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The Bahamas (officially named The Commonwealth of The Bahamas), or The Bahama Islands, is an archipelago consisting of many islands in the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida. The country is made up of about 2,000 islands if you include the cays, which are small islands that are formed on coral reefs. Not densely populated, the Bahamas is famous for its natural beauty, unique culture, and is a popular tropical vacation destination.

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Introduction

The word Bahamas is of Spanish origin and means “Shallow Water”.

History of Bahamas

Arawak Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World on San Salvador Island in 1492; see Voyages of Columbus. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. The Bahamas were also infamous as a pirate nest with some even trying to form a pirate Republic. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas have prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management. Because of its geography, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

Culture & Tradition of Bahamas

The official language spoken in the Bahamas is English. The populace is predictably friendly and more religious than one might expect: the Bahamas have one of the highest ratios of churches per capita in the world, with Baptists being the largest single group. Local newspapers will reveal religious references by elected officials in a manner that exceeds what would be found in the United States. This devotion does nothing to prohibit the activities of visitors nor is it intended to. There is a very “libertarian” attitude about personal morals.

Festivals

The biggest event in the Bahamian calendar is Junkanoo, a street carnival held on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day (January 1). Junkanoo groups “rush” through the streets of towns, especially Nassau, wearing stunning yet disposable costumes of crepe paper and playing distinctive Junkanoo music, which combines African rhythms with loud brass and cowbells, fusing them together in a medley that veers on cacophony but is exceedingly dancable. The costumes, made from scratch every year, are disposed of on the streets as the party ends and make a great free souvenir to bring home!

Music

There are many types of music known in the Bahamian culture but the four most prevalent forms of music are Calypso, Soca, Junkanoo and Rake and scrape. The music of the Bahamas is associated primarily with junkanoo, a celebration which occurs on Boxing Day and again on New Year’s Day. Parades and other celebrations mark the ceremony. Groups like The Baha Men, Ronnie Butler and Kirkland Bodie have gained massive popularity in Japan, the United States and elsewhere.

Calypso

Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago during the early to mid 20th century. This form of music has spread through many parts of the Caribbean, mainly the Bahamas.

Soca

Soca is a form of music which involves dance and originated from calypso music. Originally it combined the melodic rhythmic sound of calypso with firm percussion and local chutney music. Soca music has grown in the last 20 years primarily by musicians from various Anglophone Caribbean countries including Trinidad, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, United States Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica and Belize.

Rake and scrape

Rake and scrape music comes from the musical traditions of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and is characterized by the use of a saw as the primary instrument. It was brought by immigrants from those islands from the 1920s to about the 1940s, who settled on Cat Island, and elsewhere. Rake and Scrape is traditionally used to accompany the Bahamian Quadrille and the heel-toe polka all relics of the initial mixture of Africa and Europe. Many of these Turks and Caicos Islanders became some of the most famous musicians in the Bahamas. Many eventually moved back to their homelands, bringing with them junkanoo. Turks and Caicos are now the second home for junkanoo.

Weather in Bahamas

Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream. Hurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage. Can be cool if trade winds shift. During summer months, temperature in the Bahamas rarely goes above 90°F (32°C). The normal climate during winter is mild with temperatures around 60°F (16°C). The Northern and Western islands, Grand Bahama Island, Great Abaco, Andros and Eleuthera are somewhat cooler than the southern islands. The Bahamas hurricane season runs between June and November and rain storms are expected during this period.

Geology

The Bahamas archipelago are in fact the tops of banks that were formed some time between 90,000 and 120 years ago from coral reef formation. The well known pink sand beaches of the Bahamas get their vibrant appearance from the fractured pieces of seashell combined with the sand. The highest point in the Bahamas is Mount Alvernia on Cat Island, which is 63 meters (over 200 feet) high.

Wildlife

A tiger shark

Wildlife in Bahamas contains various species. Many different breed of crabs can be found on the beaches. Hermit and Cardisoma guanhumi are two of the land crabs to be noted frequently in the island. The wild horses of Abaco are famous in The Bahamas.

