Bahamas

The beautiful group of islands

The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau

  1. Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas, is located on 21-mile-long New Providence our 11th largest island. Nassau's main harbor is protected by Paradise Island.

Three Major Cities in the Bahamas

History

The history of the Bahamas begins with the earliest arrival of humans in the islands in the first millennium AD. The first inhabitants of the islands now known as The Bahamas were the Lucayans,an Arawakan speaking Taino people, who arrived between about 500 and 800 from the islands of the Carribean.Their ancestors came from mainland South America, where Arawakan-language peoples were present in most territories, and especially along the northeastern coast.

Recorded history began on 12 October 1492, when Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Guanahani which he renamed San Salvador Island on his first voyage to the New World.The earliest permanent European settlement occurred in 1648 on Eleuthera .During the 18th-century slave trade , many Africans were brought to the Bahamas as labourers. Their descendants constitute 85 percent of the Bahamian population. The Bahamas gained independence from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973.The official language of the Bahamas is English.

Location

The Bahamas is a chain of 700 islands and about 2,000 cays (low islands or reefs of sand or coral). However, only 29 of the islands are inhabited. The Bahamas is in the North Atlantic Ocean on the eastern edge of the Caribbean, just 72 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Florida. It has an area of 13,939 square kilometers (5,382 square miles) and is a bit smaller than Connecticut. The islands have a total coastline of 3,542 square kilometers (1,368 square miles). The largest city in the nation is Nassau, the capital, and the second largest is Freeport.

Political and Diplomacy

The Bahamas has a parliamentary democracy their official leader now is Perry G. Christie

Currency

The official currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar.The dollar has been the currency of The Bahamas since 1966. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively B$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is divided into 100 cents.

Economic and Trade

The economic system of the bahamas is Tourism. The Bahamas imports foods,manufactured goods,crude oil,vehicles and electronics.Bahamian exports of goods and services in 1992 amounted to $1404.78 million, of which tourists receipts accounted for $1056 million. Exports of non-oil merchandise, which accounted for some $194.33 million in 1992, was primarily composed of pharmaceuticals, crawfish, salt, cement, rum, argonite, residual fuel oils, distilled fuel, cascarilla bark, tomatoes and citrus. Major destinations for Bahamian exports are the USA, the UK/European Community, and Japan.

Reasons to go the Bahamas

Beaches: On Grand Bahama Island you will be greeted by miles of pristine white sand beaches such as Gold Rock Beach.

Diving and Snorkelling: Several good dive operators are located in the Freeport/Lucaya area. Snorkelling trips, shipwreck dives and shark dives are among the many options, as well as a scuba diving experience.

Golf: One of the most popular activities on Grand Bahama Island. There are two top courses (three PGA rated) both in magnificent tropical settings.

Nature Areas: Rand Nature Centre, Hydroflora Gardens, Lucayan National Park and offshore Petterson Cay are just a few of the eco-tourism attractions on Grand Bahama Island.

West End: The picturesque 25-mile drive from Freeport to West End, an historic town of wooden buildings and warehouses from the days of Prohibition, is a fascinating day excursion from Freeport/Lucaya.

East End: Unlike West End, East End is not a town, but the eastern end of the island. The 60-mile trip to the end of the road can be combined with a visit to the Lucayan National Park.

Family Travel: Grand Bahama Island's superb choice of children's activities and facilities, safe and beautiful beaches and unbeatable natural attractions make it an ideal family destination. Many hotels offer baby-sitting services and Kid's Clubs.

Shopping: Port Lucaya Marketplace, a waterfront shopping centre, boasts excellent shops in an attractive outdoor setting with stores from around the world selling duty-free goods such as perfumes, emeralds, silks and china.

Gambling & Nightlife: Isle of Capri Casino is located at the Sheraton and Westin at Our Lucaya. There are a number of clubs, bars and restaurants in the Freeport/Lucaya area. Nightlife in this area is generally lively and exciting.

Dining: There's a huge selection of restaurants on Grand Bahama Island, with top spots usually located in the hotels. Port Lucaya Marketplace is known for its American-Bahamian restaurants, fast-food chains and ethnic eateries. For an authentic Bahamian experience clients should try the outdoor fish fry at Outrigger's at Smith's Point, just east of Lucaya.