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Overview of Island

The Bahamas archipelago is an ecological oasis sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean, starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. It comprises 700 breathtaking islands, over 2,000 rocks and cays, and boasts the clearest water on the planet—with a visibility of over 200 feet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest fringing barrier reef.


Capital: Nassau

Language: English and Bahamian Creole

Population: 395,361


The first people to arrive in The Bahamas came by canoes from what is now known as Cuba. They enjoyed a peaceful way of life and had developed a 'viable political, social and religious system'.  The Bahamas was one of the few areas in the region in which the Arawak people were not displaced by the more warlike Caribs. 


Then  in 1492, Christopher Columbus made his first landing in the New World in The Bahamas. The people who met him were Arawaks who, he wrote, ‘have opened their hearts to us. We have become great friends.’ Columbus is believed to have landed at Watling’s Island (Amerindian: Guanahani; Columbus’s designation: San Salvador). He describe them as 'bajar mar' because of the shallow seas  surrounding some of the Islands.  In spite of the 'friendship offered',  over the next 20 years plus the Spaniards  enslaved and  transported  some 40,000 Arawaks  to Hispaniola where they died working in mines. 


The same shallow waters in and between the islands made it a great hiding place for pirates including the British. Their first settlers were refugees from religious persecution under Charles I, in 1648. The island which they inhabited was renamed Eleuthera, meaning freedom. The settlers introduced the plantation economy and African slave labour.


The civil war ended and brought  the economical boom to an end.   But then the USA imposed the 18th amendment prohibiting alcohol.  The new product for transportation by the pirates now became alcohol until Prohibition ended. Around the same time  as well came the collapse of the sponge harvesting industry.  Once again the economy of The Bahamas  plummeted.


In 1898 The Hotel and Steam Ship Service Act provided the opportunity and resources to start the  building of hotels and services that would accommodate the wealthy Americans who could no longer go to Cuba started  even during the Prohibition.  It was the start of the tourism industry.


On July 10, 1973, The Bahamas became a free sovereign  country, and maintained its membership in the Commonwealth of Nations.  This day is celebrated as the Bahamian Independence Day after 325 years of British rule.

https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/History/The-Bahamas-history.htm


Highlights

Things to do

Where to stay

Treasure Cay Beach Marina & Golf Resort

Discover Treasure Cay

A Stone's Throw Away

Your hideaway in Nassau!

Orange Hill Beach Inn

Welcome to Orange Hill Beach Inn!

Ocean West Boutique Hotel

Where luxury lives...

Marley Resort & Spa

Welcome to our home away from home.

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant

Graycliff Hotel is an oasis of tranquility.

FAQs

How To Get There?
Lynden Pindling International Airport at Nassau is well connected to the rest of the world. Bahamas is conveniently accessible by air and sea from most major gateways directly to Nassau , and post arrival you opt for connecting flights, including charters, or even go via the waterways to reach one of the 16 Out Island destination.
CUISINE KNOWN FOR
Bahamian cooking is influenced by the American South. Seafood is the staple of the Bahamas especially conch. Can be had as Cracked Conch and Conch Salad. Another popular seafood: Rock Lobsters served broiled, minced or used in salads. Other delicacies include boiled or baked land crabs. Many dishes such as peas accompany Bahamian meals Fresh fish also pays a major role in the cooking of The Bahamas served as soups and stews served with Johnnycakes.
What is our terrain like?
The terrain consists of long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills
What is the climate like?
Temperatures in most of the Bahamas and the Out Islands linger between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks to the constant gentle trade winds. This means The Bahamas really does not have an off-season. ... Summers may see temperatures from 80 to 90 degrees and higher humidity. Squalls and thunder showers pass through quickly with most of the rainfall happening in May and June, much of it falling in the northern and southern islands. https://www.myoutislands.com/Bahamas-resorts/weather
What Are The Entry Requirements?
All visitors travelling to the Bahamas must: Complete and submit the Immigration Form - Provide a valid (3 months) passport for entry, A return airline ticket and/or proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. Persons coming from USA, Canada and the UK do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days. For more information: bahamas.gov.bs
What Are The Marriage Requirements?
APPLICATION FOR LICENSE The couple must be in The Bahamas at the time of application for the marriage license. - Processing of an application takes 2 days - RESIDENCY PERIOD Couples may apply a day after their arrival and can be married once they receive their approved license the day after application. Documents required: - If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a certified copy must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarized copy of the final decree must be produced. - If either party is widowed, the original death certificate of the deceased spouse, or certified copy, must be produced. Where applicable, a translated, certified and notarized copy of the death certificate must be produced. - If either party is single and never been married before, a declaration certifying this fact must be sworn before a notary public or other person authorized to administer oaths in the country of residence. This document must accompany the application for the marriage license. This declaration can also be obtained in The Bahamas from an attorney-at-law or notary public. - Minors (under 18 years) may be married with both parents' consent. Consent forms for minors are available at the Registrar General's office. - Persons desirous of being married in the Out Islands (any island outside of New Providence and Grand Bahama) can obtain a Marriage License at the Administrator's Office on that island. - Both parties must produce a valid passport, birth certificate and photo ID. - The parties must also produce evidence of the date of their arrival in The Bahamas. The Bahamas Immigration Card or entry stamp in your passport will suffice. - No blood test is necessary. - The fee for the license is $120; allows for a certified copy of a marriage certificate; extras are $20.each Note: Marriage Licenses are issued at the office of the Registrar General in Nassau. This office is open to the public Mondays to Fridays between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. https://www.myoutislands.com/Bahamas-wedding-and-honeymoons/marriage-requirements
What Are The Healthcare Options?
Doctors Hospital West (an outptient facility) Doctor's Hospital Princess Margaret Hospital Lyford Cay Hospital (incorporates the Bahamas Hert Institute) Hawksbill Clinic The Medical Pavilion Bahamas Pediatric Suite at The Walk In Clinic Oaktree Medical Center Lucayan Medical East (Freeport) (an ambulatory medical facility) Rock Sound Clinic (Family medicine Centre, Eleuthra
Other Useful Facts
Water: tap water is safe to drink Currency: the Bahamian Dollar is maintained at the same level as the US$. Both are accepted interchangeably on alI Islands. Banking: ATM's Plus and Cirrus are in banks on most Islands. It is however advised to walk with cash when visiting the Out Islands. Electricity: the Bahamas uses 120 volts/60 cycles. British and European appliances require a 2-pin flat plug. Telecommunication: a 100% digital switching system allows direct dialling to more than 100 countries. BTC has roaming agreements with 128 companies globally. To check compatibility see btcbahamas.com