During a tour of the Bahamas, tourists can come across various other species including the Bahamas Hutia, numerous frogs, rocky raccoon, snails such as Cerion, cicada, blind cave fish, ants and reptiles.

Bahamas wildlife features a wide range of amazing birds. Parrots and pigeons are two of the most common and popular birds found in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas is also home to numerous aquatic life. Sharks, manatees, dolphins, frogfish, angelfish, starfish and turtles can be viewed in the waters surrounding The Bahamas. Apart from numerous species of fish, tourists can spot several types of worms also.

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Abaco Islands Bahamas Coronavirus Covid-19 Travel Update

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Hurricane Dorian struck the Abaco Islands on September 1 with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h), tying with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane for the highest wind speeds of an Atlantic hurricane ever recorded at landfall. Dorian went on to strike Grand Bahama at similar intensity, stalling just north of the territory with unrelenting winds for at least 24 hours. The resultant damage to these islands was catastrophic; most structures were flattened or swept to sea, and at least 70,000 people were left homeless.

The Abaco Islands are a haunt for boating and sailing for the locals as well as the tourists and visitors to the islands of the Bahamas. The Abacos are a group of islands in the Bahamas east of Grand Bahama. Great Abaco and Little Abaco are the primary islands. Disney’s privately-owned “Castaway Cay” is here.

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The major islands of this small archipelago are Great and Little Abaco, with the off-lying cays of Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Stranger’s Cay, Umbrella Cay and Walker’s Cay completing the string.

Abaco Islands in the BahamasIt is actually a necklace of islands that stretches up to a hundred and twenty miles and many of the beaches in the area a re deserted and uninhabited. This can be a perfect place for a loner with some wine and a book or maybe some music.

A haven for the yachtsmen is the sheltered harbors of the Abaco Islands.

This is also the ideal place for those who like to spend some time alone in a quite and serene place. The colonial towns over here are gems of New England architecture. Those who love to go to lonely spots and also love to learn about the history of various places would indeed love to visit these colonial towns.

For those who love many kinds of activity sports this place is ideal. Whether it is surfing or diving or snorkeling – they can find it all over here. This is also a great spot for fishing.

The place appears to be blooming in the lap of nature. The places that attract tourists from far and near are the Abaco forests, flora and fauna. There are specially built resorts for the ecotourist.

Fishing is the most poplar activity as well as sport over here. With Walker’s Cay, Marsh Harbor, Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay the islands attract the many fishermen and come and participate in the various summer tournaments.

The place is even popular for record catches whether of marlin, sailfish or tuna. A haven for bone-fish is the shallow, marshy flats west of Great Abaco. Deep fishing is easily accessible on a short boat ride and this ride can be taken from the cays. The drop off is at the reef to the Atlantic is steep.

Towns

  • Marsh Harbour
  • Hope Town
  • Man-O-War Cay
  • Green Turtle Cay
  • Dundas Town
  • Murphy Town
  • Spring City
  • Cherokee Sound

Sightseeing Tips

The outer reefs are great to go to see sharks.

Restaurants in Abacos

  • Curly Tails, . Despite a very fun, touristy air to the place, Curly Tails features great gourmet food breakfast through dinner. $$$.
  • Magnolia CafeMaybe the best restaurant in the Abaco Islands. Situated in Man ‘O War key, run entirely by a local man and wife.
  • Baker’s BayWorld class dining in the brand new Baker’s Bay marina on the north end of Great Guana Cay.

Drink

  • Nipper’sThree story bar overlooking the ocean with a famous Nipper’s cocktail and a pig roast every Sunday afternoon.

Where to stay

  • Ocean FrontierGreat Guana Cay, Abacos, Bahamas, 1.888.828.6745, Well equipped cottages on the Atlantic beach of Great Guana Cay with private decks and well landscaped property provide privacy as well as direct access to the beach. All cottages are air conditioned and include a full kitchen and grill, a three piece bath, two private bedrooms and a loft with additional sleeping quarters.

