The beautiful group of islands
Three Major Cities in the Bahamas
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.
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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.