20 Superb Issues The Bahamas Is Recognized For


The islands of The Bahamas are a tropical sizzling spot and rank among the many finest trip locations on this planet. Their magnificence, superb climate, and the truth that there are such a lot of islands (700 in whole) are a part of what makes this tropical archipelago particular.

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Image: Couple lounging over the Bahamian ocean at Sandals Royal Bahamian.

Even with their recognition, there are some stuff you wouldn’t learn about The Bahamas with out having gone there your self; like the truth that you possibly can swim with pigs at Large Main Cay, or that the island has an intriguing pirate historical past. In case you’re planning a visit to The Bahamas, know that you simply’re in for a soothing vacation.

On this article on the Sandals Weblog:

20 superb issues The Bahamas are identified for
Eight genuine Bahamian souvenirs to deliver dwelling with you
Bonus: 5 fascinating info about The Bahamas

20 superb issues The Bahamas are identified for

1. Pristine white sand seashores and turquoise waters

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly famously referred to as The Bahamas “probably the most lovely place from area”, and it’s straightforward to see why. With lovely white sand seashores, surrounded by an unbelievable palette of deep blue and turquoise waters, this tropical paradise positive stands out. Residence to a number of the world’s most lovely white sand seashores on this planet, you’re more likely to expertise seashore hopping like by no means earlier than. It’s the last word place for a seashore trip!

Insider tip: There are such a lot of nice seashores in The Bahamas, that it may be laborious to decide on only one. Fortunately, we’ve mixed an inventory of the finest seashores in The Bahamas. Be at liberty to seashore hop to your coronary heart’s content material!

2. The swimming pigs of Exuma

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The Bahamas has probably the most well-known swimming with pigs’ expertise within the Caribbean, and it’s positively one thing you gained’t wish to miss out on, throughout your trip within the islands. You’ll must take a ship out to Large Main Cay, often known as Pig Island for this tour, and when you get shut sufficient to the island, you’ll truly see a number of the pigs swimming out to your boat to greet you. It is a household pleasant tour, however {couples} additionally benefit from the expertise, and attending to know the swimming pigs of The Bahamas. Large Main Cay is positioned about 82 miles southeast of Nassau. Aside from the pigs and their caretakers throughout some components of the day, the island is uninhabited.

3. The playground of the world’s wealthy and well-known

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There are a handful of islands within the Caribbean that are identified to draw the wealthy and well-known, and The Bahamas are excessive up on that listing. Tremendous rich vacationers from the world over trip in The Bahamas. The island nation even gives the uber wealthy alternatives to buy their very own personal islands. In The Bahamas, you can have a peek on the oceanfront villas of Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and lots of different celebrities.

4. Historical past of pirates

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The ‘Golden Period’ or the ‘Golden Age’ is claimed to have been a time through the 1600s – 1700s, when pirates had a booming financial system within the Caribbean, significantly in The Bahamas. They focused service provider ships travelling by way of the harbor and robbed them. Their bounty included gold, salt and lots of different items. Their positive aspects attracted much more pirates, and among the many well-known pirates within the area at the moment was Blackbeard. This chaotic state of affairs continued till 1718, when British captain Woodes Rogers was appointed Captain Common, and Governor in Chief of Nassau, marking the top of the Pirate Republic.

5. Unbelievable scuba diving and snorkeling

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The Bahamas is a best choice for vacationers with diving inspirations, desirous of witnessing underwater life at its most spectacular. There are lots of diving spots for each snorkelers and scuba divers, together with the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the Andros blue holes, The Conception Island Wall in Lengthy Island, The Henry Ford Wreck within the Biminis, and the various reefs that may be present in The Abacos.

6. The primary touchdown of Christopher Columbus

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Quite a lot of info is on the market about Christopher Columbus’ journey by way of the Caribbean area, and The Bahamas is claimed to have been one of many first locations the place his crew made landfall. Because the story goes, Columbus “found” the brand new world, starting in both San Salvador, The Bahamas, or Samana Cay in The Bahamas. It’s also mentioned that when he obtained there, the native Lucayan Taino folks had been already current. Over the course of a number of years, the Taino folks disappeared from the islands.

7. The Bahama Mama cocktail

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This tropical cocktail, with rum, coconut rum, grenadine, orange juice and pineapple juice as its foremost components, is well-known everywhere in the world and a must-try when visiting The Bahamas. Get your self a great spot on the seashore or swimming pool and loosen up, whereas cooling your self down with this beverage. You gained’t be upset. Whereas on the islands, give a number of the different native classics a try to order some Sky Juice or a Goombay Smash!