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Stay safe due to the Coronavirus situation in Abacos

Due to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 global situation, please avoid close contact with anyone in Abacos showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing.

Where to go next from Abacos

  • Elbow Cay is several miles east of Great Abaco Island. This six-mile stretch of land is less than an hour-long ferry ride from Great Abaco’s Marsh Harbor.

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Exuma Islands Coronavirus Covid-19 Travel Update to Bahamas

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Hurricane Dorian struck the Abaco Islands on September 1 with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 km/h), tying with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane for the highest wind speeds of an Atlantic hurricane ever recorded at landfall. Dorian went on to strike Grand Bahama at similar intensity, stalling just north of the territory with unrelenting winds for at least 24 hours. The resultant damage to these islands was catastrophic; most structures were flattened or swept to sea, and at least 70,000 people were left

Mainly it is for the fishing and boating activities that one comes to the Exuma Islands as this place is world famous for both of these activities. The sailing is made amazingly beautiful with the presence of the picturesque islands that stretch for miles and more and the cays and hidden coves.

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Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 360 islands (or cays). The largest of the cays, and the only one with any significant population, is Great Exuma, which is 37 mi (60 km) in length.

Both for recreational purposes and for yachting, people enjoy sailing in here as well as all around the Islands of the Bahamas.

Here the temperature stays around 78F all the year round. The rolling hills in the horizon and the wide sandy beaches as well as the beautiful crystal clear waters give life to some of the most amazing creatures of the world.

Several rare birds and exotic reptiles as well as many colorful fish reside in The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

This is also the home for astounding species of flora. These shallow waters teem with life and this is what the snorkellers find to be very attractive and adventurous.

The divers here get to explore the huge coral reef or Exuma Sound. The Exuma Sound is full of caves, blue holes and shipwrecks.

About 3,600 people inhabit the Exuma Islands. They mainly depend on farming, fishing and tourism for their livelihood. The island is dotted with ruins of earlier settlements, outdoor markets, and quaint farming communities.

Many fruits and vegetables are exported from these islands to the various parts of the globe like fresh pineapple, tasty tomatoes, juicy guava, sweet mangoes, huge avocados and pigeon peas. The Exuma Islands have been the chosen spot for many movie locations and are quite popular in Hollywood.

More than any other island in the Bahamas these islands has been spotted twice in the James Bond movies. Whatever it is that you might be looking for – be it boating, fishing, diving, ecotourism or escapism – you are sure to find it here in The Exuma Islands.

Little Exuma — Tropic of Cancer Beach
The longest beach in the island of Exuma as well as the best one is known as Little Exuma. The water here is blue-green and is bordered by pale sand. The tropic of cancer runs right through this beach and usually you will find this beach quite deserted and therefore is a perfect spot for a loner.

Great Exuma — Beachfront Resorts
This is one of the beaches that you ought to visit when you get to the islands of the Bahamas even though it is not that popular as a beach.

Shroud Cay
This is a beach that has a large mangrove density and is to be visited by the casual tourist for experience.

Islands

Many of the islands in the Exumas are privately owned. Only inhabited islands open to the public (or at least paying guests) are listed here.

  • Great Exuma
  • Fowl Cay
  • Iguana Cay
  • Musha Cay — super-exclusive resort that hosts only one group of up to 20 guests at a time
  • Staniel Cay

Cities

  • George Town on Great Exuma

Understand

Get in

The Exuma island chain is 130 mi (209 km) long. The northernmost islands are under an hour away from Nassau by speedboat and many tour operators offer day trips. Great Exuma has the only airport in the islands, which receives flights from Atlanta, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Nassau. This airport is approximately 10 mi (16 km) north of the main settlement of George Town. The other islands may be reached by charter or your own boat.

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Get around

Great Exuma can be seen via car. The other islands are accessible only by tour charter or boat.

