Behold The Islands Of The Bahamas. Water so blue it seems to merge with the sky above. Sand so soft it’s like every step is a walk among the clouds. Natural beauty that soars above the sea and plunges far below. Come see for yourself why “It’s Better In The Bahamas!”
The Bahamas is like the Hawaii of the Atlantic some say. With its breathtaking blue waters which seem to merge with the skies; it is beautiful, soft white sands seemingly melting with every step; and the overall culture of its people make you feel like you wouldn’t be anywhere else in the world.
The richest country in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, is primarily due to its location. The Bahamas is located south east of the United States and just above Cuba. It is one of the most popular islands of the Caribbean.
The flag of the Bahamas has the colours black (a triangular shape on the left hand side) as well as yellow and aquamarine bands simultaneously arranged horizontally across. The blue represents the Caribbean Sea, which surrounds the islands, and the yellow is representative of their sands and natural resources.
The colour black was chosen to embody the significance of the strength of its people and the direction of the triangle (pointing to the right) characterizes the determination and enterprising of land cultivation.
The Bahamas is home to approximately 380,000 persons with 83% identifying as Afro- Bahamian/ Black, 15% as white and the remaining 2% from a plethora of nationalities like Latinos or Asians.
Comprised of 29 islands and 661 cays or islets, however, the island can be classified into 16 different regions. However, these are the four main islands of the beautiful Bahamas—The Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
The Andros Island is known for its tranquility and is often called the Holy Spirit Island for its peacefulness. The people of the Andros best represent the peaceful and beautiful place of the Bahamas and what the island has to offer its tourists. It holds one of the country’s most natural assets. Blue holes, underground rivers and its ecosystem, with diverse animals and plants, is so unique there is nothing like it in the world. Andros’ barrier reef is the third most popular in the world with snorkeling and bone fishing being the biggest tourist attraction.
The food of the island is also unique as they pride themselves in preparing many dishes e.g. peas and rice, various types of fish, conch salad and the famous Andros crab fest. They also specialize in Androsia, hand-made fabric made to perfection from an established batik factory which is manufactured and sold throughout the island and to vacationers.
“Androsia Hand Made Batik was established by the Birch family in 1973 on Andros Island, a remote Out Island in The Bahamas”- http://www.androsia.com/
They bring in live bands and performances to also aid in strengthening the culture of the island through their vibrant festivals and friendly and genuine atmosphere.
“People come from all around the world and we expose them to our culture and the way we live.” – Bahamian resident of the Andros Island.
Another region of the Bahamas, Abaco Island is known for its beauty and has been titled the ‘Real Bahamas’ for its uniqueness from all the other islands. One of its main attractions is the beaches and ports where persons who own boats and enjoy sailing take to the seas to enjoy the scenery; it is the sailing and boating capital of the island. Places like Man-O-War Cay and other harbours like the Marsh Harbour are a few sites that tourists and residents alike enjoy sailing. They also use the opportunity to snorkel and dive and bask in the wondrous beauty of the coral reefs and underwater life, which are one of the most breathtaking scenes in the world. A trademark of the Abaco Island is the lighthouse – The Elbow Reef Lighthouse, one of two kerosene lighthouses left in the world.
Like other islands of the Bahamas, cuisines include conch salads, and other seafood based dishes which residents say they cannot get anywhere else the way it is prepared in the Bahamas.
The Abacos is way different from Nassau or Freeport mainly because we are on one island we can find a beach where it’s just you by yourself and your family because it’s just hundreds of them.” –Abacos Resident
Grand Bahama Island
Next to New Province, it is the second most populated island of The Bahamas. Grand Bahama Island, named by the Spanish as Gran Bajamar, is the fourth largest island of the Bahamas. It is also home to some of the island’s oldest caves and beautiful mangroves, the Lucayan National Park and Freeport, the second largest city.
Known as the place of fun in the sun, there is honestly a little something for everyone and that’s what makes this island unique. Gold Rock and other beaches in this region captivate its visitors with its beauty, being miles and miles of white soft sand meeting gracefully with the ocean’s light blue shore. Bahamian cuisine is showcased in the busy marketplace where restaurants cluster with unique dishes for foodists to try. Grand Bahama Island has a fascination with fish so if you like seafood, especially fish, you will feel right at home. A restaurant tourists should visit when on the island is Taino by the Sea, as it has been crowned a crowd favourite.
Grand Bahama Island has a dolphin encounter in the resorts, it is one of the largest dolphin exhibitions in the world. You can also go fishing and scuba diving in many of six ecosystems. The Grand Bahama Island has an exciting nightlife for those who don’t want to miss a beat and want to enjoy their entire time throughout their stay.
Home to 80% of the entire population of the Bahamas and home of the island’s capital (Nassau), it is undoubtedly the largest region. It is known for its countless shops, hotels, businesses and not to mention home to the great resort Atlantis. New Providence has an undeniable metropolitan feel due to its infrastructure irrespective of being the largest populated area of the island. Tourists enjoy shark diving, kiteboarding, parasailing, snorkeling, to name a few exciting activities in the island.
By Alexandra Daley