In search of a spot that provides limitless cocktails? Company of the Sandals resorts in The Bahamas can order limitless cocktails (and different drinks) on the bars, on the seashore and within the swimming swimming pools – with out paying a cent. It’s all included in your keep. All cocktails are combined by one of the best bartenders of the island and manufactured from premium liquors.

8. Having a mess of islands you possibly can go to

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It may be laborious to resolve the place to start out first with over 700 islands simply ready to be explored. Thankfully, there’s a technique to the insanity. Most of the islands are uninhabited, which narrows issues down considerably. The most effective islands in The Bahamas to go to embrace New Windfall island, Paradise Island, The Exumas, The Abacos, Andros, Bimini, The Berry Islands, the Southern Bahamian Islands, Eleuthera and Harbour Island. The inhabitants of The Bahamas is just below 400,000 folks, and 70% of that quantity reside on New Windfall island, dwelling of capital Nassau.

Most vacationers fly into New Windfall (Nassau), which makes it probably the most ‘occurring’ place in The Bahamas. Paradise Island is nice for households with children and related to New Windfall by 2 bridges. All different islands are referred to as the ‘Out Islands’, the place you’ll find a bit extra peace and quiet. Exuma is thought to be dwelling to a number of the most lovely white sand seashores and turquoise waters The Bahamas has on supply.

In search of an all-inclusive resort in The Bahamas? Sandals Royal Bahamian is a vigorous resort in Nassau that comes with a personal offshore island, it’s an incredible place for scuba divers (scuba diving is included in our keep). Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma is thought to be positioned on a gorgeous lengthy stretch of white sand seashore and comes with an 18-hole Championship golf course with beautiful views over Exuma’s waters.

9. Scrumptious conch dishes & different seafood

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Give your style buds a brand new expertise in The Bahamas, with contemporary seafood that’s as diversified as it’s scrumptious. Europe, Africa, and South American inspiration permeate the meals throughout the islands in a method that’s positive to depart you wanting extra. Whereas on any Bahamian island, strive the whole lot not less than as soon as, from conch salad (conch ceviche), johnny muffins, baked crab, rock lobster, fried fish, and extra. After your trip, you’re sure to return dwelling with a brand new favourite dish, and hopefully a recipe to recreate at dwelling!

10. Sport fishing & bonefishing

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In case you haven’t been sport fishing or bonefishing earlier than, The Bahamas is an effective place to start out. In case you’re a seasoned diver nonetheless, you’ll take pleasure in this expertise much more, figuring out earlier than you go, that the waters of The Bahamas are stuffed with marine life, which is certain to make your fishing expedition that rather more thrilling. For sport fishing, strive The Biminis, which has a fame for having one of the best sport fishing on this planet. In actual fact, Ernest Hemingway’s love for The Biminis is claimed to have put the 2 islands on the map; each for fishing, and for his or her beautiful magnificence. The Biminis are positioned simply 50 miles from the Florida coast. Andros Island is thought for having the third largest reef on this planet. The place bonefishing is anxious, you possibly can strive your luck on the coronary heart of the various unspoiled mangroves and shallow trenches that may be discovered alongside the island. Lengthy Island and New Windfall (Nassau) are additionally nice fishing spots.

11. Pink sand seashores

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The Bahamas is likely one of the solely locations on this planet the place you’ll find pink sand seashores, and Harbour Island, positioned to the northeast of Eleuthera, is likely one of the finest locations to search out them. You’ll generally hear the island being known as “Briland” by locals, and it’ll most likely be love at first sight when you look upon the quaint Dunmore City, which is plagued by pastel-colored cottages. Whereas on the island bask in a little bit of sand bathing, or go diving, or on a fishing expedition. A go to to Harbour Island makes a fairly cool day journey, and you may get there through The Bahamas Quick Ferries Catamaran or by aircraft from Nassau. Some resorts, like Sandals Royal Bahamian, supply day journeys.

12. Junkanoo competition

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Junkanoo is an actual Caribbean social gathering if there ever was one. Held on Christmas and New Yr’s Day yearly, Junkanoo is an enormous occasion in The Bahamas. The celebration may be described because the Bahamian model of carnival. In case you’ve by no means skilled a Caribbean carnival, anticipate plenty of music, costumes, stay bands, conventional devices, events, parades, floats, and many pleasure.