Car and boat rental is available in George Town, Great Exuma and at the airport. Must have international or US driver’s license.

Note that Exuma – like all the Bahamas – drives on the left side of the road. Rental cars can typically be specified as left/right wheel configurations subject to availability.

Water Taxi To Stocking Island

Leaves twice daily from Peace and Plenty Restaurant in Georgetown Harbour to the neighboring Cay of Stocking Island.

See

  • Saddleback CayA private island owned by Island World Adventures, which runs one-day trips from Nassau daily ($190/pp). The island has seven beaches, including the gorgeous Half Moon Beach, shallow reefs in the vicinity and a spot where giant nurse sharks gather daily to be fed.
  • Thunderball Grotto, where the James Bond film Thunderball was filmed.

What to do in Exuma

Hiking

Stocking Island off George Town, Great Exuma has many trails including a nature walk setup by Peace & Plenty and Dive Exuma in 2000/1 with descriptions of many of the plants. Can climb Monument hill for a great panoramic view, or walk along the long beach on the ocean side. Over 10km of trails are marked and run all over the island. A map of the trails can be picked up at the tourist office in George Town.

Eat

  • Chat and ChillThe Point, Stocking Island, Exuma (A water taxi is available from Great Exuma), . Wonderful local restaurant famous for its Garlic Coleslaw is an excellent place to have a beer and relax or have a nice beach side dinner.

Drink

  • Thunderball Club on Staniel Cay
  • Splash! Beach Bar & GrillPalm Bay Beach Club (Great Exuma, Bahamas), . Famous Conch Chowder

Where to stay in Exuma

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  • Exuma Vacation Rentals (exuma vacation rentals). Luxury vacation rentals in Great Exuma Island, Bahamas
  • Fowl Cay – Private Island Resort, ,  $7,945-$14,588/week.
  • Palm Bay Beach Club (info@palmbaybeachclub.com), Great Exuma, Bahamas (Just 7 miles from Georgetown Airport), . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12 NoonThe resort has over 70 beachside cottages and hillside villas. There is a choice of studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom villas all with either a full or partial kitchen. Located on Great Exuma island, the largest island of the 350 Exuma island chain, Palm Bay Beach Club hotel and resort is just seven miles from Exuma International Airport, one mile from the capital, George Town, and a short trip to the new Four Seasons Greg Norman Signature Golf Course (Course Closed with Four Season’s Closing as of 12/2020).
  • Staniel Cay Yacht Club, , fax+1 242-355-2044 $145-$255.

Stay safe in Exuma

The crossing from Nassau to the northern end of the Exumas is only 40 miles, but it’s across open water and can get choppy if it’s windy. Bring along a warm, ideally waterproof coat, and try to get a seat near the middle of the boat to minimize both bumpiness and sea spray.

There are nurse sharks and lemon sharks in the waters around the islands. They don’t usually bother humans, but it’s best to ask for local advice on where to swim — shallow water is usually fine.

 

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Bimini Islands Coronavirus Covid-19 Travel Update to Bahamas

Bimini Islands

Bimini is a district of the Bahamas and consists of two main islands located 50 miles east of Florida and American visitors love the Bimini islands as the place is the closest from the coast of Florida and from this island, at night, one can see the glow of the Miami Beach.

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Apart from being situated at a very good location the place has many other attractions as well. Bimini Islands are world famous because of the game called fishing.

Fishing tournaments serve as a major attraction to the place extending from spring to fall. Almost every weekend holds some tournament or the other.

Apart from fishing, diving and yachting are also immensely popular around the islands. What the visitors and tourists might enjoy the most, however, might be just to chill and relax on a sun-bathed beach.

Bimini islands are therefore the ideal place for anybody whether a tourist is looking for some hyper activity or for a relaxation during the weekend, whether it is for just a few days or for a longer stay.

