The Bahamas

The Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of many islands. There are about 2,000 islands if you include the cays which are small islands that are formed on coral reefs. The word Bahamas is of Spanish descent and means ‘Shallow Water’. You can get in either by plane or by boat since The Bahamas are a popular port of call for cruise ships plying the Caribbean. The capital, Nassau, on New Providence Island is one of the world’s busiest cruise ship ports, and is well served by ships that originate from Florida.

This is one of those “heaven on Earth” destinations. The beaches and the water are so beautiful that you won’t ever want to leave it. The Bahamas are perfect for water activities such as kiteboarding, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, bonefishing, waverunners, island boat tours, wild dolphin excursions and even shark encounters. Apart the beaches there are also some landmarks that you should take a look at including The Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation (formerly known as The Vendue House) and Paradise Island which possesses many attractions in itself. There are many 5 star hotels on the Island, such as the world-renowned Atlantis hotel.

There are also great events that you should witness. The biggest event in the Bahamian calendar is Junkanoo, a street carnival held on Boxing Day (December 26th) and New Year’s Day (January 1st). Junkanoo groups “rush” through the streets of towns, especially Nassau, wearing spectacular yet disposable costumes of crepe paper and playing distinctive Junkanoo music, which combines African rhythms with loud brass and cowbells, fusing them together in a medley that veers on cacophony but is exceedingly dancable. The costumes, made from scratch every year, are disposed of on the streets as the party ends and make a great free souvenir to bring home.

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