Insider tip: In case you’re planning to journey to The Bahamas for Junkanoo, you’ll need to e book your flight not less than six months upfront, as many inns and resorts are typically absolutely booked round this time.

13. The Bahamas was featured in a number of James Bond films

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There are lots of well-known films which had been filmed in The Bahamas, a indisputable fact that isn’t so stunning contemplating how lovely the islands are. Amongst these are ‘Thunderball’ and ‘By no means Say By no means Once more’, each James Bond flicks. Thunderball Grotto within the Exuma Cays is a superb diving and snorkeling spot, and its title comes from the truth that it was a standout function within the film Thunderball, significantly throughout an underwater battle scene. Divers love exploring this underwater cave, which some describe as intimidating at first, however tremendous thrilling when you get into it. Excursions can be found from Sandals Emerald Bay.

14. The native dialect and slang – “Talkin’ Bahamian”

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Each vacation spot has its distinctive accent or dialect, and Bahamians have a really distinct method of talking, significantly when talkin’ Bahamian. Islanders communicate a creole dialect that may be laborious for foreigners to know, however there are methods to be taught extra about their native creole, which has African influences. Whereas on the islands, store round for native books which might help you translate what you hear, and even show you how to throw out a phrase or two. English is extensively spoken in The Bahamas, so that you’re unlikely to have points with communication whether or not or not you’re acquainted with the native dialect. Listed below are just a few of the widespread phrases and phrases you may hear throughout your go to:

‘Bey’

This may be anybody, no matter gender. For example, somebody might ask ‘the place mah’bey go once more?’, which interprets to ‘the place did this individual go to?’ That is one thing you’ll hear ceaselessly.

‘Nicely mudda sick!’

That is an expression of shock, or pleasure akin to the English variations of “you’re joking!’, or “Oh my goodness!”.

‘Mash up’

It is a widespread Caribbean phrase which suggests to interrupt or destroy one thing. For instance, ‘you simply mash up my e book’, which interprets to “you simply destroyed or broken my e book’. This phrase can also be utilized in eventualities the place an individual is drained and would use ‘mash up’ to explain simply how sick, out of it or exhausted they actually really feel.

‘Potcake’

This time period normally refers to a stray canine, and chances are you’ll spot fairly just a few ‘potcakes’ throughout your trip in The Bahamas. Potcakes are thought of combined breeds, and their nickname comes from the concept outdated Bahamians used to cook dinner the whole lot in a single pot, and the ‘potcake’ being the combination of the whole lot caught collectively on the backside of the pot, after cooking.

‘Dem’

You… me, ‘dem’, or them. It is a well-liked Caribbean time period and extra typically refers to a bunch of individuals. For instance, chances are you’ll hear somebody say, ‘you possibly can catch a journey with Derek dem’, which suggests ‘you may get a carry with Derek and the others’.

15. A historical past of colonial battle and slavery

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Image: Pompey Sq. is web site the place slaves had been unloaded from ships in nineteenth century. Named after slave who, in 1830, led a revolt which result in Emancipation Proclamation.

Caribbean historical past is stuffed with colonial battle, and The Bahamas will not be an exception on this regard. Discover out extra in regards to the historical past of The Bahamas whereas on the island by visiting locations just like the Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation in downtown Nassau, Bimini Museum, Man-O-Struggle Heritage Museum in Abaco, The Dolphin Home in Alice City, Albert Lowe Museum in Abaco, The Bahamas Historic Society Museum in Nassau, Lengthy Island Library and Museum, Heritage Museum of The Bahamas in Nassau, and others.

16. Pirate Forts

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There are a number of forts you possibly can discover whereas in The Bahamas, together with Fort Charlotte, the most important fort on the island of New Windfall, positioned in Nassau. Fort Charlotte was constructed by Lord Dunmore in 1788-1789. It was named after Queen Saharia Charlotte, the spouse of King George the III. The fort encompasses a drawbridge, dungeons, underground passages, 42 cannons, and superb views.

Fort Fincastle in-built 1793 is one other well-liked attraction, that will get its title from British captain Lord Dunmore. His second title was Viscount Fincastle. As historical past tells it, Fincastle constructed the fort to assist hold the Nassau Harbor secure. It was additionally a helpful look out level for pirates. Fort Fincastle is manufactured from minimize limestone.

