The Bahamas - a Mecca for people seeking a fantastic vacation is a country of seven hundred different islands and cays, stretching southeast off the Florida coast. Each island has its own history and individual character, each island is unique and has something unexpected to contribute to your Bahamas vacation. Whatever your pleasure might be, for sure, there is an island for you in the Bahamas!
For many people sunny skies, powder-white and pink sand beaches and incredibly clear aqua-blue waters already make a perfect vacation. However, the fun of a Bahamas vacation is not limited by beach relaxation only. You can engage yourself in all kinds of water sports - whether beneath the surface or at water's edge. There are annual sporting championships and challenges held all year round. Various tours and cruises will never let you feel dull, you will have a great opportunity to get dipped into the islands' exciting culture and history, get to know the people. Annual festivals will amaze you with spectacular shows and traditional music. Colorful and vibrant nightlife enchants and excites. In addition, the islands offer fine accommodations and exquisite dining to suit all tastes and budgets.
The biggest attraction is the Nassau/Paradise Island where excellent beaches, finest resorts and the dazzle and glitter of nightlife are concentrated. The place is full of colonial charm and Old World architecture. It also offers opportunities for shared family adventure and relaxation, plenty of entertainment for kids, including water parks, TropiKids entertainment centre, the Pirates of Nassau museum, Zoo & Conservation Centre and the Marriotter Kids' Club. The Atlantis resort in Paradise Island is able to please everyone in the family with its water sports, luxurious restaurants, bars, clubs and shops, an impressive casino and other amenities.
Grand Bahama Island is another major holiday spot. Freeport, the island nation's second largest city is a sportsman's paradise for golf, tennis, scuba diving, and fishing. In fact, it was designed especially for your enjoyment! Also, Grand Bahama Island is the country's centre of eco-tourism, offering nature tours, kayaking, horseback riding, national parks and botanical gardens.
While the previous two islands are a common choice for Bahamas vacation, few people know about the beauties of the country's other major Out Islands and island groups, such as Abaco, Andros, Cat Island, Eleuthera, the Exumas and Long Island. The Abacos is perfect for boating, fishing and scuba diving, this group of islands rank high among the tourist destinations in the Out Islands. Andros, the largest island in the Bahama chain is a diving haven, while Eleuthera is famous for its pineapple plantations and colonial villages. Cat Island is noted for its superstitious culture, and is often referred to by Bahamians as the land of obeah, similar to voodoo. It also has the highest elevation in the Bahamas and offers splendid views. Long Island, the "beauty" of the Bahamas, provides a contrast of dramatic, rocky shoreline on one side and sandy beaches on the other. At Deadman's Cay there is a network of caves featuring stalagmites and stalactites.
All islands share sun-swept beaches and magnificent waters, some are action-oriented and others are informal and relaxed. Choose the one that suits you best for your Bahamas vacation and remember that you will be only a short hop from another of the captivating islands.