tranquil primal forests, whilst keeping an eye out for wild boar! Just off the coast of this amazing island sits the world’s third largest coral reef which then drops to a depth of 6,000ft and the open ocean.
Home to hundreds of wonderful islands, The Bahamas has long been a popular tourist destination. Attracting millions of visitors each year, it has been an intriguing place since Christopher Columbus landed more than 500 years ago. Discover laid-back Caribbean life while sipping rum on the beach, or get out island hopping as you explore the incredible geography or go sightseeing in this paradise.
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With all the islands of The Bahamas possessing a lovely, warm climate you will need to be thinking about loose fitting clothes that will allow you to be comfortable on your trip.
Cotton and linen are the best materials to be bringing with you as they are breathable fabrics and so will provide you with relief against the hot sun. Shorts, khaki trousers and lightweight dresses all should find their way into your suitcase.
obviously, swimming trunks and bikinis need to be packed so you can take full advantage of the beautiful beaches. Sandals and beach shoes should be brought so you can traverse the hot Bahamian sands. Further, an underwater camera is a good idea so you can take pictures of the fantastic marine life and each other while having a dip.
Make sure you have plenty of Bahamian dollars before you go but remember that US dollars are also widely accepted in the country. Sun cream of a high factor should also be brought to protect against the powerful Caribbean sun.
These Caribbean islands have a superb warm climate that hardly changes all year round. Trade winds continually blow throughout the islands providing warm breezes which make the weather very hospitable to travelers.
September to May is the most refreshing time to explore the islands as these months have cooler average temperatures of between 25°C and 27°C. If you are looking for the warmest weather you will want to travel in the summer months which bring an average temperature of around 30°C alongside higher humidity.
The northern islands can possess a temperature which is 5°C cooler than the southern islands. While at night the temperature usually drops by about 5-7°C across the Bahamas. June to November is hurricane season.
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Zara Kitching, manager of our Brighton store, reports on her recent trip to The Bahamas. FridayThere is nothing quite like starting your day wearing your winter warmers on a chilly Friday morning at Heathrow and ending it with a strawberry daiquiri in...
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