One other well-known fort in The Bahamas is Fort Montague, additionally manufactured from native limestone. It’s the oldest fort in existence on New Windfall island and is on the east finish of the Nassau Harbor. Fort Montague’s historical past goes way back to 1725, however its current type has been in place since 1741-1742, when it was utilized by the British to maintain Spanish invaders away. The location additionally has a historical past of being utilized by the USA navy in 1776.

Blackbeard’s Tower is a bit more durable to search out, however it’s believed to have been utilized by Blackbeard himself, as a lookout level within the 1700s. For the reason that ‘Pirates Golden Period’, the tower has deteriorated, however remains to be a historic landmark in The Bahamas.

17. Cave diving

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A few years in the past, hundreds in reality, the waters round The Bahamas had been greater than 100 toes decrease than they’re at this time. With rising sea ranges, some caves on the island that are largely manufactured from limestone had been submerged. This has led to The Bahamas being acknowledged as probably the greatest locations on this planet to cave dive, one thing you need to contemplate attempting in your vacation within the islands!

18. Monitor and subject Olympians

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The Bahamas has 14 Olympic medals to point out for itself, a lot because of the efforts of athletes together with sprinters Pauline Davis-Thompson, Tonique Williams-Darling and Shaunae Miller. All of the island’s Olympic medals had been secured in athletics and crusing. Notably, the 14-medal determine equates to a charge of 33.9 per million residents (spectacular contemplating the Bahamian inhabitants is just about 385,340). Finland, Sweden and Hungary are the one international locations which high Bahamas’ per capita strike charge.

19. Luxurious items purchasing

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You’ll find some nice purchasing alternatives in The Bahamas, which isn’t one thing many islands within the area can boast. Whether or not you’re in search of souvenirs or high-end gadgets, you’re more likely to discover a store or native market providing one thing to fit your finances. Nassau and Paradise Island are each nice choices for jewellery purchasing, in addition to discovering model title vogue together with Louis Vuitton and Gucci. If you’d like artwork or different distinctive items, strive heading to a craft heart downtown (Nassau) and discount for a very good value.

20. Historic lighthouses

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Lighthouses have a sure intrigue about them, and there are just a few notable lighthouses which you could try whereas within the Caribbean. Elbow Reef Lighthouse, often known as the Hope City Lighthouse in Elbow Cay Bahamas, is among the many most visited. Hope City is already fairly charming, and this 89-foot lighthouse provides to its enchantment. The Elbow Reef Lighthouse was constructed within the 1860s, an period when lighthouses could be used to warn or information ships at sea and it has survived to deliver a little bit of the previous into the longer term. Superb views can be found from the highest, which makes climbing the 101 steps value it. The Hog Island Lighthouse on the western tip of Paradise Island is the oldest and best-known lighthouse in The Bahamas and was in-built 1817.

Eight genuine Bahamian souvenirs to deliver dwelling with you

1. Pirate Doubloon jewellery

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Contemplating The Bahamas has a wealthy pirate historical past, it’s solely pure that you simply may gravitate to jewellery impressed by this side of the islands’ previous. At Coin of the Realm in downtown Nassau, you’ll discover Bahamian gold and silver, historical Greek and Roman cash, and different treasures. Collectors can decide up proof units of the Bahamian gold and silver cash, whereas buyers simply hoping to select up one thing fascinating might discover earrings, pendants, and rings out there right here value their whereas.

2. Conch shell merchandise/jewellery

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Attention-grabbing gadgets manufactured from the gorgeous conch shell are a simple discover in The Bahamas, particularly relating to jewellery, and even cutlery and bowls. You’ll find these and extra at native craft markets, they usually’ll make the right reward for buddies or household.

3. Regionally made artwork and handicrafts

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You’ll be able to’t go incorrect with native artwork and craft when choosing souvenirs to deliver again dwelling. Attempt Bahama Artwork & Handicrafts which is positioned simply exterior downtown Nassau, the place you’ll find a wide range of one-of-a-kind items. Objects vary from sea glass and watercolor work, to wooden carvings, jams, sizzling sauces, and extra.

4. Pirate Republic craft beer

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Deliver dwelling some Pirate Republic craft beer for the beer lover again dwelling. You’ll find the brewery and pub downtown Nassau close to the cruise port and have a tasting of the completely different beers on supply. You gained’t be upset attempting out The Bahamas’ solely craft beer!