Around the calm water of the Bimini Islands yachtsmen enjoy their time riding through on a boat or even residing there for long. North Bimini, South Bimini, Gun Cay or Cat Cay – all these docks are available to the many boaters and here they can choose to stock up on supplies.

They also get to experience the local atmosphere of the clubs and Bahamas Resorts along the shore.

Understand

Bimini is surrounded by shallow reefs near shore – but the depth then increases to 80 to 100 feet before dropping into the abyss of the Gulf Stream. To the west, the Gulf Stream current flows north through the deep water between Miami and Bimini, where the ocean is over 6,000 feet deep. The Gulf Stream brings hundreds of marine animals near to the shores of Bimini.

Bimini is only 50 miles east of Miami Beach, Florida.

Bimini has three main islands: North Bimini, East Bimini and South Bimini. These coral islands are small, only 7 miles long and only 200 yards wide at their narrowest. Perched at the west end of the Bahamas Bank, Bimini is surrounded by shallow water (only 20 to 30 feet deep) to the north, south, and east.

Regions

Bimini district of the Bahamas is a chain of three major islands: North, South and East Bimini.

  • North Bimini is an island of only 1600 residents. North Bimini is long, flat, and narrow.
  • South Bimini houses an airstrip, and offers a quiet alternative to the slow bustle of North Bimini. There is a small community of homes on South Bimini known as Port Royale. For many years, South Bimini tourists were limited to boaters because there was little accommodation other than private homes.

Cities

  • Alice Town is the main village on North Bimini.

Understand

History of Bimini

Bimini is home to several landmarks said to contain mystical properties of obscure origins. Much of the historical data about these places is speculative in nature, and experts in various fields have opined across the full spectrum of explanation. Also, during the period of Prohibition in the United States, Bimini was a favorite haven and supply point for the rum-running trade. Some claim that the term “the real McCoy” was applied to the rum provided by William S. McCoy, who used Bimini to transport whiskey to America during the Prohibition.

Another interesting fact is that Bimini was a common travel destination for Hemingway. In fact, it is said that his love of Bimini inspired him to write The Old Man and The Sea, as well as Islands in The Stream.

In the 1920s Bimini shipped tons of liquor to a “dry” America during the prohibition against strong drink.

Bimini has remained relatively unchanged over the years and is a very quiet and peaceful place to live or stay. Its population is a bit over 1,600 and Biminites are friendly and welcome you to join them for conversation.

Legends

It is rumoured that the Fountain of Youth, which was searched for by Juan Ponce de León, exists within the shallow pools of South Bimini, and that the Lost City of Atlantis is in the shallow waters off of Bimini where divers can observe the Bimini Stones. In keeping with this legend, the Bimini Stones are claimed to have been a road into Atlantis.

Weather in Bimini

Bimini is a tropical destination with pleasant temperatures around the year. The summer months are warmer with calm seas, while winters on Bimini are a bit cooler with some ocean breeze. Mid-winter temperatures on Bimini can be cool at times. There is a rainy season on Bimini with occasional rainfall and rare hurricanes from July to October.

Other destinations

Being such a small island, besides the main town of Alice Town, there aren’t many other destinations on the island.

Get in

Located only 40 miles from Florida, the closest to the United States, it is an easy topical destination for Americans and Canadians.

If you land at the airport you take a “taxi” to the ferry which take five minutes to North Bimini and costs $5 total for both. United Airlines serve Bimini, flying in to the airport on South Bimini.

Get around

North Bimini is crossed by two small paved roads which run the length of the 7-mile long island. A bicycle or golf cart is all you need to get around if you really need to go anywhere. The main road is the Kings Highway where most shops, hotels and restaurants are located. The smaller Queen’s Highway follows the east coast and is where the beaches are located.

Sightseeing in Bimini

The remains of the shipwrecked SS Sapona

Bimini’s fame comes from Hemingway and fishing. Hemingway spent a few seasons in Bimini fishing and writing ‘To Have and To Have Not’ and later based his novel ‘Islands in the Stream’ here. A small Hemingway museum and sign marking his time on the island were destroyed by fire in 2006 along with the Compleat Angler Hotel where he once stayed.

