Top 15 Things To Do In The Bahamas
The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, more prominently known as The Bahamas, is an island country with an archipelago which is a collection of islands. The coral-based archipelago of the Bahamas is close to the United States, particularly Florida. It is also close to Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
The name, the Bahamas, refers to both the country and the larger chain of islands shared between the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The name Bahamas which translates to shallow water in English is of Spanish origin.
English is the official language in the Bahamas but the locals speak it fast and in their local dialects, using indigenous slangs and phrases especially in the out islands, making it difficult for foreigners to understand, especially Europeans and other Westerners. The Bahamian population is friendly, religious, helpful and polite. It is a relatively safe country with a low rate of violent crimes except in the capital of Nassau.
The unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy system of governance means that it has a Monarch represented by the queen who heads the government, as well as a Prime Minister, and a Governor General.
The majority ethnic group is African although there are a minority of Europeans and mixed races. This country is a paradise of about 2000 islands including small islands formed on coral reefs called cays, rocks, islets, and over 700 islands. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean and not the Caribbean Sea which is a common misconception as it is in the Caribbean and Americas region. They experience thunderstorms in the summer and rainfall particularly in May, June, September and October. Between June and November, there may also be hurricanes in the islands of the Bahamas.
Although the currency here is the Bahamian dollar, the United States dollar is widely accepted. Even though the population is highly religious, there are no restrictions on foreigners and visitors. They have a free outlook and attitude towards personal morals.
They are currently experiencing coral reef decay and environmental pollution due to problems around solid waste disposal. Although there are exotic flowers, pine forests, subtropical fruits and vegetables, the soil is largely infertile.
The Bahamas is famous for its crystal clear turquoise waters and coral reefs.
The Top 15 things to see and to do in the Bahamas
1. Junkanoo Festivals
Which is held on Boxing Day and New Year is just about the biggest event in the Bahamas. With street parades, music, and ornate costumes, the Junkanoo festival is a must for anyone in the Bahamas at the time. There is a similar celebration of the Junkanoo Summer Festival in June and July.
There are many events holding in the Bahamas around December and January and one of the more exciting and entertaining options is the International Film Festival which usually holds in December.
3. Snoop Sailing.
The national sport is snoop sailing. With its endless waters and islands, the Bahamas is filled with other water activities and sports ranging from its New Year sailing regattas to scuba diving and snorkelling across its beaches. There are also boats and yachts on a number of its islands for those who want to spend some time sailing through the crystal clear turquoise blue waters which they are famous for. Sport fishing is also one of the options available to tourists who want to spend quality time exploring the waters and marine life available in the Bahamas. It is unlikely that you will run out of water sports or activities while you are at the Bahamas. You are more likely to run out of time, money or energy.
4. Inagua Island
In the Bahamas is a huge tourist attraction located in the Great Inagua Island. It has the largest flock of flamingos in the world and you can also get to see the Bahamas’ national bird. If you are a nature lover or interested in exquisite animals, visiting the Inagua National Park is non negotiable.
5. Island hopping
is another common activity for tourists in the Bahamas. You can get to see all the differences between as many islands as possible as well as see different kinds of plants and animals including manta rays, underwater butterflies, bonefish and many others. You can also go private flying across the island.
Is another common activity for tourists in the Bahamas. You can get to see all the differences between as many islands as possible as well as see different kinds of plants and animals including manta rays, underwater butterflies, bonefish and many others. You can also go private flying across the islands.
7. Private islands
Offer you a combination of serenity and the beauty and activity of resorts. One of the most popular options is the Fowl Cay Resort which is a secluded island offering beautiful villas, a private 50-acre retreat, zero crowds and general privacy. If you want to visit the Bahamas and get some privacy still, this is your best option.
The major hotel and must see thing in the Bahamas whether you are getting off a cruise or staying there it is a major sight here. Atlantis has beautiful beaches, super-yacht harbour and a massive casino and waterpark. Luxurious restaurants and tons of stores and shops line the streets to Atlantis. You can go touring in the capital of Nassau with its colonial heritage and buildings. The Government House is also located there. You can enjoy the mix of Caribbean culture and city life. You can also experience the crafts of the Straw market and even ride a horse drawn carriage!
9. Island of San Salvador
Is a historic island, where it is believed that Christopher Columbus first arrived. It is also believed to be his first arrival in the new world which he eventually expanded and is credited with naming the island.
10. Swimming with the pigs
At Sandals Emerald Bay where they have their own dedicated space or with dolphins and other marine life across various islands of the Bahamas. This is a favourite thing to do in the Bahamas for a lot of instagram models. It makes great pictures but beware. The pigs have been known to bit and the sharks have also bit model right on their asses!
11. Stingray city
In the Bahamas, you can go swimming with Stingrays, enjoy the unique experience of feeding them or snorkelling in the water.
12. The Thunderball Grotto
In the exumas which has an underwater cave, beautiful waters, exotic marine life and beautiful, colourful coral reefs is an amazing visit for a group or family and if you would like to go scuba diving. This is also famous for its inclusion in the James Bond.
13. Visit the ecotourism sanctuary that is the Andros Barrier Reef
Where you can go scuba diving and snorkelling or go shark diving at Stuart Cove’s Dive, Tiger beach, and the Bimini reef which also has black-coral gardens for other activities.
You should definitely experience seeing the unique Conch mollusk either in its natural habitat or have a taste of it in food. You can also see the conch across the waters of the Bahamas.
15. Visit Dolphin Encounters
Is believed to be the best place to swim with dolphins on the island. Atlantis Paradise Island offers an array of activities ranging from the Aqua-venture Water Park to Atlantis water adventures, spa, concerts and other spectacular events. There’s also the Dolphin Cay where you can enjoy playing and swimming with dolphins and other marine life such as manta rays and sea lions.
You can also visit the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre, the Pirates of Nassau which is a fun pirate themed museum and replica ship where you can experience the time and history of piracy or the Pompey slavery museum previously used as a slave mart for slave auctions.
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