Bahamas Travel Information
The Bahamas consists of 700 islands in total and could be considered to be the definition of paradise! With plenty of quiet coves and beaches to choose from, you can really get away from it all here. Christopher Columbus called the region ‘baja mar’, which means shallow sea and the waters around the islands are filled with old shipwrecks and coral reefs.
The impact of tourism on the islands has been minimal. There are plenty of luxury resorts and eco-hotels here for tourists but they do not detract from the natural beauty of the islands. It is also the ideal holiday destination for those who want to do more than lie on a beach and soak up the sun. There is a whole range of water sports to choose from including parasailing and scuba diving. If you prefer to stay on dry land the islands have plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling and golfing.
For hikers there are nature reserves around the islands so make sure you take along a pair of binoculars so that you do not miss out on any of the sights. There are hundreds of species of birds that have made their home here.
In the evening the islands liven up a great deal. There are bars and clubs where you can enjoy a real party atmosphere and there are plenty of festivals throughout the year where you can also let your hair down. If partying is too much there are some great seafood restaurants and rum bars where you can just relax and enjoy the view.
Driving is one of the best ways to see the main islands. A bridge links Nassau and Paradise Island and you need to make sure that you have enough cash on you to pay a toll here. If you do want to use car rental services here then you need to be aware that most of the roads are fairly narrow and in the main towns and cities there can be a little congestion. Car hire firms can be found at the airports and within Freeport and Nassau.
An alternative to driving yourself around is to use one of the taxis. These can often be found just outside the hotels and they are usually a very reasonable rate. All taxis come under government regulation and if you see one that has the ‘Bahamahost’ sticker in the window, you can be sure that they will take care of you with traditional Bahamian hospitality.