The Bimini Museum has a very interesting collection of artifacts and exhibits on the island’s history. The museum is located in Alice Town on the southern end of main road (the Kings Highway).

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Grand Bahama Coronavirus Covid-19 Travel Update to Bahamas

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Most of the beaches here in the island of the Bahamas are white as well as being perfect. That is why a beach lover ought to visit the best beaches here. The water in most of the beaches is shallow and clear and rises gradually from the depths.

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Grand Bahamas Island have the most beautiful and exotic beaches. Because of being so popular these beaches are often crowded but the sporting facilities are available over here.

The main beach on Grand Bahama Island is Gold Rock Beach which is a secluded beach with BBQ pits, picnic tables and benches and a spectacular low tide. The Lucayan Caverns lie just north of this beach and it is the world’s longest underground surveyed cave system.

Barbary Beach is perfect for those who would love to go visit a more secluded beach. Beautiful seashells can be collected from this beach. During the months of May and June there’s a spectacular display of white spider lilies.

It is believed by many that this beach is indeed the most beautiful among the rest in all of the Grand Bahama Island.

The Taino, Churchill and Fortune beaches are located in the Lucaya are and are less crowded. They are the best of beaches if you want to relax and be far from civilization.

Grand Bahama Island is a place that is yet to be discovered for its ecological wonders. This island is unique for its teeming marine life and for the attractive beaches with emerald green water and exciting fishing villages.

You can find anything to suit your needs in here – from golf courses to shopping, casinos and nightlife, to hiking in a nature preserve.

Even the one who is most demanding will be satisfied when he gets here. Snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing are the most popular water sporting activities here.

Get in

Numerous Flights are available from South Florida. American Eagle offers daily flights from Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia and New York. Bahamasair, United, and Spirit Airlines all offer daily flights from Fort Lauderdale. Delta Connection offers flights from Atlanta. Another frugal option is to take a Discovery cruise ship to the island. The Ship drops passengers off in the mornings and then return for them in the evenings.

Get around

Taxis are typically waiting for visitors at the airport and sea port. They are also easily summoned by phone. Please be aware that there is NO such thing as a “service fee” or “bag handling fee,” as some unscrupulous taxi drivers insist. You only pay the fare, and a tip if appropriate.

Public transport on the island consists mainly of minivans that ferry locals to and fro. It is a dollar to take the local bus line anywhere on the island. They typically run about every 15 minutes however they will often wait until they have a full load before departing. It’s unclear whether these are government run or privately owned.

Hotels often have their own shuttle services to various points of interest around the island.

Car, motorcycle, and buggy rentals are readily available. However be cautioned that the roads are driven on the left and locals drive aggressively.

See

  • Lucayan National Park, The crown jewel of the 3 national parks on Grand Bahama, Lucayan National Park is the only place in the Bahamas where you can see all six of the island’s ecosystems. There are caves for exploration (including one of the longest underwater limestone caves in the world; access is seasonal as the caves are also used for bat conservation), a picturesque wooden bridge over a mangrove swamp, and a beautiful white beach with benches available for picnics. Visitors are advised never to leave belongings unattended, as thefts have been known to occur.
  • Rand Nature Center, . Outside downtown Freeport. Open 9AM – 4PM Monday to Friday (Closed on Saturday & Sunday) This national park is named for James Rand and was established as the first nature education center to preserve the habitat of Grand Bahama. Admission $5 adults, $3 children 5-12, children under 5 free.
  • Peterson Cay National Park, a small island surrounded by reefs located 1 mile off the south shore, is the perfect getaway for a day trip / picnic. It is accessible only by boat, and visitors are instructed to anchor in specific areas away from the coral reefs. All plant and animal life within the park boundaries is protected by law. Fishing, shelling, and damage to or removal of any coral is strictly prohibited. Garbage disposal and leaving ash coals / embers is also prohibited.

