General Description: The Bahamas are located in the northern Caribbean just 50 miles south of Florida. These beautiful islands have a wide range of activity and accommodation on offer with the focal point of tourism however being on New Providence and Paradise Islands which are linked by a bridge. This is the starting off point for the vast majority of Bahamas holidays. This magnificent archipelago is comprised of more than 3000 islands, cays and inlets and covers an area in excess of 259,000 sq kilometres (Ireland has an area of 84,000 sq kilometres). Named by Christopher Columbus – Baja Mar which is Spanish for the shallow seas in which they lie and early mariners had to be very careful in order not to founder on the many reefs. The trade winds blow year round giving the islands a warm agreeable climate that varies little.
This is the main commercial island of the Bahamas and is home to the country’s capital Nassau and gateway international airport. Busy and full of fun New Providence together with Paradise Island jointly form the tourist heart of the region. Popular hotels on Paradise island include Atlantis, One & Only Ocean Club (as featured in James Bond Spectre) and The Comfort Suites. Meanwhile just across the bridge on the beach in Nassau you will find the 5 star Melia Nassau and just outside town the award winning Sandal Royal Bahamian, which was voted the best all-inclusive resort in the world at the World Travel Awards in 2015.
The biggest island in the Exuma’s group of 375 islands and cays. Surrounded by sapphire blue seas, footprint free beaches this exotic island group is whispering to be discovered – only whispering as we don’t want everyone to know about them! Our favourite hotel here is Sandals Emerald Bay.
Grand Bahama is the northernmost island of the Bahamas archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and is just 53 miles from Florida so an ideal suggestion for a twin centre holiday with Miami. This is chic island escape offers an amazing Bahamas holiday experience that is so different to that of Miami. The island is most famous for its beaches and golf courses and infamous for its treacherous reef which have seen the end of many ships. We feature Memories Grand Bahama on the island.
Famous for its tropical flair, British colonial architecture, pineapple fields and pink sand beaches. Here the treadmill of life bumps not to off but to broken and do not fix me! Check out the stunning Cove here on Eleuthera for a holiday not be forgotten.
Our Opinion: If you are not one for staying still in one place, then the Bahamas is an awesome destination to travel with your rucksack and go island hopping
The Capital: Nassau
International Airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS).
Getting There: Connections are available with British Airways via London Heathrow. Many options are also available via the United States.
Entry Regulations: Passport valid or at least 6 months after travel date.
Departure tax: It is usually included in the purchased airline ticket.
Did you know: Buckingham Palace isn’t the only house with a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Witness the pomp and pageantry at Government House, Nassau on every second Saturday.
Cost of living: Comparable to Ireland.
Local Currency: Bahamian Dollar. US dollars are widely accepted.
Official Language: English
Don’t Miss: Arawak Cay, where a colourful array of stalls and restaurants serve conch (pronounced “Konk”), in a myriad of ways – from salad to roasted, fritters to chowder. It’s usually washed down with a local Kalik beer or Bahama Mama cocktail.