Getting to Know: The Bahamas
July 21st, 2014
The Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of several islands. There are about 2,000 islands if the cays, which are small islands formed on coral reefs, are considered. The word Bahamas is of Spanish descent and means ‘Shallow Water‘. These islands can also be described as paradise. Travelling to The Bahamas is easy: English is spoken, American dollars are on par with Bahamian dollars, the weather’s great and people are friendly.
Thousands of miles of perfect coral sand beaches — white, golden or in some cases, pink (as seen in Harbour Island) — remain free of footprints. In recent years, all of its major attractions have been made more accessible to visitors, with vastly improved facilities for diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, golf and tennis. The food is better than ever, the nightlife even livelier.
There is a lot to do on the islands, you can go fishing in Abacos Islands, visit Columbus’ landing spot, drink rum-laden cocktails at sundown watching the golden sky turn into a dramatic pink-crimson, play golf in one of the outstanding courses (perhaps the prettiest course, at Cable Beach, is also the oldest), go shopping in Nassau and much more.
You should definitely experience the Eleuthera’s colonial charm: Eleuthera is where the first colony was established in the Bahamas and it is full of charming colonial villages and rolling pineapple plantations. There are some memorable seafood restaurants to sample, too.
But if all you want is a peaceful paradise, don’t you worry. You don’t need to time travel to find it. The Southern Bahamas are still asleep, a nostalgic reminder of a time gone by. Some areas are pretty much as they were when Columbus first spotted them.
In the 1940s, King Edward VIII of England gave up his throne to marry “the woman I love” Wallis Simpson and settled down in Nassau. The new couple, known as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, attracted an ever-increasing number of visitors as well as celebrities and famous figures to the islands.