What to do in Grand Bahama

  • UNEXSO Dive CenterRoyal Palm Way, , toll-free: +1-800-992-DIVE (3483) (To make reservations from the US or Canada)UNEXSO provides activities for both experienced and non-experienced SCUBA divers. They also offer different kinds of “swim with the dolphins” experiences as well. Some activities require a 1 day advanced registration.
  • Grand Bahama ScubaAt the Ocean Reef Yacht Club, runs dives Monday through Friday and Sunday afternoon dives. They offer the popular shark dive as well.
  • Live Music and Dancing are available at a number of places. Most bands play a mixture of Bahamian “Rake ‘n Scrape” and American standards. Venues include Count Basie Square in Port Lucaya, most evenings, Bikini Bottom Bar in Williamstown (near the Island Seas resort) on Thursdays and Saturdays, Tony Macaroni’s Conch Experience on Taino Beach, Wednesdays and alternate Sundays, and Sabor Restaurant in the Pelican Bay resort on Saturdays.
  • Leo and Carol MoxieWest End, Grand Bahama IslandAsk almost anyone at Old Bahama Bay, or most taxi drivers, and they will know about Leo and Carol. This fishing boat captain and his Canadian-born wife/first mate can take you on the shark fishing adventure of a lifetime. The author of this entry has been fishing with them for 20 years, since she was a child. You can also charter them to fish for any other kind of available fish, or just to go out snorkeling off the beaten path. They are great with kids too!

Buy

Bahamas Dollars (BSD) are equal in value to the American Dollar. American currency is accepted (sometimes even preferred) everywhere.

Sales tax does not exist in the Bahamas. National revenue is collected mainly through local import tariffs.

Duty-free items such as liquor, perfume, and jewelery often surprise tourists for being so inexpensive. It is not uncommon, for example, to find a bottle of your favorite perfume for less than half of what you could expect to pay back home. This is the advantage and convenience of duty-free shopping.

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Andros Islands Coronavirus Covid-19 Travel Update to Bahamas

Andros Islands

Andros, the famous island of Sir Henry Morgan is the largest and yet the least explored of all the islands in the Bahamas. This is a place that everybody would like and enjoy a stay here for it provides entertainment and activity for just about anybody.

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Andros is famous as the bone fishing capital in the world. The total area is of 2,300-square-miles. It is proud of having the second-largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere.

The oldest dive resort of the planet is situated over here. The average temperature of the water here, all the year round, is about 80F.

People come here for diving or snorkeling and the crystal clear blue waters present an over flowing and abundant marine life that is extremely charming to every tourist and visitor and of course the student of nature.

The clear blue waters of the islands are full of life. Here can be seen over forty different kinds of wild orchids, rare, endemic birds, wild boar, iguanas as long as four feet. Recently a tribal group was discovered as well and they make their homes among the miles of deserted beaches, freshwater mud flats, thick brush, lush pine forests and inland waterways that make up this Atlantic oasis.

It is the same island that is supposed to have the treasure of Sir Henry Morgan buried in its earth and is also thought of as the home to the two mythical creatures called the chickcharnies and Lusca.

The locals are called the Androsians and these people are really peace loving and are skilled in artistry. They are also craftsmen. Their origin dates back to the Seminole Indians, runaway slaves from Florida and an ethnic mix of different people from Africa to South America.

The people of the island are really hospitable and they invite visitors and tourists i.e. you to come and take a look around their beautiful home. Whether you are someone who loves the very many sports or someone who loves nature – you will find it all in the same place called the Andros Islands.

Every kind of water sport that comes in mind is popular here in the Bahamas and in the Andros islands as the water temperature is always at an average of about 80F. The clarity of the water in here surprises the divers as well as marine biologists. The rich quality of the dive sites provide them with a lot of material for study.

The shallow-water coral gardens are easily accessible and this makes the snorkelers very happy.

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