5. Junkanoo Artwork

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Missed out on Junkanoo? You’ll be able to nonetheless take a bit of this cultural carnival dwelling with you by selecting up junkanoo impressed jewellery, work, ornaments and extra. In a method, this makes up for lacking out on the parade, and is a chance to deliver components of the competition dwelling with you!

6. Straw items

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The Nassau Straw Market and the Port Lucaya Market Place are nice decisions in case you’re in search of customized made straw merchandise. Objects out there for buy embrace hats, baskets, purses, and different trinkets. Some sellers may be fairly persistent, but when you recognize what you need, and the way a lot you’re prepared to pay for it, you need to have clean and enjoyable purchasing expertise.

7. Home made jams and jellies

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So far as jams and jellies are involved, it’s value attempting guava jelly, pineapple jam, or any of the opposite fruity varieties out there throughout your go to to The Bahamas. You’ll be able to even decide up a pair to take the candy style of The Bahamas dwelling with you.

8. Coconut sculptures

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Coconuts anybody? Nicely, if not the true form, then a sculpture. Take considered one of these things manufactured from coconut husk dwelling with you to set in stone your superb Bahamian trip. You will get a wide range of sculptures from most craft locations on the island, within the type of animals, sea creatures, and extra.

Bonus: 5 fascinating info about The Bahamas

1. It snowed in The Bahamas… as soon as

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Not many Caribbean islands can declare this feat, however The Bahamas had a wintery expertise one chilly January day, on the seventeenth of the month, in 1977 to be exact. Chilly climate from southern Florida swept proper right down to the islands, and for the primary time ever, it snowed in The Bahamas. Although there was no precise snow pile up resulting in seashores and different areas being lined in slush, there have been flurries aplenty within the metropolis of Freeport, Grand Bahama.

2. The world’s second deepest blue gap is in The Bahamas

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So far as blue holes go, you’ll discover one of many deepest on this planet in The Bahamas. With a drop off of 660 ft, Dean’s Blue Gap on Lengthy Island in The Bahamas is the stuff world data are manufactured from. In actual fact, a great deal of divers select this spot exactly for the probability of they themselves setting world data there. There are different extra well-known underwater sights of an identical nature, like The Nice Blue Gap in Belize’s Nice Barrier Reef, however Dean’s Blue Gap is quite a bit deeper, and the drop off is near shore!

3. The very best level in The Bahamas will not be so excessive

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With the very best level within the islands being simply over 200ft, The Bahamas will not be identified to be a land of towering mountains. In actual fact, it ranks as quantity 5 for international locations with the bottom “highest level” on this planet. The Gambia, The Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and the Maldives are the international locations which fall in an identical class with The Bahamas because it pertains to “excessive factors”. The low-lying state of The Bahamas has to do with the truth that virtually all land within the islands is manufactured from sandbars or raised coral reefs.

4. The Bahamas is technically not a part of the Caribbean

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Geographically talking, The Bahamas that are positioned to the north of the Caribbean, will not be thought of in all spheres to be a part of that area. A notable level ceaselessly made is that the islands not like most of the Caribbean islands had been not fashioned by way of a volcanic course of, and their positioning takes them even additional away from the Caribbean grouping. Nonetheless, The Bahamas owns the Caribbean identification, a lot because of similarities in local weather, historical past, and different facets as in comparison with the opposite islands of the area. Moreover, the nation of The Bahamas is intently tied to many Caribbean associations and nations of the Caribbean Group (CARICOM).

5. The primary Inhabitants of The Bahamas had been Taino Indians

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The Taino Indians, indigenous individuals who settled in islands together with Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Hispaniola, and the Northern Lesser Antilles had been the primary identified folks to inhabit the islands of The Bahamas. Extra particularly, the Lucayan folks of Taino descent had a stable presence within the islands lengthy earlier than voyages and different famed discoveries, together with these of Christopher Columbus. The Lucayans had been taken into captivity the years after Columbus’ arrival, altering the face of the island endlessly. By 1520, there have been no Taino Indians left in The Bahamas.

Like every other vacation spot, there’s a lot to study The Bahamas as a customer. Whether or not you select to spend as a lot time as potential stress-free on a white sand seashore otherwise you wish to discover the pirate historical past of The Bahamas firsthand, you’ll discover many issues to do within the islands, as you get higher acquainted with all of the issues The Bahamas is thought for.

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